Samsung Galaxy S4 pre-orders start April 16 for $250

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By Adrian Covert

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — If you’ve been waiting eagerly to buy Samsung’s Galaxy S4, you’ll have to wait at least another month.

The new smartphone will be available for pre-order on April 16 for AT&T customers, but there’s still no word when the phone will actually hit shelves.

Surprisingly, you’ll have to pay $250 for the Galaxy S4 with a new two-year contract. That’s about 25 percent more expensive than most high-end carrier-subsidized smartphones, which typically sell for $200. The Galaxy S III and Apple’s iPhone 5 were both initially priced at $200.

T-Mobile on Tuesday announced its plans to start selling Samsung’s flagship device on May 1, so it’s likely AT&T will do so as well in the same time frame. Samsung said the Galaxy S4 will also be available on Verizon and Sprint’s networks, but neither has said when they will debut the smartphone.

The highly anticipated Galaxy S4 sports a five-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera and a giant battery. Some of its most talked-about features include eye control, smart audio settings and an instant translation tool.

But for now, you’ll have to keep waiting.

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