Galaxy S4 with Stock Android: Is This The Next Great Tech Superphone?

We had caught wind of a possible Nexus-like Galaxy S4 previously, but we were naturally a little skeptical because good old Sammy wants to capitalize on its products and craft the signature Samsung experience with its own customized skins and software implementations. I personally wished upon a star for it to be true, but had trouble believing it. Until, of course, Google made this dream device a reality yesterday at Google I/O.

The Galaxy S4 with stock Android is a sort of perfect storm for the techy. Packed with the same 1080p, 441 ppi display, speedy quad-core processor, and 13 megapixel shooter as Samsung’s skinned S4 superphone, the stock Android version comes with a pure and unmodified installation of Android 4.2.2 and will receive future updates directly from the Mountain View mothership itself. Oh, and it has an unlocked bootloader for the extreme modder.

The beauty of this vanilla Android device is more than skin-deep.

The S4 with stock Android packs some fantastic hardware, but the real beauty of this device comes in the coupling of the powerful, sleek hardware with the utility and flexibility of stock Android. Some may argue that what makes a Galaxy a Galaxy is the custom software experience implemented by Samsung, which will be true for a sizable part of the Android-weilding public. There are bound be some who will choose the Samsung experience over the stock Google experience, but for the developer (for whom this device is tuned, if you haven’t guessed by the name), the tinkerer, or the lover of minimalism, this phone is the phone to have because it arrives untainted by skins and themes, and will have no pre-installed carrier or Samsung apps.

Don’t call it a Nexus, though. Google and Samsung have both abstained from calling this device a Nexus phone. Google itself had no hand in the design of the S4’s hardware, which is a hallmark of a Nexus phone. The dev edition packs identical hardware to the carrier versions (with the exception of radio variations available across the globe), very much making this device a Samsung device. Also, unlike the Nexus 4 and the Galaxy Nexus before it, this device will have no Nexus branding, and also lack Google’s heavy subsidy.

Unlocked In Every Sense

Along with pure Android and an unlocked bootloader, Google and Samsung are following in the footsteps of Nexus devices by offering this device as a GSM-unlocked handset with a pentaband radio. The S4 dev edition’s radio will support virtually every GSM carrier, at least up to HSPA+, including T-Mobile. Also on board, we find… wait for it… LTE support! While the technical details are scant, we do know that the S4 with stock Android will support at least T-Mobile and AT&T’s LTE bands, and possibly more global-friendly bands, though the frequency bands haven’t been released and that’s just speculation.

Which brings me to my next point: prepare to lighten your wallet. Lacking the Nexus branding, this device will also lack the Nexus price tag. Google will not be subsidizing this device for us, my friends. And since this is a Google Play Store exclusive handset, don’t expect to see be able to get your hands on it through Magenta’s financing or with an AT&T subsidy. The Galaxy S4 developer edition will launch as an unlocked, unsubsidized GSM device on June 26th for $649. As with any GSM-only phone, this phone will not interface with Verizon, Sprint, or any other CDMA carrier’s network.

I myself am very excited about this device, and would love to get my hands on one, but the $649 price tag is out of the budget right now. What do you guys think? Will this be your next phone, or will you be passing over the Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Edition?

Will you be getting a Galaxy S4 with stock Android?

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  • OZ

    Samsung is doing everything right as of late. For some reason, it causes concern to me.

  • Graham Blackadder

    Sticking firm with my nexus 4 and Googles DIRECT involvement with this line and brand. No harm in competition of it leads to better apps and android experiences.

  • gentleman559

    Its about time they listened to their customers. This will definitely be my next phone

  • thepanttherlady

    If there was an “other” option, I’d choose that. :)

    • jonathan3579

      You are the kind of people ruining this site. I don’t know what happened to TmoNews as of recently but this sort of engagement was never part of the equation when I started reading a couple years ago.

      • What are you referring to? His request to email? What is the purpose of that request anyway?

