Verizon became the first carrier to release a Developer Edition of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 today. The device is now available on Samsung’s website for $649, but the listing first went up for both Verizon and AT&T devices yesterday. The AT&T variant of the Developer Edition has been removed from the site for now.
The Galaxy S4 Developer Edition on Verizon is pretty much a regular unlocked S4 model. The only difference is that this device also comes with an unlocked bootloader, allowing developers to easily try out custom ROMs or other device hacks. It is not the same as the Google Edition Galaxy S4, which has a pure version of Android Jelly Bean and no additional software tweaks.
The Galaxy S4 Developer Edition runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS with Samsung’s own TouchWiz, featuring added widgets, Air Gestures, Smart Scroll, Smart Unlock, Smart Pause and more. The handset sports a HD Super AMOLED 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display with 441ppi and a 1.9GHz quad-core processor under the hood. It also boasts 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, as well as a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The device only comes in black.