Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 alongside its unusual sibling, the Galaxy Note Edge, back in September. But today, the company announced a new version of the device supporting LTE-Advanced networks. Samsung says the Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A is the world's first with tri-band carrier aggregation - but what does that actually mean?
The standard Galaxy Note 4 supports dual-band carrier aggregation, which receives two different frequency bands, and combines them into a single high-speed connection. Rather than different carriers, the device really supports different frequencies on the same carrier, offering considerable flexibility for users on networks that have purchased 4G spectrum in more than one frequency range.
With tri-band carrier aggregation, the Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A is equipped to handle a combined download speed from three bands of up to 300Mbps. To actually get such speeds will clearly require optimal conditions, of course - and you'll surely have to be practically hugging a cell tower with no tall buildings nearby in order to reach them.
Nonetheless, while you're unlikely to actually hit 300Mbps on your device, these enhancements will still inevitably translate to some boost to real world download speeds, although it's likely to be a much more modest one than this theoretical maximum figure would suggest.
Aside from the LTE-A additions, the new handset appears to be the same as the standard Galaxy Note 4. No word yet on details of pricing or availability, but we'll keep you posted.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow