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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  • Dennis

    Don’t know what everyone is complaining about. I’m sure the screen looks great and it runs smoothly and it’s actually a good-looking device. Being on T-Mobile with not a lot of other options other than the One S and the Nexus, this will likely be my next phone.

  • ABP123

    im pretty disapointed after seeing the videos,touchwiz looks bad,i dont like the overall design, and it should NOT have physical or capasitive buttons. im going with an unlocked one x

    • spartanjet

      I love that it has physical and capasitive buttons, Why do I want valuable screen space taken by buttons that always should be up?

    • Jim

      Agreed. Samsung had to ruin this phone with Touchwiz.

    • Jenny

      I want the one x so bad, but it can’t get 3g or 4g here in the U.S. or so I was told. I would be sold with that if it could!

    • sitnlow

      Exactly on the buttons
      I thought the whole idea of ICS was supposed to move away from physical buttons in favor of more screen space
      I love my Galaxy Nexus for that reason
      Every other phone that has been released with ICS has buttons…. I dont understand why

  • mreveryphone

    note is already up for sale gs3 is sick

    • Marcelo_L

      How much do you want for that note ?

      • mreveryphone

        $550. It’s already rooted, and running ICS 4.0.3 It’s unlocked and has the galaxy s2 tmo leaked ICS radio in it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S3A42Y4IVTWGWSGIVMNQVPJCLU Roger

    meh

  • nitefallz

    4.8″ screen.

  • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

    Wonder what this will run unlocked? My guess in the $500 dollar range.

    • Joet45

      No way. the SIII should be the “top of the line” Samsung phone. The nexus started at $750 unlocked.

      • JBrowne1012

        For verizon LTE but the GSM version is available for $400 unlocked

        • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

          That was only recently. A month ago you couldn’t get one unlocked for less than $599.

        • JBrowne1012

          even at $599 thats decent though

        • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

          The fake “retail” prices have been creeping up and up though, I would not be remotely surprised if the SGS3 was $699 or more

        • JBrowne1012

          Ok you are certainly right about that and im not gonna act like there is much difference between the technologies either. I believe the price will be $629 not $699 through carrier off contract. guess gotta start buying direct from the manufacturer if thats even possible. Its been driving up in prices because people aren’t even aware of what they actually cost having paid a post paid price. I hope this is kept under the $600 mark but being the GS2 is already there makes me think that this is going to be mid $600s

        • Marcelo_L

          Absolutely !! The retail price on the Galaxy Note when it first came out was over $1000. The same thing with the HTC OneX. Really ?? Who are they kidding ?

        • Marcelo_L

          No it’s not…….are you kidding ?

        • Marcelo_L

          And hence why more folks weren’t buying it…..

      • Spanky

        The reason why the unlocked GNex started at $750 is because it wasn’t available in the U.S., enabling grey market importers to charge hefty premiums. As such, the unlocked international version of the S3 will probably cost a similar amount.

    • tlo

      $899

      • JBrowne1012

        No smartphone device is priced that high even the gs2 on t-mobile is $599

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          Import duties and exchange rates drive the price way up. The Exynos version of the Galaxy S III will not launch in North America at all.

        • JBrowne1012

          Ok true but we weren’t talking about import prices talking about prices sold by US carriers. That disappoints me that samsung doesn’t give us exynos but the S4 snapdragon from what it seems is no slouch either. T-mobile has good off contract prices.

    • JBrowne1012

      I will say around $599 off contract would be a steal

      • Marcelo_L

        And you’d be wrong.

  • Jay

    That video doesnt do the phone justice. The white is beautiful. The features are pretty awesome as well. I was impressed with them watching the video. I never liked touchwiz though, so I would have to see in person.

    • Jim

      How can you say that when you yourself haven’t seen the phone in person?

      • zeke

        easy. he just typed it. obviously he liked what he saw. move along now.

