Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE price, launch window for SA

The Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE is set to launch in South Africa from the end of June or early July 2013 at a recommended retail price of R8,499, a spokesperson for Samsung South Africa recently told MyBroadband.

This is 3 – 4 weeks later than Samsung’s initial estimates when it launched the Galaxy S4 in South Africa.

Samsung previously said that the Long Term Evolution (LTE) version of their Android flagship would be available around 8 June 2013, or 6 weeks after the 27 April launch day.

The R8,499 price point Samsung SA has given for the Galaxy S4 LTE is the same as the launch price of the original S4, though the LTE model is set to feature less internal storage.

When the Galaxy S4 first launched in South Africa, Samsung said that it initially only planned to offer the 32GB model, while the Galaxy S4 LTE will have 16GB of storage for the same price.

Both devices support microSD though, meaning that the storage space can be increased by up to 64GB.

As the name suggests, this isn’t the only similarity between the two devices (but considering the major hardware differences between the Galaxy S4, S4 Mini, and S4 Zoom, you can never be too sure).

The biggest difference between the original Galaxy S4 and the S4 LTE is the system-on-chip. In South Africa the Galaxy S4 featured Samsung’s own 8-core Exynos Octa processor, while the S4 LTE has a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.

According to the specifications on Samsung’s website for the Galaxy S4 LTE, the device supports the LTE bands used by MTN, Vodacom, and Cell C.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed which South African mobile networks will be carrying the device, it’s not much of a stretch to expect that all our operators will offer the device in time.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S4
Dimensions 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm
Weight 130g
Operating system Android 4.2.2
Display 5″ 1080p HD (1080×1920)
Rear camera 13MP
Front camera 2MP
Storage, internal 16GB/32GB/64GB
Storage, expandable microSD (64GB)
RAM 2GB
Processor 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait
Graphics Adreno 320
Battery 2,600mAh
Cellular data LTE and HSPA+ models
SIM type Micro SIM
NFC Yes

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