        • jonathan3579

          I have my suspicions that he is taking a more subtle approach to the new trend of what’s been going on around here – the dating explosion. I’m sure you’ve noticed the vast majority of this has been requests for emails.

        • thepanttherlady

          I wasn’t even here and apparently wreaking havoc. LOL Always late to the party. :)

        • jonathan3579

          Lol, sorry you missed out.

        • thepanttherlady

          Just for the record, the OP had an off topic question regarding selling a phone and didn’t want to post it here. Completely “work” related. :)

      • weezy

        Chill. She can have a PM (private message) on a forum if she wants. She probably uses an alt email address when dealing with Play’az.

        • jonathan3579

          Who is she? Because if you’re referring to “Bailey” as a she, it is not a she but is a he named Craig. Furthermore, if she being thepanttherlady wants to privately message anyone, I’m sure she can do it on her own. My issue is that many users on this site have come to abuse what this site was originally made for: T-Mobile news and the occasional other tech posts.

      • The comment was deleted.

  • scuttlefield

    “Bellevue mothership”? Shouldn’t that be Mountain View?

    • Brad Lopez

      Yes. I corrected it. Thank you.

  • taron19119

    I like it but its pricey and how much of 16 is usable

    • About 12gb

      • taron19119

        That’s not a lot

        • It’s up from 9GB, and most 16GB phones come with about 12 to 12.5 free.

        • taron19119

          And this y I say the iphone has 3 things over Android

        • The only thing the iPhone has over android is the smooth transition within the OS, other than that…it needs an update. BAD!

  • gpt2010

    I have had a Nexus phone before. Not my cup of tea. It will still be a great phone. I just like to have a skin on top of android. This phone is meant for the techies of the world and not for the general customer. Great for Samsung and Google. It just means more way to get their brand names out there to more people! Got to love that.

    • Matthew Ramsdell

      There is always the option of downloading one of the many launchers in the play store and customizing to your liking.

      • superg05

        alot of people don’t know that they think there stuck with it sense was the first to go off my amaze 4g

  • John Carr

    I’m still paying for my S2!!!

  • ceegii63

    i LOVE how the only reason stopping people is the lack of funds, not because of the HTC One and the iPhone

    • Matthew Ramsdell

      Honestly I love the HTC One. If there was a option to purchase the One unlocked with vanilla android I would pick that.

      • ceegii63

        nope, the only HTC One id buy is the 802w, otherwise its the S4 or if there was Stock Note 3

  • pops87

    So does this mean the phone will lack the air gesture and eye tracking features?

    • weezy

      Hopefully modders will pull the apk to install the misc goods apps.

      • 21stNow

        Features like gestures and eye tracking aren’t separate apps, but built into Touchwiz. Even if the modders could separate this out, they don’t out of respect for Samsung. Many people wanted S Note in the custom ROMs for the Galaxy Note, but the modders couldn’t do this (even though it shows up as an app) because it is part of Touchwiz.

    • Nick

      that’s what it means.

  • superg05

    to bad there was not a not interested in the pole this phone likely does not have the features of the s4 if it does i would be shocked

  • superg05

    I rather have a Galaxy Note 3 thanks for the option though Samsung

  • Nate33*

    without the Samsung and T-Mobile bloatware, this thing is going to smoke the HTC one! the others (iphone, lumias, etc) can’t even compete..

  • dunnj62

    I get that this is a pretty sweet phone. But does anyone else feel like it’s also kind of a cop out? I mean, this deviates from the typical standards that Google upholds for their Nexus line. The most obvious of which is that it uses capacitive and physical buttons which Google has moved away from in favor of on screen controls.

    This stinks of a failure to release a “real” Nexus phone/tablet in time for I/O and the feeling that if they don’t release “something” the conference will be looked at as a failure (especially compared to last year.) So what do they do? They contacted their most popular OEM with the most capacity to manufacture a new device quickly and ask for a favor. With a launch date of June 26th (about 90 days), this give Samsung plenty of time to pump out their S4 and stick on a vanilla OS.

