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Samsung launches Galaxy S4, confident of increasing market share in region

Company in talks with telco operators for 4G LTE devices

  • By Naushad K. Cherrayil, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 20:47 April 23, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
  • Models displaying Samsung Galaxy S4 at its Dubai launch event on Tuesday
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Dubai: The world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, Samsung, is confident of increasing its market share in the Gulf with the launch of much-awaited Galaxy S4.

“The market is booming not only in the region but also across the world. Everybody wants to own a smartphone. Many users are jumping to dump their feature phone and move to smartphone. We are here to capture the market by offering the right product,” Hayssam Yassine, head of telecommunications group at Samsung Gulf Electronics, told Gulf News.

He said that according to research firm GfK, Samsung had a market share of 45 per cent in the UAE. With the S4 we are confident of protecting our market share and make room for growth.

The 5-inch full HD super Amoled device houses 13MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera and weighs just 130 grams.

Samsung is offering security features like BlackBerry for B2B clients with Knox.

The South Korean company is launching two models in the region. He said the reason for launching two models is due to the high demand so that two vendors can focus on these models.

Samsung S4 comes with a 1.9GHz quad-core processor for the 4G LTE version and 1.6GHz quad core plus 1.2GHz quad-core processor on a single chipset for the 3G version to give the power of eight cores.

He said both the processors on the 3G version will not work together and it will work depending on the software load. It is controlled by management software.

Samsung expects the 4G LTE version to be available in the market after two weeks while the 3G version will be available on April 27.

“We are in discussions with the telco operators for 4G LTE as it needs to have a data package for end users to benefit,” Yassine said.

The S health app available on S4 will keep track of users’ heart-related issues and sleeping disorders. Samsung will be launching accessories related to S health app like a belt for monitoring your heart beat and a weighing scale to monitor users weight.

“We are in discussions with developers for this app and hope many accessories will be coming out from different developers in a short period of time,” he said.

Comments (11)

  1. Added 17:09 April 24, 2013

    My nokia lumia 620 has only 500mb ram and 1 ghz processer and its faster and better display than the galaxy s3. Android has a long way to go in terms of usability and simplicity. After IOS windows phone 8 is best. Who uses 1 million apps in their phones. All major apps are already there in windows phone 8.

    George, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:40 April 24, 2013

    People who are talking about Iphone, they dont know then about the Samsung phones.. I am using S3 since Sep 2012 and am excited to buy S4 now because this is awsum machine and wanted to have one. I cant wait for another 3 days to buy it...

    Adeel Raza, Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:23 April 24, 2013

    Very cheap built quality for all hand sets from samsung, i had an experience with 3 different models the board has damaged in 2-3 months of use. better go for some other brands.

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:59 April 24, 2013

    Samsung still has a lot to learn and improve. My Samsung S Duos has a 1 GHz processor with way more RAM than my old iPhone 2g with a mere 412 MHz processor, and the Samsung is nowhere near the iPhone for usability, simplicity and speed. Android will never be as good as iOS.

    Vijin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:14 April 24, 2013

    Samsung should make new models after a gap of at least 2 years. Then it would increase their sales much more. Its good they have launched S4 in the market but people are still learning to use S3 & Note.

    Prinson, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:52 April 24, 2013

    Actually, the Octa core will be released first with the 3G version. The quad core will be released on the LTE version.

    P.J, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:19 April 24, 2013

    Wow. it's nice to know about the announcement of new S4, but i am already using S3, which is still new to me. its funny to ask, but i am serious, whether we can exchange my S3 with S4 and pay the balance amount?

    Ahmad Saleem, Deira, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:47 April 24, 2013

    what will be the price for 4G LET version?

    Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:32 April 24, 2013

    Unfortunately, Samsung will launch the quad core in UAE!! Not so excited about it now. will wait for the octa core to be launched.

    Alaa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:14 April 24, 2013

    Great! How much does it cost? I have been waiting to buy one since it was announced.

    Melwyn, Doha, Qatar

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