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Galaxy S4 in UAE by end-April

(Abdul Basit) / 24 March 2013

UAE smartphone lovers will have to wait until next month for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4, as the device is expected to be available in the last week of April in the country, sources told Khaleej Times.

While Samsung’s latest device was officially launched on March 14, there are still some lingering questions including those about its release date in certain regions, as well as which processor the Galaxy S4 will have in which region.

Although the availability of the new device by Samsung is not yet officially confirmed in the UAE, reliable sources said it is expected to be available before the end of April with a price tag of not more than Dh2,600.

“It’s coming here [the UAE] next month and the price would be between Dh2,300 to Dh2,600,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

India and the UK have already started pre-booking of the device and there are reports of a more-than-expected response. So far, UAE retailers have not announced pre-booking as they need more information about the supply situation.

“It’s too early to start pre-booking [in the UAE] without having information about the supply,” the source said. The Galaxy S4 may follow the same pattern the Galaxy S3 had, where pre-booking started one week before the launch in the UAE, the source added.

At the March 14 launch, Samsung announced that the new device will be released with two different processors — a 1.6GHz Exynos 5 Octa-core processor and a 1.9GHz Snapdragon quad-core for some regions. The source has confirmed that the UAE will get the device with the former specification.

Other features include a 4.99-inch Super Amoled full-HD display with 441ppi, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, 13MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM and new features including eye tracking technology.

Samsung’s new gadget will compete with Sony’s Xperia ZL and the water-resistant Sony Xperia Z, LG’s Optimus G and HTC’s One and One X+.

Samsung’s flagship phone is considerably faster than the HTC One, LG Nexus 4 and Galaxy S3, according to analysts. They believe that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is also twice as fast as the Apple iPhone 5. The Galaxy S4 has blown away its competing rivals in the latest benchmarks, they added.

Sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S series continued to rise and is continuing to increase its market share. The original Galaxy S sold 20 million units, the Galaxy S2 sold 28 million in less than a year and the Galaxy S3 sold a massive 50 million by March 2013.

 abdulbasit@khaleejtimes.com

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