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.
The party piece of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is its many Smart Features and a Swiss mobile operator came up with a novel way to market the device.
In the middle of a busy train station in Zurich, Swisscom created this interesting “stare down” booth where passers by stand a chance to win a Galaxy S4 if they could keep their eyes on fixed on the device for a full hour.
The contest was designed to create awareness on Samsung’s Smart Stay feature — one of the many eye-tracking features available with the Galaxy S4.
And as it having your eyes fixated on an object for a whole hour wasn’t challenging enough, there a whole host of distractions that will try to take your eye of the prize. Just take a look at the video after the jump to see what we mean.
It’s a pretty fun marketing stunt. Something we’d like to see done here just so that we can try it out for ourselves. Cool stuff.
In a heart warming way, Sony has released 2 videos showcasing the seamless connectivity of NFC. NFC has been around for couple of years but adoption is yet to reach desired levels. With NFC being a standard on high-end and mid-range models, we are seeing more NFC enabled accessories and audio/visual equipment. In the promo videos, Sony demonstrates the ease of connecting to headphones, speakers and even to the TV by merely tapping.
Watch both videos after the break.