In a press release, Samsung has announced the brand new Galaxy S4 LTE-A, the first device capable of LTE-A data speeds for a vastly improved multimedia experience. The device is able to combine different LTE frequencies into a single downstream to make downloads much more quicker. Under the hood, Samsung has also upgraded the device to the new Snapdragon 800, a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz. The internal storage sits at 32GB, and is still expandable via microSD for an additional 64GB of storage.
Outside of the processor and LTE-A capability, the device is exactly the same as its little brother, the original Galaxy S4. The initial colors will be Red Aurora and Blue Arctic, and it’s slated to exclusively launch in South Korea for SK Telecom this summer.
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A few days ago we reported on a story that Samsung would soon be releasing a refreshed version of the Galaxy S4 with a faster processor and LTE-Advanced capabilities. While no word was given on when or if this new refresh would be released in the United States, it was definitely going to be released in Samsung’s native South Korea. South Koreans aren’t too happy.
The Galaxy S4 launched just under 2 months ago, and the fact that a faster version is already being released is somewhat of a slap in the face to their customer base. Of course, when it finally rolls out in the United States, it’ll be the same dilemma the company is facing. Perhaps keeping the Galaxy S4 moniker wasn’t a great idea for the new handset? We actually don’t even know the name of the new variant yet, but it could be made much more expensive to help everyone feel better, but we doubt that will be the case when it launches in a few weeks.
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Samsung has been cranking out several variants of the Galaxy S4, all with their own unique strengths added. So far, we know about the Galaxy S4 Mini, the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy S4 Active, and now there’s a new Galaxy S4 variant that is capable of LTE-Advanced which is an even faster 4G technology still in its infancy.
Looking beyond the support for Advanced-LTE, this new Galaxy S4 variant also houses a Snapdragon 800 processor which is quite a bit faster than the Snapdragon 600 processor in the Galaxy S4. Some expect the performance boost to increase further as Samsung gets closer to a final model.
Samsung has somewhat confirmed the new device, and says it will release the first version of this new variant in South Korea sometime within the next month, but no U.S. carriers have confirmed plans for the LTE-Advanced device. AT&T, however, does expect to have their LTE-Advanced 4G network up and running later this year.