Official Samsung Galaxy S4 Accessories Hands On

Last night during the launch event of the Galaxy S4 Samsung announced a number of new accessories to go along with its new flagship smartphone.

The new accessories do everything from protect the new Samsung Galaxy S4 to help charge the new phone and sync fitness data. Samsung wasn’t very clear on when any of the new accessories will arrive in stores, though presumably most will come to stores in April when the phone first comes to carriers.

Like The Galaxy S3, the new Samsung Galaxy S4 has a collection of covers that replace the battery door of the phone and protect the screen. These cases come in a variety of colors including blue, orange, pink, green and black. The standard version of the cases cover the entire screen so users have to open the front flap to see the 5-inch 1080p display of the phone.

Galaxy S4 S View Covers

For the Galaxy S4, Samsung also introduced a cover case which it calls the S View Cover case. The S View Cover has a small window near the top of the case that lets users view part of the screen. The case works like a Smart Cover for the iPad, meaning it will automatically put the phone to sleep.

Galaxy S4 S View Cover

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When the user closes the S View Cover the phone will display information such as time, weather and notifications in the small window. It makes it easy to protect the screen and see some information quickly.

Galaxy S4 wireless charger

After the presentation Samsung showed a wireless charger for the Galaxy S4 which requires a new battery door. It’s not clear if any of the other cases will support wireless charging on the Galaxy S4.

Samsung also introduced a number of fitness for its new S Health app which will compete with devices like the FuelBand and FitBit. Samsung introduced its own S Band which will track information such as steps taken and calories burned to sync to the phone. Other S Health accessories include a heart rate monitor and a scale, both of which can sync data to the phone.

Samsung Gamepad

Finally, after the event Samsung introduced a Bluetooth gamepad that it simple called the Samsung Gamepad. The controller looks strikingly similar to the Xbox 360 controller complete with the same color face buttons. The controller will come to stores sometime in May, it will support 80 games at release and come with eight free games.

Comments

  1. Kristina F. says

    How does the S-View cover work? Meaning does it have a magnet or does it use the camera to determine when it is closed. This is important for me as my husband has to disabled the camera for work….if there is no option to turn the feature off and it IS camera based then the phone becomes useless.

    Thank you!

  2. Bryant says

    it uses the proximity sensors to take note that the cover is on…..and it is something you can turn off if its not to your liking….there are even 3rd party apps that help give you more control

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