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Is Samsung Galaxy S IV 'eye catching'?
There was much anticipation among the gadget-savvy people about the Samsung Galaxy S IV launched on March 15 - especially because of its pioneering feature that enables a user to operate the phone without touching it. The S IV It is competing against Apple, HTC butterfly and Sony Xperia Z and had to do something spectacular to be in the game.

Judging from customer reactions and anticipated quick reviews, it seems that it has managed to intrigue many. The most important feature enables the user of the phone, with the help of the front camera, to perform functions on the phone. The most interesting of this action is the 'smart pause' whereby a video playing on the phone automatically pauses when the user looks away from the phone. A user can also turn the page of an ebook with a simple hand gesture. Call it eye tracking or eye motion phone - but no one can deny that it is definitely eye-catching.

This time, Samsung has concentrated more on the software rather than on the hardware and assembled a product, which is both sleek and handy. J K Shin, who heads Samsung Electronics said, “We've taken technology and innovation to help us get closer to what matters in life. We will imagine the possibilities, explore a new direction, and listen to you, to help us understand what a smartphone should provide in our lives.”

The Samsung S IV is expected to be launched in other countries by the end of the April and although Samsung has not quoted a price yet, sources say that it will cost around Rs. 40,000.

With Dual Mode, the S IV has a Exynos 5410 processor. It has eight cores with four of them being the high-performance cores based on A15 architecture from ARM, a British company. These cores run at 1.8GHz. The other four cores, which are slower - 1.2GHz - but more power efficient, are based on A7 architecture. The graphics part of the processing chip use three cores of PowerVR 544. The phone has 2GB DDR3 RAM. It sports a 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED screen with FullHD (1920x1080 pixels) resolution.

Sudipta Senguta, a tech-savvy and a user of Samsung was not much impressed. He said, “It is not interesting at all. The look and feel of the phone is exactly the same as Galaxy S III. So it will prove a deterrent to the phone.” Let's see if his prediction comes true or Samsung reigns supreme in the high-end smartphone market.

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