After its global unveiling on 14 March, Samsung Galaxy S4 was officially launched in the Indian market on Friday. The launch event had begun at 12 noon in Kingdom of Dreams, a cultural theme park in Gurgaon.
Samsung has priced the Galaxy S4, which takes on the likes of the Apple iPhone, Sony Xperia and HTC One, at Rs 41,500 in India. The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in stores from 12 noon on Saturday, April 27.
The Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 441 ppi. The phone comes in two variants, one powered by a 1.9 GHz quad-core Processor and the other by a 1.6 GHz octa-Core processor. Samsung has launched the octa-core version (1.6 ghz quad core processor + 1.2 ghz quad core processor) in India. The phone’s memory can be expanded up to 64GB via a microSD card slot. The phone has 2GB RAM and extracts power from a 2600 mAh battery. Its battery is 20 per cent larger than that of the S III.
Running Android 4.2.2 OS, the Galaxy S4 has a 13 megapixel auto focus camera with flash. It has a 2 megapixel front camera with Full HD recording at 30fps.
Sales of Galaxy S4 has already begun at Samsung India eStore with special accessory bundle free for first 400 buyers. Select stores across the country are also expected to receive Galaxy S4 stocks. Reliance Digital and Tradus.com have reportedly begun taking pre-orders for Galaxy S4. Other online shopping portals such as Flipkart and Saholic have listed the hotly-anticipated phone on their website, but are yet to begin sales.
In the US, supply issues have snarled the rollout of Galaxy S4, which will go on sale at carriers Sprint and T-Mobile later than expected. The company attributed the delay to the unexpected strong demand for the Galaxy S4.
“Due to overwhelming global demand of Galaxy S4, the initial supply may be limited. We expect to fulfill inventory to meet demands in the coming weeks,” the company said in a statement.