Jun 26 AT 8:40 AM Nick Sarafolean 12 Comments

First LTE-Advanced phone, Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A, launched in Korea


After a couple leaks last week, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A has officially become the world’s first phone to feature LTE-Advanced technology. LTE-Advanced promises to bring speeds that are twice as fast as LTE by combining different frequencies for Ã¼ber-fast data speeds. The Galaxy S4 LTE-A is the first phone to feature this technology, and Korea is the only country with a working LTE-A network. Obviously, this phone will be a Korean exclusive.

The phone also gets a processor bump over every other Galaxy S4 on the planet. The Galaxy S4 LTE-A is fitted with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor that has four cores, each running at 2.3GHz. In short, this thing will pretty much be the most powerful phone on the planet. All the other specs remain the same, which means that you’ll still get a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.

The Galaxy S4 LTE-A will launch later this summer in Korea. The phone will also come in two colors, Blue Arctic and Red Aurora. Samsung says there will be other color offerings following the initial launch. If you live in Korea, this is going to be the phone to pick up.

How badly do you want this phone?

Source: Samsung

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  • breckdroid

    I’m am definitely intrigued by this phone and what it means for the future of smart phones. Not just for Samsung phones, but all.

    How bad do I want this you ask? Not bad enough to move to South Korea…but pretty bad;)

  • redraider133

    I think Samsung should have waited another month and made the US variants have the s800. I think it would have been what set it apart from other devices like the htc one in the US.

  • renyo

    What will be the battery drain like when downloading/streaming at the full speed of LTE-Advanced?

  • Cory Simpson

    Are they backwards compatible with normal LTE networks? Any reason one couldn’t import one of these and run it on AT&T or T-Mobile?

    • http://www.androidandme.com Nick Sarafolean

      I don’t think so because SK Telecom is a CDMA carrier, right? I believe that they use different bands than our US carriers.

    • Jongwoo Lee

      Yes you can use. I use Galaxy Note II SKTelecom Variant (SHV-E250S), but use an AT&T based MIUI. After a quick setting of apn, it is good to go. SMS, Phone, LTE, everything…

      And it is compatible with normal LTE network. Even though Samsung released the world’s first LTE-A phone, still besides some core sectors in Seoul, people just use normal LTE network

    • Alex Lee

      The LTE-A is compatible down to 3G network, and I believe that you are able to use phones that are unlocked without frequency problems. If you wish to check band and frequency enter following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks. You will be provided with all the network band and frequency in different countries, try to find South Korean mobile service companies and compare the band and frequency with American mobile service companies. Also, if you wish to purchase an unlocked S4 LTE-A, try this link here: http://list.qoo10.com/GMKT.INC/Goods/Goods.aspx?goodscode=411667794. I purchased mine and I am enjoying the variety of the device. Well I hope I helped :)

  • jamal adam

    T-Mobile looks to be in a good position with regards to the deployment of LTE-A. My data speed senses are tingling.

  • donger

    Woot woot.

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  • Jon B

    What a cool phone! I hope tmo leads the charge over here and launches lte-a soon!

  • rob young

    How do I purchase one of these phone very interested thanks