Normally whenever a smartphone is announced, we all wish that it would be available in our country soon, but many times that doesn’t happen. Even after the official announcement, it takes many months for the device to be launched in different countries. Today, we have great news for those living in India, as Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has launched the Galaxy S4 in India.
The Korean giant announced that the price for the Indian market would be Rs. 41,500, and it would be available on Samsung’s e-store and also at retail stores across the country. The Galaxy S4’s main rival is HTC One which is priced in India at Rs. 42,990, but it is yet to go on sale. HTC One was announced earlier this month but there’s still no sign of its availability.
While the difference in pricing between both devices is not major, it won’t be a surprise if Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) manages to outshine the HTC One, because of its availability, and also because of its price.
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It is worth noting that the price of Rs. 41,500 is the MRP and we can expect it to be priced a bit lower, especially from the retail stores who are always keen to attract consumers with their competitive prices. Retail stores across the country will start offering the smartphone from tomorrow. The first 400 buyers will get a special Galaxy S4 accessory bundle for free.
In India, this model will be running on the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5410 SoC, which should perform better than the 1.9 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon model released in US. The phone comes with a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, microSD card support up to 64GB, 5.0-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution (Super AMOLED), 13 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, Android 4.2, Dropbox (50GB free storage) and 2600 mAh battery.
Nexus 4 is still not launched officially in India, and therefore the Samsung Galaxy S4 might seem to be a good alternative to consumers in India. The smartphone does have potential to capture the high-end smartphone market, because of the lack of alternatives.