    And does anyone believe that the S4 that Hugo Barra was holding in his hand during the Announcement was the real S4 Google Edition? Further proven by saying that this would not be a giveaway.

    If there is indeed a strategic play here, what could it possibly be? It’s not a “nexus” phone, there is no new OS being introduced for it. Why even offer this phone?

    • Matthew Ramsdell

      Honestly why not. I think a lot of people would be happier if every android OEM offered their flagship phone un-skinned. It gives people choice do you want the designed interface from the OEM or do you want vanilla android.

      • dunnj62

        I agree that ability to pick your own OS is terrific. I’m just not sure that is what’s entirely going on here. This goes completely in the face of what Google has been doing with their vanilla OS. In reality, this is another fragmentation of Android (even if the only difference is the on screen vs hardware/capacity controls.)

        • Matthew Ramsdell

          Sense I don’t have the ability to see into the future the next part is just speculation. But this could be another step into branching out the Play store’s device section by offering vanilla android phones from the major manufactures. (Maybe just my dreams)

          To the point of fragmentation, if the on screen controls act the same as the capacitive ones does the software have to be written differently? This is not a jab but a serious question as I don’t have any experience with this.

        • dunnj62

          Similarly, speculating at Google’s strategic plan, maybe they are priming the public on the idea of two different experiences on the same hardware as is oft rumored with the XPhone on Motorola. Not sure why Samsung would go for this though as they have so much baked in profitability with Touchwiz.

          As for the on screen buttons, I couldn’t say for certain, but I assume you’d have to modify the code at least to redirect the functionality to the hardware buttons and also suppress the on screen button bar.

        • van123

          Good point..why does Samsung do this? Incredible sell job by Google or a strong arm from Google. Samsung is in the drivers seat after the S3 success knocking on Apples door vs the iphone. All their marketing for the S4 is touting the features, not the processor or the display or design..features. Makes no sense for Samsung to do this.

        • zifnab

          How is this a “fragmentation of Android”… it’s pure android, not a fragmentation at all. Maybe its a fragmentation of Samsung’s device, but not of Android.

        • dunnj62

          I’m using the phrase “fragmented version of Android” peripherally. I understand the stigma associated with this term as it relates to Android and that’s not what I am saying. What I am saying is that this is technically NOT pure Android as stock Android uses on screen controls. As per my discussion below with @google-d8e720b280a0e908825d81141f54cd2e:disqus, (I may be mistaken as I have not developed for Android) but wouldn’t Google have to push out a special version of Android to work without on screen controls?

        • dunnj62

          You know what, I take that back. Google was obviously able to update the Nexus S (which has hardware buttons) with stock Android so they would do the same for the S4. I was mistakenly classifying the Nexus 4 interface as “the” Jelly Bean interface which it is not necessarily. In other words, you’re right, no fragmentation, move along nothing to see here…

    • JN78HH

      Again, people don’t read well.. This NOT a Nexus phone, just a “Google” edition S4. Nexus phones are released by late Fall every year and everybody knows that.

      • dunnj62

        Apparently you don’t read well either. I specifically stated in my last line that it’s not a Nexus phone. I am just questioning the motive behind the release. What I am more curious about is who approached whom? Did Google go to Samsung and say, we need to release something for I/O or did Samsung find Google and say lets collaborate on a new S4? Is this a play for Google to help Samsung out in some way with their Apple patent infringement case (being as the S4 was recently included in the suit.) Just startin’ a dialogue is all…

    • zifnab

      Nexus 4 came out 6 months ago, its not time for a Nexus announcement yet. They’ve announced every Nexus towards the end of the year, I don’t know why anyone thought we were getting a new one already. As for what their “strategic play here” is, its a chance for Samsung to make a few more sales to those who would normally buy a Nexus because they want Vanilla, and they get to grab those customers with very little if any additional cost… as for Google announcing it, they’re just happy someone wants to sell a phone with pure Android, so they showed it off at I/O.

