Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S4 smartphone Thursday. It has eye-tracking capabilities, gesture control, a 5-inch full HD screen and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.
That’s not all there was to see.
In one of the most head-scratching, bizarre tech product launches ever, Samsung staged an elaborate Broadway-esque show at Radio City Music Hall, where the S4 event was held, to debut the smartphone.
There was a tap-dancing kid. A ballerina. A bored housewife. A hot gardener.
The spectacle was so over the top that it seemed to eclipse news of the device itself on Twitter and other social media.
“What in the name of jebus are my eyes seeing at this car crash of an event. #samsung #s4” tweeted @julescoleman.
“Oh thank god it’s over. I’m going to go bash my head into something hard over and over until I can feel feelings again,” tweeted @SteveStreza.
And Chris O’Brien tweeted: “Right now, if you are in Radio City Music Hall, there is no escape. None.”
Samsung kicked off the 45-minute event with a rundown of the new phone’s specs.
The phone, which comes in black and in white, is 0.31-inch thick and weighs 4.6 ounces. Wireless carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon will offer it; and 327 mobile operators in 155 countries will carry the phone, which becomes available in late April.
“We have taken technology and innovation further to help us get closer to what matters in life,” Samsung executive J.K. Shin said from the stage. “We will imagine the possibilities, explore new directions and listen to you to understand what a smartphone should provide to us in our lives.”
Then things got weird. To demonstrate the phone’s new features, Samsung brought out a slew of performers.
One of them, named DeeDee, represented an older, bored housewife who was watching a video on her Galaxy S4 while sipping a glass of wine. Then a sexy gardener strolls onto the stage. DeeDee stops watching to gawk at the gardener. As she lifts her eyes away from the screen, the video pauses. When she finally turns her attention back to the screen, the video automatically restarts where it left off.
Read more: Andrea Chang, LATimes