April 17, 2013 at 9:03 AM ET
The highly anticipated followup to Samsung's Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S4, could be in your hands before the end of the month. It's coming to seven U.S. carriers and chock full of new features.
Samsung's shiny new smartphone will be available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless as well as U.S. Cellular, Cricket and C Spire starting during April.
The individual carriers are gradually revealing specific release dates and pricing information. So far we know that T-Mobile will offer the device beginning April 24 for $149.99 down (plus 24 monthly payments of $20). Sprint will have the Galaxy S4 three days later, on April 27, and charge $249.99 for it. (Though if you are a brand new customer switching from another carrier, you'll get a $100 instant credit.)
While you can get your Galaxy S4 straight from the carrier of your choice, you'll also be able to purchase it from Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile, Costco, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Staples, Target and Wal-Mart.
The Galaxy S4 will be available in two colors, "Black Mist" and "White Frost," and offer a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a full-HD Super AMOLED display (with a 1920 x 1080 resolution). It will come in 16GB and 32GB versions (though this can be expanded thanks to a microSD slot, of course). In the front, there'll be a 2-megapixel camera and in the back there'll be a 13-megapixel beast.
The 5-inch device will run Android 4.2.2, better known as Jelly Bean, and have Samsung's latest TouchWiz "enhancements."
On the outside, the Galaxy S4 looks a lot like its predecessor, but there's a lot of magic (and plenty of new features) hidden in plain sight. Thanks to features such as Air Gesture and Air View, you'll be able to take actions without ever touching your smartphone's screen. (Just wave your hand or hover your finger over the display and watch what happens.) And if your hands are too busy, then you can just plain scroll through items by looking up or down.
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