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AT&T to take orders for Galaxy S 4 on April 16

The Galaxy S 4 has a slightly bigger screen, a larger battery, and a faster processor.

Jason DeCrow /Associated Press

The Galaxy S 4 has a slightly bigger screen, a larger battery, and a faster processor.

NEW YORK — AT&T Inc. said Thursday that it will start taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, the season’s most eagerly awaited smartphone, on April 16, It will be priced at $250.

The amount is $50 above the usual introductory price for high-end smartphones.

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AT&T did not say when the phone will go on sale in stores, or when the pre-orders will be delivered. Typically, though, pre-orders start a week or two before deliveries.

The S 4 is the successor to the Galaxy S III, which has been the biggest competitor to Apple’s iPhone.

AT&T is the first US carrier to announce a price and a pre-order date, but others have said they will sell the phone. British carriers started taking pre-orders on Thursday.

The Galaxy S 4 has a slightly bigger screen, a larger battery, and a faster processor.

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