Samsung Galaxy S III Unveiled, US Availability This Summer

The Samsung Galaxy S III is here, official and ready for your googily eyes. Let’s get right to the meat of this and talk specs:  insanely fast 1.4GHz quad-core processor, a 4.8-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording, 1GB of RAM, 2,100mAh battery and of course, 4G LTE. You’ve got S-Voice for voice action, “Smart Stay” for using the front-facing camera to track your eye movement which will keep the screen from shutting off while reading a book for instance and more. Remember, this version IS different than the US based release, of which Samsung released a quote on US carrier availability:

Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version of Galaxy S III, optimized for the fastest LTE and HSPA+ networks in the U.S., which will be available in the summer of 2012.  Exact timing and retail channel availability is not being announced at this time. We believe the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated product in the 20-year history of Samsung Mobile; therefore, we will continue to share information as it becomes available.


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  • Marcelo_L

    Snooze……another example of Samsung not going the full monty and including the 1700(AWS) band in their International phone…..and more than likely SPECIFICALLY to not interfere with whatever paired down version they pawn off on TMo. Sure some folks will say “The S4 with A15 Cores is much better than 4 A9’s”….Well…jury isn’t totally in on that, actually.

    Just the same…..adding the 1700AWS band support wouldn’t have been a loss for them ( as proven by the Galaxy Note and Skyrocket being able to be adapted to support 1700AWS ), so the decision……purely to put the Kabosh on folks using an international version stateside.

    And here people complain about HTC. I remember when the rest of the world used to get awesome phones, and the US got to get year-before-last’s model. Can’t wait until TMo does more re-provisioning to 1900 Mhz for their 3G bands, maybe then it might be worth getting this phone.

  • Ian

    So is it confirmed that the version available to us (T-Mobile) will be the Quad-Core processor?

    • David

      No, no no no no no no no…guys, please search the blog for earlier stories on this! Also, no version for T-Mobile has been confirmed at all!

      • Mark Hennessey

        I think it’s safe to say that T-Mo will get a 42mbps+, two core device, which might make this dead to me…

  • David

    I said it isn’t on the international spec sheet and NOT to use it as a guide for what’s coming to the US. Easy.

    • Marcelo_L

      Hmmmmmm……could’ve misread your statement…..

      True that about the specs being misquoted elsewhere…….wishful thinking.
      Just the same……we’re getting the short end of the stick. Money says folks will have to do the same thing they did with the Galaxy Note, to get 3G/4G on the SGSIII International Edition that runs on TMo.

  • Nate33oip

    Touchwhiz looks very cartoonish. Why on Earth would somebody buy this over the One or the Nexus??

  • fixxmyhead

    theres no reason for me to put a custom ROM on this i already like regular touchwiz and this is even better

  • philyew

    The video is quite disconcerting. I saw a lot of thumb activity – swiping and pressing – which didn’t seem to result in any response from the device. Not at all encouraging.

  • Get_at_Me

    The lack of the “genuine processor” is frustrating, but we expected it….I’d really consider buying an international version if it supports AWS @ 21mbps….If carriers cared about getting timely updates out, the S4 processor wouldn’t concern me as much.

  • Noel

    Nice device nice specs but i am not blown away by the the design. I will hope Tmo will change their version a little bit. For starters…try to make their version about 130mm tall even if the screen has to be reduced to 4.7″. Probably change the design of the back cover to more like that of the GS2 around the camera region but in a way that the the whole back comes off..this is essential for bigger replacement battery. Will love to see a reduction of the bottom bezel to somewhere around the top of the home button and maybe shave the top bezel to somewhere around the top part of the ear speaker. Love the device with the superb screen and internals…just make it a little less tall with a slight curve at the edges and straighten the top and bottom just like the Tmo GS2. But unlike the GNex kind of curved at the top n bottom like was just shown. Or something like the image we saw of the purported GS3 on the video at CES. I am sold on the screen, processor, amount of internal storage, SD card slot, Battery, Camera but will wait to see what the Tmo version looks like…

  • NoMenuButtons

    A Menu Button!!! A menu Button!!!!!! No!!!!!

