Samsung gadgets get bigger and better with launch of S4 and Note 8.0
Company launches the S4 and Note 8.0 tablet with bigger screens and more functions
Samsung officially launched its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, and its latest tablet computer, the Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE, in Hong Kong yesterday.
Both gadgets feature bigger screens and more personalised functions, with the phone going on sale at HK$5,898 next Saturday and the tablet to be sold from next month at price to be announced.
The S4 has new functions such as the "air gesture", "air view" and "Samsung smart pause", which allows users to control the screen with a wave of the hand. "Imagine the video automatically pausing when you look away, and starting again when you glance back at it?
"What if you could answer the phone, read a message and browse the web all without touching the screen?" said Lee Young Hee, executive vice-president of Samsung's mobile phone division.
The S4 has a 5-inch screen compared with the older S3's 4.8 inches. It also boasts the world's first full HD super amoled display which offers brighter colours, and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
Carmen Ho Ka-man, senior production marketing manager of Samsung Hong Kong, said 50 million S3s had been sold worldwide since its launch a year ago.
The Note 8.0 tablet, which competes directly with Apple's iPad Mini released late last year, features a 1.6-gigaHertz quad-core processor and 2GB random-access memory storage.
It runs on the Android 4.1 mobile operating system, with functions some reviewers have said are more impressive than the iPad Mini's.
The new tablet also features an 8-inch screen compared with its predecessor the Note 2's 5.55 inches and the iPad Mini's 7.9 inches.
But information and technology lawmaker Charles Mok said the S4 and Note 8.0's new functions were not revolutionary.
"It seems there are no breakthroughs for the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5," he said.
"Many people may try [the new functions] a few times but won't use them often.
" I think people won't dump their original smartphones to buy a new one only for functions such as a HD screen," he said.