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." (Read more Samsung stories.)