It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S4 is getting yet another variant, this time the “Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced”. According to J.K. Shin, the new LTE-Advanced model will arrive to South Korea as early as this month, falling in line with previous rumors.
Speaking to Reuters, J.K. Shin declared Samsung will be “the first with the commercial launch of the advanced 4G version of the smartphone”, though obviously the phone will require a network designed for “advanced 4G LTE” in order to truly shine.
For those wondering how much faster an LTE-advanced network can be compared to the current form, theoretically it will support up to 1 Gbit/s downloads and 500 Mbit/s uploads – though in reality it will most likely offer 2 to 3 times faster performance compared to current LTE speeds.
Though Shin only confirmed that the new S4 variant would bring LTE-advanced support, it is also a strong possibility that the phone will also feature a beefy 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, as seen in past benchmark sightings.
How much faster is the Snapdragon 800 over the Snapdragon 600 or Exynos 5 model of the GS4? The AnTuTu score for the S600 model was a respectable 25,900 and the Exynos 5 a 27,417.
If the latest score proves correct, the GS4 with Snapdragon 800 is capable of reaching a score of 31,491. While this might not make a huge difference when it comes to real-world use, it is still hard not to be a little bit impressed.
With a Snapdragon 800 processor and LTE-advanced support, the new GS4 model certainly sounds like a beast, but the big question is whether or not the handset will ever see the light of day outside of South Korea. Actually, J.K. Shin says that Samsung is already in talks to bring the phone to “several overseas carriers”.
While no specifics were mentioned when it comes to carriers or countries, it is still exciting to know that the phone will have a wider launch outside of Korea.