Samsung is set to reveal a beefier version of the popular Galaxy S4 in the coming weeks, the handset might possibly be unveiled at the upcoming ‘Premiere 2013‘ event set to take place in London on June 20.
The Galaxy S4 LTE-A otherwise known as ‘SHV-E330‘ will be different beast internally; confirmed to sport the Snapdragon 800 silicon (MSM8974) with a top speed of 2.3GHz via a leaked user manual. Externally the behemoth should be virtually similar to the original Galaxy S4 though the inclusion of possible design flaw fixes isn’t to be ruled out.
You’ll find the same 4.99-inches AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a 13MP snapper, 2GB of RAM, a 2600 mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on the software side.
The architectural changes brought by Snapdragon 800 coupled with the Adreno 330 GPU clocking at 450MHz shall bring relatively large performance gains while also being more battery-friendly on the other side. The new SoC is built on TSMC’s 28nm HPM (High Performance for Mobile) HK-MG, as opposed to 28nm LP polysilicon (low power).
It should not fail to impress judging by the preliminary benchmarks which shattered the competition. A detailed Snapdragon 800 review was published by AnandTech.
The new Galaxy S4 variant will use LTE-Advanced 4G technology, an upgrade from conventional 4G called LTE, or long term evolution. LTE-Advanced offers data transmission at up to twice the normal 4G speed. Theoretically LTE Advanced shall allow data download speeds up to 1Gbps (30 bits per Hz) and 500Mbps uploads (16 bits per Hz).
The Galaxy S4 LTE-A could hit South Korean shelves by the end of this month.