By Stephen Schenck | September 5, 2013 8:49 AM
The Galaxy Note 3 may be the Snapdragon-800-powered Samsung that’s on our minds at the moment, but it won’t be the first time the manufacturer went down that route; earlier this summer, we learned about the LTE-Advanced version of the Galaxy S 4, which stepped up from the Snapdragon 600 in the base LTE GS4 to an 800 of its own. Since then, we’ve wondered if similar hardware would emerge outside of Asia, and heard rumors about possible testing for European carriers. This week, comments from just such a carrier finally make the Snapdragon 800 GS4′s arrival in the West seem confirmed.
Deutsche Telekom AG is upgrading its own network to category 4 LTE-Advanced this year. In a statement discussing the hardware that would become available to take advantage of this new high-speed network, the carrier revealed plans to begin offering subscribers a new version of the GS4 with such network support. While it doesn’t out and discuss the Snapdragon 800 directly, we’re pretty clearly talking about the same LTE-A phone we saw South Korea get already.
Of course, the growing availability of this new GS4 is less interesting now than it might have been several months ago; after all, we’re hearing about more and more new phones planning to launch with 800s, and the novelty is beginning to fade. Still, sounds like a nice new option for German Android fans all the same.
Update: Some possible benchmarks for this model may have just surfaced.