Samsung officially announces Samsung Galaxy S4 with Snapdragon 800 and LTE-A connectivity
can be updated to work on the LTE-A pipeline that eventually will be used by Big Red. The model just introduced by Samsung will be available at first in Korea only, destined for the LTE-A pipeline belonging to SK Telecom that is being built out faster than originally envisioned.
The device will be available in two colors, Aurora Red and Arctic Blue and offers the same 5 inch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution. There is 2GB of RAM with 32GB of native storage, a 13MP front-facing camera and a 2MP snapper on back. A 2,600mAh cell powers the phone which has Android 4.2 pre-installed.
If you don't live in South Korea, there is no need for jealousy. The Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A will be launched internationally in the months ahead.
source: Samsung via SammyHub
29. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 650; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
sd800+ lte A + some kind of annoying antenna
36. rihel_95 (Posts: 156; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
"Old" S4 users are pretty unhappy I guess now! Thank go i am not one of them
2. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 139; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
Damn Samsung, always innovating. Great job.
7. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)
adding a fifth row of icons and making the phone taller is NOT innovation or adding higher MP camera that has allot of noise , putting 8 cores OR a processor and chip that can run a PC in a phone in favor to fight laggness and crashness and lastly a bigger screen and same old design as their last year flagship ) TRUST ME THATS NOT INNOVATION
19. Dr.Phil (Posts: 813; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
And trust ME, that's not the proper use of grammar. Also, just going by what you just mentioned, what would you consider innovation? I'm not taking sides here, but I'm just curious what manufacturer out there is REALLY innovating? I would be the first to say that I believe Samsung has become more stale when it comes to innovation, but I'm just curious as to which manufacturer you believe is innovating.
24. Dr.Phil (Posts: 813; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I will agree with the Sony and HTC part. Sony use to be the followers of the pack, but starting today they have become the leaders of the pack in some ways. If they release the i1 with the rumored features and specifications then I would say they are definitely the leaders of the pack.
However when it comes to Nokia, I must say they are becoming stale in innovation like Samsung has. If you think about it, the most innovative feature they have created deals with their cameras, but they haven't really innovated in that field for over a year now. For instance, the only notable feature on their new Lumia EOS (or 1020) will be the high megapixel camera that will use the same sensor found in the Pureview 808. All they did was take the camera technology they have had for over a year and put it inside of a thinner device running Windows Phone 8. What we are seeing is Nokia facing stifled creation because they chose to go with Windows as their operating system of choice. The only thing they can really innovate with deals with the camera or screen technology. Imagine if they had stuck with an open-source OS like Meego that would've allowed them to innovate a wide array of different hardware and software items.
28. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)
"the only notable feature on their new Lumia EOS (or 1020) will be the high megapixel camera that will use the same sensor found in the Pureview 808. All they did was take the camera technology they have had for over a year and put it inside of a thinner device running Windows Phone 8"
the phone is not even announced yet and you are saying stuff that might not be real also if you think nokia only innovates in the camera department , well your totally wrong because the design and built quality of nokia phones are UNMATCHED and the OS is know as the most laggless Mobile OS on the planet with no random reboots and app crashes and if your going to talk about the app situation , TRUST ME i have everything i need on it such as Skype , Viber , Whatsapp a 3rd party instagram app that has a more beautiful UI than the original instagram app , PhotoShop Mini AKA Fantasia Painter and alot more also i have games such as all angry birds titles , where my series including the newly announced wheres my mickey , asphalt , real racing , modren combat and many more
IM A HAPPY LUMIA 920 OWNER AND IM MORE
HAPPY THAN BEFORE WHEN I HAD AN ANDROID DEVICE
31. osanilevich (Posts: 227; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)
First off, Nokia did not develop windows phone so, lag or no lag, you can't give them credit. Next, I'd say their build quality is in fact very matchable as their phone isn't nearly as slim as the competitors and it doesn't exactly use the most premium of materials. Nokia is only somewhat innovative in the camera department as there isn't much room for innovation in WP8. Nothing against them but jeez, you Nokia/Sony/HTC fanboys are just as annoying as the apple and Samsung ones
37. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 350; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
Biased comment Lumia 920 owner. Where is the thumb down
38. Dr.Phil (Posts: 813; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Build quality is not an innovation, it is merely just a measure of how well a device is held together. You are right I normally wouldn't assume something without it first being announced. However, as I have mentioned before, the only features Nokia has control over is the design and camera. I am fairly confident that the design of the new Lumia EOS will be derived from the Lumia 920 or the latest 925 with some minor changes.
As the commenter before as noted, the OS is not a Nokia innovation. They have no real control over how the OS operates.
