Galaxy-s4The Samsung Galaxy S4 which was launched in New York in March is finally available for sale in India and is priced at Rs 41,500 and will be available online and in stores across the country from tomorrow (April 27).

This make the phone cheaper than the HTC One, the BlackBerry Z10 and also the iPhone 5. We think Samsung has got the pricing just right, especially when you compare it to the competition.

The phone will be available in two colors – white frost and black mist.

Update: The device will first go on sale in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore tomorrow at noon and all over India soon after that.

Samsung has tied up with Vodafone  and will offer unlimited 3G data with FUP, 3,000 minutes worth of local and STD voice calls and 750 local and national messages. There are special gifts waiting for those who buy the smartphone on the launch day between 12-4 PM.

Samsung will also extend its EMI offer to the Galaxy S4 as well.

The phone goes on sale in the country along with a whole bunch of countries in the world in what is probably one of the largest launches for a smartphone till now.

Just to remind you, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, will sport a 5-inch Super AMOLED display and be powered by a Exynos Octa 5 CPU and feature 2GB of RAM. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera and A 2-megapixel camera. It is powered by a 2,600-mAh battery, which is a massive bump up from the 2,100 mAh battery of the SIII.

The phone runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will come with a ton of software enhancements like Air Gesture, Air View, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Dual-Shot,  Drama Shot, Group Play etc.

You can read more about the features of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 here.

First reviews of the S 4 are a mixed bag

While we wait to get our hands on the Galaxy S 4and have time for a complete review, here is what some technology journalist in the US have to say about the phone.

AllThingsD’s  Walt Mossberg says the “Galaxy S4 is a good, but not a great, step up.” He writes:

“It’s an evolution of the prior model and despite some improvements, it still is especially weak in the software Samsung adds to basic Android. I found Samsung’s software often gimmicky, duplicative of standard Android apps, or, in some cases, only intermittently functional.”

New York Times’ David Pogue says:

“In the end, the Galaxy S4 is a good choice for people at opposite ends of the technical spectrum: gadget hounds who love to customize at one end, and (thanks to Easy Mode) the easily overwhelmed at the other. For everyone else, the S4 may be buggy in spots and laden with not-quite-there features. But the basics are excellent; this phone is still a fast, bright, handsome pocket rocket. It easily earns its place as a successor to the Galaxy S3 and a rival to the iPhone.”

GigaOM’s Kevin Tofel finds the software additions good and says:

“I can’t stress enough that while the hardware is nice, the Galaxy S4 is chock full of software features that push the experience in a positive direction. Android 4.2.2 is the base operating system that Samsung builds its TouchWiz user interface upon. Simply put, [Samsung’s Android skin] TouchWiz has evolved as a powerful software environment that contains so much functionality that Samsung has had to put a tabbed interface in the Settings.”

The Verge’s David Pierce did not like the look of the phone and writes,

“I don’t like holding this phone, and I can’t overstate how much that informs the experience of using it. It makes an awful first impression, slippery and slimy and simply unpleasant in your hand. My white review unit is completely smooth and glossy, with a subtle checkered pattern that looks textured but is neither grippy nor textured anywhere on its body. Everyone I showed the Galaxy S4 to frowned and wrinkled their nose as if it smelled bad, before rubbing their fingers on the back of the phone and then handing it back to me – that’s the opposite of the standard reaction to HTC’s One, which everyone wants to ogle and hold.”

Harry McCracken from Time writes:

“If you want the most polished phone with the best selection of apps, the iPhone 5 still has no peer. If you crave Apple-like panache but love Android, HTC’s One is a fine choice. And if what you want is the mainstream phone with the biggest screen and the most built-in stuff, the Galaxy S4 is your most logical option.”

Key Specs of the Samsung Galaxy S4

  • Display: 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 1920x1080p resolution, 441 PPI
  • Processor: Exynos 5 octa-core processor
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS; 2MP front camera
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80), GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Gesture
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • Internal Storage: 16/ 32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
  • Battery: 2,600 mAh

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