Samsung Galaxy S4 sales start next week in the US

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Samsung Galaxy S4 sales start next week in the US
US carriers have started nailing down prices for Samsung's new flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, which goes on sale starting next week.

AT&T Inc. has started taking pre-orders, and says phones will be shipped starting April 30. It's charging $200 for the base model, with 16 gigabytes of memory, under a two-year contract. Staples says it will start selling the AT&T model on April 26.

Sprint Nextel Corp. starts taking pre-orders Thursday, and says in-store sales start April 27. It charges $250 for the base model, or $150 if the buyer is coming over from another carrier

T-Mobile USA starts taking pre-orders next Wednesday and in-store sales start May 1. It's charging $150 down and $20 per month for two years under its new installment plans.

Verizon Wireless has said it will sell the phone, but hasn't announced a release date or price. Smaller carriers U.S. Cellular, Leap Wireless' Cricket and C Spire will also sell the phone.

The S4 is the successor to the Galaxy S III, which has been the biggest competitor to Apple Inc.'s iPhone.

The Galaxy S4 has a slightly bigger screen, a larger battery and a faster processor than its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy S4 key specifications
  • 5-inch full-HD (1080x1920) Super AMOLED display (441 ppi)
  • 1.9GHz quad-core processor/ 1.6GHz octa-core processor (Depending upon region)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB Storage (expandable by 64GB via microSD slot)
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/ GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, IR LED, MHL 2.0
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 2,600 mAh battery
  • 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm
  • 130 grams
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