Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 in a spectacular New York event in mid-March and planned the worldwide launch for 27 April, with the World Tour to be held in major cities including Sydney, New Delhi, Dubai, Moscow, Sao Paolo, Beijing, Seoul, New York and Tokyo. The World Tour will give local attendees the chance to get their first hands-on moment with the new Samsung Galaxy S4 handset, with an introduction from Samsung executives.
Epic Samsung Galaxy S 4 Launch Event With Bruno Mars
Samsung once again pulled out all the stops in launching their latest and greatest smartphone last night, debuting the Galaxy S4 at Cunard Hall in Manhattan’s Financial District with hands on demos for those in attendance, a DJ set by Reverend Run of Run DMC, and capped with a special concert by Grammy® Award-winning recording artist Bruno Mars.
Samsung Galaxy S4 to hit Canadian shelves April 27
Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, will hit Canada as early as April 27. Mobile providers are now taking pre-orders for the new five-inch smartphone. Samsung Canada, the leading supplier of mobile phones in the Canadian marketplace, celebrated the upcoming launch of the highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY S 4 last night, with regional launch parties in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto. The truly Canadian launch events featured celebrated Canadian bands – Dragonette in Montreal, STARS in Vancouver, and Walk Off The Earth in Toronto. Additionally Feist performed live simultaneously in all 3 cities as a hologram.
Samsung’s rival to Apple’s iPhone. Those who pre-order a phone in advance, for about $200 on a three-year contract or $700 without a contract, should get it by the end of the month.
UK launch event
The UK launch event of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was held at the Kensington Olympia in front of several hundred people. Introduced by president and CEO of Samsung Europe, SP Kim, the event featured Jason Bradbury (The Gadget Show) and European Vice President for Samsung Telecom Operations, Jean-Daniel Ayme. Previously it was announced that the Galaxy S4 would be released on 26th April, however, in this presentation we were told that it will in fact be at 10am on 27th April!
GALAXY S4 WORLD TOUR 2013 Seoul
Samsung Electronics’ brand-new smartphone Galaxy S4 landed in Korea after a long journey starting from the United States (New York) to the United Kingdom (London), China (Shanghai), Australia (Sydney), and Russia (Moscow).
Samsung Electronics unveiled Galaxy S4 at the World Tour Seoul that was held on April 25 at the Multipurpose Hall of its Seocho building in Seoul, Korea. The domestic version of Galaxy S4 is mounted with a low voltage-based Exynos 5 Octa processor that was developed by Samsung’s System LSI Department. Exynos 5 Octa processor contains eight cores. Four of them are active when high-spec programs are used. The remaining four are active when low-spec programs such as web browsing are in use. In some foreign countries, Galaxy S4 will be mounted with Qualcomm’s SnapDragon 600 series instead of Exynos 5 Octa processors.
Samsung GALAXY S4 World Tour 2013 Seoul (Full Version)
Samsung Galaxy S4 launched in India for Rs 41,500
New Delhi: India’s No. 1 Smartphone provider, Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of the much-anticipated Samsung GALAXY S4, the next generation handset that’s designed to bring people together and enrich everyday life , into the Indian market. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has been launched in India for Rs 41, 500. The MRP for the Galaxy S4 is Rs 45,000. Samsung has launched the 16 GB version of the smartphone. It has a microSD card slot with a 64GB limit.Point to be noted is that the HTC One device, which was launched in India this month, costs Rs 42,900.
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 World Tour landed in Australia
Following the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in New York on the 14th of March 2013 that streamed live across the world, this past Tuesday evening Samsung’s Galaxy S4 World Tour landed in Sydney, with the electronics giant announcing that the handset will be available in Australia from Saturday April 27. It will be available at Samsung stores and the big electronics chains outright for $899 for a 16GB model.
Samsung launches Galaxy S4 in South Africa
Electronics maker Samsung unveiled their latest smartphone, the Galaxy S4, at a launch event in Johannesburg, South Africa last night. The event was attended by approx. 2500 guests, as well as media representatives from across Africa.
“With the Galaxy S4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live. All the innovative features of Galaxy S4 were developed based on the insights and needs we found from our consumers all around the world. Following the successful Galaxy S series, this phone is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation.
At Samsung we’ll never stop pursuing innovation conceived by people so we can inspire them in return,” said Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics South Africa during the press conference.
In what is also a world first from a device manufacturer level, Samsung will be providing Pan-African users with a two year warranty, which they call ADH – Accidental Damage from Handling. Essentially what it means, is if users damage the screen or suffer water damage, Samsung will replace or repair the Galaxy S4 at no cost to the user.
“This warranty is yet another way Samsung is showing its commitment to customer service by introducing it as standard on the Galaxy S4 and will be extended to other Samsung devices in the months to come, ” says George Ferreira, VP and COO of Samsung Electronics Africa.
“The ADH will be incorporated into the existing 24-month standard factory warranty on the Galaxy S4. This warranty will cover only screen and liquid damages, and customers will be limited to two incidents per 24-month period that can be two screen, two liquid, or one incident of each,” Samsung explained.
ADH will be available in South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Mauritius, Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, and Cote d’Ivorie, Sudan, Angola, Tanzania, Botswana, Ethiopia and Mozambique.
The device will be available in South Africa on 27 April for R8499 ($940), while the LTE version will arrive six weeks later and retail for R8899 ($988).
Samsung launches flagship Galaxy S 4 in United Arab Emirates
South Korean smartphone market leader Samsung Electronics late on Monday announced the availability of its fourth-generation Galaxy S smartphone, the Galaxy S 4, in the UAE, at a gala event in the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai. Speaking to The Gulf Today during the launch, Hayssam Yassine, Head of Telecommunications Group at Samsung Gulf, defined extra features of newly-launched smartphone. Consumers will be able to buy the Galaxy S4 from all major retail outlets from 27 April.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 – WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
AllThingsD: ‘Galaxy S 4 Is a Good, but Not a Great, Step Up’
‘If you’re a nut for lists of new features, love Samsung or crave an even bigger display, the Galaxy S 4 may be for you. It’s a good phone, just not a great one.’
T3: ‘A Real Beauty’ (5/5)
‘It feels good, looks smart and does more than previous smartphones have. On the other hand, just as most people only scratch the surface of the capabilities of their home computers, settling for email, word processing and a little light gaming, there are going to be a lot of customers who barely dig into the features here.’
The Verge: Great To Use, Unpleasant To Hold (4/5)
‘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.’
Engadget: ‘Predictable Excellence’
‘If you’re considering a move from an older Samsung device, the GS 4 is absolutely the handset you want.’
Techcrunch: ‘The S Stands For Super, Not Simple’
‘It’d be foolish to think that the Galaxy S4 isn’t a top-notch phone. But in playing with this phone for a while, adjusting to the new features, trying to make the most of them, and sometimes failing miserably, I keep returning to the idea of ‘Keep it simple, stupid.’