If you’ve been holding off your Samsung Galaxy S4 purchase for the LTE version (i9505), you’ll be happy to know that Maxis has listed the LTE S4 as “coming soon” which means it should be in stores in about a couple of weeks.
In terms of pricing, we don’t expect the LTE S4 to differ in price from the non-LTE version as the specs are pretty closely matched. The major difference being the processor — the non-LTE (i9500) runs Samsung’s very own Exynos Octa-core processor (Effectively two quad-core units, one for heavy loads, one for power efficiency) while the LTE version runs a 1.9GHz quad-core Krait processor.
Aside from the faster internet connection (up to 60Mbps download on Maxis LTE in some areas we’ve tested), the quad-core processor in the LTE S4 is potentially more power efficient than the octa-core powered S4. From our tests, the non-LTE S4 with the octa-core processor proves to be a power-hungry device struggling to got beyond 10-12 hours on normal use.
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