Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A for US appears at FCC
We’ve been informing readers about the release of a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with LTE-A. This has already released for South Korea, and there was speculation that it may also launch in other regions. News today is that the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A for the US has now appeared at the FCC.
LTE-Advanced offers double the download and upload speeds of standard LTE, although LTE-A networks are not commonplace yet. What makes the news of a Galaxy S4 LTE-A for the US interesting, is that this international GT-I9506 model looks likely to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, rather than the Snapdragon 600 variety.
It’s reported that the Galaxy S4 LTE-A GT-I9506 offers a boost in performance of around 20 to 30% over the versions of the Galaxy S4 with the Snapdragon 600 processor, and that is a performance increase that many smartphone users would like to have. We don’t have a release date for the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A handset in the US just yet, but hopefully it’s on its way soon.
Of course the big question is whether this is good news or not to Samsung smartphone fans stateside? Obviously for those in the US who haven’t yet purchased the Galaxy S4 but intend to do so, this will be welcome news. However, those who have already purchased the standard Galaxy S4 may well feel rather frustrated that a faster variant could soon be available there.
We’ll be keeping readers informed about further developments on this, so do check back with us from time to time. It’s also likely that there will be an LTE-Advanced version of the upcoming Galaxy Note 3.
Are you pleased to hear that the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A smartphone will be released in the US? Maybe you’re disappointed that you already purchased the standard Galaxy S4? Why not send your comments as we’re always interested to hear the opinions of our readers.