Even though it has been rumored to be launched on May 1, the Samsung galaxy S4 has been officially announced in India today following launch events like the one in new York City with a Broadway show, the event at the Sydney Opera House, and the awkward helicopter ride in Romania. The Indian people should consider themselves lucky to be among the first to buy the Galaxy S4 and should be happy to hear that all the details about the device have been made public and we are talking about availability, price, and other useful information.
I know you all eager to find out which processor will be powering the device in India, and you pop the champagne because you getting the Galaxy S4 underpinned by the Exynos 5 Octa CPU. Actually, India is one of the few countries to receive this model, at least for now. When it comes to other technical details, they are the same meaning that the handset has a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED screen with a pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080. Apart from the processor, the Galaxy S4 also integrates an Adreno 320 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, which can be further expanded via microSD card, a 13 MP primary camera and a 2 MP front-facing shooter, and a 2,600 mAh battery. As for the operating system, there is not need to say that it runs the latest Android iteration, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which will probably be updated to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
Now let’s find out how much the Galaxy S4 will cost in India. The company revealed that the 16 GB version will be available for Rs 41,500 (~$783). At first glance, the price seems reasonable considering that the HTC One costs Rs 42,900 (~$809). However, the HTC One comes with 32 GB of internal storage. Due its high price, the Galaxy S4 could be bought taking advantages of the EMI offers, which will be available with certain credit cards.
The Indian customers will be able to buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 as of tomorrow. At first, the smartphone will be put on sale by the Samsung eStore and the company’s premium brand stores in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. The customers who buy the handset from noon to 4PM, will receive all sorts of “surprise gifts” from the manufacturer. After 4PM, all the major retail stores in India will start selling the smartphone.
The company said that it closed a partnership to mobile operator Vodafone and will provide the customers who purchase the Samsung Galaxy S4 with special voice and data offers. The offers will be available for prepaid as well as for postpaid customers. The company is offering a special all-in-one plan that includes unlimited data, 3000 local and STD minutes, and up to 750 local and national text messages. Unfortunately, we don’t know the speed of the provided data.
Further, the company makes the same offer as with the Galaxy Grand and will provide the Galaxy S4 users with free access to Rs 12,000 worth of My Services app content, which consists of more than 2000 films, previews and trailers, but also of lots of English and hindi audio files, 10,000 educational videos, live streaming of various events such as concerts, textbooks, online publications, ebooks and many others.
Now all you have to do is head to the nearest retail store and buy the Samsung Galaxy S4, and be happy that you can do that as the customers in other countries have two wait a few days longer.