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Samsung GT-I8730 low-end smartphone to feature LTE

Samsung is going to release its new Android powered smartphone soon: the Samsung GT-I8730, which is going to be a low-end cheaper smartphone is going to feature LTE according to leaked benchmarks.
January 3, 2013

Samsung is expected to release the GT-I8730 smartphone in the near future and while the device has yet to receive an official announcement, its benchmarks have already appeared on the web. The device was measured with GLBenchmark 2.5 tool.

According to the rumored specs revealed in the benchmark reports the phone will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the software version number of I8730XXALL3 and build number JZO54K. Internally it will sport a 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon processor with 384 ~ 1188MHz operating frequency. The amount of RAM is not mentioned in the Benchmark report but according to the benchmarks the device will feature Qualcomm Adreno 305 GPU. As this device is targeted towards the low-end smartphone market it features a not so impressive WVGA (480×800 pixels) display.

The most interesting thing about this particular Samsung device is that although it is a low end smartphone with average specifications, it does feature support for LTE networks. The communication method revealed in the benchmarks are LTE/W-CDMA/GSM.

The Samsung GT-I8730 signifies a change in trends with manufacturers adding LTE to their cheaper devices, as the LTE technology has previously been reserved for more high-end smartphones.

While Samsung GT-I8730 is going to be one of the first LTE smartphone with an affordable price and low-end specs we expect to see other manufacturers following the same trend.

Who do you think will be the next to release a low-end phone with LTE?