Release Date And Price Review For The Samsung Galaxy S 4 And HTC One

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In the hopes of squashing confusion on the release of both the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One, I’m doing a quick recap of everything we know. So let’s just jump right in.

Samsung Galaxy S 4:

  • Beginning April 24th, the Galaxy S 4 will be available online.
  • Beginning May 1st, the Galaxy S 4 will be available at “select” company-owned retail stores, select T-Mobile authorized dealers and national retail stores.
  • On T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan, the Galaxy S 4 will be available for $149 down with 24 monthly payments of $20.

HTC One:

  • Beginning April 24th, the HTC One will be available through T-Mobile.com and “select” retail stores.
  • The total number of retail stores carrying the One initially is around 300 stores.
  • Incidentally, T-Mobile’s @tmobilehelp Twitter account posted something last night in response to tweet about a pre-order beginning tomorrow. The tweet was quickly deleted and T-Mobile’s PR wouldn’t give a definitive answer on any pre-order questions.
  • Price is still unknown, however at the UNcarrier launch back on March 26th, T-Mobile’s CEO announced the One would be available for $99 down with 24 monthly payments of $20. At this point, I would pencil in that price as the final price and leave it subject to change.

Both devices will be available through third-party retailers and Walmart is allowing for a pre-order of the Galaxy S 4 on T-Mobile already. Best Buy has priced the HTC One on subsidy for $249 for the 32GB version.

Details will be added to this post as they arrive on finalized pricing and expanded release patterns inside T-Mobile stores.

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  • failblog

    the down payment for the s4 is more than the iphone 5?

    • Chris

      Yes but even so, the S4 is still newer tech …

    • NextBig313

      the s4 is better than the iphone5. Does that make sense?

      • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

        It’s not better than the One and the One is $99. Seems that Samsung feels they can charge a premium for their device. They’re probably just trying to capitalize on the early adopters. I will likely be $99 by late May.

        • Chris

          How is it not better Mr. Hill? You mean the HTC One is just prettier?

        • Spanky

          It sure is better. Removable battery, expandable memory and the latest version of Android.

        • ike

          The S4 has a 13MP
          camera. The One has a four mega pixel camera. The HTC ultra pixel got nothing
          on Samsung when they got HTC bet by Nine Million Pixels! S4 also has a faster
          processor and comes with the newest version of Android OS. The HTC One has the
          S4 beat with more PPI in its screen. Overall the S4 has a slight edge over the
          One and don’t start with this metal vs. plastic BS because most smart phones
          where made with plastic. The plastic never made the Galaxy S series look
          cheaper than usual. If that was really the case the Galaxy S series would have
          been a dead end device years ago.

        • bleeew

          1. Samsung has a 13MP camera that is a waste of space. HTC has done with 4MP to try to make brighter images. Its not always about the MP, but the sensor.

          2.Samsung may have a faster processor. The thing is that the S4 Pro 1.5 processor(which is quad-core) is already fast enough on my Droid DNA. HTC One’s and GS4 are off the quadrant benchmarks charts.

          3. Whats the little difference of having 4.1.2 and 4.2.1? Some bug improvements? Its not a major upgrade.

          4. HTC One has a higher PPI than the GS4. GS4 is kinda late to the game as my Droid DNA has a 5 inch 1080p resolution. People are only going Samsung because they became sheep and zombies to that company. GS4 has an AMOLED screen and HTC has an LED screen which is as bright as the iPhone.
          - Samsung sheep will buy anything with the Samsung logo and that plastic. They will think Samsung is first to have everything even though phones had 1080p before it. Even though phones had 13MP’s before it. Even though phones had gimmicks(pretty much the selling point) before it. People will continue to think Samsung is the only original one compared to Apple. I hate their business tactics. HTC was the one trying to change stuff.

        • steveb944

          Bravo bravo, I applaud you. I was worried I was going to have to shoot down the S4 parade.

