After a couple of leaks and rumors, today Samsung announced that the Galaxy S4 LTE-A is now available at SK Telecom in South Korea. SK Telecom is the first mobile operator to launch LTE Advanced in the world, which is capable of download speed up to 150Mbps, clearly three times faster than the standard LTE.
Samsung claims that the Galaxy S4 LTE-A is the world’s first phone that takes advantage of the LTE-Advanced network. In fact, the smartphone features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, which is significantly faster that the current models with Snapdragon 600 or the Exynos 5 Octa processors. However, the rest of the specs including screen, camera and battery appear similar to the current Galaxy S4.
The smartphone will be available in Blue Arctic and Red Aurora colors. There is no information on the availability and pricing of the new Galaxy S4 LTE-A, but it is expected to be more expensive than the current version.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A is exclusive to South Korea only because the LTE-Advanced service is currently available in Seoul and other 43 major cities of South Korea. The Telecom company promises to expand the network to 84 cities of the country in near future. The company also confirmed to expand the LTE-Advanced compatible phone lineup with seven more devices in the coming half of the year.
Unfortunately, the US citizens like us have to wait for a couple of months more as the LTE-Advanced service is yet to be launched in the United States. However, previous reports suggest that AT&T will bring LTE-Advanced services across its network in the second half of 2013.