Samsung pioneers LTE-A on Galaxy S4 smartphone | specs, price and availability in the Philippines



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Samsung Electronics today announced another milestone for pioneering LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology on its latest flagship smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S4. The world's first LTE-A Galaxy S4 is now commercially available and boasts special features and twice-as-fast network speed to produce an unparalleled multimedia experience.
Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A colors


Samsung now leads on the LTE technology for producing the first LTE Advanced-capable smartphone. Samsung’s commitment to driving LTE adoption achieved its first milestone in 2010 with the launch of the Craft, the world’s first LTE feature phone, and continued in 2011 with the delivery of the Indulge, the world’s first LTE smartphone. In the last year, Samsung has also pioneered efforts to bring VoLTE network capabilities to users with the launch of the GALAXY S III LTE.

For the user side perspective, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A is expected to deliver faster speed compared to other LTE-enable devices. With this groundbreaking technology, users can enjoy uninterrupted high-resolution streaming of their favorite shows and stronger, faster speeds when playing games, browsing the internet, and downloading files and applications.


Specifications and Features

The 5-inch Super-AMOLED Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A is powered by a 2.3GHz quad core processor and a long-lasting 2,600mAh battery. It runs on Jelly Bean Android operating system.

It features a high resolution Digital Media Broadcasting (DMB) service with the aim to deliver unparalleled clarity and viewing experiences for on-the-go consumption of live television programs or sporting events. Noted that DMB is available only on for the Korean version.

Samsung said that the new smartphone is equipped by the same features of Galaxy S4.

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A specs



Analysis

The new innovation of the Korean giant will definitely trigger other smartphone manufacturers to produce the same and adopt LTE-A technology. But take note that the telco partner/s should be able to match the speed requirements. In reality, it's not only the phone that limit the speed but also the serving network of LTE.

LTE Advanced is essentially an enhancement to LTE. It is not a new technology, but rather an improvement on the existing LTE network. This upgrade path makes it more cost effective for vendors to offer LTE and then upgrade to LTE Advanced which is similar to the upgrade from WCDMA to HSPA. LTE and LTE Advanced will also make use of additional spectrums and multiplexing to allow it to achieve higher data speeds.

Theoretically, LTE Advance data speed is around 1Gbps for peak download and 500Mbps peak download. Again, it seems that Samsung is so advance with majority of the carriers of LTE worldwide are not yet ready to support this blazing speed.

TheSummitExpress believes that only those carriers with high capacity and willing to upgrade their LTE network will partner with Samsung for the LTE-A smartphone offering.

Samsung has no announcement yet for the pricing and international release date. If ever Globe or Smart is willing to adopt with the latest update on LTE, we will update this page immediately for the price and availability in the Philippines.

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