I’m sure you will all be excited to hear our most anticipated Android phone launch yet is almost here. Last night, Samsung launched the phone in style at an event at the Sydney Opera House where we also announced the Samsung GALAXY S4 will arrive at select Telstra stores from Saturday 27 April.

With tens of thousands of customers already registering their interest in the phone, it’s obvious there’s a tremendous appetite for the S4.

One of my favourite features of the phone is Air View which allows customers to preview emails and texts just by hovering their finger over the item. Then of course there’s Air Gesture which lets customers answer a call by waving their hand across the screen.

Update 26 April 2013

For the launch, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will only be available for in-store purchase (see below for store locations). The phone will be available for online purchase shortly; consumer customers can register their interest to purchase the phone online via this link and business customers can go here to register their interest.

It’s these innovative extras, along with the large 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, 4G connectivity, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system and high quality 13MP camera that has put the Galaxy S4 on the top of customer wishlists.

And of course, the phone is 4G compatible meaning Telstra customers using the S4 will experience download speeds up to two times faster than Australia’s fastest 3G smartphones and tablets.

Pricing and availability

Consumers can purchase GALAXY S4 on the $80 Every Day Connect Plan with a $6 handset repayment per month (after using an included MRO Bonus) with $800 worth of standard national calls and MMS plus unlimited text messaging to standard Australian numbers and 1.5GB of data for use in Australia. Min cost over 24 months is $2,088. (2 minute standard call $2.38, excess data usage $0.10/MB with no data pack).

Business customers can purchase GALAXY S4 on the $80 Business Performance Plan with a $7 handset repayment per month (after using an included MRO Bonus) with $800 worth of standard national calls and MMS plus unlimited text messaging to standard Australian numbers and 1.5GB of data for use in Australia. Min cost over 24 months is $2,088.

The phone will also be available outright in select Telstra stores from 27 April for $816.

Telstra stores ranging the Samsung GALAXY S4 from 27 April:

Victoria

Melbourne ICON, Bourke St

Chadstone

Southland

Doncaster

Knox

Chirnside Park

Fountain Gate

Waurn Ponds

NSW

Sydney ICON, George St

Miranda

Bondi

East Maitland

Penrith

Wollongong

ACT

Canberra

Queensland

Queens Plaza, Brisbane

Carindale

Chermside

Robina

Mt Gravatt

Helensvale

Indooroopilly

Tasmania

Hobart

South Australia

Rundle Mall, Adelaide

West Lakes

Marion

Western Australia

Hay Street

Joondalup

Booragoon

Rockingham

Editor’s note: the $80 consumer Every Day Connect plan MRO was updated on April 26 to $6 per month (previously, $7). This has not altered the overall 24 month cost.