  • bob90210

    The industry is a sorry state if the next great superphone is simply the current high end phone without any locking or extras that users don’t want.

    • ceegii63

      not really, shows how much Google and Samsung listen

      • bob90210

        Sure it does. If all it takes to create a superphone is to unlock the bootloader, not lock the phone to any carrier, and use stock andriod then any manufacturer can do it. It takes extra work to create the locks and what ever skins and apps that users don’t like and use.

        Think about it. People are salivating over a vanilla andriod phone. It’s easy to create a vanilla andriod phone; Google gives away the software for free! Just don’t add any crappy sprinkles and don’t prevent users from removing them and that’s it.

        • oscar sanchez

          The reason they put skins is to differentiate between other OEMs. If Samsung, Motorola, and HTC all release a stock android phone the only thing people have to compare are how the phone feels in their hand, removable battery/storage, processor. Most people in stores don’t care about those things. They care about a phone with cool features that make it easier to use. Such as Samsung’s eye tracking, Motorola’s quick settings, and HTC’s blinkfeed. We may think they are just bloat, but for the casual user these are interesting enhancing experiences.

        • bob90210

          So you’re saying that David’s analysis is wrong and the stock andriod S4 is not a superphone; it’s simply an S4 with a different (default) skin.

        • Jose Hernandez

          I don’t think that is what he said at all. Most people like and want the crappy sprinkles as you put it. What Google and Samsung are doing is giving people the option to get a top of the line hardware speck pone that is running pure Android. Something they recognize some users want.

        • oscar sanchez

          First to Bob. I agree with his analysis if depends what you consider a “Superphone.” http://jalopnik.com/the-ferrari-458-is-not-a-supercar-496600355 It is an S4 with a stock experience. Which means more options to consumers and more money in their pockets.

          Thanks Jose, it all depends what people want and what you can convince them they want haha. If Samsung shows you commercials of interesting features you say “You know I could use those features why not”. But if you don’t like any of them and just want stock android Samsung also has you covered. It’s like people are never pleased with options haha.

        • bob90210

          Therefore, the industry is sorry state since all samsung and google had to do to create a superphone was not add additional skins or lock the phone.

        • oscar sanchez

          Well not exactly. All they had to do was offer more options. You think selling 6 Million Galaxy S4s in 15 days is a failure? Ha. It is actually the best selling smartphone ever. Awaiting your next response.

        • bob90210

          So the stock android S4 is not a super phone. It’s simply a S4 with a different skin (the stock android skin).

          You don’t seem to understand the point. If the stock android phone is “the next great superphone” because the “vanilla Android device is more than skin-deep” then the cell phone manufacturers are deliberately crippling the devices they sell since they must deliberately add the locks and skins.

          If the stock android simply gives users more phone options, then it’s not a superphone. It’s not the next great tech; it same as the current tech. The changes are only skin deep. It’s another S4 with a different look.

        • oscar sanchez

          A superphone is in the eye of the beholder though. Did you even click that article I posted about supercars? It is directly correlated to phones. Everyone considers the next phone with 16 cores a superphone. But it is still technically a smartphone.

        • bob90210

          So it’s not a big deal. It’s just another option to have a phone with the default skin.

          If it is a big deal to have stock android, then the cell phone industry is in a sad state where people are praising samsung and google for not adding things that people don’t want.

  • CHKSUM

    Finally a phone with all of the right hardware features.I held off buying the Nexus 4. This was worth the wait! As for price, you get what you pay for.

  • I’m sad to say it but… goodbye iPhone, hello Android!

    • Brad Lopez

      I’m considering it as well…

  • I wonder how much free space is available on the Google Edition

    • Docavelli

      Since it has stock android, I would think about 12GB.

  • Bradley mudd

    My question is what processor will it have?

    • Matthew Ramsdell

      With the inclusion of LTE I would think it would be the Snapdragon 600.

      Currently the only Exynos 5 GS4’s with LTE are Korea exclusive. Not to say they couldn’t / wont make this model Exynos 5 I just think its unlikely.

