Even though Samsung is already selling millions of units of their flagship Galaxy S 4, that also hasn’t stopped the company from releasing a truckload of variants of the same device in the last couple of weeks, along with some that we’re expecting for their event on Thursday. Now an interesting note that was revealed today by the company’s CEO JK Shin, is that even the basic Galaxy S 4 is slated for a minor but significant change in the near future.
LTE-Advanced is currently being deployed in certain parts of Russia, and it offers data speeds that are almost twice as fast as the current 4G LTE speeds that many of us enjoy here in the west. According to Shin, Samsung is already hard at work at building the first smartphone to support this new network, and that device will be a variant of the Galaxy S 4. Within his statement to Reuters, he mentioned that: “As operators seek to provide more data-centric mobile services, I think this will become mainstream 4G technology globally in the coming years.”
One of the odd parts of this new Galaxy S 4 though is that it will rely on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and not the company’s homemade Exynos. It’s still hard to predict if this will be the same Snapdragon 600 or the newer Snapdragon 800, but we might be surprised. Now for those of you that are still considering the Galaxy S 4 as your next daily driver, unless you live in Russia, there’s really no point in holding out for this future variant, as the rest of the world is still only planning the deployment of LTE-Advanced, and actually doing it can take years.
Will we be surprised by this new variant on Thursday’s event? Stay tuned.