We already know that Verizon’s Galaxy S4 will eventually offer faster data speeds thanks to support for its newer 4G LTE Advanced Wireless Spectrum offering, though that will require a software patch at a later date. Now Samsung has confirmed to Reuters that a new model with built-in support for LTE Advanced is coming soon, perhaps as early as next month in some markets.
“We’ll be the first with the commercial launch of the advanced 4G version of the smartphone,” Samsung co-CEO J.K. Shin explained, noting that it’s currently speaking with several carriers outside of the United States. While it might take a user on a standard 4G LTE network 3 minutes to download a video, the faster phone will allow a user to download the same clip in just a minute.
Shin also said that the Galaxy S4 is selling faster than the Galaxy S III, and that the “new LTE-Advanced phone will be another addition to our high-end segment offerings that ensure healthy profit margins.” Shin didn’t say how much the new model will cost but suggested that it will be more expensive.