Samsung's Galaxy S4 Android Smartphone Arrives

Samsung's long-awaited flagship Android smartphone doesn't fail to impress.

At long last, the Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 finally burst upon the scene Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York, introduced to us by a series of tongue-in-cheek theatrical sketches backed by fanfares from a live pit orchestra. Here's a first look.

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The screen

First things first – the 4.99-inch, full 1080p Super AMOLED screen is more or less what was predicted, but it still looks pretty gorgeous.

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Smart pause/scroll

Another rumor that was pretty much right on – you can tilt the phone slightly to scroll content up and down, and pause videos by looking away, thanks to the device's IR sensor.

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Thin construction

The Galaxy S4 weighs in at 130 grams – slightly lighter than the Galaxy S III – and is roughly the same size. It's available in black and white, and is apparently made from a new type of plastic.

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Dual cameras

You can use the front and rear cameras at the same time, letting the picture-taker into the frame.

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More cameras

The Galaxy S IV packs a 13MP main camera and a 2MP front shooter, along with a host of camera software upgrades, like letting users add audio content to pictures, remove inconvenient passers-by from the background and create heavily customized albums.

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Under the hood

Samsung says the Galaxy S 4 uses its recently released 1.6GHz Exynos 5 Octa 8-core SoC, 2GB of RAM, and either 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage built in. It's also LTE-equipped and will work with the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.