AT&T has announced via its blog that its customers will be able to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S4 beginning April 16th for $249.99 with a two-year contract. Nothing has yet been said about when the device will start shipping or whether both ‘White Frost’ and ‘Black Mist’ color versions will be available for pre-order right from the beginning.
Earlier on Tuesday, T-Mobile had announced that it would start selling Samsung’s flagship device Galaxy S4 from May 1. So a similar timeframe can be expected from AT&T as well. Expect to see a similar announcement from Verizon in the coming weeks.
It is, however, surprising that AT&T has chosen to price Galaxy S4 almost 25% more than other flagship devices on its store. Take for instance; the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 both were available for $200 on launch day. AT&T might well be cashing in on the hype generated by the impressive features S4 has up its sleeve, but we will have to wait and see if AT&T cuts the price later depending on customer response.
Samsung had earlier confirmed that the US & UK model of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with a quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU along with 4G/LTE connectivity. Devices in other markets will consist of Samsung’s in-house Exynos 5 Octa processor with four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 cores and the tri-core PowerVR SGX 544 GPU.
The Galaxy S4 features a 5-inch PenTile RGBG Full HD Super AMOLED screen with 441ppi. It will come with 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage options, which can be supplemented with up to an additional 64GB via the microSD card slot. It also includes a temperature sensor and a humidity sensor and a humongous 2GB RAM. Moreover, the phone will be launching with Android 4.2.2 out of the box.