The new Samsung Galaxy S4 will arrive in Canada as early as April 26.
At a glitzy Radio City Music Hall launch event in New York City on March 14, with multiple free-flowing open bars, a live orchestra and actors participating in Broadway-styled performances, Samsung said 327 carriers in 55 countries, including Canada, will be be on board for the release slated between April-June.
Pricing was not released but as pre-orders begin, it's not unreasonable to expect to pay about $199 on a standard 3-year plan.
In addition to the sharper 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with new Corning Gorilla Glass, 2 GB of RAM, a bigger 2,600 mAh battery, the new superphone will be driven by a 1.9GHz quad core or 1.6GHz octa-core processor, depending on the market.
The new dual camera function promises to be a big draw as it allows the photographer to put him or herself into a photo by using the 2MP front-facing camera at the same time as shooting a photo with the 13MP back-facing camera.
What's more, is that when photos are taken, the S4 has the functionality to capture audio to add to your picture. Also, editing features can help erase parts of the photo you don't like and there are 12 shooting modes somewhat similar to those on Samsung’s Galaxy Camera.
The S4 is jam-packed with sensors to enable a slew of cool features. For example, if you glance away while video is being streamed, the screen’s light will switch off to save battery power and restarts when you resume viewing.
A smart scroll feature allows you to scroll down your listing of email without your finger touching the screen - just perfect around mealtimes.
Samsung has set a goal of selling 10 million of these S4 superphones in the first month of availability. That seems a bit optimistic in light of the fact that a total of 100 million Galaxy S phones have been sold since they first came out in 2010. But, the S4 is more than a phone, as Samsung's mobile chief, JK Shin, says, it's "a life companion for a richer, simpler life."
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