        • Ike

          “They will think Samsung is first to have everything even though phones had 1080p before it. Even though phones had 13MP’s before it. Even though phones had gimmicks(pretty much the selling point) before it. People will continue to think Samsung is the only original one compared to Apple. I hate their business tactics. HTC was the one trying to change stuff.”
          What are you talking about. Nobody is saying that samsung is the first to have anything. We’er not talking about iPhone lovers here. Samsung lovers are nothing like the sheep you discribed. I used to sell electronics for almost a decade and I have watched samdung go from being genaric to being great. Note That i said that the S4 has a slight edge over HTC One. Im not bashing the HTC One. Im actualy sceptical about getting the S4 and waiting to see both phones in person to solidify my opinion on them.
          A 13MP camera is a waist of spece? tell that to all the digital camera manufacturers out there. Its about time not a waist of space. Dont be mad.

        • loopyduck

          A 13MP camera is a waist of spece? tell that to all the digital camera manufacturers out there. Its about time not a waist of space. Dont be mad.

          Each pixel element is incredibly small. The smaller the pixel, the poorer the light-gathering abilities of the sensor. The only time you’d want more pixels is if you plan on blowing up a shot and printing it, and a 4MP sensor is plenty for an 8″x10″.

          Given the exact same size sensor, I would prefer the one with fewer pixels. It’s not like you’re going to be printing out any giant banners of the photos you take with a phone.

        • Ike

          I don’t print pictures. Printing pictures is a waste of ink thus a waste of money. True that people won’t print large photos but printing them isn’t all people do anymore.

          I view them on my screen edit them together and upload them to various websites and people. The number of MP’s is far more important than the size when you store photos on a computer because there you want to see them big and you want as much detail as possible. Unless your comparing 13MP to 13Ultra pixels then talk to me about more light but this is 13MP compared to just four (4) Ultra pixels(which is still just mega pixels only larger). Ultra pixels are about the size of two MP’s so 13MP is still ahead of 4Ultra pixels. Ultra pixels only have the advantage of showing detail in very low light. A flash will do just fine.

        • Deadeye37

          For the most part, I agree. However, there are some cool software things that Samsung is doing that HTC doesn’t do. Personally, with my GS3, I like using my Tectiles (that I got for free). I also like the quick share feature along with a few other software things. Since the SGS4 is compatible with those features, I think that is a big plus. Some of the newer software features are more meh to me, but having those cool share features is really nice.

          HTC’s big software enhancement is the Blinkfeed & Zoe. To me, those aren’t huge selling points (at least HTC hasn’t shown me anything that sells me on it (C’mon HTC – give us a good commercial!)).

          Samsung fans have some things to be exited for in the SGS4. Same with HTC fans with the One. Personally, I’m sitting this round out since I just got my SGSIII 5 months ago. I do want HTC to sell a lot of phones this year so they can up their game some more!

          BTW, Android 4.2 does introduce some new features like Photosphere (which I really want to get my hands on and try).

        • g2a5b0e

          It may not be a major upgrade, but if you think the difference between 4.1.2 & 4.2.2 (that’s the version coming to the S4, not 4.2.1) is just bug fixes, then you need to look up the additions made to Android when Jelly Bean 4.2 came out. The additions made are almost as significant as the change from Froyo 2.2 to Gingerbread 2.3.

      • barondebxl

        Which proves that looks are not everything since the iPhone 5 “looks” better than the S4 according to most people. The S4 is gonna whoop some ass regardless.

  • Genise

    May??? I thought the HTC One is coming 4/24??? Typo???

    • Garret Hussak

      Yeah, just a typo. The post it links to clearly says April.

  • du22ty

    Should be april 24th and there are multiple tweets from TMobileHelp regarding the 19th for preorder.

    • Stan the man

      Where are these tweets about pre order would love to see them

      • du22ty

        The twitter handle @tmobilehelp has been the one mentioning it.

  • lifeisgr84all

    May 24th……are you kidding David?

  • ShoeVixen

    Please say it isn’t so… I can’t wait until May 24th for the One…. AAAAAGGGHHHH!!!

    • Garret Hussak

      It was a typo. The post it links to clearly says April.

