Samsung plans to launch the LTE variant of the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900I) in India soon, according to a report from Manish Khatri from Mahesh Telecom. The 3G variants of the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900H) that was launched in India back in April is powered by a Octa-Core Exynos 5422 SoC with Intel XMM6360 for 3G HSPA+ ( up to 42 Mbps) connectivity. The LTE (SM-G900I) variant will be powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801. Since all the flagship smartphones starting from the Galaxy S3 were launched only in 3G variants with Exynos chip, this would be the company’s first flagship smartphone with Snapdragon chip.
This has support for LTE bands – B1 (2,100), B2 (1,900), B3 (1,800), B5 (850), B7 (2,600), B8 (900), B40 (2,300) and B28 (700), so this should work with Airtel that operates their TD-LTE service using 2300 MHz spectrum. Airtel offers voice services on LTE using Circuit Switched FallBack (CSFB) voice solution in several cities across India. LG launched the LTE variant of the LG G3 in India back in March.
Other than LTE support and Snapdragon 801, all the features are similar to the 3G variant. According to the retailer the MRP of the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE would be Rs. 56,000 and the MOP is expected to be Rs. 1500 more than the 3G variant.