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Samsung to unveil Galaxy S4 in the UAE on Tuesday

Korean firm will sell the device with eight-core processor in the region

  • By Naushad K. Cherrayil, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 15:54 April 22, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: AFP
  • Samsung's new Galaxy S4 is seen during its unveiling on March 14, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Dubai: Samsung is unveiling its much-awaited Galaxy S4 on Tuesday night at Armani Hotel.

Even though the smartphone looks identical to its predecessor — Galaxy S3 — it is the specifications that make a big difference.

Even the polycarbonate shell of S4 is same as S3 but the S4 is a 5-inch device with a pixel density of 441 compared to HTC One’s 468.

Three flagship smartphones are going to be launched this week, starting with S4, followed by HTC One and BlackBerry Q10.

According to industry experts, Samsung is expected to sell 10 million S4s in this quarter globally and the Korean company has shipped 80 million S4s to meet the global demand.

The S4 will be the first device to come out with an eight-core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor in the region while Samsung launched only quad-core processor in the US.

“Samsung has created a name in the market for premium handsets and S4 is rated as the highest,” said Hamza Saleem, senior research analyst at IDC.

He said Blackberry will lose its market share to Samsung this year.

Blackberry had a market share of 35 per cent in the UAE last year while Samsung had a market share of 30 per cent.

“We are getting lot of dealer bookings for S4, much before the launch. We are not sure how much units we will be getting for the launch,” said Deepak Babani, CEO at Eros Group, sole distributor for Samsung phones in the UAE.

He admitted than Eros most likely will get only one-third of what ordered, but the shipments will come weekly.

Only 16GB/3G will be available from Saturday and it is priced at Dh2,599.

Babani sees no competition to come from HTC and Q10 for S4. Galaxy S4’s new software and hardware features are enough for S4 to take the crown.

Comments (14)

  1. Added 19:15 April 23, 2013

    S4 is good mobile feature wise (smart gesture, air gesture etc), but design, durability, look and feel are poor.

    Omer, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:10 April 23, 2013

    would love to have one :D

    Aboobacker, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:34 April 23, 2013

    I am getting it and dropping the iphone 5, it's history, until they come up with something decent

    Emmanuel, Lobito, Angola

  4. Added 14:16 April 23, 2013

    To: Samsung Dubai Please advise the release date for Galaxy Note 8 here in the UAE. Release of new products in the UAE seems to be quite delayed in comparison to other locations. Regards, Edson

    Edson, Dubai, Philippines

  5. Added 13:49 April 23, 2013

    I am sure it would be fantastic and a big loss for Iphone HTC or any other smart phone in the market i would prefer to go for S4 not only about the feature but also the money would not go out from Asia by buying Korean products instead US brands.

    Muhammad Tariq, Peshawar, Pakistan

  6. Added 13:39 April 23, 2013

    The look alone is enough for the S4 to win hearts, features are of course will give an edge over the competition.

    Hanif Kalmata, dubai, India

  7. Added 13:21 April 23, 2013

    I would rather stick to my Nexus 4 and or buy the Google Project Glass No thanks!

    2k11jes, Abu Dhabi, Philippines

  8. Added 13:08 April 23, 2013

    Samsung is the best. I will definitely go for it. I already have S3, but will switch over to S4 once it is available.

    Kashif Zafar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:58 April 23, 2013

    I completely agree with Sir (Deepak Babani) there is no competition from HTC one or BB Q10. In fact, HTC one & BB Q10 has a greater challenge to do respectful numbers due to launch of Samsung S4. what Eros could think of, is to snatch or grab more shares for S4 from HTC & BB by putting forth great offers and bundling. Galaxy S4 is going to take the crown.....

    Mohammed Yaseen, Dubai, India

  10. Added 12:06 April 23, 2013

    I was excited about its release, but no 'FM' put me off.

    Taroon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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