  • weezy

    I have 2 friends who are Nexus owners/fans, but will not consider buying the latest Nexus, because it is a LG.

    If all is marketed well, then the new S4 could pay off for Google. Hopefully they can keep up with the inventory demand at the beginning of the start date.

    • zifnab

      I like my N4, but I have to admit the problem with it is LG.

  • 0neTw0

    Why does the Survey lack “Already have a real Nexus device.”?

    • Brad Lopez

      Good point. Didn’t mean to leave you out in the cold.

      • Jose Hernandez

        Hi Brad! missed you around here!!

  • PiCASSiMO

    Some will argue that a 1080p Pentile display on the S4 is equivalent to a 720p RGB Nexus 4.

    Also, some will see the blue/green hues in the white backgrounds of the S4, again courtesy of the pentile display. There is a reason why all the background on the stock touchwiz are all in blue-colour, to mask the extra blue/green hues.

    • superg05

      i have not seen that at all on my friends s4 and btw its a new pixel arrangement anyways 1080p Diamond Pentile display

  • Alex Zapata

    No thanks, I’ll take a L925 though.

  • bethat

    Seems like android is going around in circles now. Supposed to be better to add the features now its a better phone if you strip it down? The truth is the manufacturers/Google/carriers could make the perfect unit that would last 5-6 years and have the optimum features but why its much better for the customer to buy a phone every year or two.

    • zifnab

      Uh, no, no one can make a perfect anything that lasts 5 – 6 years. Consumers always want the latest and greatest. For it to be the perfect phone to last 5 years they’d have to stop making new phones for 5 years so there aren’t new options. And the only thing they “Stripped down” is removing the bloatware that is touchwiz. Some of us prefer a phone that doens’t lag and crash constantly, and for us we now get the option to get a real android phone rather than something infected with TouchWiz

      • Spanky

        Agreed 100%. I view lack of TouchWiz as a huge upgrade, not a strip down. The more I read about this phone, the more convinced I become that I’ll be a first day buyer. The GS4 GE has all the features of a Nexus, as well as everything that the Nexus was lacking. For Android purists, this phone is a no-brainer.

  • auser72

    I’m still holding out for the Note 3. The magic wand (stylus) and large display are a necessity for me.

    • skagmonkey

      magic stick*

  • Josue

    no Samsung apps like multi window? no thanks I’ll pass lol

    • Spanky

      Truthfully, I’d much rather have stock Android and timely updates than TouchWiz. Then again, to each their own.

      • Josue

        same here I have a love/hate thing for TW mostly cause Im used to things like multi window and other apps that may seem “gimmicky” but they actually come in handy

    • Sean

      I’m pretty sure Google will be coming up with a multi-tasking solution soon. You can bet on it.

  • Lagurl

    THis is great that it support s att lte finally a good phone I can use on att without having atts crappy bloatware.

    • Spanky

      Amen to that. Since AT&T remains the only major U.S. carrier who still hasn’t rolled out 4.1.2 (and it remains to be seen when it will be rolled out, it at all) for the GS3, I can’t wait to get rid of that phone and get the GS4 GE.

      • Lagurl

        I kno lol I have an s3 from att so i kno what u mean -_-” .. I would of gotten the tmobile version of the s3 but tmobile aint that good over here in los Angeles so im stuck with att and its crappy updates.

        • Spanky

          Ditto. I’m definitely getting this phone.

  • its not really the software that irks me, when I had my GS2 I actually found touchwiz to be quite useful at the time (compared to vanilla gingerbread 2.3 at least), its the shitty shiny plastics construction they use that I cant stand. If it was matte ruberzied plastic, or at least the GNex material, semi-matte. I’d more likely consider it.

    • Spanky

      I’ll be putting the phone in a case the moment I get it, so I really don’t care what it’s made of. Samsung can make it out of papier mache, for all I care. Well, I wouldn’t go as far as that, but you catch my drift.

