Samsung launches new Galaxy Note 4 with tri-band LTE-A
For the past few weeks now, we’ve been hearing rumors about something new from Samsung and its Galaxy Note 4. From the looks of things, the manufacturer was testing a new Note 4 variant powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip, unlike the 805 in the non-Exynos version of the existing phablet. Would we see the release of an updated version of the Note 4’s hardware, just like Samsung delivered for handsets like the Galaxy S4 and S5 in the past? Well, that SoC question is still up in the air, but a new Galaxy Note 4 is very much official, as Samsung confirms news of a Note 4 with tri-band carrier aggregation LTE-A support.
The new Note 4 will be able to pull download speeds as high as 300Mbps thanks to that carrier aggregation trick on existing high-speed networks (which, admittedly, are only the highest of the high-speed LTE systems currently in operation), and is ready for Cat 9 operation at up to 450Mbps once those networks arrive in 2015.
Samsung doesn’t out and say what chip this new Note 4 is running. While an 805 can do 300Mbps LTE-A when paired with the right radio, that Cat 9 future-proofing has this very much sounding like a Snapdragon 810 solution. However, we didn’t expect availability of the chip to really take off for a few more months, at least, so it’s hard to say whether or not that might be a limiting factor here. To be fair, Samsung doesn’t say when sales of the new Note 4 will begin, so this guy may well be slow to arrive (and even then, with limited availability). But if this really is an 810 under the hood, you had better believe that we’ll be anxious to get our hands on one and see how it performs.