Samsung officially announces Galaxy S4 U.S. availability: seven carriers and seven retailers to get it from April
The Galaxy S4 is already up for pre-order at AT&T and U.S. Cellular and should soon hit Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless as well as Cricket and C Spire, beginning in April. Sprint has just announced it will have the S4 for pre-order tomorrow and it will launch on April 27th for $249 on a 2-year contract.
The Galaxy S4 will be on the shelves of the US biggest retailers: Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Staples, Target and Wal-Mart.
“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,” Samsung Telecommunications America president Dale Sohn said.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 REDEFINES THE SMARTPHONE AGAIN WITH MORE LEADING-EDGE INNOVATIONS AND GOVERNMENT-GRADE SECURITY＊
April 17, 2013
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.”
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.
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.
• 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.
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 ,
11. akki20892 (Posts: 2276; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
right dude, every company should do that launch in every carriers.......!!!
2. zig8100 (Posts: 106; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)
Sprint!!! 2efffin50!!! Thats so stupid! Better be 32 gigs!!
32. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)
"Getting a 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 from Sprint will cost you $250"
sorry i cant leave any links beacause i have less than 30 post?!?! sooo gotta do it this way
go to phonescoop.com then paste the below after the .com
4. dicemoney (Posts: 57; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)
$250? Thanks for making my choice a little bit easier HTC one here I come
13. dicemoney (Posts: 57; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)
I can use the $50 I save and buy a HTC case and still have money left over
53. minteke (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Jul 2012)
So what is the reason for nice HTC body if you anyway gonna cover it with a case??? Or leave it without case and enjoy scratches and dents very soon. That's why I will definitely buy SG4.
54. BillyG (Posts: 304; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
so you'll spend 50 to cover the One with 'plastic'? thats "really smart"...
14. kvk066 (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)
You enjoy the cheap plastic costing 250 bucks
26. Swypee (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)
like the cheap plastic lumia phones. with big bezelz
56. BillyG (Posts: 304; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
theres nothing cheap about polycarbonat... and i can do more with my 'plastic' ...
5. dicemoney (Posts: 57; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)
Samsung is starting to become worst than Apple
18. rallyguy (Posts: 401; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Samsung has nothing to do with it. Each carrier decides how much they want to subsidize the phone. Sprint choose a different price than others. The price point is on Sprint.
8. TerryCrowley (Posts: 182; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
The Galaxy S4 is a nice choice if you want a phone with hardly any usability but a ton of gimmicky features. It's the new trend amongst kids replacing the iPhone.
12. evarod48 (Posts: 126; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
how can someone that has never touched the device say it doesn't have usability?
16. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
Dont feed him.. he is just a butthurt losing review battles
19. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
Lol Samsung fans are worse than apple. Who woulda knew...
24. TerryCrowley (Posts: 182; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
I already called it. By no means am I an Apple fanboy but Samsung fanboys are the literally the worst. Zealotry of Apple fanboys and arrogance of Android fans. And lol@review battles.
30. darkkjedii (Posts: 8888; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
How is he losing phone review battles, when he doesn't make phones? He's a consumer dude, as long as he's satisfied with his purchase its a win for him either way.
34. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
Ohmy feeding and supporting each other.. pls read his comment and ull realize how hater and basher he is.. how in ds world a man will say that gs4 "with hardly any usability" wherein gs4 is winning d reviews.. pls dont make the hate and senseless attitude eat you guys..
And to d other guys, how cum my comment be a worse display of being a samsung fan if i stand on what reviews are saying and contradictng terrycrowly's comment.. if u will support the comment of terrycrowley then u r all d same..
40. teerex42 (Posts: 100; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)
cause they don't know s**t dude and they're jealous cause their crap phones won't have those awesome features :)
39. teerex42 (Posts: 100; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)
Dude ur a flaming idiot!! I've seen many a video and asked my Verizon rep about those what you called gimmicky features. They are very very useful...people who say the features are gimmicky are just jealous because their crap iphones or htc's don't have the same usable features. It's going to be the best smart phone on the planet and I am on Verizon, the best network on the planet!
10. wiiandds (Posts: 53; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Great. This means Ting Should get it soon after.
15. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
Ditch these haters here.. they are butthurt
17. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
No doubt the s4 is an amazing device, but this year my money is on the One.
21. darkkjedii (Posts: 8888; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
S4 and the new iPhone for me. That'll replace my ip5 and note 2
23. fwinst (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 May 2010)
If Sprint prices the 16gb model @ $250, it would seem they've decided to push the HTC One. I've owned multiple devices from each manufacturer. Both make excellent products. My preference right now would be the GS4 32gb or 64gb model. If the HTC had a 2600 Mah or (preferably) larger battery, and expandable memory, my choice might be different.
25. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
so far the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z seem like the best choices because the Galaxy S4 will be pretty much the same as the Galaxy S3 except it will cost more :(
27. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5467; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Xperia z isnt even on the big carriers yer
37. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)
too bad sprint cant get their hands on them Sony phones
38. SleepingOz (Posts: 2373; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
HTC One may be a good alternative but XZ, not so much.. =]
52. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)
Yah ur ryt.. htc one is d only big opponent of gs4..
Even pocketnow artcle on d oems compromises XZ wasnt mentiond as one alternative for major players now in android.. and gs4 was their gold medal winner w/ d plastc thing as d only compromse
41. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3503; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I would much rather have a Galaxy S4 than Xperia Z. The screen on the Xperia Z is pretty meh, and Samsung has done MUCH more to support their devices than Sony.
29. Lboogey6 (Posts: 237; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
im just curious why the one would be better? i know to each his own but im not seeing much beyond the boom sound
33. ahhxd717 (Posts: 297; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
Nice move in Samsungs part. Idk why they made the 64GB One only available on ATT. Maybe if it had an SD slot, it would be more understandable. They need to stop that exclusivity crap if they want more sales.
36. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)
wow no SD card slot!?!?!..if this is true then i think ill pass.for me i need to be able to change SD cards..all my media is on my SD card
..sprint wants $250 for the 16GB then i guess $300 for the 32GB??
35. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)
is the S4 a clean android or did sprint load all that BS bloatware onto the phone?
43. darkkjedii (Posts: 8888; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
AT&T does that same crap man. I heard sprint let's you uninstall it now.
49. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)
yea they all add extra BS apps....not sure about that but what sprint should do is have recommended apps and having the choice to download the app vs the phone already having the apps by sprint then the user has to go threw all kind of crap to remove the apps...
Sprint ID,Facebook, game demos etc...if i wanted any of these apps i would go to the google play store and download them
42. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
"Samsung officially announces Galaxy S4 U.S. availability"
"Samsung has not yet announced pricing and availability"
44. polyploidy90 (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)
listed for $1,149.99 at target unlocked
47. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Should be around $600-$650 unlocked once they are official. Unless your on a CDMA network DO NOT pay full price for the US version, the international has a better cpu/gpu and it has all the US bands.
46. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
When can you buy the not crap version on Amazon with an exynos 5?
48. fwinst (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 May 2010)
US Cellular will be selling the 16gb model for $199, AND including a flip cover for free!! Come on Sprint, stop over-pricing.
51. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)
Sweet! I've just received my free Riot Points!