Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S 4 this month in two avatars separated by connectivity options. The US version powered by the LTE-enabled quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset and the global variants by the company’s own Exynos 5 Octa core processor which was believed to only support 3G. Now the South Korean company has contradicted this point of view and has confirmed through its Twitter account that its Exynos chipset is in fact fully capable of connecting to an LTE network. In fact, the tweet claims, the Exynos Octa 5 chip supports up to 20 LTE bands.
This announcement has made one thing clear, that connectivity was not a criteria when choosing what chipsets will power its flagship phone. It is most likely that Samsung couldn’t manufacture enough Exynos chips in time for the launch and hence decided to use the Snapdragon 600 in some countries instead.
The fact that Exynos chipset is LTE-enabled though doesn’t guarantee that every model powered by this chipset will support LTE.