Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Phone
S4 is the latest entry in the competition with Apple
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 14, 2013 7:10 PM CDT
JK Shin of Samsung presents the new Galaxy S 4 at Radio City Music Hall Thursday.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

(Newser) – Samsung is kicking up its competition with Apple with its new Galaxy S4 smartphone, which has a larger, sharper screen than its predecessor, the best-selling S3. Samsung revealed the phone today at an event at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The Galaxy S4, which crams a 5-inch screen into body slightly smaller than the S3's, will go on sale globally between April and June. In the US, it will be sold by all four national carriers—Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile USA—as well as by smaller ones US Cellular and Cricket. Samsung didn't say what the phone will cost, but it can be expected to start at $200 with a two-year contract in the US.

In the last two years, Samsung has emerged as Apple's main competitor in the high-end smartphone market. At the same time, it has sold enough inexpensive low-end phones to edge out Nokia as the world's largest maker of phones. Early reviews are mixed. It "feels uninspired," writes Brent Rose at Gizmodo. "There are small spec bumps from the previous generation and there's a ton of software which will largely sit unused. There's just no wow-factor here." But at TechCrunch, Jordan Crook writes that "it very well may be the best smartphone on the market, period."

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wwwonderer
Mar 15, 2013 11:27 AM CDT
And if Sony would get their act together we could get the Experia Z in America, and then we could really see competition. Please!!! So Windows Phone 8, BB10, iOS6, and Android JellyBean. DId I miss anything? Let the mobile OS wars resume. I'm strongly suspecting BB10 or Windows Phone, or maybe a player that is emerging (Firefox OS, Unbuntu, ???)
rambler
Mar 15, 2013 8:27 AM CDT
Buy a Samsung. Selfish Mr. Samsung wants to hoard even billions more from his family. link: the-king-of-all-samsung-just-fended-off-a-4-billion-claim-against-his-fortune-2013-2
macster
Mar 15, 2013 8:03 AM CDT
okay so there are no huge differences over the previously successful Galaxy S3. hhhmmm plus now it's 5 inches. Why don't we just make one 10-inch phone for all [extremely huge] screen lovers and call it a day instead of creeping our way to it. Also, I think this should rather be called Galaxy S3s. Come up with nice big huge [not plastic] changes, and you can call it S4.