Samsung (KRX:005930), on Wednesday, announced the Galaxy S4 LTE-A in Korea, which is claimed to be the world’s first smartphone, supporting the new LTE-Advanced network.

Samsung said the Galaxy S4 LTE-A’s advanced network connectivity will enable users to use Internet services at faster speeds, double that of the current LTE speeds. The new variant of the flagship Galaxy S4 promises data speed of up to 150Mbps.

“Samsung’s commitment to driving LTE adoption achieved its first milestone in 2010 with the launch of the Craft, the world’s first LTE feature phone, and continued in 2011 with the delivery of the Indulge, the world’s first LTE smartphone,” the company said in a statement. “In the last year, Samsung has also pioneered efforts to bring VoLTE network capabilities to users with the launch of the GALAXY S III LTE.”

The Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, clocking a speed of 2.3GHz. The handset will have 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory (user memory approximately 24GB), which is expandable up to 64GB using micro SD card. The phone will feature a 2,600mAh battery and will run on the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

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Samsung said the new Galaxy S4 LTE-A will be available this summer starting in Korea in two colors -- Blue Arctic and Red Aurora, while more color options will be added subsequently.

Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy S4 LTE-A coincides with the launch of the world’s first LTE-Advanced wireless network by South Korean operator SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM).

The network provider said in a press release on Wednesday that it launched its LTE-A network with the world’s first LTE-A compatible phone, Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A. According to the company, the new LTE-A network offers ultra-fast network speed of up to 150 Mbps, which is 10 times faster than 3G network. For instance, LTE-A users can download an 800MB movie in just 43 seconds.

SK Telecom also announced that the new service went live in Seoul and would be available in 84 other cities across the country in coming days.