Much has been said of Samsung’s so-called Galaxy brand dilution, especially since it’s started to become so difficult to tell what the company’s flagship device is these days. The “original” GS4 still (barely) holds that crown, but I’m sure there are more than a few folks confused by all its variations – Mini, Active, Zoom.
And yet Sammy is reportedly prepping at least one more slightly different S4 flavor. According to J.K. Shin himself, the head of Samsung Mobile, this will be the world’s first smartphone to use the LTE-Advanced technology.
In a nutshell, that means the upcoming S4 will be capable of much higher download speeds, of course with the condition of being activated on a network that supports 4G LTE’s evolved version. For now, there’s only one carrier to offer LTE-A service, Russia’s Yota, but it shouldn’t be long until all the major Asian players will join the fun.
Meanwhile, AT&T and Verizon are expected to flip the switch on the new technology by the end of this year, with Sprint and T-Mobile likely unfashionably late to the party.
Regardless of how slim LTE-A support might be upon this S4 variant’s launch (the ETA is this month in Korea by the way), there could be one more reason for excitement – rumor has it the tweaked phone will pack a Snapdragon 800 CPU.
Remember, the current S4 is powered by either Snapdragon 600 or Exynos Octa, both of which are to be put to shame by 800’s anticipated performance.