      • ShoeVixen

        Thanks, I’m just giving David a hard time…

        • Garret Hussak

          What are you talking about? What was I talking about? Read it again – it clearly says “April 24″ :)

        • ShoeVixen

          Dude, I know that the phone is coming out on April 24th. I was just giving David Beren a hard time about the typo… geesh!

        • Garret Hussak

          Sorry – my second comment was meant to be a complete joke. When I posted it, the typo had been corrected which is what I meant by “what were we talking about, it says April…”

        • ShoeVixen

          lol… i caught that after my comment posted.. no hard feelings. :-)

  • Marc Klein

    I find it a bit strange that the ONE was announced months before the S4 and that is still coming out after the S4 and the price is relatively cheap compared to the S4

  • Kris Chaitu

    defenitely a typo on htc one 24th may seems to be too far

  • http://knightofscorpio.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    Oh yeah, you did put May 24th, just now realizing that. I know it was a simple mistake tho. And to be correct, the HTC One that will be offered on the 24th (on T-Mobile.com & select stores) will be the 32GB version right?

    • melon3531

      Yes, T-Mo will only have the 32gb version. 64gb is an AT&T exclusive.

      • http://knightofscorpio.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        Thank you for clarifying that for me.

  • Derrick

    Why do they keep deleting these tweets though? Just put the info out already for gods sake…I don’t understand why the release of the One has been handled like this.

  • mlegits

    what about the bestbuy preorders? will we be getting it earlier then?

    • KOLIO

      The notes from my HTC ONE pre-order via BEST BUY states they’ll ship as soon as they receive stock,w/the stipulation of no guarantee on exact delivery dates.

      However,the method of delivery could determine arrival date.

      FREE SHIPPING: ETA April 29
      PRIORITY/EXPEDITED(?): ETA 2-3 Days
      EXPRESS:ETA APRIL 24-25

  • mnaz105

    The Note 2 and the S3 are having a baby.

    • steveb944

      That’s one ugly baby IMO.

    • lovingmyGN2

      Yeah! a baby that’s a freak of nature lol.

  • Osasco

    Don’t go with what the CEO says. If his great solutions were that great, they would have been applied long time ago. This T-Mobile great value plan is another market game. At the end T-mobile will bite another $20/month from the phone financing. So, our bills will increase by $20 per line.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

      I would go with what he says for now. When the Apple deal was announced he said the iPhone would be $99 and it turned out to be true.

    • Chris

      Apparently you dont know that the “un-carrier” plans are a tad cheaper and by adding your phone to the mix would roughly translate into the same amount that you would have been paying if you were on a value plan.

    • TechHog

      What are you babbling about?

  • tomnewtn

    I will get the ONE if it comes out later in a Black model with 64 GB. Otherwise, my Nexus 4 is stellar!

    • superg05

      AT&T EXCLUSIVE SORRY

      • Tomnewtn

        For now, but that might change and TMO releases the black version as a special release. I’m good til then or the next Nexus.

  • turb0wned

    Chatted with 2 different tmo reps, (yes I know they don’t know much) both said preorder starts tomorrow and gets released on the 24th.. This is for the HTC One.

    • sysu3peat

      I just chatted with tmo too and they said “we don’t have the solid updates with the pre-order but the release will be on April 24″

      • Turb0wned

        Typical clueless reps. Oh well at least the 24th is still pretty solid.

    • LC

      We aren’t all clueless, thank you very much.

  • Impatient Waiter

    why can’t i pre order the GS4 yet?!

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      T-Mobile doesn’t like pre-orders very much, they’ve very rarely had them.

  • Vlad2277

    I think info is wrong
    GS4 is available online and select stores on 04/24
    On May 1 it will be available in ALL T-Mobile stores
    Plus as long as you are not on grandfathered plan, but let’s say on more recent value plans that came with 2yr contract, you don’t need to change to new Choice plan.
    You can still get phone on payment plan, as long as you qualify.

  • gigis83

    AT&T f t mobile

  • sincarafan247

    Does t-mobile usually release them online at a specific time on the dates? Eastern time, Pacific, after midnight, etc…? I hope t-mobile servers are ready to handle a lot of traffic.

    • turb0wned

      I would like to know what time preorders start for the ONE also.

