The just-launched Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available to buy online. It is available at a variety of online stores with the price being the same – Rs 41,500. The phone is available on sites like HomeShop18, Flipkart, Saholic and Infibeam, among others, and is available in black and white. Except for Flipkart, all of the other websites seem to have the handset in stock; Flipkart is only allowing pre-orders at the moment.
It is expected to hit the stores by tomorrow along with a bunch of surprise gifts. The variant that will be available in India is the 16 GB one and all the existing EMI schemes of the Samsung "Own Now" promotional campaign will be available for the S4.
The Galaxy S4 was announced back in March and the leading smartphone maker in the world has once again married top-of-the-line hardware and unique software experience overlaid on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the OS.
The phone itself looks very similar to the Galaxy S3, but there are some slight aesthetic changes. Notably, the back is a lot flatter and the sides have also been straightened out. Overall, it's less curvaceous, although nothing like the bold changes we were told to expect.
You can now grab the Galaxy S4 online
The Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch display with a full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and is covered with Corning's Gorilla Glass 3. Samsung's official name for the display is "full HD super AMOLED" and it has a pixel density of 441 ppi.
The rear camera is a brand new 13 megapixel module and the front-facing snapper is a 2 megapixel unit. Samsung has packed in a lot of features in the camera firmware. The primary camera can take more than 100 shots in four seconds, according to Samsung, and users can keep the ones they like. Then there's "Sound and Shot", which seems like a bit of a gimmick at the moment. It lets you record five seconds of audio before you take a photo. Just like fellow Korean LG, Samsung has also included a "Dual Camera" mode, which takes shots with both the front and back cameras and integrates them into a single scene. The device is also equipped with 12 shooting modes, including Drama Shot, which allows you to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse.
The Galaxy S4 comes with all the connectivity features one expects from a flagship. There's support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which also runs on the standard a/b/g/n bands, Bluetooth 4.0, and LTE Cat 3. There's an IR blaster here, which is making a comeback of sorts into smartphones after a brief exile. The battery sounds wholesome at 2600 mAh. Initially, it will be available in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions.
Here are the key specs of the Samsung Galaxy S4:
- 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
- 1.6GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5410
- HSPA+, LTE, GPRS/EDGE
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
- Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR and A2DP
- GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
- MicroUSB 2.0 with MHL, USB On-the-go, USB Host
- 13 megapixel primary camera with LED flash, Simultaneous HD video and still image stabilisation, 1080p video recording.
- 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p video recording @ 30fps
- 16/32/64GB internal storage with microSD card for further expansion up to 64 GB