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Samsung Galaxy S4 Arriving at Seven U.S. Carriers and Seven Retailers for an April Launch

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 may have been announced at a zany and somewhat entertaining press event at Radio City Music Hall in NYC back in March, but at the time, minimal U.S. carrier availability was mentioned outside of a couple of pre-orders. Today, Samsung has made almost all of it official, without mentioning any specific dates. 

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will launch starting in April at seven different U.S. carriers including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Cricket, US Cellular, and C Spire. It will also be available at a variety of retailers including Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Staples, Target, and Wal-Mart. Exact pricing and availability, as usual, will be announced individually by each carrier and retailer over the coming weeks.

The device itself is no different than what we got our hands-on already, and will feature Samsung’s new suite of camera software, air view and gesture technology, powerful set of specs, and accessory lineup.

Knowing the history of announcements like this, I wouldn’t be surprised if each carrier announced a launch date at various moments throughout the rest of the day.

The full press release with details on each new Galaxy S4 software feature along with a complete spec list can be found below.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S® 4 REDEFINES THE SMARTPHONE AGAIN WITH MORE LEADING-EDGE INNOVATIONS AND GOVERNMENT-GRADE SECURITY* 

The next generation of the world’s best-selling smartphone widely available at seven U.S. carriers and seven retailers beginning in April

DALLAS – April 17, 2013 – Building on the success and innovation of its predecessor, the Galaxy S® 4 provides a suite of industry-leading innovations that will change how consumers interact with a smartphone and delivers a greater level of security for regulated industries. The Galaxy S 4 uniquely makes advanced technologies and features easy to use by integrating them into the way individuals use their phones every day.

The Galaxy S 4 is the first device to enable consumers to control the device with touch-less features including scrolling or turning a page, viewing documents within a file folder or a link on a web page. It enhances memorable moments with innovative camera features that captures progressive action and removes unwanted people from the photo. The Galaxy S 4 also enhances your TV watching experience with the new Samsung WatchON™ service that simplifies searching and recommends TV, movies and sports according to personal tastes. With WatchOn and the built in IR blaster, the Galaxy S 4 also functions as a remote control for home theater equipment.

The Galaxy S 4 is optimized for powerful performance on the nation’s fastest networks and will be available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless as well as U.S. Cellular, Cricket and C Spire starting during April. Additionally, consumers can find the Galaxy S 4 at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile, Costco, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Staples, Target and Wal-Mart. Exact pricing and retail availability will be announced by each of the carriers and retailers in the coming weeks.

“The Galaxy S line of smartphones has achieved momentous success with 100 million in unit sales worldwide in less than three years. This validates that we are addressing what consumers want from a smartphone,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “The fourth generation of Samsung’s flagship device builds upon the tradition of excellence and provides consumers with even more innovation that simplifies and redefines the way individuals will interact with their Galaxy S 4. We believe this device will be a true companion to all aspects of a consumer’s life from work, to travel and even watching TV.”

Meaningful Moments

The Galaxy S 4 combines the simple and visual interface introduced with the Galaxy Camera with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera to take professional looking photographs with a smartphone. The front-facing 2-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S 4 allows consumers to capture special moments in unique and new ways with the Dual Camera shooting mode. Dual Camera mode takes pictures with both the rear and front cameras simultaneously to enable the photographer to be in the photo as well.

The Galaxy S 4 is loaded with several innovative capabilities that let anyone shoot like a professional:

  • Drama Shot: Capture a progressive event, like a baby’s first steps or a basketball player’s slam dunk, in one frame
  • Eraser Shot: Remove unwanted objects or people from an otherwise perfect picture
  • Animation Shot: Turn your favorite moments into animated GIF
  • Live Filters: With built-in filter options, an individual can now see how a picture will look– on both the camera and camcorder – before the photo is taken

Compile photos with location and weather information with Story Album™ to create the most comprehensive and personalized memory book. Integration with Blurb’s photo book printing service allows consumers to easily print a physical book to keep or share.

Effortless Experience

The Galaxy S 4 introduces a completely new way to interact with a smartphone – without a touch. A simple wave of the hand over the screen scrolls through a screen and changes a song; holding a finger over the screen allows one to preview content within the photo gallery, email and calendar; pause a video by looking away from the screen and scroll to the top or bottom of a page by looking up or down.

