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Qualcomm-powered LTE-Advance​d handset headed to Korea 'as early as this month'

Samsung is aiming to launch the first smartphone supporting the faster LTE-Advanced wireless data standard, company co-CEO JK Shin has revealed. Speaking to reporters at Samsung headquarters in Suwon, South Korea, Shin said the new, LTE-A-capable Galaxy S4 could go on sale as early as this month in Korea. Reuters reports that the new Galaxy S4 will use a Qualcomm chipset, as opposed to the Exynos 5 Octa used in the Galaxy S4 phones currently sold in Samsung's home country.

LTE-Advanced has the potential to deliver significantly faster 4G speeds than existing LTE networks, but it hasn't yet seen widespread implementation by carriers around the world. Wikipedia lists Russia's Yota Networks as the only commercial LTE-A network at present, currently marketed as supporting speeds of 300Mbps. Operators in most Western countries, including the U.S., are focused on growing their vanilla LTE networks, while UK operator EE has said it'll begin trialing some of the tech behind the new standard before the end of the year.

Shin says his company is in talks with several foreign carriers regarding the LTE-Advanced Galaxy S4. However with supporting networks expected to be few and far between, this new GS4 might end up being a niche variant for the foreseeable future.

Source: Reuters


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Samsung to launch LTE-Advanced Galaxy S4


"LTE-Advanced has the potential to deliver significantly faster 4G speeds than existing LTE networks"

In marketing terms yes. But in terms of specifications only lte-a is 4g.

Can we just assume if it can be built, Samsung will release it. That goes for just about anything.

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It's good to see Samsung doing their part in this advancement. We know these niche sales are not going to be profitable.

Now if I could only get 6mbps down, I would be much happier.

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Definitely Samsung has been the leaders in innovation. They definitely understand what needs to be done from a technology standpoint.

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Samsung's strategy is becoming off off putting. They release pretty much every and anything. It's almost impossible to keep up.

They need to focus on much fewer products with excellent quality and support them long term. It will be nearby impossible to support the plethora of products they've released this year.

At this rate Samsung will begin to lose not only money but market share.

Well... I don't see it that way. If someone wants an "eight core" smartphone, there is Galaxy S4. If someone wants a Snap 600 smartphone, there is Galaxy S4. If someone wants a "water proof" smartphone, there is Galaxy S4. If someone wants a smartphone with "pure" Android, there is Galaxy S4 (Google Edition). If someone wants a Snap 800 smartphone, still there is Galaxy S4 and if someone wants a LTE-Advanced smartphone... THERE IS GALAXY S4, LOL!

You're kidding. That's hardly a production device. I'd bet the farm you will never see a GS4 in the wild with the 800 SoC. That will be the GS5 (after it's been in the Nexus 5 etc for a few months). Sammy is no dummy when it comes to marketing. It makes no sense to upgrade the GS4's chipset.

In a couple of years when this tech comes to the US everyone with a capped data plan will be screwed. Can you imagine getting 300Mbps (or even 100) with a 2Gb or even 4Gb limit?

A quick note regarding the Yota LTE-Advanced network. The network is currently being tested. There are no commercial devices available that can connect to the network. Additionally, it's only on a small handful of base stations in all of Moscow.

On top of that, customers will never see 300 Mbps on that network for a few reasons:

1. It's, of course, a theoretical maximum.
2. Yota will likely place a cap on speeds. I'm a current Yota subscriber in St. Petersburg. The highest speed you can get is 20 Mbps down. It's actually interesting how they do it. You buy a device (the cheapest being the ~$70-$100 USB modem), and then you pay for the maximum speed you want. If you don't want to pay anything per month, just having a Yota LTE device allows you to connect and have unlimited 56 kbps internet each month for free. Conversely (and this is what I do), you can pay up to 1400 rubles per month (~$45) for unlimited LTE capped at 20 Mbps. Otherwise, you can adjust your speeds on a sliding scale and pay less accordingly. But the data is truly unlimited. And I live just down the street from a tower, so my speeds do approach the maximum. But my point here is that they'll probably cap LTE-A speeds at 50 Mbps or 100 Mbps anyways.

This level of tech can only be harnessed if our networks allow it. LTE is fine for now if it's available everywhere. I'm not really focused on what my phone can achieve if my network doesn't allow me to do it.