We round up everything you need to know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4
It's almost here. The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be introduced tomorrow at a press event in New York and it will likely be one of the most important announcements of the year in the mobile industry. Let's take a look at all of the rumors, walk through what to expect and go over how you can get up-to-the-second coverage.
What's the big deal?
Samsung once said that it wanted to build up iPhone-like hype for its Galaxy lineup and many thought that was ambitious but ultimately unachievable. Well, it's done what some have thought was impossible: the Samsung Galaxy S4 anticipation is nearly on par with what happens when we get close to an iPhone announcement.
Samsung has been able to achieve this thanks to a strong marketing push and having high-quality products. Samsung ads are nearly everywhere, as commercials seem to play non-stop during every high-profile event. There's a local jazz festival here in San Francisco and Samsung even had a booth there to push its Galaxy lineup. The Galaxy S4 has been given many teasers to whet our collective appetitite.
This marketing probably wouldn't be effective if Samsung delivered a subpar product but that hasn't been the case. The first Galaxy S phone was a good Android phone but the Galaxy S3 is one of the best gadgets around and it is as good or better than the iPhone, depending on your preferences. I made the Galaxy S3 my primary phone again and have been very impressed with how good of an experience it provides.
Galaxy S4 rumors: Specs and software
While we won't know every detail until it's presented tomorrow, we have a good idea of what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Leaked pictures suggest that the design philosophy shouldn't change much, as the Galaxy S4 should have a plastic build and have the rounded edges that we're familiar with from the previous versions. The Samsung Galaxy S4 should have a 5-inch 1080p HD screen which may be and edge-to-edge display. There's also a rumor that it will use Green PHOLED technology for the screen and this could lead to better battery life.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is also expected to be powered by an octa-core Exynos processor and this should provide ample horsepower for games, browsing the web and for an overall smooth process. Look for it to include all the connectivity options you'd expect from a flagship device: Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 4G LTE, DLNA and maybe even a wireless charging option.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will likely have a 13-megapixel camera on the back of the device and look for at least a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Both should be able to record 1080p HD video and Samsung will include its own camera software like Share Shot.
When it's released, the Samsung Galaxy S4 should be one of the most powerful handsets ever.
Where and when can I get it?
If the previous pattern is any indication, the Samsung Galaxy S4 should be coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular and maybe even some more regional carriers. If you want the Galaxy S4 on your carrier, there's a high likelihood that you'll be able to get it.
Rumors suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be released near the end of April but don't be surprised if that slips into early May. Look for it to cost about $200 with a new, two-year contract on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. T-Mobile wants to implement a no-subsidy strategy, so that version of the Galaxy S4 may have a higher up-front cost.
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