The Samsung Galaxy S4 will launch on all major operators in the UK on April 26, Samsung has announced.

Pitched as a device to bring your world together the S4 boasts a 1080p five inch screen, 2GB RAM, either a Samsung Exynos 5 or Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (depending on the region), 13 Megapixel camera, and is offered in 16/32/64GB storage varieties.

Despite its bigger screen the S4 is actually slimmer than the S3 at only 7.9mm and weighs just 130g.

New features include:

  • 'Dual Camera': so you can take simultaneous photos and videos using both the rear and front cameras, then blend the pictures together
  • 'Story Album': curates content, such as SNS posts, memos, location and weather information, as well as photos and videos, to create a photo album which is personalised around your timeline of special occasions and events
  • 'Group Play': means you can enjoy music, photos and games with those around you, without requiring a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal
  • 'Samsung Smart Pause': so you can control the screen using your eyes
  • 'Air View': allows you to hover with your fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, image gallery or video without having to open it
  • 'Air Gesture': so you can change a music track, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a wave of your hand
  • 'S Health' software: empowers your life by keeping you up-to-date with health and wellbeing information through a range of accessories

Simon Stanford, vice president of IM division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said: "At Samsung, we are restless about innovation, and are constantly striving to create unique experiences for our customers that will transform their lives. The Galaxy S 4 does just that. We have listened to what consumers around the world want and taken the intuitive technology from the Galaxy S III a step further. Combining this with superior hardware has led us to develop the Galaxy S 4, the ultimate smartphone inspired by our customers."

In addition, Samsung showed of a range of accessories including a gamepad spotted by Joystiq. The device doesn't have a name, but it's a Bluetooth controller into which the S4 snaps and offers four face buttons, dual analogue sticks and a d-pad.

Source: Press release