  • SamsungGalaxy

    I’m not throwing shade at this phone, but it’s getting to a point where Android is Android.
    All of the phones are beginning to be the same minus the hardware upgrades. I didn’t see anything too compelling for me to upgrade.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee mrjlwilliams (Click here)

      Just like the iPhone, so what’s the point?

  • samsungfan@gmail.com

    4.7″ screen or 4.8″ screen? In the Samsung presentation in UK, they mention 4.8″ screen.

  • Cashman

    HTC S One here I come……I really wish T-Mobile was getting the X, but the S will do

    • kyle

      you will not be dissapointed with the one s. i got mine yesterday and am loving it. Did a side by side comparison with iphone 4s and the one s crushed it. enjoy it!

    • justamazing

      the one s is great. I have it. My favorite phone since the g1.

  • danielle_teacher

    why does this phone remind me of a mytouch 3g…but with a bigger screen

  • Brian

    does this thing have the same type of display as my GNex? (grainy screen w/ low brightness) if so its not worth it

    • V_i_m

      yes, they’re both pentile (non-plus) 720p super amoled’s.

  • smjth93

    The screen size and resolution are really nice as well as the processor but I was expecting about a 10mp camera and it’s sad that the front-facing cam’s resolution is .1mp lower than the S2. 2.5mp would be better. Overall, I don’t think this is worth the upgrade if you have a GS2 that’s working perfectly. This seems like it’s pretty much what the iPhone 4s was to the iPhone 4. Just minor improvements but nothing that justifies an upgrade from the GS2.

  • LC

    That phone looks SEXY in white :)

  • http://www.unscripted360.com/ Deacon

    it’s 4.8 .. but still .. not impressed .. just generally never been impressed yet with the Galaxy line.

    • JBrowne1012

      Then you can not be pleased if you have not been impressed with the GS2 or GS3

      • http://www.unscripted360.com/ Deacon

        uhh yes i can if it were something to be pleased with :)

  • achusaysblessyou

    Reminds me of my Sensation 4G… In any case what does Samsung mean when they say ” optimized for the fastest LTE and HSPA+ networks in the U.S.”? If they mean Qualcomm S4′s they’ll kill A LOT of their following… Why put a mediocre 8 MP camera. Yeah, I know it’s not all about the megapixels, but c’mon… a 12 or 16 MP camera isn’t that hard to put in the device. Also, I thought i heard 720p video recording… I very much hope that that’s a mix-up with the screen res, because most high end phones can do 1080p easy nowadays (my sensation for one). Also, again with the Pentile… and maybe it’s just the video, but I was hoping for much more in terms of aesthetics… the back looks cheap as heck and the front looks like any of the latest HTC phones.

    What I want is Nokia to merge with Samsung… now that’ll be a home run winner right there

    • Steve Gavrilles

      720p is for the front camera, the rear does 1080p.

      I’ll have to agree with the nokia/samsung merge though. If you took nokia aesthetics with samsung’s aspirations, they could make some seriously awesome stuff.

      • achusaysblessyou

        Ahh okay, makes more sense now. :)

    • JBrowne1012

      16mp is overkill why when an 8mp does better? Complaining about pentile is so lame. Despite being pentile the Samoled screen is still considered the best on a smartphone. Nokia merge with Samsung? why? how does the back look cheap? what does an expensive backing look like? I bet you will be first to complain that it is too plasticky because of the lightness of the device.

      • achusaysblessyou

        The question is whether or not the 8 MP will do better… Sorta like how the Nexus came with a 5 MP shooter… For a flagship phone, I expected more from Samsung. About the pentile screen, it’s simply a gripe I have with Samsung not putting the best they have into their flagship phones. The back is reflective… Take HTC for a look at how a nice back should look like. Rubbery plastic + metal. And the Nokia reference, is about aesthetics. They look fairly nice and unique, and if you use plastic, that’s how it should be done. And yes, I do complain that Samsung phones feel to plasticy. Ever since the Galaxy S models came out.

