The Galaxy S 4, Samsung's flagship phone, goes on sale next week on seven U.S. carriers starting for $149.99.

The prices range from $149.99 to $249.99, with a contract or financing. The S 4 has a slightly bigger screen, a larger battery and a faster processor than its predecessor. It is the successor to the Galaxy S III, which has been the biggest competitor to Apple Inc.'s iPhone.  

T-Mobile USA starts taking pre-orders next Wednesday and in-store sales start May 1. It's charging $150 down and $20 per month for two years under its new installment plans.

AT&T Inc. has started taking pre-orders, and says phones will be shipped starting April 30. It's charging $200 for the base model, with 16 gigabytes of memory, under a two-year contract. Staples says it will start selling the AT&T model on April 26.

Sprint Nextel Corp. starts taking pre-orders Thursday, and says in-store sales start April 27. It charges $250 for the base model, or $150 if the buyer is coming over from another carrier. 

Verizon Wireless has said it will sell the phone, but hasn't announced a release date or price. Smaller carriers U.S. Cellular, Leap Wireless' Cricket and C Spire will also sell the phone.

The S 4 will feature new touch-less features that include scrolling or turning a page, viewing documents within a file folder or link on a web page.  The phone features a quad-core processor instead of a chipset bearing eight processing cores, a 13-megapixel rear facing camera, the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and a 5-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display. 

Samsung is boasting about the new touchless technology that allows people to call, skip songs, open e-mail, pause video without touching the screen.

And for all of those phone photographers out there, the S4 photo features allow users to take pictures with both the front and rear cameras simultaneously - allowing the photographer to be in the photo also - live built in filters that allow people to see how a picture will look before a photo is taken.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Product Specifications:
Display 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
AP 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor
OS Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Camera Rear: 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS

Front: 2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC

Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)
Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis(OGG), FLAC,

AC-3, apt-X
Camera

Features
Dual Camera: Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call, Drama Shot,

Sound & Shot, Animated Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face,

Beauty Face, Rich Tone (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports
Additional

Features
Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games
Story Album, S Translator, Optical Reader
Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View,
Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling)

Samsung WatchON
S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Voice™ Drive, S Health
Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound

High Touch Sensitivity (Glove friendly)
Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring
KNOX
Google Mobile

Services
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play Store,

Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation,

Google Downloads, Voice Search
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)

GPS / GLONASS

NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)

IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0
Sensor Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer

Temperature & Humidity, Gesture
Memory 16/ 32 User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)

2GB RAM
Dimension 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
Battery 2,600 mAh

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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