Samsung Electronics-Galaxy S4

SEOUL, March 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled the Galaxy S4 phone, the latest in its flagship Galaxy S line-up, in a New York launch event as it moves to solidify its dominance in the global smartphone market.

In the event live streamed worldwide on Thursday (New York time), Samsung Electronics introduced the Galaxy S4 with a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, jumping into the race for smartphones with bigger and brighter screens.

The flagship phone that comes with a quad-core or octa-core processor depending on the market will be released in both third generation and long-term generation versions, according to the company.

The Galaxy S4 also packs a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera that can be simultaneously used for video calls and photo shoots.

In terms of thickness, the latest Galaxy device's 7.9-millimeter body is slimmer than the earlier Galaxy S3's body at 9 millimeters. It is, however, slightly thicker than the iPhone 5's 7.6-millimeter body.

Samsung Electronics plans to roll out the model in the second quarter via 327 operators in 155 countries, the company said, without providing a detailed schedule.

The Galaxy S4 is the latest in Samsung Electronics' successful Galaxy S line-up that has sold more than 100 million units worldwide.

"With the Galaxy S4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live," said Samsung Electronics' mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun, referring to the new user experience features added to the phone.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 comes with features that detect the user's face, voice and hand motions to enable screen control without directly touching the device.

The "smart pause" feature, for instance, pauses a video when a user looks away then resumes it when the user turns back to the screen. The "smart scroll" feature also allows a user to scroll up and down without touching the screen, according to the company.

The Galaxy S4 debut in rival Apple's home turf comes roughly a year after Samsung Electronics launched the Galaxy S3 phone in late May.

Thanks to the flagship model that sold more than 40 million units worldwide, Samsung Electronics emerged as the world's biggest handset maker and topped long-time market leader Nokia Oyj.

Samsung Electronics controlled 30.4 percent of the global smartphone market last year, surpassing now No. 2 player Apple's 19.4 percent, according to the data by Strategy Analytics.

In the overall handset market, including smartphones and feature phones, the company's market share came to 23.7 percent, topping Nokia's 19.6 percent and Apple's 8 percent, according to the data by International Data Corp.

The South Korean tech giant also continued its record profit streak last year, fueled by the robust performance of its IT & Mobile Communications unit, which covers smartphone sales.

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