KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has churned out another Galaxy S4 variant, this time the rumoured Galaxy S4 LTE-A.
Unveiled in Korea, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A is the world's first "commercially available LTE-Advanced smartphone" according to Samsung, which can handle speeds double those of existing 4G networks. It does this by combining multiple frequency bands and using them as one, thus enabling the handset to handle speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Apparently keen to steal some of Sony's limelight, Samsung said the handset has a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. There's also 2GB of RAM, a 2,600mAh battery and a new Samsung software addition called Imageon that is similar to Google's Googles app.
Beyond that, the handset's specifications are largely the same as those of the original Samsung Galaxy S4, including its 5in full HD AMOLED screen, 13MP and 2MP cameras, Google's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system and 32GB of internal storage.
Samsung CEO and president of IT and mobile communications JK Shin said, "Samsung maintains a unique position for delivering LTE innovations as a provider of the parts, devices and equipment required to deliver next generation 4G LTE services.
"The introduction of the Galaxy S4 LTE-A demonstrates Samsung's desire and ability to provide consumers with technological innovations that take advantage of increased network speeds to deliver richer and fuller experiences."
The Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A will make its debut in Korea this summer, and given that Samsung has said that some features such as Imageon will only be available on the Korean version, we're assuming it will see a worldwide release. However, SK Telecom in South Korea is the only mobile network that presently is capable of delivering speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Samsung has yet to respond to our request for futher details. µ