I'm glad you mentioned design and how you own a Lumia 920. I first off want to say that I enjoy Nokia designs. I think they are simple and clean looking. However, I believe Nokia has, again, become more stale in that department. I want to point out that when I mentioned in my original post about manufacturers going stale with regards to innovation, I was not saying that they haven't or will not produce something innovating. Instead, I was saying that they haven't produced something that is truly innovating or something that isn't just a minor upgrade of some old feature or design language. The Lumia 920 was the exact same design as the N9 (although in my opinion it is uglier than the N9 because the bottom half of the phone is taken up by the Windows buttons that weren't there in the N9). The Lumia 928 and the new 925 pretty much took that design language and tweaked it just slightly so you could say it was a different design but it didn't really incorporate a brand new design language. That to me is stale innovation. It isn't up to the standards Nokia placed for itself only a a few years ago. I want the innovation that brought about the N9, a device that was truly revolutionary and yet under appreciated at the time.
11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3509; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
How does this add innovation on Samsung's part? Because it has a S800? Yeah, great job *Qualcomm* for making such a powerful chip with LTE-A capabilities!
32. osanilevich (Posts: 227; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)
This should have been in the s4 from the start
34. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3509; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Well, the Snapdragon 800 wasn't available for commercial use in March when they announced the GS4. If they had gone with the Snapdragon 800, that would mean they couldn't release the GS4 world wide until just now, which would've had a huge impact on sales. They shouldn't have made a GS4 with the S800 to begin with, and should have just stuck with the S600 and Exynos 5 Octa.
3. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)
"13MP front-facing camera and a 2MP snapper on back." or is it the other way around?
5. kozza3 (Posts: 566; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
nope people in korea take many more "selfies" and require a ridiculous front cam
4. nothingmuch (Posts: 126; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Hey Alan F. Are the camera specs switched? 2mp front and 13mp snapper on rear u mean right?? Just checking
8. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Awwww .... ouch.......@poor S4 early adopters
You device is about to get outdated sooner than you might expect
21. _Bone_ (Posts: 1995; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Which device doesn't get outdated nowadays? The S4 was announced in March and it's almost 4 months since. Tech companies won't slow down for you.
27. mi55u (unregistered)
I don't think s600 is left behind, but the octa core user is surely angry
octa core user sacrifice LTE features just to get the world powerful chipset, but now overshawed by faster s800 with even the LTE features
9. timukh (Posts: 60; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
"13mp front facing camera and 2mp snapper on the back"- that is one hell of a phone! :D
10. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
This means an even longer wait time on updates for the s4. When I had my s3, I only recieved 1 update in 8 months. On my iPhone I've had for a month, I've already recieved an update, sigh......
12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3509; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
If you're worried about updates, get a Nexus. All OEM-skinned devices have added value with their features that more than make up for the delayed updates.
18. david84 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 May 2011)
My Samsung s3 tmobile has gotten 3 updates since last November.
22. _Bone_ (Posts: 1995; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Dude, Samsung flagships already came out on newer Android than it's rivals and there have been roughly 3 updates already for the S4 and will be many more. Samsung employs the largest update staff, that's why unless your source is Google itself, you best bet for fresh official updates is Samsung.
35. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3509; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Well, those 3 updates were to fix what they should have had right in the first place. Every phone has its quirks, but lag and lack of storage is unacceptable for a 2013 flagship. But Samsung does do a terrific job with updates
14. eisenbricher (Posts: 961; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Undoubtedly this is awesome. WiFi like speeds on carrier n/w. But the problem is, data cost.
16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3509; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
This is much higher than average WiFi speeds.
23. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
great job Samsung for making S4 owners regret their buying decision.
i'm getting my S4 tomorrow (not new, used) abut i'm trading it for the One ASAP.
25. biophone (Posts: 1879; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
The OG S4 isn't getting any worse because of this. No one can tell the difference between this updated one and the original.
However I agree I like the one more aswell. I HATE the feeling of plastic. I just wish the ONE would put a kick ass battery in it like the razr Maxx HD has.
26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it most certainly isn't but i'm sure there are people that would've much rather invested the same money for something running a noticeably superior, LTE-A ready S800 vs. something running a S600 especially if it only meant waiting a couple of months.
yeah, i would imagine that the T6 will have the same 3200mAh battery that's in the Butterfly S though. o:
30. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
One flagship with three different processors? I don't know what was going in their their mind? This will only reduce their sell numbers temporarily in places where it will be available. Because everyone will wait a month to get the S800 version.
But if S4 is coming with S800 2.3Ghz processor then allegedly Note 3 will come with better processor. Which means we might see a new version of Exynos 5 series in Note 3. I am Eagerly waiting for that.
39. danyo (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
If anyone can give me their opinion on this that'll be great!
I have At&t in the US and was planning to upgrade to an S4 at the end of the month, but after seeing this I'd be willing to wait for the LTE A version to be released.
I've been reading a little and although At&t said last year that it would have LTE A by the second half of this year, it doesn't seem like its happening. Would it be a waste of time to wait to upgrade? I'd be willing to wait till Q4 if there's hope.
42. brokenchains (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
"a 13MP front-facing camera and a 2MP snapper on back."
Interesting. Might want to fix that, PA.
43. darkkjedii (Posts: 8896; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Isn't this like the 17th galaxy S4 model?