According to the latest rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S3 will support the latest generation of cell phone telecommunication standards. The successor of HSDPA is called Long Term Evolution (LTE) and currently mobile networks all over the world are adopting this new standard, allowing faster data transfer.
We already posted that carriers all around the world are currently testing the Samsung Galaxy S3, this period of testing is normally when details of upcoming phones get leaked. In the past, we have seen pictures and even hand-on video’s show up because of these carrier tests.
Unfortunately for us, Samsung has done a great job keeping things secret about the Galaxy S3. Finally, we have some interesting news thanks to these carrier tests to share with you!
Where Apple failed
One of Apple’s user selling points for its latest iPad was that it supported 4G/LTE. But, Apple never mentioned that this was only true for the US, leaving customers in other parts of the world dissapointed.
It looks like Samsung is allowing users all around the world to make use of the LTE standard with their upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3.
Note, that we are talking about LTE here, and not LTE advance (the true 4G which isn’t available yet). To learn more about LTE please read on!
Long Term Evolution (LTE)
You might not have heard about LTE before, if so please check out the following table to see why you would want the Samsung Galaxy S3 to support LTE.
|2G||GSM||22 kb/s||Used for voice transfer|
|2.5G||GPRS||16 kb/s||Allowed the transfer of other data, works on GSM network|
|2.75G||Edge||384 kb/s||Improvement over GPRS, works on GSM network|
|3G||UMTS||384 kb/s||Doesn’t work on old GSM network|
|3.5G||HSDPA||14 mb/s||Works on UMTS network|
|3.9G||LTE||326 mb/s||Available in the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia and parts of Europe|
|4G||LTE advanced||1000 mb/s||Not available yet, 4G is expected to be available for use in 2013|
LTE is the latest standard and a huge improvement over HSDPA. Although it is not available everywhere in the world, more and more countries are supporting LTE.
Although LTE support seems logical, we will have to wait for Samsung to officially announce the Samsung Galaxy S3 before we know if it supports LTE. Would you buy the Galaxy S3 if it didn’t support LTE? Let us know in the comments!