Samsung’s newest Galaxy Note 4 has a 64-bit processor and faster data

The Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A looks just like the original. Photo: Samsung

The Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A looks just like the original. Photo: Samsung

Rumors surrounding a newer, faster Galaxy Note 4 were true, it seems, after Samsung today announced an even better version of its flagship phablet less than four months after the original made its debut. The newer model has a faster 64-bit processor and snappier data speeds thanks to LTE-Advanced connectivity, but you shouldn’t feel too disappointed if you’ve already adopted its predecessor.

Technically, the Galaxy Note 4 LTE-A (yes, that is its official name) isn’t a Galaxy Note 4 successor; it’s just another version with slightly better specifications. So, if you already have a Galaxy Note 4, it’s not really outdated, though the newer model will have the upper hand in benchmark tests.

In addition to Qualcomm’s latest 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, the Note 4 LTE-A has Category 6 LTE connectivity that provides data speeds of up to 300Mbps. Samsung has also future-proofed it by adding support for Category 9 LTE, which will deliver speeds of up to 450Mbps when it becomes available.

There is a catch, though. The Note 4 LTE-A is currently only available in South Korea, and we suspect that like a lot of other Galaxy LTE-A variants, it will remain a South Korea exclusive. That’s another reason not to feel too downhearted if you already bought the original Note 4, then.

Perhaps Samsung will surprise us this time around, but for now, the company has announced no plans to launch the Note 4 LTE-A elsewhere. You could have one imported into the U.S. and other countries, of course, but the¬†slight speed increase isn’t likely worth the additional costs that would be involved.