Snapdragon 800 equipped Galaxy S4 quietly launches in Europe as the “Galaxy S4 Advance”

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 28 Nov 2013

Samsung being Samsung, they aren’t afraid to make a million different variants of their devices. The flagship Galaxy S4 for example, there’s the Mini, the Mega, the Zoom, the Active, and let’s also not forget about the million other Samsung phones that look like the Galaxy S4, despite having nothing in common with them. Today Samsung has introduced yet another variant, the Galaxy S4 Advance.

What is it? It’s a phone that’s already out in Korea. It’s basically a Galaxy S4, same look and feel, same battery and camera, same software and everything, except that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 has been swapped out for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. That’s it.

Why did Samsung bother on releasing this instead of waiting to release the Galaxy S5? That’s a good question. It probably has to do with band support. The Snapdragon 800 has one hell of a 4G LTE modem, one that can connect to just about any LTE network in the world, assuming Samsung cared to install the right amplifiers. It also looks good to have “Snapdragon 800” on your spec sheet because LG has the G2, Sony has the Z1, and Nokia has the Lumia 1520. Why would Samsung want to look like they’re lagging behind?

Should you sell your current Galaxy S4 to get the “Advance” version? If you’re one of these people that starts foaming at the mouth whenever you hear that Qualcomm’s just announced a new chip, then knock yourself out, but most folks should just stay put and wait for the GS5.

Rumors say it’s just three months away.

[Via: GSM Arena]