Samsung Galaxy S 4 wireless charging pad and S Health scale hands-on

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No phone launch is complete without a few accessories added to the mix. Samsung had a whole bunch to announce alongside its Galaxy S 4, but only a few were on hand to check out up close and personal. We did, however, find a nice surprise hiding under those glossy white table covers — a wireless charging pad. Yes, it turns out the the GS 4 does in fact have Qi wireless charging capabilities.

Provided its available in your region and your carrier chooses to support it. The charging pad itself has a glossy plastic base that matches the phone, but there’s a nice rubbery gray top that keeps the handset from sliding around too much while it’s juicing up.

Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories: cases, calorie counting and gamepads

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What’s a fancy new smartphone without accessories? Don’t ask the Galaxy S 4 — it’s already planning to augment its software tricks with scales, fitness bands and of course, the requisite screen cover.

Samsung’s latest flagship won’t settle for a mere flip cover, however, its S View Cover features a window to the Galaxy S 4’s 5-inch Super AMOLED screen, allowing users to peek at the display and even answer calls without exposing their device.

There’s goodies for the health conscious to buy, too: the jawbone-like S band and a Samsung branded body scale, both of which sync with the device’s S Health software. The device even has gamers covered, teasing a prototype gamepad with striking resemblance to the beloved Xbox 360 gamepad.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs. Galaxy S III: what’s changed?

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Okay, okay, we all get it: the Galaxy S 4 looks a lot like last year’s model. But there are of course some differences, most notably on the inside, where the phone steps up to an either an Exynos 5 or Snapdragon chip, depending on the region.

As is our way, we’ve combed the spec sheets for both models to see exactly what’s changed this time around. So, phone snobs, have at it!

Check out our event hub for all the action from Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 event.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 launching on 327 carriers in 155 countries, starting at the end of April

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Samsung has announced some of its launch partners for the Galaxy S 4 which will include some 327 carriers in 155 countries. According to JK Shin, it will include global LTE roaming, with 3G and LTE models in multiple bands (up to hexa band, according to the slide).

Samsung’s PR reveals it will be on all four major US carriers, plus US Cellular and Cricket, while European carriers include Deutsche Telecom, EE, H3G, Orange, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Telefonica, and Vodafone.

Update: AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have all issued official statements to along with the launch which are included after the break. Look below for links to early registration for launch details from Samsung and the various carriers.