Galaxy S4 to launch in SA on 26 April

Samsung’s much awaited follow up to their hugely-popular Galaxy SIII smartphone will launch in South Africa on 26 April.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 will launch on 26 April (image: Samsung)

Technology media will get a preview of the device at a launch event on 25 April in Johannesburg as part of Samsung’s Galaxy World Tour, and it is widely believed that the device will be available for consumers shortly thereafter.

The latest smartphone from Samsung will launch globally at about the same time, but Australia will be one of the first countries to get their hands on it when it is made available on 23 April.

A number of South African mobile operators have also confirmed that they will be carrying the device from 26 April, while pricing information is not yet available.

 MTN, Cell C and Vodacom have all launched online pre-order facilities for users who wish to pre-order the smartphone.

“The design of the Samsung GALAXY S4 defies what’s possible. The incredibly-wide FULL HD Super AMOLED screen fits perfectly within an extraordinarily slim bezel that’s encased in a special polycarbonate body, making this the lightest and most sophisticated GALAXY yet,” Samsung wrote about the S4 on the device’s website.

The follow-up from the SIII features a 13-megapixel back camera, and a 4.99-inch (127 millimetres) 1080p display, an Exynos 5 Octa (octa-core) chip containing the first big.LITTLE architecture central processing unit, 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 2600 mAh battery.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor