Canadian mobile network operators TELUS, Virgin Mobile and Bell have opened pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S4 today, confirming that consumers will receive the device on April 27 before it hits store shelves on May 3.
Signing up to a contract isn’t particularly cheap though. Samsung’s new flagship Android device will cost $199 on a three-year contract with TELUS, starting at $50 per month. Consumers can expect 1,000 minutes, 300MB of data and unlimited texts for that amount, although given that TELUS offers a 4G LTE service, that’s unlikely to last very long.
Upping the data cap to 600MB will set users back an additional $15, or 1GB for a total of $80 per month. Anything higher will cost consumers an extra two cents per megabyte, without exception.
TELUS also offers an unlimited talk and text plan for $100 per month, although it still only includes 5GB of data. That might be enough for the majority of its subscribers, but data-heavy Android users will be left bitterly disappointed.
The Samsung Galaxy S4, unveiled in March, is likely to be one of the most sought-after smartphones until the next iPhone or Nexus products are announced.
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.
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