Samsung’s springtime launch of the Galaxy S 4 forced the company to go with a Snapdragon 600 from Qualcomm as the SoC powering the LTE version of its handset, but by the time summer rolled around, and Samsung needed an updated version of the GS4 to support nascent LTE-Advanced networks, it had the luxury of trading-up to a Snapdragon 800. After initial availability in South Korea we saw this model GT-I9506 start spreading out into Europe, becoming available in Germany. Today we get word of yet another market for the phone, as well as a little tweak to its name.
What we haven’t had so far is a convenient way to refer to this model. Now, however, as the phone goes up for sale in France, we see it take on the name Galaxy S 4 Advance.
We haven’t seen Samsung do something like that for a while now, but using that Advance label to designate models falling somewhere between one flagship and another (or future one, in this case) has been a strategy the company’s used in the past.
There still don’t appear to be any signs of the Galaxy S 4 Advance making the leap over to the Americas, though with this new name it should at least be easier for us to spot if it ever actually does.