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Live: Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 – USA TODAY


7:34 p.m.: There’s a reason for the dance routine: showing off Drama Shot. The camera can take up to 100 shots in four seconds, and creates a collage in one frame. There’s also the very cool Eraser, which lets users delete bits of the background for a cleaner view.

7:32 p.m.: Now the Samsung messenger is tap dancing. Not making this up.

7:31 p.m.: The dual camera also works with photos, capturing one with each camera at the same time. Users can also add audio to images. Very interesting. The camera includes a variety of filters they can implement.

7:30 p.m.: And this is where the event turns into a Broadway presentation. They are in Radio City Music Hall, after all. Bidan breaking down the dual camera, where users can shoot videos with both cameras simultaneously. Wow.

7:27 p.m.: The S4 will come built with 16 GB of storage with options for 32 GB or 64 GB. It also includes a micro-SD slot for up to an extra 64 GB. It also includes a removable battery.

7:26 p.m.: S4 includes usual bells and whistles such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The 4G network includes 100 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload speeds. There’s also very little surrounding that screen, which looks gorgeous. The main camera is 13 megapixel, while the front is 2 megapixel, says Bidan.

7:24 p.m.: Ryan Bidan of Samsung Marketing on stage to describe features. It’s 5.3 inches long by 2.7 inches wide. Full 5-inch screen, full HD, super AMOLED screen.

7:21 p.m.: A slide on the big screen calls the S4 a “life companion.” Shin says it’s slimmer, lighter and more solid, and supports 3G and 4G.

7:19 p.m.: “For each of us, life is a journey,” says Shin. “What we want is a device that can join us in our journey.” Shin then confirms what we all expected: the Samsung Galaxy S4.

7:18 p.m.: Shin mentions Samsung Knox, which focuses on providing security for enterprise purposes. Also noted, HomeSync for “seamless” sharing between devices.

7:16 p.m.: Shin says focus of Samsung is to create a device that “helps us get closer to what matters in life,” and to lead a life that’s “richer and simpler.” Shin hinting at touchless interfaces and the long-rumored eye tracking technology.

7:15 p.m.: Chase introduces Samsung’s J.K. Shin, who will likely unveil the next Galaxy. “We are committed to innovation. We are always listening to what people want around the world,” says Shin.

7:12 p.m.: Show starts with a video of a young boy carrying a mysterious box with the word “Unpacked,” which happens to be the name of Samsung’s event. Host Will Chase and “messenger” Jeremy Maxwell on stage.

7:11 p.m.: That YouTube stream is now up to 347,000. Lots of people interested in Samsung Galaxy. Lights have dimmed. Go time.

7:05 p.m.: And the announcer just said the show will begin in a few minutes.

7:03 p.m.: And for those wondering, I’m watching via live stream on YouTube, along with 272,000 (and climbing) of my closest friends. If you’re on a Web browser, scroll down to watch with us.

7:00 p.m.: Between the music and presentation at Radio City Music Hall, can’t tell if this is a tech event or the lead-up to the Oscars. Very Hollywood.

Update at 6:59 p.m. ET: The event is about to start in a minute. Let’s see whether this is the Galaxy S IV that everyone has been speculating about.

Our original story

Samsung is hosting an event in New York where it is widely expected the company will unveil its latest Galaxy S smartphone.

USA TODAY’s live coverage of the announcement starts up at 7 p.m. ET. Samsung is also broadcasting via YouTube livestream.

Rumors have been swirling about what features the next Galaxy S will support, including a 5-inch screen, quad-core processor, 13-megapixel camera and eye tracking for scrolling articles without using your fingertips.

Live: Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 – USA TODAY

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