Features include:

  • Air Gesture: Answer a call or skip to the next song by waving your hand in front of the screen. Useful when your hands are otherwise occupied
  • Air View™: Preview emails, photos in the gallery, or even the stories in Flipboard® by hovering your finger over the screen
  • Samsung Smart Pause: Pause a video by looking away from the screen
  • Samsung Optical Reader: Automatically recognizes text, a business card or QR codes and take immediate action like placing a call from a scanned card or translating text

Protect Work and Personal Information

The Galaxy S 4 is not only perfect for personal use, but it is enterprise ready as a SAFE™-designated device.   The Galaxy S 4 is the first Samsung device to include Samsung’s KNOX solution, which provides comprehensive mobile security at the hardware level and enhanced personal privacy for individuals at the software level. All framework components come standard on the device, and full-feature activation by solution providers and distribution channels will be available at a later date.

The Galaxy S 4 simultaneously delivers on IT executives’ need for industry-leading mobile security for companies with stringent security requirements. KNOX enables consumers to separate work via Samsung’s containerization approach. IT managers can now access and manage the passcode-protected work container without disturbing the content within an individual’s personal space on the device so consumer content, including photos, emails, music files and social network data remain intact on the device when an employee separates from a company.

Ease of Use

With the Galaxy S 4, there are a number of features to simplify the experience for first-time smartphone owners, those interested in switching from another operating system and long-time Samsung consumers. The Galaxy S 4 has a streamlined start-up wizard so consumers can begin using the device faster and learn about its unique features from the start.

Easy Mode, which was first introduced on the Galaxy S III, has been enhanced to smooth the transition for first-time smartphone owners by simplifying the home screen layout, camera, calendar, messaging and the internet browser to make the settings menu easy to navigate. Once a user is more comfortable with their Galaxy S 4, they can easily switch back to the standard home screen interface.

With the launch of the Galaxy S 4, Samsung is also introducing Samsung Smart Switch™, a PC application that lets new owners transfer contacts, messages, photos, music, calendar notifications and more from another phone to the Galaxy S 4. Smart Switch can identify favorite applications and recommend the same or similar applications within Google Play™.

The Galaxy S 4 greatly improves upon the popular notification shade, which provides quick control of new innovative features, and the functionality most often accessed and changed by consumers. The expanded notification shade shows 19 settings so consumers can quickly and easily toggle them on and off as needed.

Powerful Performance

The sophisticated Galaxy S 4 is designed with a full-HD Super AMOLED™ (1920 X 1080) display with 441ppi for brilliant, stunning graphics on the device’s 5-inch screen. The slimmer, sleeker smartphone weighs 4.6 ounces, is 7.9 millimeters thin and has a minimized bezel to maximize the viewing experience.

The Galaxy S 4 includes Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) with TouchWiz® enhancements, a 1.9 GHz quad core CPU and 2GB of internal RAM. The Galaxy S 4 is also uses Gorilla Glass® 3.0 – the most advanced, fortified glass for its stunning 5-inch display, making it stronger and more resistant to scratches and cracks than ever before.

The Galaxy S 4, available at select carriers in Black Mist and White Frost, is powered by a removable 2,600 mAh battery for extended use on a single charge. Users can store large libraries of photos, music and videos on the Galaxy S 4 with expandable memory of up to 64 GB to complement the standard 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage.

Protect the Galaxy S 4 with the S View Flip Cover, a specially designed flip cover that has a clear window to read a text message, answer or reject a call, and view the battery status. Sold separately, the S View Flip Cover comes in Black Mist and White Frost to add style, while protecting the device and providing privacy, and is sold separately.

For more information on the Galaxy S 4 and accessories, please visit www.samsung.com/us/galaxys4 or www.samsungmobileuspress.com.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Product Specifications:

galaxy s4 specs

*KNOX incorporates Security Enhanced (SE) for Android developed by the NSA (National Security Agency), which is baked in at the kernel level of the device to greatly limit potential damage due to flawed, malicious apps and/or “rooting” malware.

Samsung, Galaxy S, TouchWiz, Samsung Smart Switch, ChatOn, WatchOn, S Voice, Story Album, and Air View are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.  Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks.

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About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

  • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

    I like the phones hardware and specs (Maybe I’m the only one?)

    But I wont buy it until it gets rooted and official CyanogenMod support. Until Then I’ll be rocking my S3 with CM10.1 and waiting for a verizon Nexus device straight from google (which I don’t see happening)

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    I am no fan of the Galaxy series, but I wish every carrier sells millions of them and breaks all kind of record, except for Verizon — they need to be taught a lesson how NOT to handle an Android flagship, and the only thing that can do that is a big miss of opportunity.

