Dec 29th, 2014


Samsung has announced a new version of their Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and it’s one we definitely wished was headed to everyone in the market for a new smartphone. The company loaded up their second 2014 flagship (our review of which can be read right here) with new LTE-Advanced radios that support simultaneous tri-band connections with carrier aggregation, effectively doubling possible data transfer rates from 150 megabits per second to a whopping 300 megabits.

The technology is pretty significant not just for Samsung, but for the industry as a whole. The achievement will pave the way toward not only faster speeds, but stronger and more reliable network performance for smartphones in a world where spectrum and radio hand-offs don’t always go smoothly.

Even more interesting about this new version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, is its processor: Samsung somehow wound up being one of the first to get their hands on the Snapdragon 810 chipset, Qualcomm’s latest top-line silicon that is due for public use in 2015. That Samsung has already announced plans to use the device in a new smartphone bodes well for those expecting to see this chipset in first-half flagships from the industry’s top manufacturers next year.

The Snapdragon 810 is a 64-bit octa-core chipset that fully supports ARM’s big.LITTLE configuration. It’s loaded up with quad-core Cortex-A57 and quad-core Cortex-A53 cores and an Adreno 430 GPU that’s 30% faster than its predecessor.

Unfortunately Samsung didn’t have any hard details to share about availability, though history tells us that we can at least expect a South Korean launch to kick things off. The bad news is that history also tells us not to expect this thing to be dished out on a wide-scale basis. That said, its 2015 launch should spell good things for those hoping for the new technology to be stuffed into the latest and greatest smartphones on Samsung’s horizons.

[via Samsung]

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