Samsung Galaxy S4 coming to India: Should you buy it?
Samsung Galaxy S4 is all set for an Indian launch on the 26th of April and the device will touch down on Indian shores in the first wave of its global launch.
But what we are here to talk about is, Whether it really worth the hype? Has Samsung packed in a great device?
And in case you plan to buy it, what price you should pay for it? or how about a Galaxy Note 2 instead?
But let us look at Samsung Galaxy S4 Specs first…
- Display: 5 inch full HD display with a pixel density of 441ppi
- OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- Processor: Exynos 5 Octa Core Processor
- RAM: 2GB
- Memory Storage: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal memory options with an option to expand it by another 64GB via a microSD card.
- Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC
- Camera: 13 Megapixel primary, 2 Megapixel secondary
- Battery: 2,600 mAH
- Price: Expected to be around Rs.40,000
Breakdown of the Galaxy S4 Specs
Let us start with the screen. It is a full HD display which will produce images nothing short of crystal clear but you see, you can not really spot the difference in daily usage and a 1080p display drains out your battery pretty fast. So you may have the power of a full HD display, but you’ll end up looking for a charging point every now and then.
The Octa Core Processor Samsung has been making a big deal about is essentially a quad core processor but there are two of those and all the eight cores do not work at the same time.
It has 4 cores of A15 architecture clocked at 1.6 GHz and 4 cores of A7 architecture clocked at 1.2 GHz.
The former processor takes care of heavy tasks while the efficient latter processor takes over for less demanding tasks. So in a way, its a quad core smartphone and not much of an octa core.
The 13 MP camera is something you’ll find the best in class but 8MP snappers found on current flagships work better than just fine and you even need to see that how many pictures do you actually click? 13 Megapixel sounds great on the phone… but the question is, do you actually need it?
And finally the price.
Galaxy S4 is expected to be priced around Rs. 40,000 and the price would come down to around Rs. 35,000 soon (as we have seen with previous Samsung Smartphones) and we think that is the the right price point for this phone. Rs. 40,000 is probably higher than what you should buy it for.
I want to make an interesting point here though – I think Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which sports a 1.6 GHz quad core processor of A9 architecture coupled with 2 gigs of RAM may be a much better buy. Note 2’s quad core processor can handle everything, from really heavy games to process intensive applications.
Devices such as the S4 surely pack in a punch and showcase benchmarks which blow away all others. But it boils down to the fact that do you really need all that?
I am the guy who likes to play NFS, Asphalt and Temple Run on my smartphone and a sub Rs. 20,000 smartphone would do that without any issues too.
Samsung Galaxy S4 gets a host of software gimmicks and some nifty upgrades, but then again, how many of us are actually going to use them?
Samsung has brought forth a device that is unparalleled in terms of performance but a device like the Note 2 which costs around Rs. 8,000 lesser than the expected price of S4 can do everything the S4 can. And its got the S-Pen too.
According to me, Note 2 would make a lot of sense especially after S4 comes into the market, as it will surely get a price cut then too which will just sweeten the deal.
Still think you want the S4? Go ahead, buy it. You would not be at fault.
Would love know your opinion on this!