Vodacom previously told MyBroadband that it planned to launch the new batch of Galaxy S4 devices towards the end of July at select stores, with wider availability expected in August 2013.
Apart from the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE, Vodacom has confirmed that the devices will be available at stores from 1 August 2013. The S4 Mini in particular, is already available at select Vodacom stores.
Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE much later than expected
The launch of the Galaxy S4 LTE, unfortunately, has been pushed back even further, with Vodacom saying they expect to launch it “sometime in September 2013.”
MTN, when asked about its plans for the new Galaxy S4 devices, said that the S4 LTE is still in testing.
“We are expecting to range it and shall announce its availability when… appropriate,” MTN said.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Mini, and Zoom prices
The table below summarises the specifications of the devices along with the prices provided by Vodacom and Cell C:
|Packages||S4 Mini||S4 Active||S4 Zoom|
|Vodacom cash price||R5,699||R8,999||R6,499|
|Vodacom Smart S||R299||R399||R349|
|Cell C Straight Up 100||R289||N/A||N/A|
|Cell C Straight Up 200||R369||N/A||N/A|
|Specs||S4 Mini||S4 Active||S4 Zoom|
|Dimensions||124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm||139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1mm||125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4mm|
|Weight||107g (3G dual SIM version: 108g)||151g||208g (3G dual SIM version: 108g)|
|Operating system||Android 4.2.2||Android 4.2.2||Android 4.2|
|Display||4.3″ qHD (540×960) Super AMOLED||5″ full HD (1080×1920)||4.3″ qHD (540×960) Super AMOLED|
|Processor||1.7GHz dual-core (Krait*)||1.9GHz quad-core (Krait*)||1.5GHz dual-core|
|Graphics||Adreno 305 *||Adreno 320 *||Mali-400 *|
|Cellular data||HSPA, LTE optional||HSPA, LTE optional||HSPA, LTE optional|
|SIM type||Micro SIM||Micro SIM||Micro SIM|
|NFC||LTE version only||Yes||Yes|
|Promotional data and SMS on price plans available until 6 August 2013|
|Specs marked * are from reports and not the official spec sheets|
Cell C said that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, LTE, and Zoom are not on their device roadmap.
MTN said that its prices on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE hasn’t been provided yet, and that the S4 Active is not in their immediate plans.
Telkom Mobile did not respond by the time of publication.