Samsung’s latest Galaxy S handset has gone on sale in the UK, in what is by some distance the year’s biggest smartphone launch so far.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is available from all major carriers, including O2, Orange, Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile, Orange and Tesco Mobile on pay-monthly contracts starting at £30 per month, including a free phone. EE, UK’s sole 4G carrier is also selling the handset from £41 per month.
Billed as part-mobile phone, part-life companion, the Galaxy S4’s spec sheet takes in a five-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with 441 ppi density, a 13-megapixel camera and a 1.9GHz quad-core processor.
In a first for a smartphone, the Galaxy S4 also enables users to scroll through web pages and documents by tilting their handset and features a novel floating touch interface. This means users can interact with the phone without touching the screen.
Industry experts expect the Galaxy S4 to sell ten million units in the first month of availability, amid expectations of severe stock shortages during the handset’s first few weeks of availability.