It seems that the rumors saying that the South Korea-based phone maker is working on a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Snapdragon 800 chipset were accurate, as the company announced the Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced. Like there weren’t already to many Samsung Galaxy S4 variants around, just to make things even more confusing the Asians introduced the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced.
I can barely keep track of the members of the Samsung Galaxy S4 family. There’s that mini thing, which looks like a shrunken Galaxy S4, but has the specs of a Galaxy S2, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom which has a 16 megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, which is some sort of Chuck Norris of the line-up, borrowing the hardware platform of the flagship (except for the camera, S4 active comes with an 8 megapixel sensor) but being both water and dust proof.
Even the Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship has two variants: the I9500, powered by an Exynos 5 Octa chipset with four Cortex A15 cores at 1.6 GHz (for the tasks that require more processing power) and four Cortex A7 cores at 1.2 GHz (for improved battery life), and the I9505 which is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC sporting four Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.9 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU.
Because the market needed a new Galaxy S4 variant, Sammy introduced the brand new Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced, or Galaxy S4 LTE-A. Just like its name suggests it will be compatible with the LTE-Advanced networks of the SK Telecom carrier, so it will be a Korea exclusive.
It looks like Samsung is keeping all the goodies for the South Korean market, again. The same happened with the Samsung Galaxy S3 last year. While North America and a couple more markets were receiving the Galaxy S3 with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and 2 GB of RAM, Europe was getting the Galaxy S4 with a quad-core Exynos 4 Quad CPU and 1 GB of RAM. Guess what, the South Koreans got the best out of the two, the Galaxy S3 variant for Korea coming with the Exynos 4 Quad CPU and 2 GB of RAM.
As I was mentioning above, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced comes with a Snapdragon 800 SoC, being the only thing that differentiates it from the original model. The Snapdragon 800 is based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and has an Adreno 320 GPU.
The rest of the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A technical specs include 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage (expandable using a microSD card of up to 64 GB), and a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with a Gorilla Glass 3 protective layer.
Just like the model announced in March, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced boasts a feature-packed 13 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, and 1,080p@30fps video recording support.
The connectivity options of the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A include HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE-A, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE, NFC chip, IR blaster, and microUSB 2.0.
The new arrival will be running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz Nature UX out of the box and it will be available in two body colors: Arctic Blue and Aurora Red. The officials of the South Korean phone maker announced that the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A will become available for purchase at SK Telecom this summer.