Samsung Galaxy S4 to feature Visa payWave tech

News Tony Crammond 05:10, Feb 26 2013

The Galaxy S4 is set to be the flagship product for Samsung's newly forged alliance with Visa

Samsung's Galaxy S4 will feature Visa's payWave mobile payment solution, according to rumors around the web.

The deal will see Samsung added to Visa’s Ready Partner Program, and the OEM will be launching new NFC-enabled devices with Visa’s contactless payment tech pre-installed, as well as other Visa technology to allow smartphone users to tie their existing financial accounts to their device.

In a statement, Visa’s global head of product Jim McCarthy ratified the deal, saying “Samsung devices enabled with Visa payment functionality will no doubt be a powerful product offering — especially in markets where paying with a mobile device is becoming commonplace,” and while the U.S. isn’t currently such a market, a deal with the world’s second biggest tech company could well make it so over the next year or two.

The Galaxy S4 could serve as the perfect springboard for contactless payment in the U.S. when it goes on sale, and the device, which is already garnering plenty of interest, will be with users by the Spring after receiving its official reveal a Samsung Unpacked event, scheduled for March 14th in NYC.

The Galaxy S4 will apparently launch with a quad-core ARM A15 CPU, 5-inch full HD screen with a rumored pixel density around the 440PPI mark and at least 2GB RAM, as well as 16GB of on-board storage with space for a micro SD card thrown in for good measure – and there’s going to be plenty more tech where that came from, as the company has something of a reputation for throwing everything but the kitchen sink in to its flagship smartphone.

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