Dec 29 AT 12:12 PM Alex Wagner 6 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A announced with faster 4G, Snapdragon 810


Less than four months after the Galaxy Note 4 made its original debut, Samsung has announced a beefed up version of its flagship phablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A offers LTE Advanced Tri-Band Carrier Aggregation and Category 6 LTE connectivity that provides speeds of up to 300Mbps. It does so by combining three frequency bands into one connection. And just in case that isn’t fast enough for you, Samsung says that the Note 4 LTE-A is future-proofed with support for LTE-A Category 9 service, which supports speeds up to 450Mbps.

In addition to its faster network speeds, the Note 4 LTE-A includes a Snapdragon 810 processor, reports Anandtech. The original Note 4 includes a Snapdragon 805.

As for availability, Samsung’s previous LTE-A smartphones haven’t seen releases outside of Korea, and so we wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case with the Note 4 LTE-A too. That may be kind of a bummer, but hey, at least that it means that you needn’t worry about your current Note 4 being out of date so soon.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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  • steve

    Glad I didn’t run out and grab a phone with an 805 in it. The 810 just blows it away, with up to 40% more power. That and more battery life and 64 bit.

  • pekosROB

    You have got to be kidding me. I don’t know if I should applaud or abhor what Samsung is doing.

  • Elliut

    I agree pekosROB. Pure crap what they r doing. If the Note 4 had a 1080p screen rather then a QHD it would on par in performance as the Note 4 with the 810 in it. Screen affects performance greatly. Is this what a supposed phone is gonna be like in the future?

  • Elliut

    A supposed phone upgrade is gonna be like?

  • a TMobile customer

    FWIW, this is a dupe of a story at least a week or two old that stated the GN4+810 would only be available in S. Korea. I thought this story would announce worldwide availability, but it states nothing new. Shame. Now on to my rant.

    While I somewhat agree QHD seems overkill on a smartphone, phablet, or probably even full-size tablet or netbook, you guys forget about being able to connect to an external TV or monitor where you’ll DEFINITELY want the extra pixels! The issue here isn’t the size of the screen, but rather how much processing the GPU can do. As always, there is a big trade-off between performance and power consumption, and if your CPU drivers suck (which they apparently do in most ARM implementations), you GPU is going to be spinning it’s wheels waiting for the CPU to feed it with instructions.

    Bottom line, if you want the best GPU under ARM, you’re probably stuck going with NVIDIA’s Tegra which includes Kepler GPU cores just like their PCIe cards; OTOH, if you want the best RADIO, you have go Qualcomm (they invented and have the patents on most technology used modern cellular networks these days), but it’s not likely Adreno will keep up for a while yet (most driver complaints I’ve read are over Adrenos). ARM’s Mali and Imagination Tech’s PowerVR are, AFAIK, behind both of these, though i don’t know how far.

    As for me personally, after struggling in the first half of December between the Nexus-6 and GN4 (I own a GN2 right now), once I saw the announcement of Cat-9 LTE carrier aggregation, I had to go back to Plan-A and wait for the 810. Whether that means the GN4+810 or (more likely) something from LG remains to be seen. Or maybe I’ll wait for the next generation of Nexus-6, which should have it built in–very important for Google as Lollipop was designed for 64 bit systems and (as I understand it) only uses 32 bit as fall-back.

    • pekosROB

      “you guys forget about being able to connect to an external TV or monitor where you’ll DEFINITELY want the extra pixels!”

      A device’s ability to display on an external monitor has nothing to do with said device’s own screen resolution. The nVidia SHIELD portable has a 720p screen but can pump out 4K video to a monitor capable of doing so. Also, the vast majority of HDTVs are 1080p, the same resolution as 2013-2014 cell phone screens.

      In summation, flagship cell phones from the past 18 months (or maybe even 24) are all capable of pumping out HD video, regardless of their own screen resolutions.