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New phone could launch as early as this month in South Korea

Samsung came charging out of the date with its Galaxy S4 smartphone, and racked up some impressive early sales figures. However, analysts are already indicating that the luster is already starting to fade from Samsung’s current flagship and slashed sales forecasts by 30 percent.
However, this news isn’t going to stop Samsung from introducing yet another variant of its Galaxy S4. This time around, the company is set to launch a version with LTE-Advanced technology using chips from Qualcomm. This upgrade will allow transfer speeds that are twice that of standard LTE.

Samsung Galaxy S IV
The Samsung Galaxy S IV
The tip about the LTE-Advanced version of the Galaxy S4 came from Samsung's J.K. Shin, who said that the phone would be sold in South Korea as early as this month. Samsung also noted that it was in talks with carriers overseas to carry the phone.

Shin is apparently talking about carriers in the U.S., but declined to say specifically which carriers Samsung was talking with. "We'll be the first with the commercial launch of the advanced 4G version of the smartphone," Shin added.

While analytics firms downgraded Samsung pointing to overly optimistic sales predictions, Shin shows no concern for sales of the current Galaxy S4 smartphone.

"S4 sales remain strong. It's selling far stronger than the (Galaxy) S III, said Shin. “The new LTE-Advanced (4G) phone will be another addition to our high-end segment offerings that ensure healthy profit margins.”

Source: Reuters

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This is getting old.
By cyberguyz on 6/17/2013 8:38:34 AM , Rating: 1
Another variant?

I love my S4, but all these variants are getting absolutely ridiculous.

When will it end??!!

RE: This is getting old.
By retrospooty on 6/17/2013 8:39:28 AM , Rating: 3
Not until the S5 comes out with its variants. ;)

Choice is good though.

RE: This is getting old.
By Brandon Hill on 6/17/2013 8:41:16 AM , Rating: 2
Why should it really matter to you? You've got your S4, and I assume you're happy with it...

I guess the point is, they're just offering consumers plenty of choice which isn't really a bad thing.

RE: This is getting old.
By BRB29 on 6/17/2013 9:13:07 AM , Rating: 1
Why should it really matter to you?

It shouldn't matter. But I think some people are pissed because they just paid a lot of money for a high end phone that that is outdated in just a few months.

RE: This is getting old.
By retrospooty on 6/17/2013 9:15:53 AM , Rating: 1
Sounds like a personal problem... People that think things like that should never buy tech, because ALL tech is outdated by later products. Are they buying the latest to have the latest, or are they buying a product that suits their needs? If someone bought na S4, how does the existance of an S4 with LTE-Advanced diminish their experience.

RE: This is getting old.
By Brandon Hill on 6/17/2013 9:18:32 AM , Rating: 2
Well, the first three variants of the S4 (mini, Active, Zoom) are totally different models to begin with and neither is a direct successor.

The LTE-Advanced model of the S4 would definitely be the "next step", but it's not like all the U.S. carriers have lined up widespread LTE-Advanced support yet, so I just don't get the outrage :)

RE: This is getting old.
By BRB29 on 6/17/2013 9:23:12 AM , Rating: 3
Yes, like what retro and I said, it's a personal problem more than anything real. They went out and got a new expensive shiny phone and a couple months later, it's not that cool anymore. It's not the fact that the new variants are better, it's the fact that their phone that they overpaid for is no longer that exclusive/cool.

If you think logically, then it doesn't make sense. If you think from a "look at me" POV, then it makes perfect sense.

RE: This is getting old.
By Reclaimer77 on 6/17/2013 5:01:39 PM , Rating: 2
But I think some people are pissed because they just paid a lot of money for a high end phone that that is outdated in just a few months.

Uhhh welcome to the computer age??

Seriously if that pisses you off THAT much, your only option is to just not get a smartphone. Because in a "few" months something faster or different or a new feature WILL be released. That's just the way it goes. What are you gonna do, pout?

However I don't think LTE Advanced makes the "old" Galaxy S4 outdated per-say. We don't even know when all the carriers in all the countries are even going to adopt the standard anyway and offer this phone. Even if you wanted to, most people couldn't even buy this phone.

RE: This is getting old.
By name99 on 6/17/2013 3:35:17 PM , Rating: 3
It matters if you are interested in business.
Samsung appear to be following (in this respect) the SONY model rather than the Apple model.
The Apple model is - guard your brand VERY carefully, and make sure that people never get to think its meaningless. That way they will pay more because they trust it's worth more.
The Sony model is - slap your brand on any random crap, some of it good, some of it bad. Be so indiscriminate that no-one trusts it anymore, and so no-one is willing to pay a premium for your products.

Samsung HAD a passably good (and improving) brand in Galaxy S. However, rather than cultivate it as premium, they've decided to slap in on a variety of poorly reviewed junk. Good luck with that strategy --- but don't be surprised when the excitement over the Galaxy S5 is a whole lot less than for the Galaxy S4...

RE: This is getting old.
By Schadenfroh on 6/17/2013 10:03:43 AM , Rating: 2
Become a CDMA (e.g. Verizon) customer, it greatly streamlines the number of phones / variants available to you ;)

RE: This is getting old.
By cyberguyz on 6/17/2013 10:42:54 AM , Rating: 2
Ditto for Canadian customers

RE: This is getting old.
By retrospooty on 6/17/2013 12:27:06 PM , Rating: 2
This is true... I am on Verizon and I wish I had more options. Its company paid, so I cant and wont leave, but it would be nice to have more phones. Verizon is always slow on the uptake with new phones. Usually the last to release new phones, and the last to get ROM updates.

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