  • zx6guy

    There is no new information in this post.

    • natedenver

      Read the whole post. It says at the beggining that this is a recap. Here so you don’t have to look for it:

      “In the hopes of squashing confusion on the release of both the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One, I’m doing a quick recap of everything we know. So let’s just jump right in.”

      • Herb

        Exactly. In fact, “Recapping” is the first word of the title. Durrrrr.

  • bbbuyer

    what about the htc one preorders from bestbuy will they come earlier than the tmobile release date?

  • Steve Park

    Looks like the Un-carrier is doomed to fail if they can’t even get the product into 10% for their stores on launch day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cesuh Cesar Benito

      It’s not T-Mobile..it’s Samsung/HTC.
      One thing that Apple does well is make sure that when there is a launch… there’s a launch! It’s part of the reason why they have technology that is “dated” simply because they make sure there’s no flaws and they make sure there’s enough.
      I’m sorry but honestly HTC messed up by not getting the One out earlier. Now that it’s so close to the Samsung release it’s done.

  • MatthewMurawski

    I went to the T-Mobile store today and a guy who worked there told me all the T-Mobile stores are getting the S4 on May 1st.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cesuh Cesar Benito

    Honestly, who cares which phone is better?!?!?
    You guys all need to stop bickering which device is better. In all honesty it’s personal preference.
    I have seen both phones in person and had the chance to play with both for quite some time.
    Yes the HTC ONE’s build is FAR superior. Everyone knows this.. hell, even Samsung admitted this. Some people prefer a well built/designed phone above everything else.
    I can tell you as well the screen and speed of the S4 is AMAZING as well. Some people like speed/screen more than how pretty the phone is. It’s ALL personal preference.
    Personally, I’m getting the S4 because of the faster ram and because of the BEAUTIFUL screen (It’s truly incredible, who gives a damn about PPI). I prefer a fast device above all (not to mention expandable storage and removable battery.
    Regardless of what I want, the HTC ONE is still a GREAT phone. The stereo speakers are amazing as well as the low light camera.
    Just be glad that these are BOTH going to T-Mobile.
    Hope no one is offended, I’m just tired of seeing “EFF YOU SAMSUNG” or “EFF YOU HTC”.

    • sincarafan247

      I couldn’t agree with you more.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1160722258 Phil Reynold

      I don’t understand why people think the design build is so critical when everyone stuffs them in a case. The design build should be focused on the case which seems to always overlooked.

      • http://www.facebook.com/cesuh Cesar Benito

        Design is important because of ergonomics and how comfortable the device feels in hand. Though the S4 definitely feels like a premium device. I definitely feel the HTC one is superior in this aspect. It feels a lot better. Case or not.

      • kevin hundon

        It is so pity I were not YOU, so I can’t understand YOU! OR should I?

    • kevin hundon

      I couldn’t agree with you more….too,sorry, sincarafan247, copied yours.by the way, i think they will NOT stop their JOB, casar!

      • sincarafan247

        You are funny Kevin. I copied his. Actually I am the one who posted first and was voicing my opinion. Nobody copied anyone.

  • skinybone

    I say get the HTc one i already have the tmobile version and its great dont let the 4mp fool you its not as bad as it sounds it still has great detail and the larger sensor makes darker photos stand out.

    • kevin hundon

      mine still on the way><!

  • Guest

    OK, the One doesn’t have a microSD slot. A very bad oversight on HTC’s part since the Butterfly has a microSD slot is thinner than the One. So, why no microSD slot then? You need to get one on the One asap on a future release. So, how am I transferring my photos and data to my One from and mircoSD card? Is there a way? If not, I will have to seek a new phone from another manufacturer.

  • Geoffrey Medeiros

    My tmobile store is carrying the s4 on the 24th in store. So excited!

    • francis

      Where?

      • Geoffrey Medeiros

        Seekonk ma. Customer service was able to tell me which stores were getting it

  • Paul

    OK, the One doesn’t have a microSD slot. A very bad oversight on HTC’s part since the Butterfly has a microSD slot is thinner than the One. So, how am I transferring my photos and data to my One from and mircoSD card? Is there a way? If not, I will have to seek a new phone from another manufacturer.

