Major UK Carriers Kick Off Pre-orders for Galaxy S4

Samsung's long-awaited Galaxy S4 has finally gone up for UK pre-order following its March 14 unveiling. The phone, due to be released next month, is now available for pre-order through Three UK, O2, Vodafone, EE, T-Mobile, and Orange. Vodafone and Three announced pre-order plans today, while retailers Phones 4u and Carphone Warehouse are offering the device on a range of different networks including EE, T-Mobile, O2, and Orange.

 

The Galaxy S4 is the follow on to Samsung's hugely successful Galaxy S3 and is the next in its Galaxy line of flagship smartphones. The S4 will pack a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED PenTile display, either a 1.9GHz quad-core processor or a 1.6GHz octa-core processor (depending on the region you're buying the device), 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera, a 2-megapixel camera up front, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a 2,600mAh battery.

The Galaxy S4 is set to launch in the UK on April 26 and will feature a 1.9GHz quad-core processor as opposed the octa-core processor Samsung talked about during its announcement event. Samsung hasn't yet offered a reason as to why the UK (and other markets) will get a lower-powered S4. Still, it's not as though a quad-core CPU in your phone is anything to sniff at, is it?

Though the S4 has yet to be released, there are already reports doing the rounds of a lower-powered, cheaper Galaxy S4 Mini. Rumors point to a 1.6 GHz dual core processor as well as a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED qHD display with a resolution on 960x540 pixels (256 ppi).

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  • house70
    "Samsung hasn't yet offered a reason as to why the UK (and other markets) will get a lower-powered S4."

    Geez. This has been explained to death on various informed Android websites. It has to do with the LTE integration in the Qualcomm processor and the lack thereof in the Exynos.
    As far as the "lower-powered" goes, has been explained as well: in big.LITTLE (8 core CPU) configuration you have only 4 cores working at a time, either the faster ones for better performance where needed or the other ones when idling along on trivial tasks. It's not like you'll use all 8 cores at the same time. AFAIK, having 4 cores working at 1.9 GHz sounds like a winner compared to 4 cores at 1.6 GHz. It's not even about the raw speed, it's all in the integration of the cores and their optimization. I bet you anything that no user will be able to discern between the 2 variants the actual difference made by the clocks.
    Such poor information coming from a tech site makes one blow a gasket.
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  • everlast66
    They fail to mention the sim free phone price is £600 pounds, OUCH!
    And people keep crying that the iphone is expensive at £530 sim free!
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  • everlast66
    Lonnymy roomate's mom makes $81/hr on the laptop. She has been out of a job for 9 months but last month her pay was $18504 just working on the laptop for a few hours.

    We know that your mate's mom is working in the online porn industry and makes good money shoving ***** up her **** on camera.
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