Samsung has had no trouble peddling its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. There are also plans for different variants of the phone, with the likes of the Galaxy S4 Active (dust and waterproof variant), the Galaxy S4 Zoom (S4 with a massive camera) and the Galaxy S4 Mini (smaller, cheaper version). Now we hear that they plan to launch another variant of the popular smartphone – one that will transmit data at nearly twice the normal LTE speeds we are seeing today.
It will be the first smartphone to launch commercially on LTE-Advanced, the natural evolution of current LTE networks. It might seem a bit premature to make a device that can run on the newer networks, as most parts of the world don’t even have access to LTE, but in parts of Russia the new network is already operational.
According to Reuters this means theoretical speeds that are double what is currently available on the LTE generation of the radio technology. This will mean that Samsung will have to build the new variant using Qualcomm chips that are compatible with the next generation networks, which in turn means that they won’t be able to use their proprietary Exynos chips. No news has been given as to the specific networks it will launch on, but the Samsung co-CEO JK Shin said: “As operators seek to provide more data-centric mobile services, I think this will become mainstream 4G technology globally in the coming years.”