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Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone with 4G LTE-Advanced to launch in June

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Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone with 4G LTE-Advanced to launch in June
You know how it goes: the hottest, newest smartphone is released on the market, and talks about an even better model, be it by the same or different manufacturer, begin soon after. Such is the case now with the Samsung Galaxy S4, an upgraded version of which will launch sooner than you might think. 

Samsung's J.K. Shin himself confirmed that a Samsung Galaxy S4 model will be launched before the month of June is out. What makes it better than the current model? Well, the new smartphone will be the first on the market with support for LTE-Advanced connectivity. In other words, this supercharged Galaxy S4 will be capable of reaching about twice the bandwidth allowed by today's best LTE handsets, at least in theory. 

Interestingly, it has been also confirmed that this Samsung Galaxy S4 variant will use chips by Qualcomm. That means this could very well be the Snapdragon 800-powered model, rumors about which have been circulating for a few weeks now. Evidence in support of this theory leaked in the form of alleged Samsung Galaxy S4 benchmarks showing the device packing a Snapdragon 800 chip.

The LTE-Advanced Galaxy S4 model will go on sale in South Korea first where it will be slightly more expensive than the Galaxy S4 that is currently on sale. Samsung is discussing the launch of the new smartphone with overseas carriers as well, although what carriers have expressed interest isn't being mentioned. As a side note, the major carriers in the U.S. have yet to start providing LTE-Advanced services.

source: Reuters

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posted on 17 Jun 2013, 05:58 16

1. jan25 (Posts: 416; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


hmm.. i can only imagine how people who already purchased the S4 would feel about that.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 06:00 9

2. darkskoliro (Posts: 995; Member since: 07 May 2012)


feels like htc and samsung are switching places hahaha

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 06:18 8

5. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Samsung feel great competition, but not only Samsung!Wait few months and we see Htc One+
This year everyone try bait Samsung(phablets) I'm happy because that means better smartphones and better choices! And next year Samsung must show something really good!
P.s I'm still waiting for the Note3!

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 06:24 3

6. tiara6918 (Posts: 1495; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Before I thought HTC was the only one releasing multiple flagship models a year but then i realize all manufacturers also do the same. Yeah, competition is good but I would really feel bad to see my phone get old within just a couple of months

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:32 2

17. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 203; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


At least HTC would change the look or layouts of their phones and re-named them for each carrier when they released multiple flagship models. This year Samsung has released so many phones with the same overall design that it might be hard to keep track of what is what. The worst part is that they don't even wait a couple of months in between. It's kind of been a monthly release for each phone they make now.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:50

20. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 347; Member since: 07 May 2012)


another day another samsung product, this is getting old samsung,u launch s4 in 10 diff versions for what to make more profit??????? stupids!

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:21

40. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Well, put simply....yes. That's the whole nature of being a large conglomerate business, you are supposed to be ruthless and see the market reaction beforehand, this is why Apple is also pressured into releasing a cheaper IPhone and two larger variants for next year along with the IPad mini. You never rest your laurels on one device in such an aggressive market.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 22:39

41. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)


Glad my upgrade is in September, because I'm planning on getting the S4 so it'll allow some time if they release a different version/more colors. We'll see how it goes.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 06:05 2

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Before the massive outrage kicks in how Samsung could pull this trick with it's S4 customers, read Sammobile's article on the Exynos chipset chaos:
http://www.sammobile.com/2013/05/30/samsung-processor-chaos-disappointments-and-their-current-soc-future/

Now that you've done it, take the Korean market, the key home region for Samsung where the little extra is always expected, and now you understand that if the manufacturing of the Exynos 5 Octa stops, they cannot step back in performance to the SD600, they need SD800 (which is not much faster than the Octa BTW). And it happens to coincide with the LTE Advance launch... so along comes the S4 LTE Advance with Snapdragon 800.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 06:45 2

8. Trex95 (Posts: 571; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


So that's mean Exyons it's just marketing gimmick! Then how come the Korean version of octa-core comes with LTE! Samsung it's a mess.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 06:56

12. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Exynos 5 supports LTE and LTE never was the issue - consumption and heat was. Now that is still under control at 1.6GHz, but to really bring out the beast they might have to wait for 22nm manufacturing. So for the time being, they go for SD800.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:00

14. tech2 (Posts: 2333; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


lol...and the Korean version was clocked at 1.9 GHz. I can only imagine the heat generated in that phone !