      • Jose Hernandez

        That is what most people will do anyway. If you will not have any type of case on the phone, I understand the concern. But if you will put a case on it like 90% of people will. What is the big deal?

        • Spanky

          I guess it’s the general perception that metal/glass phones are automatically better, similar to the perception that Quadrant scores are important.

        • Dakota

          Ive dropped the GNEX multiple times and nothing. Same with my previous phone…So i guess these phones are more fragile. I know I dont konw a lot about all this tech stuff but if the iPhone is supposed to have this great glass that doesnt break why does every other person have a cracked screen?

  • NOW, if T-Mobile would have release the HTC One with vanilla Jelly Bean and called it the G-One (get it?!) I would have jizzed myself

  • jelliottz

    I’m quite happy with my Nexus 4. And since I’m in a LTE market I have done a little trickery to get that up and running on my N4 as well. I think I’ll sit tight with my $300 phone vs a $650 phone.

    • Timbo1

      If you are still having to use 4.2.1 and the old radio and want 4.2.2 there is a modded cyangenmod that is on 4.2.2 and still uses LTE radio

      • jelliottz

        I’m using a Linero build of CM10.1 with the .33 radio and Franco kernel 137. Just did a speed test and pulled 20mbs down with 9.7mbs up.

        • Timbo1

          With LTE? I average about 22 MB down on HSPA+ LTE isn’t turned on in my market yet.

        • jelliottz

          At the same location I am getting 12mbs down and 1mbs up on HSPA+.

  • Chris

    I mean I just got my S3 in November, I’m good for a minute

  • Joe Murray

    Any word on UMA/Wi-Fi calling? I find that to be an extremely valuable feature of TMobile in general.

    • Jose Hernandez

      It will not have it. No carrier software will be installed.

  • AJ

    Still would have preferred to see a new nexus with lte support

  • Timbo1

    Way over priced like the iPhone. Rather keep the Nexus 4 with a custom build of CyanogenMod with 4.2.2 and still be able to use old radio so I can use LTE still.

  • Oscar Alvarado

    Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 should have been in the polls! I have the necessary Benjamins but I want a Nexus device. :s

    • This is practically a nexus just without the official brand name Nexus its updated b google and completely unlocked

  • Trysta

    I don’t need a new phone right now but when I do this phone will definitely be in the running. Plus if I get a carrier unlocked model I get to keep my grandfathered EMP plan with 5gb of data for $60 which would be nice.

    For T-mobile customers this is also just a really great way to get a carrier unlocked phone if you don’t want to worry about T-mobile’s unlocking requirements and you don’t want carrier software on the device. Thankfully the subsidy isn’t part of the bill anymore so buying upfront vs paying in installments is actually approximately the same.

    I have a Galaxy Nexus now and I like stock android but I am also curious about some of Samsung’s touchwiz features. I’m sure it will be easy to load a touchwiz rom on this device if I ever feel the need but if not I can be comfortable with the stock android that I already know and love.

    I do want to wait and make sure this is something Google is 100% behind it though. It seems kind of rushed (there is an article on the Verge basically saying this deal was put together like a couple weeks ago). I would hate to spend $650 dollars on a phone that was just a stop gap for the 2013 phone that would receive Google’s real support and care.

    Also not that I need it but if they had just included 32 or 64gb of storage on this phone it would have been killer. That would shut everyone up about the price and there would probably be a lot more adoption. I really want this phone to succeed!

  • CPPCrispy

    I think that this is Googles stopgap mesure for LTE before the next Nexus phone. Basicly, the people wanted a Nexus LTE device so Google took the S4 and made it Nexusesk. I think I will wait for the Nexus 5 or what ever they call it.

  • I-Troll-U

    Guess I can’t vote… My N4 is perfect so far ;)

  • without twiz it doesn’t have any of the cool features that were presented in twiz which makes it just huge hardware.. if there is no twiz then is it also true that this lacks multi-window, touch free use and other great features?