  • Get_at_Me

    Android&Me is reporting that there is a chance that T-Mobile USA could see an exynos powered GSIII…..Let us pray :bows head:

  • rwc1792

    What are the chances of both the X One and the SIII showing up sometime this summer together on T-mobile? After all, didn’t the Amaze and the SII appear at the same time last October? Perhaps T-mobile will announce something next week at CTIA??

    • Get_at_Me

      Let’s hope so….im not concerned as much with the One X though (unless it comes to tmo in vanilla form)

      • rwc1792

        That was the rumor that was floating around a few months ago, crickets since then. We’ll have to wait until David’s ninjas get to work on this to be sure.

  • LJ

    I agree. I am keeping my upgrade in my back pocket and going with the Galaxy Nexus for $399

  • CactoesGel

    Is it just me or doesn’t this phone look to, umm…ordinary? I dunno, I’m expecting something new, something that looks revolutionary, if that makes sense. I have the Note now and I absolutely love it. At least the Note has the S Pen that I find myself using more that I thought I would before I got it.

  • Pig Vomit

    This phone has two distinct advantages over HTC One X and S:
    1. Internal storage (presumably) greater than 16GB with microSD expansion. (This is huge for me and a deal killer for the One S)
    2. Removable (and self-replaceable) battery
    My contract runs out July 15th. I’m guessing T-Mobile will get this phone at some point, or at least there will be news by this date. If T-Mobile doesn’t get this phone or releases it without Wifi Calling baked in, I’m gone.

  • theyownyou

    dear sheep:
    why do accept this garbage that is AMOLED. YOu accept crap therefore you will be sold crap. You like this crap? Well then maybe you will like the next crap upgrade…we call it super crap!
    Yes thank you for your money stupid sheep, oh and guese what? now that you have spent your money, and are tied in to a contract we are unvieling a better and crappier version of afore mentioned crap…. next month we will be unvieling our new….. super crap plus device!!! Now with even more crap to fuck you over with. POh we could have upgraded the camera and sensor but you liked our older pos camera so we will save ourselves shit ton of money and put on our new supercrap phone iii !!!

  • theyownyou

    You know something(like a review or product) is total BS and unscientific when no cons are presented. I like how the author keeps using stupid buzz words like “fluid” yet the phone lags almost a full second when he touches the icon.
    “you are a slave to what you accept…and mediocrity is your king”

  • jian9007

    I like that they still gave us a removable battery and micro SD slot, unlike HTC did with their One series. However, to release a next galaxy phone that comes after the SGS2 with a pentile display is a step backwards. Though the GS2 had less resolution, it had the SAMOLED Plus which used the RGB instead. It’s also one thing I hate about the HTC One S as they employ a SAMOLED pentile display as well (and of course have NO removable battery or micro-SD slot, though Sprint’s version has at least micro SD slot). Most of what you read on the phone, from menus to web browsing, to the icons, has white lettering. The blacks are great on SAMOLED but the whites suck and you can really see the pixel difference when reading or zooming in.

    Also, giving me the same A9 exynos with 2 more cores is akin to me saying I’ll give you a Ford Pinto instead of a Ford Mustang but I’ll give you 2. The dual-core exynos 5 (based on A15 architecture) with the mali-T604GPU would have been preferable. If you’re on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon then you’ll likely get the Qualcomm S4 that’s in the HTC One series (which is based on the newer A15 architecture like the exynos 5) as it supports LTE. Since we’re talking T-mobile though, we’re able to get the quad exynos 4 as it supports HSPA+21Mpbs, and likely will get it.

    I’m hopefully that the next Nexus phone, which will be made by Samsung, has the SAMOLED Plus HD screen they have been developing on it. I also would like to see the exynos 5 in it as well. Give me those specs and I’ll jump in a heartbeat. Until then, Sammy can keep their antiquated screen technology and last-gen processor and I’ll keep my old, but rooted and fully-functional Sensation for now.

    • V_i_m

      I hear ya, and agree almost entirely. I don’t see T-Mobile getting an exynos GS3 however. T-Mobile wants all its high end phones to support HSPA+ 42, and the exynos 4412 does not. As for the dual core exynos 5, word is that Samsung is saving that for its tablets. We likely won’t see that in a smartphone until 2013 and the GS4.

  • Joe Camel

    FlipBoard? Android? I hate to say I would buy a phone for a single app, but you know what? I would buy this phone just to have Flipboard on my Android Phone. I absolutely love it on my company iPad.

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