The wait is over and the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4 has finally hit the shelves with analysts already predicting that the Korean smartphone giant will ship 10 million units of the new flagship in its first month.
A report by technology site DigiTimes suggests that after shipping 10 million handsets the firm will sell a further 30 million devices in the second quarter of 2013, as it expects to see increased demand for the new smartphone.
The device has initially launched in 50 countries world-wide, but it will eventually become available in 150 markets on an impressive 327 different mobile network carriers.
Since its unveiling last month the device has attracted a huge number of potential consumers. Fortunately for Samsung, it produces its own components, including processors, panels and image sensors, making it easier to tackle consumer demand and reduce the risk of delaying its hardware- a problem recently encountered by HTC.
While some critics have slated the new flagship for being too similar to its predecessor in terms of aesthetics, the software aspects tell very different story.
Thanks to new innovations such as S Health, a suite of new apps to monitor your fitness and well-being, along with many more, the handset is predicted to pique the interest of millions. Market analysts from financial firm JP Morgan estimate that the S4 will account for one fourth of the Korean manufacturer’s 320million devices predicted to ship this year. If this figure proves to be correct it will sell twice as many as the multi-million selling Galaxy S III, which flew off the shelves in impressive numbers last year.
Samsung Galaxy S4 key specifications
- 5-inch full HD super AMOLED display with pixel density of 441ppi
- 1.9GHz quad-core processor
- 13 megapixel camera
- 1080p video capture
- Android Jelly Bean
- 2GB RAM
- 2,600mAH battery
- 16GB/32GB/64GB variants
- 7.9mm thick
In a bid to enhance its new features even further Samsung has also launched a raft of new accessories. One of these accessories comes in the shape of the Galaxy Game Pad, to optimise gaming on your smartphone.
The S4 links via Bluetooth to the Xbox style game pad and is part of the firm’s attempts to meet the growing demand from mobile users wanting to experience gaming on the go. Bringing better graphics, a faster processor and more traditional-style gaming to smartphones, the S4 is certainly helping to pave the way for mobile gaming technology in the future.
There are also rumours that Apple will make its own controller for its iOS devices as it looks to breaking into the mobile gaming sphere. But, with promises that some of the S4’s new features and functionality will be coming to other Samsung devices, even more users will be able to get in on the action, further cementing Samsung’s position as the global smartphone leader.
Despite only just being released the feature-packed Galaxy S4 looks to be another game changer for the smartphone market, and once again Samsung is leading the way for what looks to be a very exciting few years for smartphone technology. To see what all the fuss is about check out the full video review of the Samsung Galaxy S4 above.
Written by Sarah Hazelwood of Dialaphone, the home of all the latest mobile phone deals at amazing prices.