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:42

18. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


All Octa-core versions are system-locked at 1.6GHz, no matter what the firmware reports.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 06:54 3

11. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 888; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I don't think the Snapdragon 600 is a step back in performance, it offers almost as good of a performance while getting better battery life, in the end of the day i would take the S600 and not the Exynos.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 15:12

37. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


J.K. Shin himself stated that the difference between the SD600 and the E5Octa is negligible...

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 06:18

4. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


is this speculation or what?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 06:58

13. tech2 (Posts: 2333; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Read the article, dude !

'Samsung's J.K. Shin himself confirmed that a Samsung Galaxy S4 model will be launched before the month of June is out'

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:14

15. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


if u observe closely,what he has said is just wat u have mentioned. thats it.the later part of article is just speculation

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:49

19. tech2 (Posts: 2333; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


That's modern journalism !

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 08:54

26. johnriii (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


what part of "will be launched before the month of June is out" is not clear?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:50

21. troutsy (Posts: 281; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Galaxy S4s?

Lol, come on, that's comedic gold.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 08:08

22. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1239; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


sorry for those owning s4 already,now we have plenty of galaxy s4 types wonder what Gs5 gonna be.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 09:02

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 12362; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


There's like 5-6 variants of this phone now. Sammy what gives dude?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 09:06

28. johnriii (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


it's called oversaturation. this could come back to bite them, but no time soon.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 09:37 2

29. wendygarett (unregistered)


The funny things is that this is not even the Exynos version, such a shame for an octa core user :(

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 12:02 2

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 12362; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Wendy you use a flip phone from 1994.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 09:48

30. -box- (Posts: 3858; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Samsung needs to start a "smartphone of the month" club. Too many models, same mistake HTC was making not long ago.

Also, where is there even LTE-Advanced running country-wide? I know some places have it in small places here and there (mostly in labs), but not aware of any that have a widespread deployment currently or soon to be up

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 09:49

31. mikewillz (Posts: 44; Member since: 03 May 2013)


I thought the verizon S4 already is LTE advanced capable??

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 09:57

32. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Samsung makes the most basic S4 and then sells a million other variants just to bring everyone else who was on the edge of buying over the top, unfortunately leaving those who truly loved their product in the first place trailing behind.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 11:00

33. Taters (Posts: 3512; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


There were more GS2 variants but this time they are going pretty far outside the box with them. They have a mini one, active one, zoom one etc. The GS2 variants were just different designs, shapes, and materials for practice.

These variants are trying some pretty cool things. Advanced LTE is much more practical than say a camera that takes better lowlight pics at the expense of photo size and daylight pictures for example......

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 15:16

38. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


so what variant is the first Galaxy S4 i wonder?
the "Galaxy S4 Screwed Over Early Adopter's Edition"?
a Galaxy S4 with LTE-A & a Snapdragon 800 is clear cut a better version of the S4. there are no concessions.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 11:04

34. Taters (Posts: 3512; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I wouldn't count on this being the better than the original either though. It should be but I felt that the i9100, the original GS2, was the one that hit all the right notes and was superior to all the other variants despite one variant having 720p.

The original GS4 is still much better than the GS4 active, mini, and zoom. Not sure how it will hold out against a snapdragon 800 + advance lte variant though. That sounds pretty juicy.lol

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 13:47

36. bucky (Posts: 1558; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


The international gs2 is still my favorite android phone. It was and is still outstanding and well supported by xda.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 15:18

39. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the only reason the original i9100 was better than the other SII variants was because the Exynos 4210 was far superior to the 3rd generation Crapdragon being crammed into the other variants. the same thing isn't going to happen this time.

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