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Galaxy S4 with LTE-Advanced: A phone faster than the US can handle

Samsung is working on an LTE-Advanced version of its Galaxy S4 smart phone. But it's unclear when carrier technology will catch up to the phone. 

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Samsung exec J.K. Shin holds up Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone at an event in New York in this 2013 file photo. Samsung plans to sell a variation of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone that will transmit data at nearly twice the normal speed, Shin said this week.

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Samsung is prepping a super-fast version of its globally-popular Galaxy S4 smart phone, Samsung mobile business chief J.K. Shin has told Reuters. 

According to Mr. Shin, the newest iteration of the S4 will utilize LTE-Advanced technology, which comes close to doubling the data download speeds of the current-model Galaxy S4. So how fast will this new Galaxy S4 be? Well, some estimates suggest that an LTE-Advanced equipped tablet or smart phone could hit peak download speeds of 3 gigabits per second and peak upload speeds of 1.5 gigabits per second. 

 

By comparison, AT&T's regular old 4G LTE network – the best in the country – boasts average download speeds of 16.7 megabits per second and average upload speeds of approximately 7.4 megabits per second (hat tip to Don Reisinger of CNET). 

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