Samsung has shipped 150,000 units of the LTE-Advanced version of the Galaxy S4 smartphone in a mere two weeks. This is a massive figure, given that such smartphone is only available in a single market: Samsung’s home country, South Korea.
Apart from supporting the blazing-fast LTE-Advanced connectivity, the South Korean model of the Samsung Galaxy S4 also runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 System-on-a-Chip. Meanwhile, the international model of the Samsung Galaxy S4 packs the less-speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 600.
Everything else, however, is the same. The LTE-Advanced variant likewise features a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 32 GB of storage capacity, a microSD card slot for storage expansion, and 2 GB of RAM. Also on board is an IR port, a 13 MP rear-facing camera, a 2,600 mAh battery, and support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and Near Field Communication.
This is definitely good news for the South Korean electronics giant, which reportedly did not reach the amount of success it aimed for with the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Notwithstanding the fact that the company was able to sell 20 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in only two months, making it the fastest-selling Android device ever in the world, the figures still fell short of the company’s forecast for the second quarter of the year. Speculations that the company had already reached the peak of its smartphone success even started circulating.
At the very least, however, Samsung appears to be well-received in its home country, especially since no other smartphone at present, whether in South Korea or elsewhere, comes with support for the fast network speeds of LTE-Advanced via the SK Telecom wireless carrier.
To date, it is still unknown when Samsung could begin selling the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced in other countries. However, wireless companies seem to be getting interested with offering the features of LTE-Advanced soon.