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Report: Samsung Launching New Galaxy S4 With Support for LTE Advanced as Early as Next Month

Samsung Galaxy S4

According to a report out of Reuters, Samsung CEO JK Shin confirmed in an interview that his company will sell a new version of the Galaxy S4 that supports LTE Advanced within the next month in Korea. He also mentioned that he was in talks with “several overseas” carriers to take on the phone, but would not specifically name any. So, the phone isn’t coming to the U.S. at this time. 

For those not familiar, LTE Advanced can deliver up to twice the 4G data speeds of the current LTE that most of our phones already runs on. Reuters gives an example of downloading a movie in 3 minutes on current 4G technology, while with LTE Advanced that same download would take just over a minute.

Shin mentioned during his interview that the phone will be powered by a Qualcomm chipset. Over the last couple of weeks, benchmarks and details of a Galaxy S4 variant running the new Snapdragon 800 processor have surfaced, with most assuming this is the LTE Advanced variant. We’re talking quad-core chipsets clocked at 2.3GHz with the newest Adreno 330 GPUs, that can significantly outperform the Snapdragon 600 which is currently looked at as being the best mobile processor on the planet.

Current Galaxy S4 models run either a Snapdragon 600 or Exynos Octa depending on the market.

Are you ready for even faster LTE speeds?

Via:  Reuters

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  • Ray

    Cannot wait to retire my Nexus 4 for a Nexus 5. Smooth UI, 0 lag, and physically beautiful.

  • MariaxNY

    no matter what samsung does it doesn’t matter why because the samsung s4 and touch wiz is the laggest phone and ui ever made

    • Ray

      I agree. Samsung puts so much bloatware and other crap onto their device, the damn phone needs 2 processors and at least 4GB of ram to run smoothly. What a shame.

  • Noel

    Lost count on the number of GS4 variants out there…Sammy trying everything to one up its main rival THE HTC ONE, which is raking votes about 3 to 1. I hope HTC also have a device with the Snapdragon 800 chip in the works to be released in a few month..HTC ONE MAX or PLUS with a 5″ screen with SOFTWARE KEYS on the same form factor with the bottom part above the bottom speaker occupied by more screen OR a slightly shorter device <135mm with the same 4.7" screen w/ ONSCREEN KEYS and the same non screen area above the bottom speakers GONE…yes GONE. As SWEET as the HTC ONE is, i would love to see four things on that device…1) bigger 3000+ mAh removable battery 2) SD card slot 3) 8 Ultrapixel camera 4) <135mm tall.

    • Sean Bello

      HTC can’t afford to do that

  • droidrazredge

    So this new S4 update with the advanced Radios are for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint ? Since Verizon’s Verzion version supposedly already made with the advanced LTE during its delay to arrive on Verizon.

    • Christopher Anderson

      Verizon’s version is made to take advantage of their AWS spectrum, different from advanced LTE.

  • RaptorOO7

    So why didn’t they just incorporate these radio features into the first version and make it a software update like they did for Verizon. This is simply stupid.

    • S2556

      I don’t think the 800 was ready for production yet, would have held up the launch date by several months.

    • Bionic

      They did…… For Verizon customers

  • zombiewolf115

    i mean LTE is cool and all. but when was the last time u ever needed more 21(or watever speed you get) mb download for something on your phone? i am easily happy with 5 mbs being able to stream youtube and netflix easily . seems pointless

    • Hothfox

      At least on Verizon, if I have LTE enabled, I can talk and use data at the same time, if I can’t or don’t want to connect to WiFi instead.

  • Bionic

    How long until we have subspace radio? Just saying.

  • Tyler Durden

    Did you drop your phone? I see a dent…. 🙁

  • Bionic

    Like someone else already pointed out. The verizon S4 is already LTE future proof.

  • Bionic

    The x phone is gonna skip LTE advanced and go with “LTE holy shitt”

    • Zach B.

      LTE-HS… I can see FANTASTIC marketing campaigns already…

    • Defenestratus

      Don’t know if you’ve been paying attention but the X-phone is turning out to be quite the dud.

    • Android Spy 007

      Don’t worry ATT is already making commercials saying they have the largest LTE Advanced hahahaha

      • Bionic

        I seriously hate ATT

        • flosserelli

          Not half as much as I hate VZW.

    • napes22

      Prepare ship for ludicrous speed!

      • John Davids

        Buckle this! Ludicrous speed, go!

  • Bionic

    Overkill at this time. A few years from now it makes sense.

    • Sean Bello

      contracts are for 2 full years now

  • Cory_S

    I don’t see the point right now…whens the last time anyone capped out LTE? With out over corwded it is now I usually get around 10mbits

    • arlhokie

      The point is that the top speeds aren’t as relevant to end user equipment as they are to cells. Higher speeds on the cell benefit everyone on the cell. Think of it as double the medicore speeds you currently see rather than double the max speed.

      • Cory_S

        Ah, that makes a lot more sense, thanks.

  • Christopher Anderson

    Verizon Galaxy S4 already comes equipped to take advantage of Verizon’s AWS spectrum which helps increases speeds. How is this different and what would this mean for battery life?