    • roy

      I think HTC has an app that let’s you do that . Sort of like a backup. They also have a desktop program itunes like for that same thing as well :)

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

      Through your computer

      • Paul

        I don’t have my old phone, only the microSD card with data on it. Now what do I do? HAHA

        • Geoffrey Medeiros

          Use a micro SD card to SD card adaptor

  • http://twitter.com/Q_TheRealness Q_ D. Realness
  • PiCASSiMO

    Checked this morning:

    Web-Only Price
    NEW! HTC® One – Glacial Silver
    2.1 Megapixel Front-facing Camera
    HTC BlinkFeedâ„¢
    HTC Zoeâ„¢
    HTC BoomSoundâ„¢

    OUT OF STOCK

  • http://twitter.com/maui_nick Nick Harris

    So it looks like the One is for sale online at tmobile but only for new subscribers. When I tried to upgrade, it’s listed as out of stock.

    • JillyBeans

      I just added a new line to my plan and will move the phone to my main line and cancel the second line when the phone arrives. It’s ridiculous that existing line holders can’t pre-order the phone. I was trying at 6am Eastern this morning and it was already showing “out of stock” when I logged into my t-mobile account.

  • 5+ year with TMO

    I tried to order the HTC One as an upgrade to one of my
    existing lines and it showed out of stock.
    However, you can order it with a new line on Tmobile.com without any
    issue and it will get shipped out on the 24th or sooner. This means I don’t even have a chance to “get in the line” for the phone. This really
    upsets me because I can’t even place an order as a loyal customer with thecompany for 5+ years. I applaud TMO offers the same simple plan to everyone, existing or new, but offering an hot, new produce almost “exclusively” to new line is just wrong.

  • 5+ year with TMO

    I tried to order the HTC One as an upgrade to one of my
    existing lines and it showed out of stock. However, you can order it with a new line on Tmobile.com without any issue and it will get shipped out on the 24th or sooner. This means I don’t even have a chance to “get in the line” for the phone. This really upsets me because I can’t even place an order as a loyal customer with the company for 5+ years. I applaud TMO
    offers the same simple plan to everyone, existing or new, but offering an hot,
    new produce almost “exclusively” to new line is just wrong.

    • kevin hundon

      For the HTC One, i finally added one more line for it,hope T-mobile do nothing wrong with it. Or have to say good bye to this old friend.

  • lovingmyGN2

    Omg 249 for 32gb version. … yikes! F it I gotta make my fiancee happy.

  • Mystery Man

    Hey guys and gals wheres the update on galaxy s4? Any pre-order?

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    I just listened to The Cell Phone Junkie Podcast, they said the SGS4 from T-Mobile was only going to be available with 16 gb of internal memory, that is the only model they would be selling. If that is the case I will be extremely pissed off. Why bother advertising the internal memory availability of 16, 32 and 64 if this country is only going to get the pathetic 16 gb model. I have the SGS3 with 32 gb of int memory, I will not buy the SGS4 with less. To me that is not an upgrade. I am so pissed off right now I could actually deck someone from T-Mobile. I have been their largest supporter over the years but this just sucks if true. 16 gb of internal memory isn’t enough, especially for today’s modern Smartphone owner who needs certain files with him at all times that are work related. The Cloud just isn’t an option.

  • Impatient Waiter

    anyone know if either of these phones have the Swype feature?

  • pnwoutback08

    The problem I see with the HTC One is no removable battery and no external ram. Just what if your phone does lock up or the battery for any reason fails. Do I have time to ship it to Tmobile for a replacement..NO
    Also the blind feed I feel is a target to younger users who cares, I do not and not needing to know the exact up to date in the news or about whats going on in the social media and you can disable all feeds but then leaves you a blank screen with no choices for selecting or makng the phone yours with different wallpapers as I can on my galaxy 2.
    Thats my turn off to the phone and the rest is perfect.
    Just feel after choosing between the two, the galaxy 4 is more of a personalization where as the HTC like an apple product and your locked into what they want not what you want.