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Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A Announced

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A Announced

We do know that Samsung has done pretty well with their flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone to date, but there is more than meets the eye, as the South Korea consumer electronics giant have come up with yet another world’s first - the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A, where theoretically speaking, it is capable of offering double the speed that existing LTE networks are able to offer.

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Shiny new Galaxy S4 LTE-A smartphones ready to be used. / © Samsung Mobile


The Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A should deliver an experience quite unlike any other, where you will be able to enjoy faster downloads than ever before, and web browsing gets even more effortless, while kissing goodbye to bottlenecks when it comes to multimedia streaming. The Galaxy S4 LTE-A holds the distinction of being the first commercially available LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) smartphone in the world. This is a step up from the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE which was confirmed a few months ago, and I guess you could say that to have the LTE-Advanced version roll out so soon after the introduction of a Galaxy S4 LTE model is bound to anger early adopters of the latter.

What's In The Galaxy S4 LTE-A?

You will find that the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A is no slouch when it comes to performance, considering how it is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, boasts of eye popping visuals thanks to a 5” Full HD Super AMOLED display at 441 PPI, runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel shooter up front, 2GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory and a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and NFC connectivity, and a rather beefy 2,600mAh which should come in handy to handle LTE-A networks the whole day long.

Chances are the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced will hit international markets as and when LTE-Advanced networks are made available in the respective countries, so that would rule out US subscribers in the meantime. There is still hope yet, as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint have recently announced plans for LTE-Advanced deployment.

Expect the Galaxy S4 LTE-A to arrive in South Korea this summer in Blue Arctic and Red Aurora colors, where additional color options will be made available sometime later on.

What is LTE Advanced?

The LTE Advanced network is launched by SK Telecom, and with the LTE Advanced standard being capable of hurtling data at transfer rates of up to 150Mbps, it would make it approximately double the speed that 4G LTE users experience in the US. Of course, this is in theory as there are other aspects of network connectivity which will eventually affect the final speed that the end user experiences over LTE Advanced, but all in all, it should still be significantly faster than regular 4G LTE. For folks who are still running on 3G, LTE Advanced is said to be up to 10 times faster.

How Does LTE Advanced Work?

According to SK Telecom, LTE Advanced managed to hit such giddy heights in terms of speed by taking advantage of carrier aggregation, where it will merge a pair of frequency bands in an effort to increase the overall bandwidth. Apart from that, SK Telecom has a vision of the future, where they hope that carrier aggregation will be the platform for network evolution which will eventually see the delivery of network speeds of up to 500Mbps by the time 2015 rolls around.

Source: Press Release

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  • In Canada, Bell has deployed advanced LTE network for nearly a year in major cities. I hope I can have it soon because it seems like a good improvement over the first S4 and my LG Optimus LTE is starting to show its age.
    Some people might find it unless but LTE is free (at least in Canada), it's just an option. So why not even faster internet?
    With regular LTE (75Mbit/s), I usually reach 22Mbit/s with only 3/5 antenna and in a car at about 60 km/h.
    The only problem, a limit of 5GB.

  • My1 Jun 26, 2013 Link to comment

    and anyway, you said:
    "I suppose there are some folks out there who always want to be on the cutting edge of technology, never mind that it is not what they need."
    This might be true but the problem is that there are still people in large cities which still have slow internet, to compare my DSL 1000 takes for the same 500MB 1 hour and 40 Minutes (ok a bit less since I calculated with 100KByte/s, so that probably applies while doing some Background surfing, THAT's what I am complaining, that very fast connection gets even faster and slow connctions stay as they are.

  • My1 Jun 26, 2013 Link to comment

    but it will probably still high enough to consume your highspeed traffic in less the 2 Minutes if the speed gets quartered...

  • Hi Philipp, that's why I mentioned that 150Mbps is just in theory - real life performance alters drastically because there are so many other factors to consider. Just like how you get a best effort performance from your local ISP instead of the advertised speed, so too, the same applies to the 150Mbps theoretical data rate.

  • My1 Jun 26, 2013 Link to comment

    when this gets into German APit, I see a storm of comments coming...

  • Thanks for the comparison, it is certainly helpful for the rest of our readers! :)

  • My1 Jun 26, 2013 Link to comment

    just for comparison:
    150Mbit/s=18,75MByte/s a 500MB file (what is the highspeed traffic in many german internet contacts) is over with in 26 seconds

  • Hi Philipp, I suppose there are some folks out there who always want to be on the cutting edge of technology, never mind that it is not what they need.

  • My1 Jun 26, 2013 Link to comment

    unneeded, in short.
    for starters they should make the slowdown traffic higher, before they come up with such Ideas, orbuild a bit better DSL, just for a reminder, I still surf with an DSL 1000 connection (approx 125 kByte/s Down, 12,5 kByte/s Up) AT HOME in CHemnitz/Germany a large city (in German scale) with over 240.000 people.

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