There’s only one network in the UK which offers 4G LTE connectivity at the moment, but in some other parts of the world, networks are already offering an even faster alternative, known as LTE-Advanced. It’s hardly common, but if you live in parts of Japan, Korea or Russia, then you may have seen it being promoted, but devices supporting the new standard are hard to find.
However, according to JK Shin, CEO of Samsung, the company is working on a new version of the Galaxy S4, which will support LTE-Advanced speeds, and can theoretically see data transferred at twice the speed of regular 4G LTE networks. The phone is expected to be almost identical to the standard Galaxy S4, but the processor will be made by Qualcomm.
Why would Samsung bother with a phone using a system very few people have access to? Because it’s seeing considerable growth in its network business, where it supplies components to the telecoms industry – and 4G LTE and LTE-Advanced technology are experiencing high levels of growth. The LTE-Advanced Galaxy S4 would be one of the first phones to go on sale which can handle the higher speeds, and Samsung sees it as a calling card to gain more business.
As the UK doesn’t have LTE-Advanced, the new version of the Galaxy S4 probably won’t be released here, unless there are other significant changes to the spec, which could prompt Samsung to give the phone a wider release. We’ll have to wait and see, but there’s no information regarding its release date, however Shin did say the company was in talks with overseas networks to carry the device.