It’s been leaked, teased, accused of being a copy of its predecessor, and celebrated as the likely champion of the mobile ecosystem for 2013. Samsung has finally unveiled the next in their line of globally available smartphones, the Galaxy S4. Times Square lit up in anticipation of Samsung’s event, and despite LG’s shenanigans earlier in the day it felt like the world stood still as JK Shin and crew took to the stage to unveil their new flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S4 is finally here, and while it may look almost exactly like last years model, the two phones couldn’t be more different. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is just barely lighter (130g), thinner (7.9mm), and possibly even shinier than the Galaxy S3, but what is underneath that Gorilla Glass 3 and textured casing is entirely deserving of the praise it will undoubtedly display. Much like the previous generation, Samsung has created what is essentially two phones here. There’s the Exynos based Octo-Core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz and the Snapdragon based Quad Core 1.9GHz processor. These two chipsets are expected to behave differently, but performance is supposed to be similar for most tasks between two chipsets. Regardless of which processor your carrier wind up with, your Galaxy S4 will also be packing 2GB of RAM and either 16, 32, or 64GB of storage depending on which model you purchase. Both the 2600mAh battery and the microSD slot are accessible though the removable rear panel, and the microSD slot can support up to 64GB. On the other side of that removable panel you’ll find a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution at 441ppi, coming out just under the HTC One’s 468ppi at 4.7-inches. This display is a world first, and Samsung is very proud of what this display is capable of. With the increasing focus on the quality of smartphone cameras, Samsung pulled out the stops an was sure to show off their new toys. The 13MP rear camera and 2MP front camera are certainly the high end of what is now considered pretty standard fare, but the software that drives this technology is brand new. Samsung is placing a premium on the ability to use both cameras at once, allowing you to record and share both the experience you are recording and your own experience at the same time. Whether you are video chatting, taking a photo, or recording video, you’ll be able to use both cameras simultaneously. The front camera alone also gets some special treatment, being capable of 1080p video at 30FPS.It wouldn’t be a Samsung phone if it weren’t packed full of TouchWiz flavored Android. The Galaxy S4 comes with Android 4.2.2 on board, making it the most up to date Android phone that isn’t a Nexus, but still packed with the latest from Samsung. Samsung has made the Galaxy S4 highly user focused, right down to the ability to adjust the sensitivity of the screen for use with gloves on. The Samsung Air Gesture, Smart Pause, and Smart Scroll features all focus on the ability to use the phone without touching it. You can look away to pause a video, wave your hand over the screen to scroll, and preview the next image or email with out placing your fingers on the screen. Samsung’s use of MHL 2, Bluetooth 4, and NFC technologies are all making comebacks with screen mirroring and smart sharing tools. On top of all of these new features Samsung has managed to maintain a user interface that Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note owners will recognize and understand with ease. Samsung is making the Galaxy S4 available in Black Mist and White Frost on all four of the major US carriers as well as most of the major international carriers. Samsung plans to announce availability per carrier, with pre orders to be made available through their partners. We’ll be offering you our hands on impressions of the phone as soon as possible, but it is clear that Samsung has put their best foot forward for this launch, and the Galaxy S4 will be a main contender throughout the year.