    • I-Troll-U

      I would think so since aosp android doesn’t have those features.

    • Dakota

      So much for that long Broadway like presentation as this phone wont have any of those features…hope some person doesnt buy it by accident and then realizes it cant do any of the cool things they saw in the commercials

  • 21stNow

    I’m torn about this. I had a modded GS3 that I liked, but I did miss some Touchwiz features so I got the GS4. I have a Nexus 4 that gives me the pure Google experience.

    I only want the Galaxy S4-Google Edition to support the idea that OEMs should make their devices available without the proprietary skin. However, I don’t think that I’m going to throw my money behind this device to support it. It depends on what other phones/OS updates come out this year.

    • Zombiexm

      This is why Google needs to design Android 5.0 with a plug in manger ( the touch wiz features, and a theme manager (touch wiz them) Huawei had the theme manger on my Cricket Mercury and I Was able to switch to a stock Android theme. Tho this was lack of Google updating it was a good start. If they did this , they could update Android to all more often directly while allowing OEMs to add custom plug ins/ Themes to certain phones only.

      • kalel33

        Touchwiz features, like Sense features, are built into the framework of the skinned OS, which is why you’ll never see them in other builds.

        • Zombiexm

          I did not mean that the sense features would work on other phones.
          If a plug in manger was made these features could be on the phone without effecting the os system, and something built in could check if the plug in belongs on such and such device.
          The theme manger like many other home mangers could replace the theme with out messing up the systems vanilla theme.

  • Tina

    Updates straight from Google without carrier or manufacturer interference? WHOA! WANT!

  • Guest

    [x] I’m happy with my (actual) Nexus 4 for half the price!
    I really thought google will lead the market towards more reasonable prices with their unlocked Nexus phones. I guess they got a phone call from Samsung to remind them who’s controlling the Android market. :(

    • Dakota

      Yeah IM wondering when the next Nexus comes out (I guess Fall before holidays would be a best guess) but if it doesnt have a bunch of new features and great hardware to compete with iPhone and HTC at a still great unlocked price, Ill be disappointed

  • I’m not buying any new phones until they bump the damn internal memory to at least 32. I have the SGS# with 32gb of int memory, I was waiting for a long time for the new SGS4, very pissed off to say the least. They stick the US market with the 2nd rate phones and people buy them, they still think because of the sd card they are all set. I’ll wait for a phone that is the real deal, not a freaken toy.

    • kalel33

      Iphone 5 16GB makes up more than 95% of the Iphone 5 sales. Reps hardly ever see a 32GB and the most popular phone selling on Verizon? It’s the 8GB Iphone 4…..8GB! I’ve never heard someone gripe, as a previous rep, about the Iphone 4 not having enough memory. 8GB is too small for me but for the vast majority of customers it’s more than enough.

  • pc jona

    lol this isnt worth the price at all. plus tax itll be a 700 hundred dollar phone. buy a regular s4 and when the rom from this comes out you can flash it on your’s for 2-300 dollars cheaper. dont be stupid people.

  • Hoggles

    Looking forward this base dropping on XDA. Right now… Nova w/animations 100% off + my S4 = lighting fast. Love this phone.

  • frigadroid

    They give you less for $20 more it’s brilliant! I think it’s a great move by Samsung and what I would expect from a company who deals in quantity over quality and will do anything to make a few more bucks per unit like their idols at Apple.
    They obviously have been reading the blogs and being the proud family business that Sammy is they took the criticism to heart and will stop at nothing to provide all their customers with options for as cheap as possible.

    • kalel33

      You could say the same thing about HTC in trying to cut costs. Why did they opt for Gorilla Glass 2 and not 3, or not go with DDR3 RAM instead of DDR2? Why didn’t they include a micro-SD slot? It’s all about cutting costs to make the most profit but not pushing away customers.

      Apple, why do they keep charging so much money for a small screen phone? Why don’t they offer a Micro-SD slot, instead of charging $100 each time you go up in memory(32GB Iphone 5 is $750? WTF!). Why don’t they include NFC?

