Tomorrow we’ll be seeing the first appearance of the biggest smartphone release from Samsung of the year – the Galaxy S4, their newest hero phone and leader of the pack when it comes to style for the upcoming 12 months. Here before the official unveiling of the device [7PM EST tomorrow, March 14th – join us live!], Samsung has been fairly good with keeping the full final build under wraps. There are some bits and pieces, however, that will almost certainly be appearing in this next-generation smartphone – certain features will be showing up with the Samsung Galaxy S4 that we can list even before the company itself makes the final official blast.
With the rise in size of the Samsung lineup of devices and the success of the Samsung Galaxy Note device collection across the board, the Samsung smartphone in general will continue to remain large. If what we’ve seen from Samsung thus far is true – especially in the teaser you’re seeing here, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will either be rising to 4.9 inches across its display, or it’ll remain the size it is right this minute in the Galaxy S III.
2. Operating System
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will run Android. That’s a given. If Samsung decides to push their own TouchWiz user interface as a full-fledged operating system some time in the future, we can still rest assured that it wont be happening this week. Android will be running on the Galaxy S4 in a Jelly Bean iteration 4.2 or higher and a newly feature-packed version of Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface will be running on top.
As it has been with each past release of the Galaxy S series and more recently with the Note series, each of the major carriers here in the United States will be rolling out with the Galaxy S4 right out of the gate. While we’re not sure that the release date will be the same for each of the top 4 carriers in the USA, we can be really confident that we’ll see 4G LTE as well as HSPA+ for everyone – both inside and out of North America.
The Samsung “nature-themed” hardware trend will continue with the Galaxy S4. This was foretold by the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, a device the company wouldn’t style as such with a release of a family device so close and in-hand. If you’ll have a peek at the Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on video, you’ll find that the Galaxy Note III, though it was released several months earlier, also has a similar style, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 – recently released in a 4G LTE iteration on Verizon.
5. Cost and Availability
With the releases of each of the Galaxy S and Note devices following a relatively predictable path along contract-included sales here in the USA, we can expect the Galaxy S4 to either cost $199.99 starting or $249.99 starting, depending on what size storage is smallest for the device. We’ll likely see the 16, 32, 64GB internal storage trend continue also, along with the Galaxy S III’s ability to hold up to 64GB microSD cards for more storage than you could possibly, reasonably, fill.
Join us tomorrow and SOON for the full run-down
We’ll be rolling out LIVE tomorrow for the big event in New York City and will have a full review of the Galaxy S4 as soon as sensibly possible. We’ll quite likely have up close and personal looks of the device for you tomorrow as well – so stick around the Samsung Galaxy S4 tag portal for more all across the next 24 hours and beyond!