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  1. ArtVandelay's Avatar
    Hey guys:

    Long time Note 2 and 3 owner here.

    I'm going to be in Seoul mid-next month. I imagine South Korea will have the first Note 4's available. If I buy one there:

    • Will the LTE bands be the same on AT&T if I bring it home?
    • Will it have an unlocked bootloader?
    • Will it be carrier unlocked already?


    Thanks!
    08-08-2014 06:52 PM
  2. AKFL3TCH3R's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure it will work, since other people already use Korean devices on AT&T.

    Posted via Android Central App
    08-08-2014 06:53 PM
  3. Raptor007's Avatar
    If you buy it unlocked in S.Korea you should be just fine, now in so far as the LTE bands go that is up in the air for a few more weeks. Worse case scenario you have to use AT&T 4G (HSDPA+) which is still faster than Verizon's LTE in my market.
    08-09-2014 03:57 PM
  4. efstuck's Avatar
    I'm also hitting up Korea mid-September and was reading into this same thing as well.

    1) obviously same frequency/bands/cdma/gsm etc as the carrier you plan to use it with - double check that.
    2) I read it is not easy to get an off contract phone in korea.
    3) It can be more expensive to buy consumer electronics in korea than in the USA (if this applies) as opposed to people just thinking asian countries = cheaper electronics.

    Sorry, can't link anything as I am a junior member but google those issues so you can be prepared to buy a beautiful exotic Note 4 on your trip.

    Cheers!
    Ken
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    08-20-2014 07:14 PM
  5. Charlie Byun's Avatar
    it will work i think.
    08-22-2014 01:17 AM
  6. timmy2702's Avatar
    You just need to go to AT&T and they will solve your problem. The phone will work fine. My brother had a Korean galaxy s3 before and his phone worked well!
    ArtVandelay likes this.
    08-25-2014 10:40 AM
  7. ArtVandelay's Avatar
    I'm also hitting up Korea mid-September and was reading into this same thing as well.

    1) obviously same frequency/bands/cdma/gsm etc as the carrier you plan to use it with - double check that.
    2) I read it is not easy to get an off contract phone in korea.
    3) It can be more expensive to buy consumer electronics in korea than in the USA (if this applies) as opposed to people just thinking asian countries = cheaper electronics.

    Sorry, can't link anything as I am a junior member but google those issues so you can be prepared to buy a beautiful exotic Note 4 on your trip.

    Cheers!
    Ken
    It seems like if that LTE bands are the same and it's unlocked, I can't see a reason why it wouldn't work here. Looks like SK Telecom and KT are the compatible companies.

    Also, I read that South Korea passed a law saying manufacturers have to unlock the phone for you if you own it.

    Do most South Korean Samsung phones have unlocked bootloaders?

    Thanks - I'm new to this topic.
    08-25-2014 01:18 PM
  8. ArtVandelay's Avatar
    You just need to go to AT&T and they will solve your problem. The phone will work fine. My brother had a Korean galaxy s3 before and his phone worked well!
    Do you know if the LTE works, or just his HSPA+?
    08-25-2014 01:18 PM
  9. isitme's Avatar
    it may depend on the manufacturer, but I just got an LG G3 cat 6 that was for SKT and i have now problems with AT&T LTE.
    08-30-2014 07:17 PM
  10. ArtVandelay's Avatar
    Anyone heard word on a South Korean launch date? Looks like all the right bands are there for ATT.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    09-07-2014 08:56 AM
  11. dpham00's Avatar
    Samsung is releasing a new variant of the Note 4 with the snapdragon 810 64 bit processor and LTE cat 9, capable of aggregating 3-20 MHz carriers for up to 450mbps down. Hopefully this isn't just a SK exclusive.


    Samsung announces an even-faster Galaxy Note 4 Samsung announces an even-faster Galaxy Note 4 | Android Central

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    Aquila likes this.
    12-29-2014 09:26 AM
  12. Linebarrel86's Avatar
    I don't care if they release a newer version of the Note 4.

    Its an incremental update to an already powerful phone.

    This obsession with the newest specs is ridiculous. Many of us on these forums replace our phone every year. We can live without a small processor upgrade.

    The 805 didn't suddenly become a slouch because the 810 is being used. In fact, the 800 and 801 are still excellent processors.

    I'm sure some will care, but not me.
    12-29-2014 09:41 AM
  13. Almeuit's Avatar
    I don't care if they release a newer version of the Note 4.

    Its an incremental update to an already powerful phone.

    This obsession with the newest specs is ridiculous. Many of us on these forums replace our phone every year. We can live without a small processor upgrade.

    The 805 didn't suddenly become a slouch because the 810 is being used. In fact, the 800 and 801 are still excellent processors.

    I'm sure some will care, but not me.
    Sure some will care but it is always nice to see phones being upgraded more and more.
    Ntchwaidumela likes this.
    12-29-2014 09:47 AM
  14. dpham00's Avatar
    I consider 64 bit to be a substantial upgrade over 32 bit, If you plan to keep your phone for several years. If you upgrade frequently then it won't matter as much but it could be an indication of what is to come for the s6,similar to how the s5 lte-a was an indication of what was to come on the note 4.



    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    12-29-2014 09:50 AM
  15. mookiekillsit's Avatar
    This phone will only be available in South Korea from what I've read. I posted about it a week ago and have since seen articles suggesting that.
    12-29-2014 09:51 AM
  16. AlfieBriggs's Avatar
    This is ridiculous, the spec heads will be changing spending another 700 dollars on an incremental update. Shame on you Samsung!

