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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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.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is the smallest model of Samsung’s new range of top tier Galaxies. With the flagship Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Mega put side by side, all 3 looked rather identical with similar design, materials and even button placements. It’s almost as if Samsung is trying to make choosing a device as easy as Small, Medium and Large.
To recap, the Galaxy S4 mini comes with a 4.3″ qHD display and it is powered by a Qualcomm dual-core 1.7GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM. Right in the middle is the flagship Samsung Galaxy S4 with a 5.0″ Full HD display that’s powered with a choice of 1.2GHz/1.6GHz Octa-core or 1.9GHz Quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. The largest of them all is the Galaxy Mega with a 6.3″ 720p HD display that runs on the same processor and RAM as the Galaxy S4 mini.
Watch the Galaxy S4 mini hands-on video with stacked up comparison after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is now official ahead of Samsung’s upcoming June 20th event. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S III mini, the Galaxy S4 mini is the little sibling of its current flagship Galaxy S4. Even the design is rather identical as well.
Just like the name suggests, it comes with smaller dimensions packed with mid-range level hardware. Over at the front, the Galaxy S4 mini comes with a pocketable 4.3″ Super AMOLED display that does a modest qHD resolution of 960×540. Powering the device is a dual-core 1.7GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM which is similar as its big bro Galaxy Mega. On-board it comes with 8GB of storage (5GB usable) which can be expanded with microSD card. In the imaging department it has a front facing 1.9MP camera and a main 8MP camera at the rear. Dimension wise, the Galaxy S4 mini is 8.94mm thick and weighs a rather light 107 grams.
Out of the box, it runs on the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and it is powered with a rather generous 1,900mAh battery. In terms of variants, there will be 3 versions – 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+ and 3G Dual-SIM which comes in both Black Mist and White Frost colours. The 4G LTE model will have an added support for NFC. For those craving for TV remote features, you’ll be pleased to know that it comes with a built-in InfraRed Blaster port as well.
Head after the break for more product images.