        • V_i_m

          Samsung did put their best display into this flagship phone. Making a non-pentile HD super amoled display is no easy task, one that they haven’t yet accomplished.

      • V_i_m

        The IPS 720p screen on the One X is considered better. Previously Super LCD screens used TFT technology which are cheap to make, but commonly considered inferior. The new Super LCD2 screens however are not TFT. They’re IPS, just like the iPhone’s “Retina Display”. IPS>>Super Amoled

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee mrjlwilliams (Click here)

    Sorry for T-Mobile people, we always get the short end of the stick.

    • JBrowne1012

      Ever since they became popular through our “beta testing” the galaxy line took off with us initially then now samsung is all big headed and think we don’t deserve their best work.

  • http://twitter.com/ClarkKent113 Kal-El

    mmmmmm me want.

    My upgrade isn’t until August but looks like this will be my next phone woohoo!

  • Deadeye37

    I’ll take the white one please! Also, the US/T-mobile version better keep that quad-core processor instead of dropping it down to a dual core like the HTC One X! I’m hoping to get this on the Cheap when I’m up for my full upgrade at the end of the year :)

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee mrjlwilliams (Click here)

      Doubt that will happen. The will strip the quad-core right on out, and send us an S4 dual core.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee mrjlwilliams (Click here)

    4.8 inch screen just might be the sweet spot, wow. It’s thin too!!! Very nice.

  • bionicdoogie

    David i just thought i would mention its actually 4.8 not 4.7 like your article say

  • sidekicker89

    hey this new comment system thing is pretty cool

    • JBrowne1012

      Can down vote people now i like it >:)

      • JBrowne1012

        All 8 of you suck lol

        • zeke

          lol you knew it was coming bro. lol

        • JBrowne1012

          indeed i did lol

  • ogopogo

    One good thing I thought I heard was an actual micro SD card slot!

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Agreed.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Sealed the deal. Getting the Note hopefully this month if released. :)

    • Brad Johnson

      I am so on edge, ready for the Note release for T-Mobile already.

      • Wilma Flintstone

        It better hurry up. I can not take much more of this HD2.

        • Brad Johnson

          I just keep thinking “Note, then Note 2… Yes please!”

      • Deaconclgi

        I’m on edge too! No, literally, it says 2G on my phone! :P

    • tmo

      wont happen til after july 1st

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Why’s that?

      • Brad Johnson

        Yeah, why do you say that?

    • Johnny Brown

      So. I’ve been reading your comments for a while on tmonews, so I don’t take what you say lightly.. So with that said: Why are you choosing the Note over the GSIII?.. I skipped the SII, so this one is looking very, very appealing, but I was totally allured by Note and was ecstatic by the fact it may be coming to Tmobile. Perhaps you can give me a solid argument that could cement my decision. I don’t want to burn my upgrade and be disappointed. Haha!

      • Brad Johnson

        I think you are talking to Wilma, but here is my reasoning. Bigger screen. I don’t know much about qHD and AMLOED screens or whatever. I still have a G2 from 2010, and I actually love the screen on it. So as long as it has a nice display (I am assuming it is newer, must be nicer screen), then I am ok with it. I only really NEED HD quality for my computer and tv, otherwise, I feel like I may be wasting money, lol. The pen is a great feature for taking screenshots and having the ability to take short notes. I find myself always looking for a piece of paper to jot something down, so this is great. And the size of the Note. The more screen real estate the better. I mostly use my phone for school, work, and personal use. Personal use is usually confined to calls, texting, and web browsing. Maybe some media like music. It has a nice camera it seems. It’s all in all a great deal.

  • http://twitter.com/Lawless_1 Lawless_1

    That phone is dead sexy… to bad the US version will look nothing like it.

    • JBrowne1012

      Eh the design is a lil plain t-mo always gets the best design revision though

  • Mike in FL

    Very underwhelmed. I hope T-Mo gets their crap together and gets the iPhone.

