Galaxy S4: Samsung’s Eye-Tracking Phone Unveiled
Samsung is rolling out in 155 countries starting April 26 the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy S4 features a 5-inch Super OLED screen with 441 ppi resolution, an octa-core or quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a removable 2600 mAh battery, 13MP and 2MP cameras capable of picture-in-picture recording, NFC, and 4G connectivity. The international version would have a stunning eight-core Samsung Exynos 1.6GHz processor while the U.S. version would have a still-powerful 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip.
Although the Galaxy S4 has leading-edge hardware, grabbing the headlines is the devices’ innovative eye-tracking feature.
The Galaxy S4, which still uses Android J elly Bean 4.2.1 but customized with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, has Smart Pause, which stops the video a user is watching if his eyes drift away; Smart Scroll, which will move the screen up or down when the user tilts the phone and looks at the screen; and Air View, which lets the user preview an e-mail, image gallery or video just by hovering a finger over it.
Notwithstanding critics that eye-motion-sensitive controls are more gimmickry than useful, initial reviews have been overwhelming. Benchmarking tests show that the Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S4 is twice as fast as Apple’s iPhone 5.