If you thought Samsung had enough Galaxy S4 variants already, Sammy’s not done yet. They’ve just announced two more versions of the Galaxy S4. They are bringing out the dual-mode LTE Galaxy S4 and dual-mode LTE Galaxy S4 Mini to join the Galaxy S4 (Snapdragon 600, 800 and Exynos 5 Octa variants), Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Zoom, and Galaxy S4 Active. Enough variants to confuse you yet?
These two new devices are the first in the world to support both TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, according to Samsung. But the ZTE LTE Grand Era actually holds claims to that title. FDD-LTE is the current standard aroudn the world, but TDD-LTE is the next step in LTE and is also only available in a few places around the world.
As far as we can tell, the specs are all the same as the current Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini. The head of Samsung Mobile, JK Shin, said that today’s development is further proof of Samsung’s commitment to LTE:
With today’s TDD/FDD LTEseamless handover devices announcement, Samsung again demonstrates the company’s commitment to driving better, more convenient customer experiences. The first commercially available TDD/FDD seamless handover devices will allow customers to fully enjoy the benefits of fast mobile data communications no matter where they are.
Currently, there’s no launch date for these two new devices. But we are expecting them to launch soon, more than likely without a press event. Like the one we saw in June for the Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy S4 Zoom. There’s no word of them being available in the US, but if I had to guess I’d say they won’t be made available here in the US. If these two do come to the US, it’ll definitely confuse customers as to what the differences are.
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