Just when we were about to say Samsung finally settled down with all the slightly modified [easyazon-link asin=”B00BV1NKCW” locale=”us”]Galaxy S4[/easyazon-link] variations, another one has landed in Germany. Technically, the GS4 LTE+, as it’s marketed by Deutsche Telekom, is not an entirely new S4 flavor though, being the exact copy of the S4 LTE-A that took Korea by storm a couple of months ago.
So why is this then newsworthy? Simple, because for a long time it’s been rumored the upgraded S4 was to remain exclusive to Sammy’s homeland. Which would’ve been a terrible shame, as it not only bumps up the connectivity speeds from your run-of-the-mill 4G LTE to LTE-Advanced (think of it as 4.5G).
It also swaps the aging quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor for a superior Snapdragon 800, packing four cores too, but clocked higher (2.3 vs. 1.9 GHz). And all things considered, it’s not terribly expensive, going for €650 in Deutschland sans contracts, or as low as €1 upfront with pacts.
What else do you get with this S4 LTE+? The same GS4 iconic design, with softly curved edges and slim bezels, 2 GB RAM, generous 2,600 mAh battery, pre-loaded Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (upgradeable to 4.3) and 13 MP rear-facing camera.
Oh, and for the record, while a commercial release of the bad boy stateside seems like a long shot, chances are a number of other European countries will follow Germany’s suit the next few weeks. Starting with Sweden, where the handheld is to reportedly be dubbed the Galaxy S4 with 4G+. Price tag? SEK 6,000, which is roughly €680, or $940.
<Source: Unwired View>