Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A speed demo ushers in a new era: 5 awesome facts on LTE-Advanced

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A speed demo ushers in a new era: 5 awesome facts on LTE-Advanced
Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A launched as the first modern smartphone ushering us in the era of 1 Gbps theoretical carrier network download speeds, with the unveiling of the first broad scale LTE-A network in the world by SK Telecom in Korea, which has been in development since at least 2011.

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.

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35 Comments

1. FlushGordon unregistered

If it still ain't mainstream then it's pretty much useless So no bragging rights there

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

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.

27. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

Why dont they try installing 2 radios for LTE for fast response? As tried with WiFi that way works better.

2. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Places technology will take us:-)

3. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

this is bad for people who bought a S IV Octa or Quad Snapdragon 600

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

how so

9. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Yet good for anyone with an SII or SIII... or any handset from comparably the same timeframe. Buyer's remorse is simply a fact of life, especially when it comes to tech products.

14. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I agree, i feel sorry for those people. Octa before was the talk of the town. After the all the benchmark testing. SD800 owns everything.

28. ph00ny

Posts: 1976; Member since: May 26, 2011

Because this is a korean market special just like the GS3 with LTE and higher clock Exynos quad w/2GBs of ram that was released last year?

4. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

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.

6. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

pity on them for not making TD-LTE cimpatible S4

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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.

13. Daniel.P

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Thanks, Sniggly, corrected, I was thinking of the Austin facility, and the HQ is in San Diego indeed ;)

10. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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.

22. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

yeah, I figure the same too haha

12. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

I can't wait to have this LTE-A on my iPhone 5; it should really improve data speeds.

15. jwc89

Posts: 9; Member since: May 31, 2011

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

16. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

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

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30666; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good news...I have AT&T.

26. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Wow, Mr Dark Jedi, you certainly have a lot of faith in them .... Good Luck?

25. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

How dare you speak iLL of Apple; they will have LTE-A or my name isn't Dorothy Gale.

34. slyhounddog

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 28, 2013

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.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30666; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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.

19. iushnt

Posts: 3035; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30666; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man that's gotta tick of consumers though.

20. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

im good with my 30 mbps on att lte apps,maps,hq vids download instantly

21. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

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?

30. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

and what about those GB limits/month! guess everyone will just hit there limits much faster! except sprint and tmob!

24. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

More data allotment? I doubt it, they'll just charge more for the same amount and advertise the faster speeds... hopefully Sprint stays unlimited for a while

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