Samsung Galaxy S4 with Snapdragon 800 CPU reaches France, is now called Galaxy S4 Advance
The Samsung GT-i9506 is the Galaxy S4 model that sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and not the 600 seen in the GT-i9505 that’s what most people associate with the Galaxy S4 brand. The i9506 isn’t a mystery anymore, and hasn’t been for quite some time – thought it still is very rare. Most recently, we’ve seen it launch in Germany in October, and now it’s arrived in France via Orange.
Up until now, this handset was called Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A or Galaxy S4 LTE+, neither of which is a neat name. Sure, it does actually support LTE-A, with theoretical download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, but for the average Joe those four letters don’t mean much. So apparently Samsung decided a rebranding was in order. As such, over in France, the GT-i9506 is sold as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Advance. That’s a much more friendly brand, and one that implies this model comes with better specs than the ‘vanilla’ S4. Which it does, so there’s that.
The S4 Advance’s only difference compared to the normal S4 is the chipset, but that’s not a small difference, mind you. The Snapdragon 800 is the highest-performing mobile chipset at the moment. Samsung already uses that in the Galaxy Note 3, but the more pocketable flagship missed it because it launched too early. Now though, through the Galaxy S4 Advance, Samsung is bringing this model up to date in terms of specs. That said, it’s still unclear though why it hasn’t launched in more places. Perhaps the Korean company wants to limit its rollout to those carriers who already have an LTE-A network in place (though this didn’t happen with the Snapdragon 800 powered Galaxy Note 3).
At Orange France, the S4 Advance is offered for €689.90 sans contract. Or you can get it with a plan that costs €79.90 per month, in which case you’ll need to pay €69.90 for the device upfront.