UPDATE: The update is also available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 4G LTE (GT-i9505) version.
The Galaxy S4 is more than 2 years old but Samsung is still pushing the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update onto the old flagship. In Malaysia, users using the 3G version (GT-i9500) can start downloading the software update which is about 1.1GB in size. This carries the Android version number 5.0.1.
It is advisable to update your device via WiFi and to perform a backup of your files before proceeding with the update. If you haven’t received any notifications yet, you can check under Settings > More (Tab) > About Device > Software Update. With the new Android version, you’ll get an updated flat Material Design interface and a slight improvement of performance as it runs on ART (Android Run Time) instead of Dalvik.
After showing the Galaxy Note 3 with Lollipop, the folks at Sammobile is giving another preview of an updated Android 5.0 Lollipop build for the Galaxy S4. The UI is similar with the Galaxy S5 version which we saw earlier.
With the latest build, we get to see the revised settings and the native camera app is reported to be more responsive than before. The Galaxy S4 shown is the Non-4G model (GT-i9500) that runs on Exynos. Check out the hands-on video including the first preview after the break.
Weighing about 370MB in file size, we recommend that you perform a full back up and to download using a fixed WiFi connection. If you haven’t received any notifications on your Galaxy S4, you can update manually through Settings > More > About Device > Software update.
If you’re facing some issues after the update, we would recommend a clean factory reset. Feel free to share your feedback on the KitKat update after the break.
Samsung has started rolling its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to Galaxy S4 non-LTE units which carries the model number (GT-I9500). If you’re using the 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505), you might need to wait a little longer. The new update brings the latest KitKat goodies including UI changes as well as improvements on their native apps. A camera shortcut has been added on the lockscreen and the keyboard for landscape mode is reported to have been improved for faster typing.
At the moment the KitKat update is rolling out in phases with Russian and Indian units reported to have received it already. It shouldn’t take too long before it reaches our official Malaysian units. The update would be pushed directly to the phone Over the Air (OTA) or it can be downloaded manually using Samsung Kies 3 through your computer. Like the recent Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update, we recommend doing a full backup and perform a full factory reset if your phone is giving you problems after the update.
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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 Galaxy S4 can be yours for only RM1,773 while the HTC One at RM1,843 on DG Smart Plan 58 with Zero Contract option. In case you are wondering, the Galaxy S4 being offered is the GT-i9500 Non-LTE version which runs on Exynos Octa-Core processor.
The device price that’s being quoted here comes with some strings attached. During sign up, you would need to pay 2 months subscription upfront of RM116 plus additional 1 month as advance subscription. This means you’ll need to fork out RM1,947 for the Galaxy S4 or RM2,017 for the HTC One during sign up. After that, your first 3 months subscription is basically being paid for provided you don’t exceed the Smart Plan 58‘s bundled 200 SMS and 200 minutes of calls within DiGi network. Also bundled with the plan is 2GB of internet usage which is split 1GB for Facebook/Twitter/WhatsApp and another 1GB for everything else.
If you decide not to stay with them for long, there’s no termination fee but you’ll lose out on the 2 months extra subscription which is rebated back to your account. Overall this seems to be a 3 months contract price but with an option to terminate without penalty. Nevertheless, it is still a good option if you do plan to use DiGi without being tied to a contract.
The barely 2 months old Samsung Galaxy S4 non-LTE version (9500) has gotten a massive price cut of RM349. Launched at RM2,199 with 16GB storage, the Samsung flagship device is now priced as low as RM1,850 outright for official Samsung Malaysia units. The 5.5″ Galaxy Note II is even affordable now at only RM1,680, making it quite an attractive buy.
Retailer IMCC has released its current Samsung Galaxy pricing as follows:
Samsung Galaxy S4 – RM1,850 (Previously RM2,199)
Samsung Galaxy Note II – RM1,680 (Previously RM1,999)
Samsung Galaxy S III – RM1,380 (Previously RM1,699)
Samsung Galaxy Grand – RM1,040 (Previously RM1,299)
For a flagship device to drop this much in such a little time is rather shocking. Another retailer IPMart has also dropped its Galaxy S4 pricing as well to as low as RM1,869.
In the mean time the recently rolled out Galaxy S4 4G LTE version (9505) with 32GB of storage is seen to be slashed as well to RM2,299 from its initial RM2,499 pricing. Thanks @abdulmj for the heads up.
Could this be an indication that more Galaxy models are coming to Malaysia? We won’t be surprise considering the Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom are expected to make a local debut soon. Perhaps the rugged Galaxy S4 Active would be priced between the S4 non-LTE and 4G LTE version. With a water resistant credentials and LTE support, that might just demand a slight premium over the standard non-LTE S4.
For those waiting for the Galaxy S4 and without the need of LTE, the RM349 savings definitely certainly worth the wait.
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Samsung has released an official video to prove that its plastic-build Galaxy S4 is tough enough to withstand day to day mishaps and abuses. Apart from the usual drop test, the Galaxy S4 is subjected to some extreme situations including continuous tumble, screen impact test, water drop tests and even subjecting it to high temperature and humidity.
Obviously these tests are beyond what the Galaxy S4 is capable of and the video constantly reminds you not to try this at home. Impressive nonetheless but we would rather go for the Galaxy S4 active for its more durable look and feel.
Watch the video after the break.
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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When it comes to comparison, it is common to compare device from the same category. Interestingly Microsoft has released a video that compares the Galaxy S4 versus a lower end Nokia Lumia 521. Instead of battling out of specs and features, the host in the video talks about how much you can get with the price difference between the 2 devices.
In the video, the Galaxy S4 is said to be priced at US$750 while the Lumia 521 is only US$150. Then it went on to see what else you can buy with the US$600 saved which includes a brand new ASUS Laptop, headphones and music subscription service.
Comparing a high end vs a entry level device is already ridiculous and the host even admitted that he is using a high end Lumia 920 as his daily phone. Whatever Microsoft wants to achieve, it is certainly not an apple to apple comparison and it’s just as silly as bragging how many Perodua Vivas you can buy for the price of a Ferrari.
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