    • Bionic


    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      LTE Band 4 is a spectrum designation (also know as AWS). It is shared by nearly every major telecom in the US due to various spectrum license deals. The idea is that it will be used to alleviate some of the network congestion in higher population areas, but is otherwise technologically similar to Verizon’s current Band 13 LTE service.

      LTE-Advanced is the next evolutionary step for the LTE technology, which uses different communications protocols to increase bandwidth. Essentially, it is the equivalent of moving from HSPA to HSPA+, in that it splits the upstream and downstream connections, essentially doubling the bandwidth and thereby doubling the speeds.

      As for battery life, it shouldn’t have that large of an effect.

  • Zach B.

    So, if we go with the NTT DoCoMo trials of 5Gb/s… I can theoretically hit my data cap in… 3.1 seconds! Maybe there is a prize for quickest person to hit your data cap…

  • Hothfox

    Since it’s an oversees LTE, I can’t see it coming over here with CDMA LTE. It would still need that CDMA to work on Verizon.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Once VoLTE is running, the CDMA radio would be nearly useless. Verizon’s LTE is a GSM-based tech, hence why they use SIM cards for authentication now.

    • Zach B.

      Ok. Please stop calling it “CDMA LTE.” That is a horrendously wrong term. There is no such thing. LTE is it’s own separate technology that isn’t dependent on the previous generation of technologies. The proper term is “Verizon’s LTE band” or similar.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        My understanding is that LTE is an evolution of the GSM & HSPA network technologies, hence its use of SIM cards for authentication since those are part of the GSM standards.

        • Zach B.

          It’s basically all new, but yes, it’s an evolution of GSM technology.

  • Geoff Johnson

    I’d be happy to get the advertised speeds on Verizon’s LTE..

    • Tyler Durden

      At least we get coverage in the middle of nowhere while everyone else is going all lion king on theirs.

      • Bionic

        LOL this

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Whoa, Bionic just Agreed with Tyler?!?! Someone check Hell and make sure it didn’t just freeze over!

          • Tyler Durden

            Somebody grab the D-Fib stat! Code blue!

    • user311

      Dunno about you but I am getting 64Mbits down and about 15up near NYC on Verizon’s LTE on a Galaxy S4.

      • Geoff Johnson

        I can find towers that give 40-50Mbps downloads, but where I actually want to use my phone (both in cities and rural areas), I’m lucky to pull more than a few Mbps on my Note 2.

        • srini

          Any why would you need more than that?

          • LionStone

            To stream anything in decent quality and to tether other devices…

          • Geoff Johnson

            Need more than a few Mbps? Because 1-3Mbps is insanely slow.

          • When you are tethering to multiple devices 1-5mb/s is mediocre at best!

        • michael arazan

          You can only get speeds that the network has to offer, I don’t see how hardware can increase speeds of the network to your device. Verizon sucks in st.louis, 10 down and 4 up now, equal to my wifi, it’s getting worse every 6 months here, in january 2011 16 down and 10 up. Now to get fast speeds you have to be with in a mile of a 4g tower. Verizon seriously need to put up more towers to reinforce their 4g network. The bare minimum isn’t going to do putting the minimal amount to label an area “covered”

    • Windows Phone Review

      But a new phone / model already? How about no?!

  • T4rd

    Need moar S4 variants!

    • Tyler Durden

      So people can complain that they can’t get it! Yay!

      • flosserelli

        People will complain regardless. Some people would complain about getting a BJ.

        • droidrazredge

          only if it was sloppy, doesn’t know what she is doing, and she uses teeth.

  • Eric

    If it does come to the US sometime later then it will more than likely arrive on AT&T first and Verizon last…if Verizon even gets it.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      That would be counter-intuitive, considering that Verizon has already talked about planning to start their LTE-Advanced rollout, which I’d assume would commence once they have their entire network on LTE and their VoLTE service up and running reliably. One thing you can say about Verizon, they rarely let anyone get ahead of their network tech.

      • Anthony

        I’m pretty sure he’s talking about the device and not LTE Advanced. AT&T says they will start rolling it out in the later half of this year and Verizon is expected to do the same with their small cell AWS network.

      • One might argue that much of what Verizon does is counter-intuitive especially when it comes to the phones they choose.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Touche. At least they seem to be doing better, if getting devices later because of their oddball legacy network.

    • Octotron

      FYI – Verizon created the LTE standard. WiMax was the actual IEEE standard, but it was killed by wide spread LTE availability through the ability to use the same infrastructure. (Kind of like USB versus Firewire)

      I guarantee you, Verizon is not going to let some other carrier use their own technology that they developed specifically for cell phones and stationary home internet before they deploy it in the US.

      • Aaron Lange

        Verizon did no such thing.

  • zephiK

    Not really excited for it to hit U.S. carriers. No point because we have such low caps that ‘downloading’ movies is unrealistic if u want to stay within your cap.

    • ToddAwesome

      More data, more quickly, more dollars. Verizon, you know what you need to do!

      • Tyler

        What charge more?

        • ToddAwesome


  • EasyDoesIt

    I’d be happy with a 32gb S4 or S4 Active on Verizon!