The Galaxy S4 LTE version is now offered on Celcom’s network from as low as RM1,888 with its usual Celcom First Postpaid plans with bundled bolt-on data plans. To recap, the Galaxy S4 LTE model which is priced at RM2,499 outright offers more space at 32GB and it runs on a more power efficient Qualcomm 1.9GHz Quad-Core processor. The rest of the specs include a Full HD 5.0″ display, 13MP Camera, 2GB of RAM, Infrared port and comes with a 2,600mAh battery.
Below is the bundled pricing on Celcom:
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB Data (12 months) – RM2,188
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB Data (18 months) – RM2,088
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB Data (12 months) – RM2,088
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB Data (18 months) – RM2,038
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB Data (12 months) – RM1,988
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB Data (18 months) – RM1,888
As usual, there’s an upfront payment required during sign up which ranges between RM250-RM450 depending on plan. The upfront payment will be rebated back to your bill on the 1st month on wards which will be used to knock off any usage until it is fully utilised.
For more info, head over to Celcom’s Galaxy S4 LTE page.
If you’re looking for something different at the similar price tag (RM1,888), you could take a look at the LG Optimus G Pro which offers a 5.5″ Full HD display, 4G LTE connectivity and a large 3,140mAh battery.
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The LTE version of the Galaxy S4 (i9505) is now available from Maxis for as low as RM1,399 with contract or, for a limited time, for RM999 for Maxis One Club members (RRP RM2,499). Aside from a more battery efficient 1.9Ghz quad-core processor, the LTE Galaxy S4 is virtually identical to the non-LTE version in terms of looks and, arguably, in performance as well.
But where the octa-core, non-LTE S4 is a battery muncher, the LTE S4 offers a significant improvement in battery performance over the non-LTE version though we’re not sure if the RM300 premium is worth it considering LTE coverage in Malaysia is sporadic at best right now. So if you’re staying in outside of market centres like Klang Valley, Penang or JB, you won’t be able to benefit much from the speed offered by LTE.
Or you can just opt for our current favourite, the HTC One offering great build quality, awesome sound from the dual front speakers, a display that’s better than the one on the S4 and a fuss-free interface that’s free from gimmicky bloatware. And, at RM2,299 for the 32GB version, the HTC One is RM200 cheaper than the 32GB LTE Galaxy S4.
In any case, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE joins Apple’s iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad 4; Blackberry Q10, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One XL on the list of LTE devices currently available from Maxis.
Maxis’ position as the country’s leading 4G LTE operator is further strengthened with a claimed LTE subscriber base of over 130,000 customers since the service was available on January 1 this year. In addition, Maxis say that it has doubled its 4G LTE coverage in the Klang Valley to include areas such as Bukit Damansara, Kepong, Sungai Besi, Sentul and Subang Jaya, as well as expanded LTE to Penang and Johor Bahru in addition to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.
For the full list of Maxis’ 4G LTE coverage areas, data plans and devices, click here.
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 4G LTE version is coming soon to Malaysia with the price tag of RM2,499. The discovery is made through an early pre-order by SenHeng on their website. In terms of stock availability, SenHeng has mentioned that Galaxy S4 LTE stocks are expected to arrive after 19th June and those pre-ordered will be among the first batch to receive it. As an early pre-order promo, they are also throwing in a free Dual USB Car Charger worth RM69. To sweeten the deal, those that purchased from their online store will get to enjoy additional 1 year warranty as well.
The Galaxy S4 4G LTE version costs RM300 more than the non-LTE model (RM2,199). The difference lies on the processor, LTE support as well as storage capacity which is doubled from 16GB to 32GB. On the 16GB version, available storage is rather little with just roughly 8.8GB available to use. Battery life wise, the LTE version is proven to last longer with huge margins thanks to a more efficient Qualcomm processor.
Thanks @weisheatan for the heads up.
UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy S4 4G LTE model gets priced at RM2,499.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 with 4G LTE and Qualcomm’s 1.9GHz Quad-Core processor is finally listed on Samsung Malaysia’s website. For those who didn’t know, the Galaxy S4 is available in 2 versions – (9500) non-LTE with Samsung’s own Exynos Octa-core processor and the (9505) LTE version that runs on Qualcomm’s quad-core processor. When it was launched in Malaysia, only the non-LTE version was made available with the retail price of RM2,199.
Just a couple of days back, Maxis has started teasing the 4G model on its website. In terms of availability, it should be coming anytime soon probably by next month.
Word has it that the Galaxy S4 LTE version would be a priced slightly higher than the current non-LTE version. However it is worth pointing out that the S4 LTE model (GT-9505) that’s coming here will be equipped with 32GB of storage. As comparison, the current non-LTE Galaxy S4 comes with just 16GB capacity and with only about half of its storage available for use. The question is, how much more will the 4G LTE version be?
Its direct contender HTC One is priced at RM2,299 and it comes both with 32GB of storage and LTE support. From our current hands-on experience, the HTC One’s battery life is much longer than the Galaxy S4 Non-LTE version. There’s a lot to look forward to with the upcoming LTE version as it has been recently tested to have superior battery life thanks to Qualcomm’s efficient processor. Also not forgetting that the Galaxy S4 comes with expandable microSD memory slot and its 2,600mAh battery is user replaceable as well.
You can check out the Galaxy S4 LTE product page here.
If you’ve been holding off your Samsung Galaxy S4 purchase for the LTE version (i9505), you’ll be happy to know that Maxis has listed the LTE S4 as “coming soon” which means it should be in stores in about a couple of weeks.
In terms of pricing, we don’t expect the LTE S4 to differ in price from the non-LTE version as the specs are pretty closely matched. The major difference being the processor — the non-LTE (i9500) runs Samsung’s very own Exynos Octa-core processor (Effectively two quad-core units, one for heavy loads, one for power efficiency) while the LTE version runs a 1.9GHz quad-core Krait processor.
Aside from the faster internet connection (up to 60Mbps download on Maxis LTE in some areas we’ve tested), the quad-core processor in the LTE S4 is potentially more power efficient than the octa-core powered S4. From our tests, the non-LTE S4 with the octa-core processor proves to be a power-hungry device struggling to got beyond 10-12 hours on normal use.
Thanks for the tip @DectAfiq