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Submission + - Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran? (

iComp writes: "After weeks of hypegasmic drum-beating at a level unusual for the Korean consumer-electronic giant, Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S 4 at an embarassingly over-the-top, show biz–infused gala on Thursday evening in New York City, an extravaganza that overshadowed the fact that the Galaxy S 4 appears to be fine Android phone, and one that – as demoed, at least – may not have put all other Android phones to shame but one that does make Apple's iPhone 5 look like yesterday's newspaper.

No matter how you spin it – be you fanboi or fandroid – Tim Cook & Co. have a heavy-hitting competitor on their hands, despite some pundits' predictions and Apple-executive smokescreening.

Before we dip into the Galaxy S 4's software-based advances – and knowing that Reg readers are more interested in fact-based geekery than razzle-dazzle glitziness – let's first roll through Samsung's new smartphone's tech specs, beginning with the should-be-obvious fact that it's based on Google's Android OS; version 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, to be exact. That base system, however, has been enhanced with a host of Samsung-only features which we'll get to in a moment.

During the event, no mention was made of the processor running the Galaxy S 4, but in the company's release detailing the handset's specs, Samsung says that the phone will come in two basic versions, a 1.9GHz quad-core and a 1.6GHz "Octa-Core", to be sold in different markets."

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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