A little over a week ago, rumors of yet another Galaxy S4 variant hit the web, but this time it was packing support for LTE Advanced, the successor to the LTE we all know and love. That device is now official on Korea's SK Telecom, and it not only has support for the fastest mobile network on the planet, but also Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 800 chip. Early benchmarks of the device are in, and it crushes everything we've seen thus far – up to and including the "original" Galaxy S4. Take a look:

Past the Snapdragon 800, other specs of the S4 LTE-A seem to be largely the same – 5-inch Super AMOLED display, 13MP camera, and the like.

SK Telecom's LTE Advanced network, on the other hand, is by far the fastest mobile network available to consumers, with theoretical limitation of 150Mbps down and 37.5Mbps up. According to The Verge, that's a ten times faster than the average home broadband in the US. Soak that up for a minute – it's completely insane.


Unfortunately, there's no reason for the S4 LTE-A to even exist in the States at this point – we're still years away from an LTE Advanced network. One can dream, though.

Samsung Tomorrow (Korean)

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  • Steve P

    On the upside (at least for those of us who didn't buy the current S4) is the hope that this means the Note 3 will be running the 800

    • yahyoh

      i hope not
      S800 has nothing special in terms in CPU power other than powerfull GPU

      i hope it will come with Exynos 5420 with Powervr series 6 GPU or Mail 678 :)

      • Mandeep Singh

        Even I wish strongly it happens
        Mali 400 on note 2 is just toooo old

  • Happy Man

    You are still years away from an LTE Advanced network?
    In Iran we are still years away from an 3G network :D

    • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2


  • silver_arrow

    Meanwhile in Canada we already have a 150 mbps LTE network

    • Geoff Johnson

      With even worse data plans than the States

  • ProductFRED

    They should have just waited and released it with the Snapdragon 800 in the first place. Then there'd be no comparison with the HTC One when it comes to specs.

    • Steve P

      however this way they were able to curb the sales of the One significantly by selling S4 at the same time, it was a better move for samsung, though not consumers.

      • ProductFRED

        True. But releasing the S4 at any time would have done that. It builds up hype, and "Galaxy" is a common household name now.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      They should have just waited and released it with Snapdragon 9000 in 3 years.

      • ProductFRED

        The Snapdragon 800 was already out at the time; it's not like it was just released in the middle of them making the phone with the 600. They always re-release a better variant of their flagship for their home market.

        • Simon Belmont

          Nope. Actually it wasn't ready for prime time until right about now.

          Don't you think a multi-billion dollar company like Samsung would have used the Snapdragon 800 in their flagship phone sooner if they could have? The Snapdragon 600 was the best they could get within their window of launch, so you can't really blame them.

    • Danny Davis

      They decided to take notes from HTC One X

  • Danny Davis

    Yay another Galaxy S...

  • Francisco Rivera

    Will people who already have the s4 be able to update snapdragon 800?

    • skati skate

      You must be joking right?

      • Francisco Rivera

        No just wanted to no if would get the update really?

        • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

          I don't think updating your processor sounds all that difficult, I mean, how many microscopic pin-outs does a mobile phone processor really have, anyways?


  • faceplantcat

    Will the LTE-A version be usable in other countries? as a gsm phone or otherwise?