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With 500 minutes, 5000 texts and All You Can Eat Data!
You may have heard it referred to as Project J or Altius, but we know it as the Samsung Galaxy S4. And now it's available on 3. Yep, that's right - Store 3 is offering the LTE-ready, Ultrafast S4 free on unbeatable contracts starting from just £33/month, with unlimited data on the Ultrafast 3 network.
Following on from the massive critical and commercial success of the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung had a lot to live up to. The S4 launched on March 14th 2013 in New York City and judging by it's enormous popularity, it's on track to be the best-selling device of the year!
Both Black Mist and White Frost variants of the S4 are now available to order on 3, free from £33/m. At this price, we anticipate heavy demand might lead to stock shortages so be sure to order yours today!
And with Three set to offer 4G LTE for the price of 3G at no extra charge, it doesn't make sense to buy the S4 anywhere else.
Store 3 offer the most competitively priced, data-rich contracts around, and Three's S4 deals are no exception. This amazing handset is available FREE on:
Ultimate Internet 500 tariff at just £33 per month - which gets you 500 minutes, 5000 texts and All You Can Eat Data
Ultimate Internet 1000 tariff at just £35 per month - which gets you 1000 minutes, 5000 texts and All You Can Eat Data
The One Plan at £37 per month - getting you 2000 minutes, 5000 texts and All You Can Eat Data, including tethering!
Samsung are billing the S4 as an all-round Life Companion that makes your life richer, simpler and more fun. It delivers entertainment options galore, keeps track of your health and wellbeing, helps you maintain and enrich relationships, and keeps you better organised and connected. Lofty claims, but we have to say, it delivers.
Weighing in at only 130g light and 7.9mm narrow, the S4 it's both lighter and thinner than the S3. But thanks to a slimmer bezel, the screen size is even bigger, standing at a ginormous 4.99" - more on which later. But as the overall look of the S4 is very similar to the S3 - it's made of the same plastic casing, to accommodate a removable back cover and battery - the focus for this handset is very much on what's on the inside. So what is underneath the hood?
The S IV runs on the latest Android JellyBean 4.2.2 OS, and as we mentioned, Samsung have increased the full-HD Super AMOLED display to a gigantic 4.99", giving it a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. A screen this size puts the S4's resolution at a staggering 441 pixels per inch; a massive increase over the S3’s 306ppi.
The processor you'll be getting depends on the region. The UK and US versions get a not-to-be-sneezed-at quad-core 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, but the international version of the S4 packs Samsung's very own massive octo-core 1.6GHz Exynos 5410 Octa processor with an ARM-powered PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU. You read that right - that's eight cores of pure unadulterated power, made up of four A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores. Both versions are backed up with 2GB RAM. But an eight-core S4? Samsung have denied that there will be an 8 core S4 available in the UK at launch but we'll let you know if there are any plans to launch one in the UK at a later date. Still, the UK version will have the same size battery but with fewer cores, therefore it's looking like battery life will be a getting a major extension over the S3 in the UK.
Features-wise, the 3 Galaxy S4 offers Qi wireless charging capability and also an IR blaster, so you can use your phone as a remote control. Samsung's new Knox Security suite is also part of the package, and it's particularly handy for separating your phone into business and personal sections - almost like having two phones in one. But that's only the beginning - there's a range of other cool improvements designed to really draw your eye.
In fact, the S4 on Three is all about controlling your phone through eye detection. Taking face detection technology that one step further, Samsung have now introduced motion-sensitive controls that allow you to pause content and scroll through pages on your smartphone using just your eyes alone.
Samsung Smart Pause pauses any video you're watching if it senses that you're no longer watching the screen, whileSmart Scroll does just what is suggests and automatically scrolls down the screen if it senses you're ready to move onto the next section. Nothing like a bit of tech-wizardry to set your pulse racing, is there?
But that's not all. Samsung's previous offering, Smart Alert has been upgraded to incorporate Air Gestures, meaning that you can swipe the air above your phone and flick through content without ever actually laying a finger on the screen. You can also answer calls without touching the screen, courtesy of Air Call Accept. Of course if you want to do it the traditional way and turn off these features, you can. All at the touch of a button.
The S4 is an incredibly intuitive device, as you can see. And to add to this further, there's Health and Wellness resources included as part of the new, improved TouchWiz user interface. The S Health app can measure steps, calories, blood pressure, and even the temperature and humidity of your surroundings to optimise your wellbeing and help you plan your exercise and eating habits.
With many flagship mobile phones from other manufacturers also featuring a 13MP camera with full 1080p HD, it's important that Samsung differentiate themselves from the crowd, and they've done just that. The S4 offers a host of additional features to make the Three Galaxy S4 really pop.
On board is Sound and Shot technology, which captures nine-second films with sound and alsoDrama Shot, which combines several shots taken within milliseconds of each other and melds them into one perfect image.
Other commendable additions include Cinema Photo through which you can shoot a video clip and then select which parts to animate and which to keep static, resulting in a fun animated image to send to all your friends.
But perhaps the most innovative feature of all is that you can use the 2MP front-facing camera, and the regular camera, in conjunction with each other. This means you're able to snap a picture or make a video using both front and back lenses and combine what you capture from both into one seamless image or movie. So if you're taking a shot of your mates but want to be included too, the S4 will take a picture of you on one camera and your friends on the other, and combine the two. And for even better editing you can choose to erase any object you like from a picture.
The S IV is coming to you with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, E-Compass, and G-Sensor technology on board. It's also set to support GSM/WCDMA/LTE networks, which in layman's terms, means it's Ultrafast.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in either black and white, and 16GB and 32GB and 64GB versions. Storage is expandable because there's also a microSD slot. Unlike the lack of buttons on the new BlackBerry Z10, the S4 retains both a physical home button and touch buttons on screen, keeping it as easy to navigate as ever.
Overall, most of the speculation about the S4 proved true, but there were definitely a few things that didn't pan out. At one point, we thought the device was going to be more rectangular in design, and perhaps made out of aluminium.
We also wondered whether the Galaxy S4 would be stylised as the 'Galaxy S IV', or even the 'Galaxy S5' as the number four is considered unlucky in Samsung's home country, Korea. And no - despite the rumours, Samsung didn't include an S-Pen with their new flagship offering.