After much hype going all over the tech world, South Korean tech giant took the wraps off the highly anticipated Galaxy S4. At the time of launch, the company claimed that its flagship smartphone will start shipping from April 2013. Hence, consumers across the world who are looking forward to own the Galaxy S3 successor are eagerly awaiting the release of the Android heavyweight.
India being one of the main markets of Samsung, is sure to get the Galaxy S4 in the first wave of release. But, as there are two variants of the smartphone - one with 1.6GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor and the other with 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the confusion of which one will arrive to India is prevalent.
A recent SamMobile report has shed some light into this topic as it suggests that Galaxy S4 will land in India with the Exynos 5 Octa processor. This report comes in after the crashing report, which states that most of the European countries will get the Galaxy S4 with a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad core processor.
At the same time, countries including Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Korean, France, UAE, Germany and more are speculated to get both the versions of Galaxy S4.
Just a recap of specs, Galaxy S4 packs a 4.99 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a stunning resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 441 ppi, Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB expandable storage, 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared port and a 2,600 mAh battery.
Further, S4 is loaded with features such as Story Album, Group Play, S Translator, Samsung Smart Pause, Samsung Smart Scroll, Air View, Air Gesture, S Voice Drive, Samsung Optical Reader and more.
While the release of Galaxy S4 is highly awaited, an online retailer - Tradus has started accepting pre-orders for a price of Rs 999. Further, Galaxy S4 is speculated to be priced at Rs 45,000 approximately.
Meantime, the newly launched Galaxy S4 has already got a plethora of cases to protect it from damages. Having a plastic panel with a metallic rim, the consumers will definitely have to protect their Galaxy S4 by using a case on it. Most of the popular case makers have already started coming up with their best offerings for the Galaxy S4. It is also to be noted that Samsung also launched a few of them while unveiling the smartphone.
For those looking forward to pre-order or buy the Galaxy S4 soon after its official release in India, below is a slideshow showing the cases meant for the handset.
Samsung S View Cover
S View Cover for the Galaxy S4 that has a rectangular window at the top and it effectively allows users to quickly glance at notifications like the time, battery level and caller ID information without having to flip open the cover. Further, S View Cover also unlocks and locks the phone when its opened and closed.
OtterBox Defender, Commuter and Reflex series
OtterBox Defender, Commuter and Reflex series offers several levels of protection with a variety of color options. These cases are priced between $35 (approx. Rs 1,900) to $60 (approx. Rs 3,250).
Belkin Wallet Folio with Stand
Belkin Walet Folio is priced at $49.99 (approx. Rs 2,700) and it comes with a leather protective folio, a wallet case with openings for cards and cash and that folds into a stand if you need to watch a movie more comfortably.
Belkin Slim-Fit Armband
Belkin has another innovative case - Slim-Fit Armband made of breathable material with reflective accents. There is also a cord storage integrated into the strap. The case is priced at $34.99 (apporox. Rs 1,900).
Griffin Reveal is a transparent polycarbonate shell that adds just a millimeter thickness to Galaxy S4 and has side bumpers to protect from scratches. Being a see-through case, it shows the design of Galaxy S4 clearly. It is priced at $24.99 (approx. Rs 1,300).
Cygnett Feel and Form
Cygnett will offer protection in a stylish color. The Form series on the left is a hard case scenario in Sapphire Blue, Ruby Pink, Onyx Black, Diamond White and 2013 Pantone Color of the Year, Emerald Green, while the Feel series on the right comes with soft rubbery finish and is featured in Lilac, Mint, Fairy Floss, Charcoal and Black. Cygnett Feel and Form is priced at $19.99 (approx. Rs 1,100).
Cygnett Urban Shield Carbon Fiber white
Cygnett Urban Shield comes in black and silver carbon fiber on the back and also provides bumper protection for the sides. It is priced at $29.99 (approx. Rs 1,600) and offers the look of an aluminum chassis to the smartphone.
Case-Mate Olo TREAD
TREAD by Case-Mate's Olo protects the handset from scratches with its tire-thread pattern and offers a better grip at $15 (approx. Rs 814).
Case-Mate Olo Glacier
Galaxy S4 will get a catchy translucent color with Glacier by Case-Mate, which is a flexible protective wrapping in candy color that is sure to attract some attention. It is priced at $20 (approx. Rs 1,100).
Being the most expensive case available for Galaxy S4 as of now, iLuv Jstyle is priced at $79.99 (apporx. Rs 4,400) and comes with Swiss army knife kind of wrapping. It is made of genuine calf leather and features five slots for cards and IDs and three openings for cash and coins. It offers protection for S4 and keeps the ports and buttons easily accessible.