By Brett Molina
Samsung announced it will launch its highly-anticipated Galaxy S4 smartphone in the U.S. this month.
The device will first be available April 24 through T-Mobile for $150 down plus monthly payments. Sprint launches the S4 on April 27 for $250, while AT&T will start shipping the device April 30 at $200. Verizon will release the smartphone this month, too, but has not disclosed a date.
The smartphone includes a 5-inch touchscreen, 13-megapixel camera and up to 64 GB of storage with a micro-SD card. The S4 will also sport several interesting features, such as Dual Camera for taking pictures or video with both cameras simultaneously and Group Play for sharing content across devices.
The launch of the S4 is crucial for Samsung as it establishes itself as a major rival to Apple and its popular iPhone. Both Apple and Samsung are responsible for nearly half the smartphones sold last year, says research from Gartner.