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Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 4 S-LTE, 450Mbps speeds in tow

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Samsung is setting up to launch a new variant of the Galaxy Note 4 that will boast the capacity to handle data speeds up to 450Mbps.

This is thanks to a Cat. 9 LTE-supporting modem inside the device’s system-on-a-chip, which gives it access to the boosted capacity of tri-band LTE networks, as reported by ETNews (via PhoneArena).

Unfortunately, the handset will only be launching in South Korea, largely thanks to last month’s launch of SK Telecom’s LTE-A network.

SK Telecom claims it is the world’s first carrier to ship such a network, although it’s currently embroiled in legal drama with two other carriers that refuted its brag.

In all honesty, it would be pointless to release it in the UK – no carrier is currently providing a tri-band LTE-A service with 450Mbps speed in Blighty right now.

It’s worth mentioning that even in South Korea, it’s quite possible that many users won’t receive such high speeds – it’s just a theoretical cap.

What’s more, the device will also be landing with a Samsung-built Exynos 5433 chip, not the Snapdragon 810 chip it was rumoured to carry.

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Samsung can now claim that is has produced the world’s first handset to offer LTE Cat. 9 support to consumers.

That roster will be padded out this year however, as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chip also boasts a Cat.9 LTE-friendly modem.

The LG G Flex 2 has already been confirmed to land with the Snapdragon 810 inside, and we’re expecting the LG G4, the Sony Xperia Z4, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 to follow suit.

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