Samsung just can’t keep seem to keep its myriad of products from leaking. A bit more than a week since what appeared to be a Snapdragon 800 –touting Galaxy S4 smashed AnTuTu benchmark records, bloggers for Samsung Mobile, a South Korea-based smartphone blog, managed to get their hands on the refreshed GS4. Dubbed the Galaxy S4 LTE-A, it’s virtually identical in appearance to the original GS4, but packs substantially improved innards.
As indicated by benchmarks and leaks, Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 800 drives the Galaxy S4 LTE-A. Quad-core and clocked at 2.3 Ghz, it’s a silicon beauty to behold. The CPU is paired with the newest Adreno 330 GPU, which offers improved performance over its predecessor, and a respectable 2GB of RAM. Significantly, the Galaxy S4 LTE-A contains radios that support LTE-Advanced network bands, allowing for theoretical data transfers of up to twice the speed of current 4G LTE.
Though Samsung hasn’t officially unveiled the new Galaxy S4, Co-Chief Executive of Samsung JK Shin spoke with Reuters about the company’s partnership with Qualcomm last week. He said Samsung intended to partner with a carrier outside of South Korea to launch the Galaxy S4 LTE-A, and that the smartphone would be slightly more expensive than its plain LTE counterpart.
It’s too early to expect a release date, but we’ll keep you posted.