AT&T and Samsung must be feeling pretty confident about the Galaxy S 4, as they push the base price up $50 over the phone’s predecessor and Apple’s rival iPhone 5.
The Galaxy S 4 will cost $250 on AT&T with a two-year contract, and will be available for pre-orders starting April 16. AT&T hasn’t announced an actual release date for Samsung’s next flagship phone yet.
It’s unclear how much storage will be included in AT&T’s version of the S 4. Samsung will offer 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions — with a microSD card slot for more storage — but AT&T hasn’t said whether it will carry the full range. (Last year, AT&T only sold the 16 GB version of the S III.)
T-Mobile is the only other U.S. carrier to announce Galaxy S 4 pricing so far. Under the carrier’s new subsidy-free plans, the Galaxy S 4 will go on sale May 1 for $99 up-front, plus $20 per month for two years. Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular will also sell the Galaxy S 4, but haven’t revealed details yet.
The S 4 will look similar to last year’s model, but will pack a 5-inch, 1080p display into roughly the same size chassis. It’ll also have a faster processor, a better camera and a few more software features. My colleague Harry McCracken tried the phone at a press event, and has a detailed overview along with some lingering questions.