Update: Samsung has just launched the “World’s First LTE Advanced Tri-Band Carrier Aggregation Smartphone”, the Galaxy Note 4 S-LTE.The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 S-LTE converges three different frequency bands into one single connection. Besides featuring a Category 6 network, which can offer download speed of up to 300Mbps, it also is Category 9 service ready, which boasts a download speed of 450Mbps. The Category 9 network service is however said to be commercialised in 2015.
At 300Mbps, a 700MB video can be downloaded in 19 seconds. 10 songs or 40MB of tunes will take all of one second to load. To take advantage of such speeds, you need to be connected to a tower that actually supports tri-band carrier aggregation. The 300Mbps data speed is four times faster than garden variety LTE.
Besides its network service offerings, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 S-LTE shares the same specifications as the previously launched Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note 4 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS and includes a 5.7-inch Quad-HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 515ppi. It also features a 16-megapixel autofocus rear camera with Smart OIS, and a 3.7-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/1.9 lens.There’s no word on which processor the phone runs on.
The smartphone has 32GB of built-in storage, and expandability via microSD card (up to 64GB). Samsung has provided various connectivity options including Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/ Glonass, NFC, Bluetooth v4.0, IR LED, USB 2.0, and MHL 3.0.
The smartphone will go on sale in its home turf South Korea starting mid-January. The device’s price and its availability outside the region are not yet known.
Earlier: Galaxy Note 4 with Snapdragon 810 spotted in Benchmark results – Details
The Snapdragon 810-equipped Galaxy Note 4 has made an appearance on Benchmarking site Geekbench confirming rumours from the past few days. It confirms that Samsung indeed has a variant of the Galaxy Note 4 probably headed for its home market of Korea. The difference with this model, shown to be the SM-916S, is that it comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 instead of the 805, the former being the chip maker’s high end octa-core processor based on a 64-bit architecture.
A few days ago, SamMobile had reported that the Samsung is testing a special variant of the Galaxy Note 4 sporting Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 SoC for major Korean carriers, including SK Telecom (SM-N916S), Olleh (SM-N916K), and LG Uplus (SM-N916L).
The Galaxy Note 4 isn’t a stranger to 64-bit-ness. The Exynos 5433 in one variant of the phablet is supposedly already a 64-bit chip. However, Samsung also supposedly confined it to 32-bit mode in order to maintain parity with its Qualcomm counterpart, which runs on the still 32-bit Snapdragon 805.
The Snapdragon 810 support speedier LTE networks and Qualcomm announced that it would upgrade the chip to support Cat.9 LTE, which comes with theoretical peak download speeds of 450Mbps. Snapdragon 805 chipset tops out at, enabling 300 Mbps downloads in the best of conditions if compared.
The maximum peak upload speed goes with 50Mbps, as it has been since Cat.3 LTE devices appeared on the market a while ago. Cat.10 obviously go beyond that, up to 100 Mbps for upload, but apparently we have still gone to wait for that to launch.
While the Snapdragon 810 will reach 450Mbps maximum speed because its modem will be able to utilize three 20 Mhz carriers simultaneously, through carrier aggregation (CA). This will be Qualcomm’s first SoC to pack Cat.9 LTE, allotted with earlier standards, such as GSM/EDGE, CDMA1x/EVDO, TD-SCDMA, and WCDMA/HSPA+.
Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 810 processor earlier this year. We probably won’t see any devices running the chip until this time next year. It would be interesting to see how the Snapdragon 810 variant performs when compared to the variant with an Exynos 7 Octa processor since both the SoCs feature similar CPU configuration.