Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A speed demo ushers in a new era: 5 awesome facts on LTE-Advanced
posted by Daniel P. / Jun 26, 2013, 6:39 AM
The phone is powered by the fastest Snapdragon chipset of the 800 family that is commercially available, since Qualcomm is, as you can easily imagine, the leader in 4G LTE radio development as well.
LTE-Advanced is much more than theoretical download speeds of up to 1 Gbps, however. Its main added value is in terms of traffic load distribution and accompanying services that will be made possible with its rollout. It will take years for carriers to take full advantage of all the awesome features made available to them with LTE-Advanced, so check out the wrap below, and dream of the times this year and the next, when US carrier networks will upgrade to this technology as well.
If it still ain't mainstream then it's pretty much useless So no bragging rights there
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 6:46 AM 2
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History lesson: The Me-262 Schwalbe entered production far too late into WWII to make a difference for Germany. However, has proved to have been an invaluable reference point in design. So yes, even if the GSIV LTE-A isn't mainstream, it's far from useless. If anything, bragging rights is exactly what it is.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 7:05 AM 12
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this is bad for people who bought a S IV Octa or Quad Snapdragon 600
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 6:48 AM 1
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Meh, we have a sparse 4G /LTE coverage in Sydney AU as it is, by the time we have LTE-A it will be at least 3 years from now and it will be a different landscape in mobile devices by then. But hey, it''ll be nice to know I can pick up one of these phone for around $100 by the time I get to use it a full throttle.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 6:51 AM 0
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I just wanted to point out that Qualcomm is based in California, not Texas. I may be missing a legit reason for you to refer to Qualcomm employees as "the Texans from Qualcomm," but I don't think I am.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 7:04 AM 3
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I have to say LTE-A's speed is uber fast. However, as an user on AT&T in a small town in PA... I haven't even gotten LTE yet... hopefully AT&T will keep their promise and deploy LTE-A faster than Verizon.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 7:11 AM 0
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I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for AT&T to beat VZW in rolling out LTE-A. VZW already has started pilot LTE-A installs. AT&T is more talk and less action.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 7:51 AM 4
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I can't wait to have this LTE-A on my iPhone 5; it should really improve data speeds.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 7:57 AM 0
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Too bad apple wont support lte-a untill like the iphone 6s. I mean it took them 2 years to get Lte they wont want to lose any battery life
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 8:31 AM 2
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Don't believe this. As an AT&T employee we already have demos of Volte in our stores and also LTE-A demos also. So umm trust me we will take that crown from VZ they still have to convert from CDMA during that time we will beat them. Our lte already far outpaces their initial rollout. Lte-a will b no different
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 8:36 AM 1
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No way will your iphone 5 ever recieve LTE-A. Iphones have been behind in every technological advancement in the past 2 years. And they will continue to get further behind. Case and point: samsung has phones with octa core processors. Thats 8, if you didnt know. The iphone 5 has a dual core processor. Thats 2. For verizon, The HTC thunderbolt was the first 4g-LTE capable phone, released 2 1/2 years ago. So judging by the same timeline, itll be 2 years from when u.s. recieves LTE-A that the iphone may possibly get it. You're welcome.
posted on Jun 28, 2013, 11:18 AM 0
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Sammy should've just been releasing the gs4 now. This makes like 7 variants of this phone, so glad I waited. Ip5s, and note 3 for DJ. Early adopters have gotta be fuming at the way Sammy's held back to keep this thing going.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 9:02 AM 0
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I think sammy always releases several variations of S series but their note series are more exclusive ..the note 3 will be exclusive..Its like they launch s series and they do several mistakes and learn from those mistakes and finally perfect-ionize the note series
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 9:48 AM 1
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My question is: How will this effect battery life? I mean, LTE drains batteries more than just 3G or "4G", what kind of battery life would a GS4 with LTE-A have comparatively?
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 11:07 AM 1
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