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By David Richards | Tuesday | 23/04/2013

Samsung has smashed the myth that Android smartphones are much of a muchness, with their new Galaxy S4, which was launched at a Gala event at the Sydney Opera House last night delivering a raft of new capabilities never seen before in a smartphone.

From a translator that will translate English into ten foreign languages, to having 34 digital TV channels on tap to being able to access catch up TV and Foxtel Go in May the new S4 has so much going on under the bonnet that one can easily see why the device needed a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor.

According to Tyler McGee Vice President of Communications at Samsung Australia the device is set to snare consumers away from Apple iPhones because it is "bigger" and "lighter" than an iPhone and packed with capabilities that appear to make an iPhone a tad "old hat".

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Samsung Australia telecommunications vice-president Tyler McGee said demand will outstrip supply for the $899 smartphone that will be available for pre-sale tomorrow, Wednesday, at the Samsung shops in Sydney and Melbourne and from carriers including Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile as of Saturday.

The first thing you notice about the new S4 is the brightness of the screen which is due in part to the use of a 1920 x 1080 resolution Super AMOLED 5" screen. It's not only bright but icons and text appear to be significantly sharper than the Samsung Note II and the Galaxy S3.

It's also the first Android smartphone with Gorilla Glass 3, a new chemically strengthened glass that prevents scratches from a variety of materials including keys in a pocket alongside the smartphone.

The new glass is three times harder than Gorilla Glass 2. 

A 13-megapixel rear camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4, with LED flash, autofocus, 1080p video capture with dual-video recording as well as a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, also with 1080p and dual video call.

The real value lies in the new Samsung camera software that takes full advantage of Google tagging and location identification. 

For example, if Sydney is your home town and you visit Melbourne it will prompt you with a folder called 'Melbourne' so that all images can be stored in this folder. 

For all those health conscious individuals there is a new health application that tells you how many calories you have burnt or have to burn including a net-connected scale, heart-rate monitor and pulse-monitoring wristband, here is also a cool range of accessories. 

The phone also features several software innovations that determine whether a user is looking at the screen. It also registers waves of the hand to navigate web pages and respond to voice commands.

The Galaxy S4 has 2GB of RAM and 16, of internal storage options, expandable via microSD to 64GB. 

The device comes with a 2600 mAh battery and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean skinned with Samsung's TouchWiz UI. 

Telstra will range the Galaxy S4 on its 4G network both on plan and outright. At $80 a month. The $80 Freedom Connect plan includes $800 worth of national calls and MMS, and unlimited text messaging and 1.5GB of data.

Optus is selling their Samsung S4 on a $60 24 month contract.
That $60 Plan gets you $650 worth of calls, unlimited text messaging and free unlimited calls to Optus Mobiles. It also includes 1.5GB of data.

At Vodafone it costs you an extra $5 per month on its $60 Plan on a 24-month contract.
It includes $700 worth of standard and international calls as well as 1.5GB of data.
Vodafone is also offering bonus data with its Galaxy S4 plans. Sign up and you get an extra 1GB of data every month for 12 months of your 24 month contract on a $60 plan or above.

Virgin Mobile
Is offering the Galaxy S4 on a $59 Plan that includes $700 worth of calls and texts as well as 3GB worth of 4G data. The device will only cost you $2 extra per month on a 24-month contract, making Virgin the most affordable of deals on offer.

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