Samsung along with SK Telecom, a South Korean carrier, have announced the first ever LTE-Advanced device, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A with Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3 GHz CPU making it the fastest Android phone. No official release date is set, but the first country to receive it is South Korea.
Until now the 4G LTE network was the fastest network that a smartphone could use for data download, but it was only marketed as LTE because it helped manufacturers sell more smartphones until the true LTE-A networks and LTE-A capable devices will be available. 4G LTE offers a download speed of 100Mbps and an upload speed of no more than 50Mbps, which is why these data plans should only have been known as ‘4G’ without the need of adding the misguiding LTE term.
The LTE-Advanced network, in theory, is able to offer you download speeds of up to 1Gbps and upload speeds of up to 500 Mbps, although, that’s isn’t possible at the moment. The Download Speeds supported on this new networks are limited to a maximum 300 Mbps. Data speed on LTE-Advanced network is expected to improve in the future and support higher values.
Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A smartphone is capable of a download speed of 150 Mbps, while the SK Telecom carrier is already working on improving their LTE-Advanced network by the end of 2014, as multiple other devices are expected to be released until then.
Starting July 2013, SK Telecom adds 1080p video streaming support, HD video buying service and a music package with FLAC audio files. All these services are launched so that all the Galaxy S4 LTE-A buyers will be able to enjoy the LTE Advanced capabilities. More and more countries are also working on their own LTE-A networks, as Russia’s Yota carrier has already launched in October 2012. The United States giant carriers, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are planning to launch LTE-Advanced, but there is no official release data.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A packs the Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz monster of a CPU, 2GB RAM, Full HD SUPER AMOLED Screen, a 2600 mAh battery and the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean build. Now, if you’re in South Korea and just bought a regular Galaxy S4, then this release is bad news. However, Galaxy S4 owners based in other countries aren’t that unlucky, as we will have to wait a long time until the LTE Advanced networks will be a common thing.
SK Telecom offers the Galaxy S4 LTE-A in two colors, blue and red. No official pricing is available, but the future is here and we can expect more and more devices capable of LTE-A to be launched soon. Source.