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Why Samsung launching the TDD/FDD Dual Mode LTE versions of the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 Mini matters

News   •   Aug 05, 2013 11:16 BST

The TDD/FDD Dual Mode LTE versions of the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini have been launched by Samsung. These two handsets are the first in the world to support the two kinds of LTE network.

Samsung announced on Samsung Tomorrow, “Samsung Electronics announced the world’s first commercial devices capable of TDD-LTE (Time-Division Duplex) and FDD-LTE (Frequency Division Duplex) seamless handover technology. Samsung will launch TDD/FDD Dual Mode LTE versions of the Samsung GALAXY S4 and Samsung GALAXY S4 mini, which will enable continuous and seamless voice and data communications even as the devices switch between two different types of LTE networks.”

The Korean tech giant adds, “While the majority of the global LTE market is based on FDD-LTE technology, TDD-LTE, the alternative LTE technology, is expected to see increased adoption in the US, China, Australia, Middle East, Northern and Eastern Europe, and Southwest Asia, and to gain a more pronounced position in the global LTE market. Seamless handover between FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE networks is a critical feature for end-user customers and mobile operators, especially in markets where the both technologies are deployed.

“As a market pioneer in LTE technology, Samsung’s new support of seamless handover with the GALAXY S4 will enable even more convenient, ultra-fast mobile data communications, and provide users with smooth and seamless data communication without delays or interruptions while browsing or on calls during network handover. In addition, the seamless handover will enable a true global LTE roaming solution, enabling users to enjoy fast and rich multimedia data communication wherever they are. For mobile operators, use of both TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE frequencies can help them effectively manage data traffic and sustain quality of service. For example, mobile operators can allocate data traffic from FDD-LTE frequency to TDD-LTE frequency when FDD-LTE frequency is heavily loaded.”

Why is this so significant? First of all networks such as EE make use of FDD-LTE. If ever it rolls out TDD-LTE, you won’t have to get another phone that supports the network since these phones already support both.

The handsets will be available this third quarter.

Want to know when you can get your hands on the TDD/FDD Dual Mode LTE versions of the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 Mini? We’ll let you know once they hit the UK.

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