Samsung has officially unveiled the dual-SIM variant of its latest flagship Galaxy S4, meant for the Chinese market. The dual-SIM GT-i9502 model has almost the same specs and appearance as the base GT-i9500 model, although it will be 2 grams heavier, mostly due to the addition of a second SIM slot. What’s absent from the dual-SIM Galaxy S4, though, is LTE, which means it might not reach markets where LTE connectivity is a must.
As such, the GT-i9502 will come with the same 4.99 inch Super AMOLED 1080p high-definition display, 13-megapixel rear camera and other specs (see the full rundown of the Samsung Galaxy S4 specs, or our Galaxy S4 review). Powering the dual-SIM Galaxy S4 variant is the same Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor found on international variants of the device, running the big.LITTLE ARM architecture, with a hybrid 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 and 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 running in alternate, depending on performance requirements and load.
There is no word whether the dual-SIM Galaxy S4 will also be launched in other markets outside of China. However, dual-SIM capability seems to be popular in the emerging markets, and this particular model will cater very well to users who would rather keep one device instead of two (or more). We don’t currently have pricing information, although given that the S4 is a flagship line, it’s not likely to be in the same range as other dual-SIM offerings that cater to the low-end market.
As to whether we will see the dual-SIM galaxy S4 on US shores or any other market outside of China for that matter, this is also highly unlikely at this point, unless you want to order the device and import it from China yourself (see our guide to buying smartphones from China and tips and tricks in doing so).