First Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malaysia is Non-4G LTE Version. Have Telcos Tell The Truth?

Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malaysia: Maxis, Celcom, DiGi, Umobile
Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malaysia: Maxis, Celcom, DiGi, Umobile

Malaysia’s first Galaxy S4 is 3G only and not support 4G LTE networks. Are local telcos (Maxis, Celcom, DiGi, Umobile) hiding the truth?

Samsung Galaxy S4 variants

Do you know that the Samsung Galaxy S4 in your hand might not have the same inner parts as the S4 in the other hands? There are many Galaxy S4 variants for different market places.

Firstly, depends on your location (USA or International), Galaxy S4 processor is either Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (8 cores) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (4 cores).

Then, you have Galaxy S4 supporting different 2G/3G network bandwidth, as well as support 4G LTE (different band sets) or not. Guess what, I saw genuine Galaxy S4 that support dual-SIM in China, too!

Not to mention, there are rumors about Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 Activ and Galaxy S4 Zoom… Oh My Mama!

Confused? Let’s just remember only two International variants:

  1. GT-I9500 with Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor and not support 4G LTE.
  2. GT-I9505 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and support 4G LTE.

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Malaysia Galaxy S4 not support 4G LTE

So, which one is the Samsung Galaxy S4 model selling in Malaysia? As far as I know, the first Galaxy S4 in Malaysia is GT-I9500 model.

Yes, yes… I know Malaysia telcos – Maxis and Celcom – already roll out their 4G LTE networks, thus we should get Galaxy S4 LTE. Right?

The 4G LTE networks in Malaysia is still in the early stage and still very limited coverage. MCMC approved 2600MHz spectrum for LTE networks, but Galaxy S4 does not seems the spectrum.

Yes, yes… I know Maxis already supports 1800 MHz LTE and we heard that Celcom support the same spectrum soon, too. However, other telcos haven’t launch their 4G LTE services for consumers.

I don’t think Malaysia market is big enough for Samsung to have different variants for each telco. Majority rule, right? I guess that’s the reason Malaysia’s first Samsung Galaxy S4 does not support 4G LTE.

Are telcos hiding the truth?

A LiewCF reader, Rizal, pointed out that Maxis is the only Malaysia telco clearly stated (with a badge on S4’s photo) on website that the Malaysia Samsung Galaxy S4 is “non-4G LTE version”. DiGi hides S4 supported networks info under “full specifications” (requires extra click).

On the other hand, both Celcom and Umobile only link to Samsung Galaxy S4 minisite with a general specifications.

In Rizal’s optinion, Malaysia telcos are “not telling the truth” that they are selling Non-4G LTE Galaxy S4 (except Maxis).

Thoughts

As Rizal pointed out, since there are different Samsung Galaxy S4 models, Malaysia telcos should state clearly the model they carry in their networks to avoid confusion.

For example, a customer who read online Galaxy S4 LTE review (mostly based in USA), may misunderstand that the Galaxy S4 he/she buy in Malaysia supports LTE too.

With the growing 4G LTE networks in Malaysia, I believe that Samsung Galaxy S4 (or S5) with 4G LTE will be available end of the year or 2014.

Keep in mind that, though the world is flat, manufacturers may have different product variants to suit different market places.

Do your research and get your questions answered before you swipe credit card and get tied with telco’s contract.

[box type=”info”]Update: Samsung Galaxy S4 with 4G LTE now available first from Maxis Berhad.[/box]

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8 thoughts on “First Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malaysia is Non-4G LTE Version. Have Telcos Tell The Truth?”

  1. All the Telcos should define their product clearly. But, i think that there is no significant value for Samsung to sell a varies version of S4 since the 4G coverage is very limited here in Malaysia.
    Great point man.

  2. Hey Bro, the telcos already stated that the recent launched S4 is Non-LTE version which known as GT-I9500 with Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor. The LTE version (GT-I9505 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600) had just got approval from SIRIM is expected to be launch soon.

  3. Our local telcos are implementing LTE now, having the latest phone without LTE capability is really a turn off.
    Telco is trying their best to hide this fact as Samsung flagship phone is one of the best selling smartphone in the history.

  4. samsung besides having good sales in Malaysia & making tons on $$$ – due to greedy attitude they day light rob our naive Malaysians!

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