Samsung announces Galaxy S4 LTE-A smartphone

Samsung announces Galaxy S4 LTE-A
Samsung announces Galaxy S4 LTE-A
Samsung has announced the world’s first commercially available smartphone to utilize LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), soon to be found inside a new incarnation of the Galaxy S4. Qualcomm will be powering the new device and claims data rates of up to 150 Mbps.

Samsung and Qualcomm are teaming up to provide the world’s first commercially available smartphone to employ a Gobi LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) modem. The Galaxy S4 LTE-A will enable mobile broadband users to enjoy download rates of up to 150 Mbps and will be available in South Korea at some point during the summer.

Qualcomm has managed to double current LTE speeds by, what the company likes to call, LTE carrier aggregation. Apparently, current LTE designs support several LTE radio channels but can only download on one channel at a time. Meanwhile LTE-A can download on two or more LTE radio channels. Qualcomm insists this is achieved without taking an extra toll on the battery.

Other Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A features include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor running at up to 2.3GHz, a 5-inch 1980x1080 (441 ppi) super AMOLED display, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), 32GB internal memory plus a microSD card slot (up to 64GB), 2GB RAM, 2600mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and NFC. It is obvious the upcoming device shares many of the same specs as the flagship Galaxy S4 and the 13MP main/2MP front cameras are no exception.

The new S4 family member will be available in Blue Arctic and Red Aurora, while more colors should arrive at a later date. The Galaxy S4 LTE-A will eventually be launched on all three South Korean mobile operator networks beginning with SK Telecom and followed by KT and LGU+.

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Author: Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Alex Storey, 2013-06-28 (Update: 2013-06-28)