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Samsung Galaxy S4 connectivity specs: Say hello to 802.11ac

Not to be outdone by the rest of the competition, the Galaxy S4 comes with which confirms the fact that the Samsung’s new flagship handset uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz.

It also means that the device inherits the wireless radio technologies of Qualcomm’s top-of-the-range SoC; Bluetooth 4.0, IR LED, GPS, GLONASS and all current Wi-Fi bands, all of which will also be present in the Exynos-based Galaxy S4 as well.

Note that 802.11ac is still currently under development although the first routers compatible with it are already out and will allow throughput to reach a theoretical maximum transfer speed of 1Gbps.

Both the international and US versions of the Galaxy S4 will use either the MDM9615 or the MDM9215 although at this point, it remains unclear whether there will be 3G-only versions of the Galaxy S4, a step that might be taken to accommodate for different price points and/or different markets.

4G-enabled Galaxy S4 will support up to six different band sets and will be LTE Cat 3 compatible, with peak data rates of up to 100Mbps. The smartphone also supports NFC as well as MHL 2.0 which will allow devices to charge twice as fast when connected to a compatible display.

Check out our ongoing coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S4, from the very beginning until the launch (and beyond), including the rumours, the rehashed reports, the disappointments and the expectations. You can also read our hands-on of the Galaxy S4 here.

Why not read the rest of our articles dedicated to the hardware within the Samsung Galaxy S4

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Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.