    That said, I don’t see it will happen. They won’t learn. Just look at the history of iPhone. At times when Android wasn’t even a threat to the iPhone, Verizon stood firm and did not appear to be doing bad financially at all.

  • Syraz/Azilla

    now if verizon lets you charge this to account with the new device payment plan all will be well

  • TheDrunkenClam

    All their new software sounds cool, and I hope Stock android soon adopts some of those features. But please tell me im not the only one who would want to root and ROM this bad boy to put bone stock android (cyanogen) on it the day I bought it. Also, with cyanogen, will the SD card still work?

  • regkilla

    It will also come out on Metro PCS. Check out Samsung Mobile’s official Facebook page.

  • Jordan Marrie

    I’m not a big Galaxy fan but that black color looks slick.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Being able to purchase the SGS4 at Best Buy is awesome! Now I’ll finally be able to put that $50 Best Buy Credit I registered for months ago!

    I’ll probably be getting the 16GB version since I’ll be able to upgrade to more memory anyways.

    WUNDERBAR!

  • Chris White

    Interesting that they say availability “starting during April”. I wonder if it will launch on Verizon on the same day as AT&T, or if it will be later like the Staples memo we saw a few days ago, which had it launching in late May. Hopefully, it’s available before May 1 on Verizon.

  • RaptorOO7

    Great news (for those on Verizon as well) but where is the 32GB version (or the 64GB versions that will never be in the US). Really AT&T, I am trying to give you my money and port 2 lines but you can’t offer a pre-order for the 32GB GS4?

    • Austin Warren

      They believe in cloud storage and SD slots which is perfectly fine.

      • Christopher Riner

        Yeahhh…gonna have to agree with you on that one.

    • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

      just get a 64 GB SD card. problem solved.

      • Alberto Hamade

        I’m pretty sure you can not install apps on the sd card… Correct me if I’m wrong.

        • Austin Warren

          I have over 50 apps on my 16gb note 2. Store everything else on SD.

          • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

            I have a ton of apps installed, but throw on a few Gameloft, and similar, games, at 1-2GB a piece and it starts to get real cramped.

            On a side note, I just ran out of space yesterday, and discovered Google Music was using 2.5GB of storage for “temporary caching”.

        • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

          I believe it’s possible with some work, but still a pain, at least with the S3. I’m really glad I went with the 32GB model, even if it is a bit of a ripoff.

  • Christopher Riner

    Knox is baked in at the kernel level to prevent “rooting malware”? Seeing as how I’m on Verizon, I’m definitely passing on this one. Great phone, great specs, I just can’t stand the design, the ux, and the damn button setup. Jeez I wish Verizon would get the One.

    • Dima

      This isn’t to prevent rooting…

      • Christopher Riner

        No I understand that, but I like playing with my phone’s guts. What exactly are they talking about? I have no idea. But it definitely doesn’t sound like its something I want baked into my kernel, not if I plan on rooting the phone.

        • Dima

          It’s an enterprise management solution. Think BES for Android. It will have little to no effect on your personal device.

          • Christopher Riner

            Are you talking about the Knox software in general?

    • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

      Blah. Your loss.

      • Christopher Riner

        Yeah, I mean man I can’t blame anyone for wanting the phone, but I’m still rocking the og nex, and when I buy my next phone I want it to be a phone that I wanted just as bad as the unicorn. To me, this is just like when the s3 and note 2 came out. I could understand if you had an s3 why you’d want one of these-its the same phone, but better. Its just that if the s3 and the note 2 couldn’t do it for me, then its no surprise I’m not excited about this phone. Like I said tho, I totally understand why someone would buy it. I mean its a slick phone, just not ticklin mah pickle.

        • Detonation

          og nex? the nexus one?

          • Christopher Riner

            No sorry, I should’ve been a little more clear I was talking about the g-nex. I called it the og nex BC the thing is starting to feel like a dinosaur. Granted, I just made an insurance claim and got a new one and its nice and shiny and running smooth. But I’m still waiting for one of these companies to jump in bed with Verizon and blow my socks off.

          • michael arazan

            Me too, If nothing dazzles me, or if the Motorola X is a bust, I’m just going to get a used Note 2 to replace my Gnex sometime this summer