AT&T is taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S4, $639 upfront or $199.99 on a two-year contract

AT&T is taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S4, $639 upfront or $199.99 on a two-year contract ...

The 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available to pre-order on the AT&T website, both in the White Frost and Black Mist color schemes for $199.99 on a two-year contract. A SIM-free version will set consumers back a hefty $639, however.

AT&T has yet to make an official announcment; perhaps to avoid an overload of pre-orders, given that we’ve already experienced some problems trying to access the webpage and complete an order. The 32GB version is also unavailable at this point.

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The US carrier will be shipping all Galaxy S4 pre-orders by April 30, arriving on consumer doorsteps shortly afterwards. It’s a short gap between the launch of the HTC One, which is launching on April 19 for $199.99 as the standard 32GB model and $299.99 for the 64GB variant.

AT&T is already taking pre-orders for HTC’s flagship device, although there’s no way of knowing how much of an impact its head-start will have on sales figures.

The Samsung Galaxy S4, unveiled in March, will go head-to-head with the HTC One, as well as the next iPhone and Nexus smartphones that will inevitably be released later this year.

The device has a premium 5-inch 1080p display, set at an impressive 441 ppi. Under the hood is a quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 processor, bumped up by an additional quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 chipset. That’s a whole lot of processing power.

The Galaxy S4 comes stocked with 16GB of internal storage, although that’s expandable via a microSD card, and runs on the latest version of Android (version 4.2.2) with Samsung’s TouchWiz skin slapped on top.

The device also has a mighty Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery, which should do a pretty decent job of counterbalancing the smartphone’s power-hungry processors, and 2GB of RAM handling multiple apps and tasks.

Pre-orders for the device opened in the United Kingdom late last month, ahead of a public release on April 26. TELUS, Virgin Mobile and Bell opened pre-orders in Canada yesterday, ahead of a full retail launch on May 3.

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