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Samsung's Galaxy S4, what to expect: specs, Canadian release date and cool gadgets

New Samsung Galaxy S4

It's no big surprise that the most talked-about device in mobile tech for the past few days has been Samsung's Galaxy S4. The latest addition to the line of Galaxy smatphones and tablets was just unveiled March 14 at a press event in New York. And though the unveiling put an end to speculation about the device itself, the hype surrounding the Galaxy S3's successor certainly hasn't hushed.

So what's the Galaxy S4 really like? For starters, anyone who loves their Galaxy S3 will be happy to find that not a whole lot has changed with the S4, at least not aesthetically. The new handset looks practically identical to its predecessor, though it's a little slimmer and lighter. And the general consensus is that anyone who's used the S3 should find it easy to get used to the S4.

Of course, with the specs race that's been building between mobile phone makers, you'd expect Samsung to take things to the next level with the Galaxy S4. and in terms of hardware and specs, they haven't disappointed.

The phone boasts a generous 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display. That's a better resolution than the iPhone 5's, by the way. And the 13 MP rear-facing camera, which can capture video in 1080p and has a autofocus feature, is equally impressive. There's also a less showy 2 MP front facing camera.

Powered by a 1.9 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, the Galaxy S4 is loaded with new features, like hover-gesture response, intuitive auto-pause, and tons of camera features. You can check out the video below for a pretty full view of what to expect.

So when can we expect a Canadian release for the Galaxy S4? Pretty soon actually, with most major Canadian carriers slated to receive the device in the second quarter of this year, or sometime between April and June.

Carriers officially listed by Samsung are: Bell, Eastlink, Fido, Koodo, Mobilicity, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron, Virgin Mobile and Wind Mobile and their authorized channels. As for price, MobileSyrup speculates that the S4 will run you between $159 and $179 on a three-year term, or $699 outright.

So, say you do manage to get your hands on an S4 in the very near future. Rest assured that there will already be a bunch of accessories to choose from. Samsung's already been showing off officially-branded carrying cases and sleeves, as well as gadgets like wireless chargers, a game pad with built-in controller, heart rate monitor and more.

No doubt the list of Samsung accessories for the S4 will grow to match that of the S3 in very short time. And we'll be keeping you up to date as they begin rolling in at Pure Mobile.

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