BestBuy announced today that an exclusive device color will soon be added to its line of Samsung Galaxy S4 phones – Arctic Blue. The chilling new color will be available at select Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, as well as on BestBuy.com. Activation's is limited to AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless carriers. The Arctic Blue SGS4 will officially go on sale Nov. 14, with pre-orders being accepted as early as tomorrow (Nov. 8). If you frequent the electronics store however, and happen to be a MyBestBuy Elite or Elite Plus member, you can get your hands on it before the crowd, in stores or online as early as Nov. 10. If you have not already done so, you can sign up on Best Buys website to receive text messaging alerts for exactly when pre-orders will be accepted. No price was indicated on the announcement, however we can expect it would fall in line with Best Buy's other contracted phones, which sale between $199 and $249 depending on carrier.
During the Samsung Premier event in London, June 20, Samsung offered a sneak peek at five special colors that its current flagship device would be offered in: Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, Red Aurora, Brown Autumn and Pink Twilight. Since then, the three US carriers that sale the phone have been given exclusive rights to each color. Sprint received Pink Twilight and Purple Mirage; Verizon got dibs on Brown Autumn; AT&T has rights to Red Aurora; and now Best Buy has Blue Arctic, which is available through all three carriers. Of course the customary colors of White Frost and Black Mist are for customers of any of the three carriers.
Advertised as "The Next Big Thing," the SGS4 offers innovative features such as multi-window interaction, entertainment control through infrared sensors, and features such as "Air View" and "Air Gesture that allow you to flip through your photos, check your notifications, automatically answer a call on speakerphone, and flip through your music without ever touching the screen.
Other specs include:
- 5-inch 1080p displayHD Super AMOLED Display 440PPI
- 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon Processor S4 Pro/Exynos 5 Octa for the International Version
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage; Expandable via MicroSD card up to 64GB
- 13MP camera on the back, 2MP on the front
- 4G LTE: Cat 3 100/50mbps (up to hexa band)
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth 4.0
- IR LED (remote control like in the HTC One)
- MHL 2.0
- 2600mAh battery
- Android 4.2.2 – Jelly Bean
- Dimensions: 69.8mm x 136.6mm x 7.9mm
- Weighs 130g