Revamped Korean Galaxy S4: has Samsung gone too far?

Revamped Korean Galaxy S4: has Samsung gone too far?Samsung's Galaxy S4 is perceived by many as the world's leading smartphone, and Samsung has made the most of that by announcing all kinds of S4 spin-offs looking to feed of the brand's identity.

At yesterday's London event confirming the new arrivals, Samsung came full circle by announcing the expected LTE-Advanced-capable Snapdragon 800 upgrade to the S4 for South Korea, saying the Galaxy S4 range is now finally complete. But not everyone is happy.

Korea's Yonhap News is reporting a wave of disgruntled Galaxy S4 owners complaining that had they known a faster version of the S4 was on its way they'd have waited. More to the point, by highlighting that the new model is LTE Advanced-capable, Samsung is confirming something it failed to make clear about the current model – that it isn't.

“I might have not purchased the Galaxy S4 and waited for the newest model (the Galaxy S4 Advanced LTE network) if I knew my smartphone did not run on the LTE Advanced network,” one annoyed Galaxy S4 owner is quoted as saying.

Now thanks to the yawning chasm between the state of Korea's mobile network infrastructure and that of our own, we're all likely to remain blissfully ignorant about LTE Advanced in the UK for some time to come.

But considering how many times we've heard and read mention (and commented ourselves) that the Galaxy S4 Active is in many ways the S4 as it should originally have been, it begs the question: has Samsung been above board about how it's gone about building the Galaxy S4 range?

Another well-trodden point is that the S4 Mini is little in common with the phone it takes its name from aside from the Samsung badge.

It does leave a slightly bad taste in the mouth, or it does for this author anyway. But even so – can anything be done about it? Do we just accept it's a free market and we're all capable of making our own choice, and move on? Head for the comments below and have your say.

Via Unwired View

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 21, 2013 at 18:33

I had big big online arguments in 2006 regarding phone makers turning us all into beta testers... It's what we were then and what we are now. There's only more of 'us' now, and the names of the worst culprits change periodically.

DamienB  Jun. 22, 2013 at 14:09

We'll be lucky to get decent 4G any time soon anwyay

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