Whenever a new smartpone gets launched, we all hope it will become available in our countries as soon as possible, to be able to enjoy the latest and greatest there is in technology. Such is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S4, which was officially unveiled more than one month ago in New York.
Today, we have great news for those living in India, because Samsung has launched the Galaxy S4 for the Indian market. What’s really awesome about the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in India is that the smartphone will be available across the country starting tomorrow, which makes this the widest and fastest smartphone launch yet. So, it doesn’t matter in which state you’re living in as you can order your Galaxy S4 as early as tomorrow in retail stores.
Samsung Galaxy S4 arrives with Exynos Octa 5 processor on Indian market
The Galaxy S4 comes with some special apps and features that are meant to steal your heart away, such as the dual camera, eraser, S Translate, Home Sync, group play, Knox, S Health and much, much more.
While the average user won’t perceive too many differences between the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S3, you should know that it packs an extremely snappy processor that is said even to be twice as powerful as the one inside the iPhone 5. The Indian market will receive the Galaxy S4 model that will come with the Exynos Octa 5 processor, which should perform better than the 1.9 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon model, released in US.
It’s also interesting to note how Samsung has reduced the MRP (maximum retail price) of the Samsung Galaxy S4 as compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3. The SGS4 will have a suggested market price of Rs. 40,499 while the MRP is set at Rs. 41,500 while the Samsung Galaxy S3 had one around Rs. 43,180. It is a sensible change, but one that will allow Samsung to sweep the market this year.
You can buy Galaxy S4 right away for Rs. 41,500 (around $765) at Samsung’s eStore if you’re really anxious to play around with it. Retail stores across India will start offering the smartphone from tomorrow. If you are amongst the first 400 to order it, then you will also get a special Galaxy S4 accessory bundle for free. And to refresh your memory, here are Galaxy S4’s specifications:
- 4G Network LTE, micro-SIM, 130 g
- Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- TouchWiz UI
- microSD, up to 64 GB, internal 16/32/64 GB storage, 2 GB RAM
- Back camera 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR
- Front camera 2 MP, 1080p@30fps, dual video call
- Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Chipset Exynos 5 Octa 5410: CPU Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
- GPU PowerVR SGX 544MP3
- Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture
- Wireless charging (market dependent)
- S-Voice, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, Air gestures
- Dropbox (50 GB storage)
- 2600 mAh battery: Up to 370 h (3G) stand-up, talk time: up to 17 h (3G), music play: up to 62 h
As always, when it comes to successful companies, the products they are releasing are in high demand, so there are chances that the supply will be quickly depleted. A Samsung official said:
Due to overwhelming global demand of Galaxy S4, the initial supply may be limited. We expect to fulfill inventory to meet demands in the coming weeks. Demand is far stronger than we had expected and as a result we are having difficulties in fully meeting initial supply requests
It will be interesting to see how will consumers react to the launch of the Galaxy S4 not only in India, but all over the world. After launching the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and 5.8, it seems that the Korean company is willing to give it a try with virtually any size they find. Will the next iPhone manage to impress as it once did or it will have to see a lot of its buyers flock to get the Galaxy S4? How will HTC react, specially since HTC One was announced for Rs. 42900, but is yet to hit the stands?