Pre- Orders for Samsung Galaxy S4 Starts from April 16

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 will go on pre-sale for AT&T customers on April 16 for $250.

This most awaiting samsung galaxy s4 smartphone is gonna release soon into the markets this April 16. If you are waiting for this phone eagerly, you have to wait for another month for its release in the worldwide markets.samsung-galaxy-s4-vs-iPhone-5s-vs-HTC-M7-release-date

The new smartphone will be available for pre-order on April 16 for AT&T customers, but there’s still no word when the phone will actually hit shelves.

The great thing about the price for US users is, you have to pay only $250 with 2years of contract . That’s about 25% more expensive than most high-end carrier-subsidized smartphones, which typically sell for $200. The Galaxy S III and Apple(AAPL, Fortune 500) iPhone 5 were both initially priced at $200.

It’s not unheard of for smartphones to sell for more than $200 at their cheapest configuration, but the only notable phone — if you don’t count the Galaxy Note II — to break that threshold in the past year was the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, whose cost was mostly attributable to its battery.

Other phones to sell for more in the past include the HTC Thunderbolt and the Samsung Epic 4G. The Epic 4G was one of Samsung’s more successful phones in 2010, but sold less than two million units. The Thunderbolt sold well initially due to the fact that it was one of the first LTE devices, but quickly fell into obscurity.

samsung-galaxy-s4-xlOf course, none of those devices had the pedigree of the Galaxy S4. It will be interesting to see how much the added cost will affect sales, and how quickly AT&T will cut prices if it is disappointed with the consumer response.

T-Mobile on Tuesday announced its plans to start selling Samsung’s flagship device on May 1, so it’s likely AT&T will do so as well in the same time frame. Samsung said the Galaxy S4 will also be available on Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500) and Sprint’s (S, Fortune 500) networks, but neither has said when they will debut the smartphone.

The highly anticipated Galaxy S4 sports a five-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera and a giant battery. Some of its most talked-about features include eye control, smart audio settings and an instant translation tool.

But for now, you’ll have to keep waiting.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; quad-band 3G with HSPA; LTE
  • 5″ 16M-color 1080p Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass
  • Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI
  • Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset/ Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7, PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU; Exynos 5410 chipset
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash,1080p video recording @ 30fps, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  • 2 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
  • Dual shot and dual video recording, Drama shot, Shot and sound
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 16GB/32/64GB of built-in storage
  • microSD card slot
  • microUSB port with USB host and MHL 2.0
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • NFC
  • IR port for remote control functionality
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Barometer, thermometer, hygroscope
  • IR gesture sensor for Air gestures
  • Smart gestures: Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Ample 2600 mAh battery with great endurance
  • 7.9mm thickness
  • Smart volume and Adapt Sound features for the music player

So, there are enough major wows, some minor ohs and just a few oh wells – not a bad achievement when you are succeeding the most popular droid of all time. The Samsung Galaxy S4 was always expected to aim for the top, but its announcement still managed to surprise a few. The fact that the Koreans squeezed a larger screen, a bigger battery and more power into something smaller than the Galaxy S III is impressive enough in its own right, but the novelties certainly don’t end there.