Yes, the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S4 – an HTC One rival – has now begun shipping. It’s available in two different configurations (region dependent): the first version boasts an 8-core, 1.6-GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa CPU, while the other, a quad-core, 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. There’s also 2GB of RAM, 16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB of built-in storage, and a 13-megapixel camera. Continue reading for a video review, hands-on pictures, and the bottom line.

According to The Verge: “The Galaxy S4 is a very good phone in most respects – it has a stellar camera and solid battery life, blistering performance and an impressively useful complement of software features. It’s a technological achievement – there’s no question about that.”

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