International version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with LTE-A and Snapdragon 800 visits the FCC

International version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with LTE-A and Snapdragon 800 visits the FCC
The Samsung GT-i9506 has already been launched in Korea. This is the version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Qualcomm Snapdrsgon 800 under the hood and LTE-A connectivity. Now, this variant of Samsung's Android flagship model has visited the FCC. Because the FCC only concerns itself with the phone as it deals with U.S. communications standards, we know that LTE band 5 (850MHz) is enabled on the device. Certainly the GT-i9506 links up with more LTE bands than that, but the other bands are probably not supported in the U.S. While the band is hardly employed overseas, in the states it is used by regional carrier U.S.Cellular.

Sporting the Snapdragon 800 instead of the Snapdragon 600 gives this Galaxy S4 variant a 20% to 30% CPU performance bump and up to an 80% bump for the GPU. And of course, there is the LTE-A connectivity. In Korea, the phone runs over the world's first LTE-A pipeline offered by SK Telecom at speeds that peak at 150Mbps. But this doesn't mean that the refreshed model of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is being limited to Samsung's back yard.
Last month, a report out of Japan had this version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 being introduced for other countries on September 3rd, the day before the Korean OEM is expected to unveil the Samsung Galaxy Note III and its new smartwatch. The visit to the FCC should make American smartphone users both happy and unhappy. If this version of the Galaxy S4 does make it to the states, those who already bought the device might feel a little upset that they didn't hold out for the faster model. The happy campers? They would be the ones who haven't yet purchased the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the states. 

Thanks Anonymous Tipster!

source: AndroidGreed

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

For sure, you won't be having something to brag.. But who else will know? hehe

8. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

how many GS4 are exactly out there? :/ good old nokia 3310. one model that lasted a decade without a single change. samsung is like fashion. so hideous that it needs to be changed every 6 month.

19. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

how many GS4 models are there? Well they put them out almost monthly. We should see 12 different versions our models before the GS5.

2. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

Sept 4th!!!

3. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Good and bad news!!!

4. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Will it be faster than the 2G network here? :O

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Wonder if this will be LTE-A exclusive or will replace every SD600 in stores.

6. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

What the use of LTE-A if it's not support in lots of countries plus Note 3 in the way.

7. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

So what will happened to the s4 fans that already bought the original S4?

14. av911 unregistered

Nothing, my S4 will still work after this comes out. But if you want to cry about it, go ahead.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They wait for the GN 3 or the GS5. The GS5 is only like 7 months away now.

10. AMDPhenomX4

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Ooh, if this comes to the US I'll buy it.

13. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

+1, I'll sell my hTc One and get this S4 sd800.

16. AMDPhenomX4

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

I was more waiting for a better device than the original S4, and the LG G2 was darn close. If LG didn't make the storage so small and added wireless charging to all the US versions, I would buy it. LG was so close but only a 32GB option when you have a 60FPS 1080P camera is annoying. Oh well, we'll see.

18. xDrizzyXx

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 28, 2011

Yep same here! I had a note 2 for 6 months, but if the s800 s4 comes out in the us, especially the blue version, I'll sell my htc one and buy it :)

11. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Snapdragon 800 puts this on par with everything else out today. Except the G2 will have better battery life

12. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

So what? There is no LTE-A network in U.S.

15. rdemon

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Hopefully this version comes out on September 4th with the Note 3. That IPuny 5s wouldn't stand a chance.

17. dmat3889

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

As a first day buyer of the S4, its hard to care about this upgraded S4. Right now mine can do everything I possibly want. I coupled that with the zero lemon battery and dont see a reason why I should have to have the new one.

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Kind of a shame all them folks with low end S4's. Almost like last year's tech. I guess it's not like anyone can tell from the outside, they all look the same. (Just don't power it on everywhere)

21. singhsidak54

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

I purchased s4 on the first day it came out here. After 7 days there were more than 4 types of s4 available but now one more is coming which is better than the original one. I won't ever buy samsung's flagship device anytime sooner. Infact I might move to iOS.

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