The Galaxy S4 from Samsung has come out via an online retailer in India, and the 16GB version handset is listed at a price of Rs. 59,990. This is down from an MRP of Rs. 64,900, and the page has information indicating that the handset ships in 45 working days with a Rs. 99 fee for delivery. It is also available on a 3-month EMI scheme with installments of Rs. 19,997. Tradus happens to be taking pre-orders for it too.
The device was just recently revealed at a huge event in New York and garnered a lot of interest, but hasn’t even gone up for pre-order in the US. This version of the smartphone will come with the company’s 1.6GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset, which means that it won’t be compatible with 4G LTE networks, but it will run on Android Jelly Bean (version 4.2.2).
In terms of other specs, the device will have a 5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080p) Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 441ppi. There will be a 13MP primary camera on the back and a 2MP front-facing webcam, although both can be used when video conferencing. A ton of sensors have been packed into the phone and connectivity options even include the ability to use it like a remote control.
Even though it only comes to the country with 16GB of internal memory, a microSD card can add an additional 64GB of storage, which should prove ample when hoarding content on the high-end handset. Compared to the GS3, the battery spec gets a 500mAh bump up to 2,600mAh, although no usage stats have been provided. Lastly, it is only 7.9mm thick and weighs 130 grams.
The software features as just as impressive. Both cameras can be used to capture stills simultaneously, with a picture-in-picture format, and as we’ve mentioned already, the rear snapper can also be used when engaged in video chats. One of the main attractions is the ability to pause and resume video playback based on where users are looking. Meanwhile, Smart Scroll gives control while browsing through e-mails.
The main thing to take away is this: the Samsung Galaxy S4 can be purchased in the country, but those interested will have to fork over a large sum and bite their nails waiting for the handset to land at their doorsteps. The listing is on Rediff shopping and was spotted by the folks over at Tech2, who reckon the phone will sell at a much lower point officially.