  • Ivy A Nguyen

    I’m likely going to wait on this & see if another pure Nexus phone comes out later this year, or that X Phone. I got my Galaxy Nexus only last 7th of June. If anyone currently has an S4 or Note II & is familiar with the lack of hardware keys on current Nexus devices, how difficult is adjusting to the Galaxy setup? I do have to admit, as a die-hard GSM & open standards lover, this is a /very/ tempting offer.

    • Dakota

      I thought I read the X phone wasnt coming out …I kept wondering if Motorola would have a nexus like device since Google owns them. The N4 didnt seem like a huge leap to me from the GNexus. They both had the same software; maybe the 4 camera was slightly better but I ddnt see major differences and at the Tmobile store the HSPA+42 actually clocked in slower on speed test than the +21 – twice in a row which was intersting. If the Next Nexus doesnt have great features at a value price, Im probably moving to Iphone. I also need an easy way to move everything from one Android to another without losing so much of my app contents and game progress. Its super annoying and takes hours to get a new phone set up and still losing so much

  • Alex Zapata

    On second thought, I rather like the idea of each manufacturer offering a completely unlocked phone with stock android. Even without WiFi calling I think it would be nice to simply have a very unadulterated experience.

  • Noel

    You need to add one more very important question to this poll. Will you get a GE HTC one if made, and sold side by side with the GS4 at the play store? Will be interesting to how many votes each device gets…but at this point it won’t be a fair vote since the GS4 already has that many votes. Set up another poll for just the two devices running stock Android and lets see how it shakes out.

    • kalel33

      Give me an HTC One with vanilla Android and then I’d choose it over the SG4, most likely.

  • qpinto

    you forgot an option, happy with my n4.

    • Jeff Martinez

      Totally agree!

  • CompSciPhd

    I’d be interested in this, except for the lack of wifi calling. :(

  • Jeff Martinez

    I would buy this if I didn’t already have a Nexus 4. As of now, the cost doesn’t justify the value as my Nexus 4 will get all the updates as well and I paid a crap load less.

  • Dakota

    Im not a developer so have no interest in this. So are we saying this will have stock Android with the exterior of the SG4 but IT WILL NOT HAVE ANY OF THOSE SG4 FEATURES THAT SUPPOSEDLY MADE THIS PHONE UNIQUE, UPDATED AND STATE OF THE ART? I would like to see what kind of Nexus Google comes out with next. I assume it will have to have LTE support…Im hoping it will have a much better camera and Im hoping for KeyLimePie 5.0 with some exciting features for us all WHILE STILL KEEPING THE 350 OR UNDER PRICE TAG which makes an unlocked Nexus so attractive. Especially with Tmobile’s new plans and $70 just for unlimited everything and for others $60 for 2gb (or is it 2.5?) is comparable to those prepaid services

  • Zombiexm

    Does anyone know if this will support google wallet/ Visa paypass? Also does the carrier models have Visa paypass built in like they promised? Or was it removed by the carriers?

  • GOODASGREEN

    LIKE I SAID IT’S THE NEXUS 5 DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS. LG IS NOT BETTER THAN SAMSUNG….

  • steveb944

    Why isn’t one of the options on the mini survey I’m waiting for a new Nexus? None of the others apply to me.

  • Alex

    I’m getting way better reception with LG then I was getting with Samsung. Staying with nexus 4

  • Chitownwingman

    If the phone was available with 32GB or 64GB of internal flash, as the Galaxy S4 was originally announced with, then it would be the next super phone. However, my Galaxy S3 has 32GB of internal flash. How is it an upgrade to go from 32GB to 16GB, even with the addition of two processors.

  • Chitownwingman

    If the phone was available with 32GB or 64GB of internal flash, as the Galaxy S4 was originally announced with, then it would be the next super phone. However, my Galaxy S3 has 32GB of internal flash. How is it an upgrade to go from 32GB to 16GB, even with the addition of two processors.