Early Galaxy S4 adopters in Korea miffed about the launch of a Snapdragon 800 version with LTE-A

The one-percenters, or those who had early access to the Samsung Galaxy S4 on its home turf of South Korea, are now getting angry in their turn, as the rumored S4 with faster Snapdragon 800 processor and LTE Advanced download speeds is fast approaching. It might very well be this mule you see on the right , that was snapped by a blogger last night at Samsung's Premiere event.

One buyer commented: “I might have not purchased the Galaxy S4 and waited for the newest model if I knew my smartphone did not run on the LTE Advanced network”.

LTE Advanced can reach down to 1 Gbps download speeds, which is magnitudes higher than what we have now as carrier networks. Korea's SK Telecom has announced its LTE Advanced speeds might be ready for the summer, though the initial deadline was September, so those subscribers who purchased the regular LTE version of the S4 must be pretty peeved now. Watch a demo of LTE Advanced download speeds that are to go up in Sweden as well.



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Is that a totally new design?? Boxy...rectangular-ish S4?? Some people will burn!!!!

16. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

i think that is note3

19. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

it doesn't look like the S3, s3 mini, s4, s4 mini, s4 active, the note, note 2, mega 6... and the list goes on... guess that means it's a fake. Samsung can't break the mold.

26. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Design is still boring.

34. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

I suppose the iPad 5 and iPad Mini's design won't be the same and stale? I suppose the iPhone 5S won't have the same design?

35. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Same design doesn't matter if its good. iPhone 5, HTC One, Xperia Z and Lumia. All of them have good design. Everybody is happy with their design. Every website have praised their designs.

39. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

not s4...they're supposed to show a phone in South Korea, therefore its supposed to have korean characters....thats not korean, that looks like chinese character on the screen and the bottom of the pic. Korean use chinese characters rarely, they appear most in newspapers or some formal document.

2. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Samsung's goin to lose their customers.............. they didnt even announced abt S4 with sd 800, they just want to compete wit Sony..............

4. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

No idea what kind of attitude is this, updating the specs every few months so that they think they have the best-specced phone among all manufacturers, they dont want any other products to have better spec than their flagship device. If Samsung think they can be ahead of others by doing things this way they are dead wrong.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Totally agree with you. Samsung is being over confident, they think that they can be ahead of others forever.

12. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

If i bought a S4 on day one, and now S800 variant is announced, i wont be upset either. It's a variant to me, not an upgrade. But, not everyone thinks the same way as i do, and they will get upset. Get a new flagship released recently asap, if you wait for months, then after only another few months S5 will be out. I dont mind paying the full price. But, im happy that Samsung are making mistakes, they need to taste a fall since they are getting overconfident. .

27. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

They are repeating the mistakes of HTC. Look how bad were the sales of HTC in 2012. HTC is now learning from their mistakes and Sammy is repeating their mistakes. HTC rises!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Along with Sony

36. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

No not Sony! They are improving.

3. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

One of the last few things I respected Samsung for is going. They used to have a yearly flagship product. In their flagship, it was the best they could offer. I never liked any of them, but they still did their best. Now they are turning away from that. And Sony are turning towards that, so I don't care.

5. FlushGordon unregistered

Don't be an early adopter, simple as that.... Manufacturers have the right to do whatever the F they want, SAMSUNG doesn't want to get left behind, you can't blame them

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But it looks like they want the customers feel like they have a device behind the others. I mean the people who bought the first S4. In reality it's not behind the others but by making these continuous upgrades Samsung makes the customers feel like that.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Exactly! They can't blame Samsung for that, they are the one who wanted to buy the Galaxy S4 early, so they should blame themselves.

10. wendygarett unregistered

Most sheep are stubborn, they enjoy lining up, paying higher price for the defective 1st batch and say they are the world 1st icta core user, you must be a true hero if you able to stop them :)

11. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

My way of thinking is different - get the device early or it'll become outdated fast. If i buy a S4 after release in May, i have a year until next year May before S5 is out. If i wait for the Snapdragon 800 version of S4 somewhere in September, in less than a year S5 will be out and my device is outdated. Price? Not a problem. I pay $700 for unlocked smartphones without any complaints. I'll let money do the talking. The S4 variants that appear a few months later are not upgrades to me, just variants. Only S5 is an upgrade. I'd preorder weeks before and get the first batch, better than lining up or camping at a doorstep. First batches are not always defective; My Lumia 920 and a few of my past phones are all from the first batch. I just laughed at a friend who bought an iPhone 5 days ago because in 4 months 5S will be out. It;s also stupid to buy a Note 2 now to me, if you are the type who likes to own the latest flagship gadgets and not conscious about budget.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012


43. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

of course you said that because you are a Samsung fanboy..but im pretty sure you bash HTC on releasing the HTC One X+.....right?

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They should be miffed, and Sammy is full of crap with this. They shoulda had it together from the get go. There are now no less than 5 variants of this device. Sammy you're pulling an HTC.

15. wendygarett unregistered

Gs4 is sexy, but overshadowed by gs4 active gs4 camera us awesome, but overshadowed by gs4 zoom gs4 is affordable, but overshadowed by gs4 mini gs4 is fastest, but now overshadowed by this... of course they miffed :)

25. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

And all of these devices you mentioned are overshadowed by HTC ONE!

41. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Dream on, not even close

44. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Potato is right...thats why Samsung decide to release this S4 with s800 chip...S4 is overhype...just accept it

13. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

For the love of God !!!! Stop calling Samsung 'Sammy' !!!! Pathetic !!!

17. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Please leave God out of this, and tech consumers have been calling Samsung, Sammy for "YEARS" now... You must be a noobie!

23. kurtdean99

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Yup stop calling that. Sammy is annoying!

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