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Samsung Galaxy S4 Australian launch: All you need to know

Ross Catanzariti | April 22, 2013
Samsung will officially launch its hotly anticipated Galaxy S4 Android phone in Australia next week at an event in Sydney. Here's exactly what we know so far, what's happening and why it's a pretty big deal.

When is it being launched in Australia?

Samsung will officially launch the Galaxy S4 in Australia on Tuesday 23 April. The company sent an invitation to Australian media two weeks ago detailing the evening launch event in Sydney, which is titled "Set 4 launch".

So when can I walk into a shop and buy it?

This is something we won't find out until Tuesday's launch. Samsung Australia hasn't yet revealed an exact release date but it is expected to go on sale in either late April or early May.

Where will I be able to buy it from?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be sold through all major Australian carriers -- Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile. The four major Australian networks were confirmed among a total of 327 global carriers that will sell the device.

None of the telcos have confirmed an official release date or pricing, only saying they will sell the Galaxy S4 "soon". Again, we'll find out more at next week's launch event.

Samsung will sell a range of accessories for the Galaxy S4.

Are there different models of the Galaxy S4 available?

Yes. However, Samsung has already confirmed that the Australian model of the Galaxy S4 will be powered by a Qualcomm manufactured Snapdragon 600 processor. Other models around the world will use Samsung's own Exynos 5410 Octa processor.

Globally, the majority of 4G Galaxy S4 models will come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon while 3G versions will be equipped with the Samsung Exynos chip.

Galaxy S4 models using the 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 chip will have the model number GT-I9505, while the GT-I9500 model signifies the Exynos processor.

What accessories will be available?

The Galaxy S4 global microsite a total of 11 accessories, but no pricing or availability details have been revealed. A full list of the accessories can be found here.

It's not yet known whether all of these accessories will be available in Australia but we'll know more after Tuesday's launch event.

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