June 25, 2013
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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.

Kyle Wiggers
Kyle Wiggers is an avid writer, web designer, podcaster, and video producer with an acute interest in all things technology. When not reviewing or commentating on gadgets, apps, and videos, he enjoys reading New Yorker feature articles, tinkering with computers, and playing the occasional game of Rock Me Archimedes.
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