New Galaxy S 4 variant confirmed (but probably not what you’re expecting)


For the past several weeks, we’ve been looking at signs here and there of Samsung developing new Galaxy S 4 hardware for release. After all, that LTE-A model for South Korea with the Snapdragon 800 made it clear that the GS4 lineup could still have a few tricks left in it, and we spotted a couple Samsung model numbers that sure felt like they could be similar models for other markets. What we lacked was much in the way of proof. There’s still a lot we don’t know, but today word arrives that Samsung is indeed releasing new GS4s, though with a focus we weren’t quite expecting.

Samsung plans to release both new GS4 hardware, as well as a new GS4 mini, to enhance cross-network support. Specifically, these new phones would be able to work on regular FDD-LTE in addition to the TDD-LTE variant that’s used in China, for a new breed of global-roaming-capable smartphones. These new models should start arriving sometime this quarter.

Could this be the excuse to bring the Snapdragon 800 to an international audience? Even if LTE-A isn’t available in many markets, a universal LTE phone (with non-LTE-A speeds) could be a worthwhile upgrade on its own, and might be just the vehicle to deliver a new SoC. We clearly need more details, but this could be the answer to many of our questions about Samsung’s GS4 plans.

Source: ZDNet
Via: IntoMobile

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Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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