Samsung today announced there will be two upgraded versions of its Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini smartphones which will caterer more markets which do not have FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE network deployed, which is different than United States and other countries.
Samsung says it will provide “continuous and seamless voice and data communications even as the devices switch between two different types of LTE networks.”
Commercial TDD-LTE (or TD-LTE) networks are very much available in few major markets including India & China. In India, Reliance Jio is expected to launch 4G TD-LTE at the end of this year and Airtel has already launched this network in few cities. Tt will be beneficial for smartphone manufacturers like Samsung to launch dual-band phones which will support networks around the world without changing the smartphone. However Samsung notes that this technology would be adopted in new markets, including US, Europe and Australia.
Samsung is the first player in the global mobile industry to provide dual-mode (TDD-LTE/FDD-LTE) smartphonesSamsung will continue to launch TDD-LTE devices in other markets throughout third quarter.
※ Annual LTE Devices Market Data (Unit: million), Strategy Analytics
5 yr CAGR
Strategy Analytics estimates that there will be almost 397 million LTE devices sold in 2014, and almost 498 million in 2015. This year there should be about 271 million LTE devices shipped around the world.