No FM Radio in Samsung Galaxy S4

No FM Radio in Samsung Galaxy S4

Yes, you read it right. There is No FM Radio in Samsung Galaxy S4.

Samsung Galaxy S4 was unveiled by the company on 14 March in their Samsung Unpacked 2013 event at New York. Even though the phone has very high end features (mentioned at the end of the post) and power packed hardware, it keeps out one very basic thing: FM radio.

Yeah, we know that there’s not a single iPhone with an FM radio and also, Google’s Nexus phones don’t have it. But it was not expected from Samsung too, because most of their other phones in the Galaxy series and others too have an FM Radio. The criticism finally made Samsung to speak up on their Russian Facebook page, they mentioned:

Our studies show a trend shift of interest to digital broadcasting, specifically – focus on listening to music content in social networks or on the channel YouTube. The flagship model of our products are focused on customers who use digital content, which use modern formats and channels of information consumption. (Translated from Russian)


What do you think about Samsung’s this thought? The world is going closer towards a digital life so the old things must be wiped off? We think it’d be awkward when someone owning a Galaxy S, S2 or S3 has FM on his device but you inspite of having the biggest flagship of 2013 doesn’t. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


Quick specs of the Galaxy S4:

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours.
  • 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution on a 5 inch screen, that gives a pixel density of 441 ppi.
  • 2 GB RAM, 16/32/64 GB internal storage that is expandable upto 64 GB with a microSD card.
  • 13 MP primary camera and 2 MP secondary camera, both capable of full HD 1080p video recording.
  • Exynos 5 Octa-Core (5410) CPU with Quad Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.6GHz and Quad Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.2GHz or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU clocked at 1.9GHz (Depending on the market).
  • PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU running at up to 533MHz or the Adreno 320 GPU (Depending on the market).


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  • Edemilson Lima

    If you don’t want to spend money on your data plan to just listen radio, Sony MW600 stereo bluetooth earphone with FM radio is the right companion for a Galaxy S4. :)

    • Vishal Khedkar

      That’s a very good suggestion! 😉

  • Tom

    I need radio, I dont have many internet traffic. I cant listen radio when traveling too..

    • Harsh Shah

      That’s sad Tom. Buy another phone for Radio or refer to Edemilson’s comment. 😛

  • Hans

    No fm-radio onboard? That exactly is the reason that I will stick to my little bit aged Samsung S. And if time becomes urgent I have to refuse Samsung’s Galaxy S4 because of its lagging fm-radio.

    I strongly believe in that Samsung drop the fm-radio NOT because of the result of any kind of investigation of their customers needs. It’s just the result of following desires of the mobile network providers. Because they want their costumers to use as much of their data-plans as possible. They know already that the business of selling voice and text service is going down. VoIP will take over this part as happened with landline-calls. Just think of “WhatsApp” replacing text messages and “Skype’s VoIP Android app” as a substitute for voice-calls etc. The fact that fm-radios don’t consume mobile-data and this is a pain in the ass for every provider.

    We all do know that, in many cases of a public disaster the mobile networks are very sensitive to quit their service because they are overloaded, or shut down by authorities to avoid more bombs ignited by terrorists. And this not only by suppressive governments of unstable states.
    Just remember every “New year” or “New York 11/09”, an earthquake or flood, a tsunami or blackout, if many people want to make calls just within the same time! “Network overloaded tut-tut-tut”. Imagine a sudden blackout. You think that’s no problem for you because your cellphone is powered by a battery? The truth is that you battery is very useless with no fm-radio. If all mobile network service are going down. How nice would it be to know what is going on out there or where you should go for your personal safety or what will happen next etc. – just by listening to your always ready fm-radio inside your cellphone?
    Just remember the bombs of Boston. The network was locked down by the authorities and you have leave behind without your “Twitter” and “Facebook”. With no chance to gain any further information. But if your cellphone have a build-in fm-radio and a battery – it could save your life.

    The Samsung Galaxy S4 I never ever would call a “Life Companion” as Samsung actually do. This just because of its lagging fm-radio. In fact the fm-radio-chip is already on-board. Just disabled by Samsung to follow the desires of our network-providers.

    Have a fm-radio within your cellphone, provide you with several advantages. It is very less battery draining and this will keep your cellphone long time alive if needed. It’s free of charge. It continues working even the mobile network is shut-down for any reason. It could save your life and tell you if a rescue team is looking and even coming for you. Fm-radios have a very long range compared to mobile-network-radios. This way it’s able supporting you even out on sea or on little islet where you got stranded. Most users of cellphones in their daily life don’t even realize the importance of having a fm-radion in their phones. They still believe the words of Apple, Google and Samsung now too. They will start thinking and stop believing in case of an emergency. Hopefully not being late.