The Korean mediascape was recently abuzz with the rumors
that both Samsung and LG have something special to show for the launch of the world's fastest commercial LTE network in the country. Well, as far as Samsung is concerned, this surprise materialized in the form of the long-rumored Galaxy Prime
, which turned out to be called simply S5 LTE-A
. This juggernaut keeps the chassis of the regular S5
, but sports a Quad HD Super AMOLED display
, and a blazing fast Snapdragon 805
processor, compared to a 1080p panel and Snapdragon 801 in the globally available S5.
Nothing, however, was heard from LG on the matter of an eventual G3 Prime
, besides rumors that it might launch in July. Since the G3 already has a Quad HD display panel, the only upgrade LG needs to do to keep it in lockstep with the S5 LTE-A, is decking it out with a Snapdragon 805 chipset. It seems that this is precisely what will happen in Korea very soon, as a phone dubbed LG G3 Cat. 6 just went up for preorder there. The "Cat. 6" part is the telltale sign here, as it denotes an LTE category that can go up to 300 Mbps peak data download rates, exactly the speed that the new LTE-A carrier networks in Korea theoretically support.
Snapdragon 801, however, features a Cat. 4 LTE modem, which can do 150 Mbps data rates only, while Snapdragon 805 is Qualcomm's first integrated 300 Mbps Cat. 6 LTE chipset solution. This pretty much confirms that LG will have its first handset with Snapdragon 805 and Quad HD display hitting the shelves very soon, but if and when this puppy will make it internationally, is unknown at that point. In fact, LG Greece has recently commented not to expect an LG G3 Prime in the next three months, so it probably won't be before the fall.