Galaxy S4 in hand

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Snapdragon 800 Monster Might be Available Outside of South Korea Soon

July 18, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

The Galaxy S4 is a fine smartphone, one that Samsung has sold many, many units of but Samsung are often not prepared to rest on their laurels and so, they keep on creating something a little better. That something ended up being the LTE-A version of the Galaxy S4 that recently launched in South Korea, the headlining addition was of course, the inclusion of support for LTE-A bringing incredibly fast speeds to the headset. For some though, the more exciting change was the inclusion of the super-fast Snapdragon 800 that Samsung threw in there for extra measure.

Somewhat understandably, Samsung fans in South Korea were a little disappointed to see that their recent purchase was already superseded but, fans overseas were annoyed that the device was only coming to South Korea. A recent leak might be able to lay their heads at rest, as a Galaxy S4 with the model of GT-I9506 has leaked out. Some of our readers might remember that GT-I9505 is the model number for international handsets and as the benchmark result below suggest, the GT-I9506 is one powerful machine.

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There’s no telling whether or not this is real right now, as benchmarks can be faked and there isn’t a commercial wireless network with LTE-A trading in Europe. In fact, the only other network we know of is in Russia. There’s a chance that Samsung will release this as a sort of Galaxy S4 refresh to further boost sales of the device but, with the Galaxy Note III headed for a Fall release, it begs the question of why? Why would they release a faster version of the Galaxy S4 when the Note III will be on shelves?

It’s an interesting question and one that we’ll have to wait a while to find out the answer. For now though, it looks like there could well be a Galaxy S4 with a Snapdragon 800 heading to other territories outside of South Korea, which can only be good news, right?