Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A announced in Korea with Snapdragon 800 CPU, double the networking speeds

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A announced in Korea with Snapdragon 800 CPU, double the networking speedsIt got a mention the other day at Samsung's big London launch extravaganza, and sure enough the Snapdragon 800-enhanced Galaxy S4 LTE-A has been officially unveiled over in South Korea.

To remind you, it's the revamped version of the mainstream Galaxy S4 for Samsung's home market offering double the network connection speeds of the current model by tapping into LTE-Advanced networking.

“The Galaxy S4 LTE-A's advanced network enables users to experience substantially faster speeds – double today's LTE speeds – by leveraging carrier aggregation, an approach that combines different frequencies and uses them as one,” Samsung's launch release says.

The change on the hardware front that makes all that possible is the switch from the standard Galaxy S4's Snapdragon 600 processor (here in the UK, anyway) to the brand new Snapdragon 800 running at 2.3GHz.

It's an improvement that hasn't exactly been universally welcomed in Korea, however, with recent buyers of the original version complaining they would have held off had they known an upgraded model was so near to launching.

Those who did wait will be able to take ownership of the newly turbocharged Galaxy S4 LTE-A at some point over the summer, though they'll only have a choice between Blue Arctic or Red Aurora, initially anyway.

No word yet on whether the international Galaxy S4 will also be getting a processor bump.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 26, 2013 at 19:24

Can't wait - I always wanted to use up my monthly data allowance in 2 minutes.
So, booh you, Samsung!

BananaMannn  Jun. 26, 2013 at 22:24

So Samsung didn't learn from HTC's mistakes?

socialjeebus  Jun. 27, 2013 at 13:36

Can't wait - I always wanted to use up my monthly data allowance in 2 minutes.
So, booh you, Samsung!


Thankfully Korean carriers are sensible with their data plans - my allowance is 30gb.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 27, 2013 at 13:55

F#ck!

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