    Posted via my amazing Note 4 paired with my Moto360
    12-29-2014 09:53 AM
  17. Chris Beaudoin's Avatar
    Samsung is releasing a new variant of the Note 4 with the snapdragon 810 64 bit processor and LTE cat 9, capable of aggregating 3-20 MHz carriers for up to 450mbps down. Hopefully this isn't just a SK exclusive.


    Samsung announces an even-faster Galaxy Note 4 Samsung announces an even-faster Galaxy Note 4 | Android Central

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    I'm so tired of this stuff. This is all network dependant. First we have to not be throttled before we can truly enjoy 10,000,000,000 mb/s speeds. Lol. And really samsung, taking a play out of apples playbook? Like the 64 bit processor was just implimented this week? They could have placed it in the note 4 but had to compete with the iphone 6 plus so they pushed it out the door and will now try to make the current 32 bit obsolete. I love samsung but this is nuts. I have the Note edge, and to be honest, they could have placed the 64 bit processor into their "concept" device or their flagship Note 4.

    ✒✒ Sent from my fantastic and feature rich (And i'd like to point out anything but a fad or gimmick !!) Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Which has a Samsung Gear S and Samsung Gear Circle paired to it. ✒✒
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    12-29-2014 09:54 AM
  18. dpham00's Avatar
    I'm so tired of this stuff. This is all network dependant. First we have to not be throttled before we can truly enjoy 10,000,000,000 mb/s speeds. Lol. And really samsung, taking a play out of apples playbook? Like the 64 bit processor was just implimented this week? They could have placed it in the note 4 but had to compete with the iphone 6 plus so they pushed it out the door and will now try to make the current 32 bit obsolete. I love samsung but this is nuts. I have the Note edge, and to be honest, they could have placed the 64 bit processor into their "concept" device or their flagship Note 4.

    ✒✒ Sent from my fantastic and feature rich (And i'd like to point out anything but a fad or gimmick !!) Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Which has a Samsung Gear S and Samsung Gear Circle paired to it. ✒✒
    I am on Verizon with the legacy unlimited unthrottled 4GLTE data plan with official unlimited unthrottled 4GLTE hotspot, so I can definitely take advantage of it.

    But besides the maximum speed, carrier aggregation will help in areas where towers have high load, aggregating carriers to get better speeds. Currently, in some high load areas during peak times, speeds have slowed to a crawl.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4
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    12-29-2014 10:36 AM
  19. dpham00's Avatar
    With regards to waiting, I am guessing that Samsung has capacity issues - it can't churn out two major phones at the same time or in close proximity. Which is probably why Samsung decided to stagger their two major devices. In addition they wanted to put something out for the holiday season to compete with the 6p. While you might be willing to wait, many others aren't and Samsung didn't want to risk the loss of those sales.

    Also, the s810 might be available in small numbers now, meaning a small release similar to the s5 lte-a might be doable but for large capacity, they might have to wait even longer - coming even closer to the s6 launch



    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4
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    12-29-2014 11:44 AM
  20. Carrtman's Avatar
    Doesn't bother me one bit because :
    1. It all be Korean only line the S5 lte was
    2. By the time 64 bit is the new standard we are going to see a SD 830 +
    3. The current notes are still absolute beasts
    12-29-2014 05:14 PM
  21. makie's Avatar
    This is ridiculous, the spec heads will be changing spending another 700 dollars on an incremental update. Shame on you Samsung!

    Posted via my amazing Note 4 paired with my Moto360
    $700? Wish it was that cheap in my country. When the note 4 was launched it cost €750... ($911.50 if I'm correct)

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-29-2014 05:47 PM
  22. Statastic's Avatar
    Yea, I'm definitely sure this will be a Korean device. Makes no sense for it to drop here in America

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-30-2014 05:05 AM
  23. philip42's Avatar
    I posted about this a few weeks ago but since I've decided just to appreciate what I have which is a cracking good phone. If you get into the specs race you can forget it. You'll never enjoy owning anything. Don't forget, as I said before, Google released the Nexus 6 which has the same hardware as the current Note 4. They're most likely going to support that for about 2, possibly even three years. That means 32bit versions of android will exist for that long. Our phones won't become obsolete until Google stops supporting it's Nexus 6.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    12-30-2014 06:12 AM
  24. Kevin OQuinn's Avatar
    I'm not sure I buy the whole "can't make two top shelf devices at the same time" argument. The Note 4 launched in roughly the same window as every other Note.

    I definitely buy the "Snapdragon 810 wasn't ready in time" argument though, because it wasn't. Now, could Samsung have waited and only launched one, and this is where I buy the holiday sales argument. I don't believe it has anything to do with production capacity, though.
    12-30-2014 08:39 AM
  25. dpham00's Avatar
    Do you know the production capacity at Samsung factories?

    I am assuming that they want to run close to full load whenever possible. By splitting device releases, it balances the work load over the year.


    Sure they can increase production, make more plants to release 2 phones at the same time, but then there would be a heavy load at one time and a light load the rest of the year which doesn't make much sense, imo from a production standpoint.

    And even if they were to do it , then they would be more inclined to release both the s and Note before the holidays,for better holiday sales. So really a note 4 with a s810 in early 2015 seems unlikely for a major release.


    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    12-30-2014 09:43 AM
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