Samsung is so far the only company to announce an LTE-A compatible phone

Samsung is so far the only company to announce an LTE-A compatible phone

A statement by Deutsche Telekom is adding to speculation that at least the European model of the iPhone 5S may support the high-speed LTE-A standard (also known as LTE+). The prospect of the 5S supporting the faster version of LTE had first been suggested back in July.

In announcing that the carrier will be launching its high-speed LTE-A data service this month, offering speeds of up to 150MBit/s, the company said:

Samsung will offer an updated version of the Galaxy S4 with LTE +. Appropriate devices from other manufacturers will follow the end of September.

Given the timing, some are suggesting that one of the ‘other manufacturers’ may be Apple … 

LTE-A is approximately twice as fast as standard LTE, which was only ever intended as a stopgap standard. Engineers had originally called for standard LTE to be described as 3.5G, arguing that 4G should only ever refer to the LTE-A standard. The engineers and marketeers argued for a time and, well, no need to tell you who won.

The iPhone 5S is expected to be announced with a fingerprint sensor and a possible 128GB model on 10th September.

Via Macerkopf (original German version here)

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