The UK will be able to get their hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4 from 26 April, with retailers hailing a 'powerhouse' device.
The smartphone was unveiled last night at a gala event in New York City. It boasts a dizzying array of features which Samsung is confident will cement its position as the world's biggest phone maker.
Pricing for the handset has yet to be confirmed but all of the UK's operators and retailers have said they will stock it. Scott Hooton, chief commercial officer at Phones 4u, said: 'The anticipation surrounding the next Samsung Galaxy device has been astounding and it has already received the most pre-registrations at Phones 4u of any other smartphone launch in 2013, as well as a 40% increase on pre-registrations for the Galaxy SIII in the first 48 hours.
'We know from YouGov research that 46% of smartphone owners in the UK are considering getting a Samsung smartphone next, and so we’re predicting that the Galaxy S 4 could be in with a strong chance of becoming the biggest selling smartphone of 2013.'
Paul Jevons, director of products and devices at EE, said: 'The interest we’ve received from consumers and businesses has almost reached fever-pitch levels, so we’re delighted to be the only UK operator to offer the Samsung Galaxy S 4 enabled with 4G from launch. 'When paired with our unique superfast 4G network, customers really will be able to make the most from the powerhouse performance the Samsung Galaxy S 4 provides – utilising its capabilities to the maximum.'
As rumoured, the phone is able to be controlled by looking at it. Videos can be paused when a consumer looks away from it, and emails and the web browser can be navigated by tilting the device and eye movements. Consumers can also preview content of emails, images or video by hovering their fingers over it. In a feature reminiscent of the film Minority Report, web pages can be scrolled up and down and calls accepted by waving your hand.
The handset is the thinnest Galaxy device yet, with a 5 inch screen in a 130g device that is 7.9mm thick. It runs Android Jelly Bean, has a 13MP camera, memory up to 64GB and a 1.6GHz octa-core processor. Among the camera's features are the ability to take front and rear facing video and photos simultaneously.
Simon Stanford, vice-president of IM division at Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said: 'At Samsung, we are restless about innovation, and are constantly striving to create unique experiences for our customers that will transform their lives. The Galaxy S 4 does just that. We have listened to what consumers around the world want and taken the intuitive technology from the Galaxy S III a step further. Combining this with superior hardware has led us to develop the Galaxy S 4, the ultimate smartphone inspired by our customers.'
Author: Graeme Neill
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