Samsung Announces Galaxy S4 for China, Will Feature Dual-SIM capability and Exynos Octa-Core CPU

April 30, 20130 Comments

Long before the much awaited launch of Samsung’s 2013 flagship Galaxy S smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy S4, there were rumors doing the rounds about a dual-SIM capable version of the SGS4 which would come with a dual-core processor. It now turns out that at least half of that rumor is true – in that a Dual-SIM version was indeed in the works at Samsung, and has now been officially announced for China as the GT-I9502.

galaxy-s-4-top-300x150The Chinese Samsung Galaxy S4 carries the model number GT-I9502 and apart from the dual-SIM capability, shares almost the exact same specs as the Exynos 5 Octa Chipset based variant of the device. Which essentially means that you will get the same 5 inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED display, the 13 Megapixel Camera, Android 4.2 on board with the revamped Touchwiz UI, and of course, the octa-core Exynos 5 chipset along with 2GB of RAM. The device will also include all of the sensors and gimmicks that were showcased during the launch of the international version – GT-I9500.

At the point, it is unclear whether the I9502 will be released in markets outside China, and if Samsung does have any such plans, which we doubt seriously, then there are quite a few emerging markets outside of China, India for instance, where there would be a significant number of takers for this specific variant.

Rumors suggest that there is yet another China-specific variant for the Galaxy S4, which carries the model number I9508, and will come with single-SIM capability and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip. The only difference with this one would be that it would carry TD-SCDMA support, which is the standard for 3G connectivity in China.

There have also been other rumors around a dust and water-resistant SGS4 being in the works, but for now, the China-specific I9502 and I9508 are the only ones which have been officially confirmed. Pricing and specific availability dates have not been revealed yet, but they work pretty fast in China, and it shouldn’t be too soon before the Galaxy S4 Duos hits the streets out there.

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