Samsung has launched its flagship the Galaxy S4 in India for Rs 41,500. The phone will be available in stores tomorrow along with a bunch of surprise gifts, according to Samsung. For those who would rather buy their phones online HomeShop18 has the phone available for order right now. They've priced the S4 at Rs 41,499 and have two colour variants on offer, White Frost and Black Mist. For now onkly the 16 GB version will be available in India and all the existing EMI schemes of the Samsung “Own Now” promotional campaign will be available for the S4. 

Speaking at the launch JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung said, “The GALAXY S4 brings people together, makes everyday living better and sets the standard in mobile innovation”. Announcing the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the Indian market, Mr. B D Park, President & CEO, South West Asia, Samsung Electronics stated that, “At Samsung, we are committed to innovation and to our consumers .We are always listening to our consumers and innovating to give them products that meet their needs. This has led to the successful introduction of iconic devices like the Galaxy SII, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 and today, we are proud to announce the launch of our flagship device and the much awaited , Samsung Galaxy S4 .” 

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is being launched with a special ‘All-In-One’ tariff plan from Vodafone, for both its post-paid and pre-paid customers. Under this plan, for a single rental, customers will get unlimited Internet, up to 3000 local and STD voice minutes and up to 750 local and national SMS. Vodafone is also running exclusive contests on the purchase of Samsung Galaxy S4 from the Vodafone stores. Four winners will get hospitality tickets for the IPL match and four other customers stand a chance to win high-end Samsung phones.

Talking about the key proposition of the Samsung Galaxy S4, stated Mr. Vineet Taneja, Country Head – Samsung Mobile and Digital Imaging said, “The Galaxy S4 is a device that enables us to do more, it’s a companion that helps us experience life to the fullest and makes our life simpler and richer… That’s the promise of the Samsung Galaxy S4.”

A slew of accessories is also being launched with the Galaxy S4. The consumer gets to choose from three different varieties of covers to drape the Galaxy S4. These are the S View cover with a magnetic strip, that customizes the display window allowing users to take or receive calls without opening the front flap, while also accessing important information like call alerts, alarms, date, time etc, the classic Flipcovers that we've seen with the Galaxy Grand, and protective backcovers that also protects the rims providing a firm grip. Those seeking enhanced power solutions get to chose from the Wireless charging Pad & Cover combo, or the extended battery kit or the mammoth 9000mAh power pack. 

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 priced at Rs 41,500

The Galaxy S4 was announced back in March and the leading smartphone maker in the world has once again married top-of-the-line hardware and unique software experience overlaid on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the OS. 

The Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch display with a full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and is covered with Corning's Gorilla Glass 3. Samsung's official name for the display is “full HD super AMOLED” and it has a pixel density of 441 PPI. The rear camera is a brand new 13-megapixel module and the front-facing snapper is a 2-megapixel unit. The primary camera can take more than 100 shots in four seconds, according to Samsung, and users can keep the ones they like. Then there's “Sound and Shot”, which seems like a bit of a gimmick at the moment. It lets you record five seconds of audio before you take a photo. Just like fellow Korean LG, Samsung has also included a 'Dual camera' mode, which takes shots with both the front and back cameras and integrates them into a single scene. 

The Galaxy S4 comes with all the connectivity features one expects from a flagship. There's support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which also runs on the standard a/b/g/n bands, Bluetooth 4.0, and LTE Cat 3. There's an IR blaster here, which is making a comeback of sorts into smartphones after a brief exile. The battery sounds wholesome at 2600 mAh. Initially, it will be available in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions.

Samsung also added some touch-free gestures – Air View and Air Gesture – to the S4. Air View lets you preview messages or images and pull contextual data by hovering your fingers over the screen. Air Gesture allows you to control the music player, answer calls or scroll through pages without having to actually touch the screen.

Here are the key specs of the Samsung Galaxy S4:

  • 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
  • 1.6 GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5410
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR and A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • NFC
  • MicroUSB 2.0  with MHL, USB On-the-go, USB Host
  • 13-megapixel primary camera with LED flash, Simultaneous HD video and still image stabilisation, 1080p video recording.
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p video recording @ 30fps
  • 16/32/64GB internal storage with microSD card for further expansion up to 64 GB

The Galaxy S4 comes with a 2600 mAh battery, which should ideally take you through the day under moderate use. Of course, real-world battery performance would vary from user to user. 

The S4 will launch in black and white initially, along with a slew of accessories.