    • JBrowne1012

      Just a question what did you consider underwhelming about this in comparison to any iPhone released or planned releases? Everyone thought the last iPhone was going to be on par with the big boy toys and have a bigger screen LTE so on so forth (could be wrong about LTE but compared to what people thought it would be the 4S was UNDERwhelming)

      • Mike in FL

        The screen for starters (no plus). The fact that all of the “cool features” are Samsung bloatware. The fact that it looks like a kid’s phone. There’s just nothing special about this phone. I’ve had the Samsung Vibrant for the past 2 years or so. The screen is basically the same, albeit it at a higher resolution and larger size. The body is basically the same (ugly plastic). I’ve seen this all before – Samsung Vibrant. A phone that launched with a half-working GPS and no future support from Samsung.

        • http://twitter.com/CorderoIan Ian Felipe Cordero

          That made no sense. You said the screen is the same but has better resolution and size. You said it looks like a child’s phone, seriously? Shall I remind you of what I was rocking with when I was a child? And bloated features? Right, because Siri was so necessary. I had a Samsung Vibrant and this honestly looks like they have nothing in common other than the Galaxy moniker and the fact that they’re made by Samsung. And have you ever used the GSII? No GPS problems. You sir must live in a cave..

  • Guest

    Hardware updates are really starting to slow down. I think it’s about time to shift into pure aesthetics to decide what phone I want to upgrade to.

    • JBrowne1012

      Well it might be slowing down because really what else can you do? we already seen the smallest and if we get any larger than the Note then its a tablet as opposed to a phone the most that can be done now is just to make it thinner.. Or change the design around a bit and make it pretty.

    • trjcasper

      flexible screen is next big thing. Who knows when? Or google glasses type phones.

  • trjcasper

    not digging the ihome button or the iwhite color and blue isn’t really my thing. I guess the nexus is going to have to do for a while longer. Hooray for SD cards and removable batteries, kudos to Samsung for that.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      But the G Nexus doesn’t have a SD card slot.

      • trjcasper

        I know, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t want one for my next phone.

  • Johnny Brown

    *Drool* White for me please… My upgrade came just in time! I’ve been on this mytouch 4g for TOO LONG.. :-)

    • zeth006

      Good timing. I’m actually little jealous, hehe.

  • Leonliom

    I think Im just gonna wait for the Note!!!

    • Brad Johnson

      Agreed!

  • badbob001

    That presentation was such a yawn fest. The features were not demoed live or on video. The video segments were the worst: all artsy and showed zero functionality of the phone. I’m going to wait for a comparison between the gnex and the us variant because right now, only the microsd and battery is holding my interest.

    • JBrowne1012

      I have to disagree with showing zero functionality but i do agree it sucks that it wasn’t demoed live but then think back to the GN release it was demoed live and then when the face unlock didn’t work too well it created bad PR. prototypes are the best live demos and im sure thats what they had with them despite may 29th release.

    • MarcusDW

      It was definitely artsy, dragged out, and boring. BUT, they are definitely competing with Apple with this launch.

      • trjcasper

        Should have had the ghost of SJ do the reveal. Final words “Oh wow, Oh wow, oh wow.”

        (I’m probably going to burn in hell for that comment.)

  • JulianHaro

    Touchwiz is a deal breaker for me. I’m gonna order a Galaxy Nexus from Google. Follow me.

    • JBrowne1012

      Did you expect touchwiz to not be on it? 0.0 i mean you had to expect it. Samsung only releases stock android when its a nexus now a days.

      • JulianHaro

        I was just hoping touchwiz would not be on it. I should have known.

  • bulletban

    it just looks like my GN

  • NeverHappy

    U guys are never happy! Always something to complain about. Whether its the camera, screen size, number of cores, etc, etc…. Theres always something about a phone your gonna complain about. Get over it! Phone manufacturers are never gonna pack all the best features into one phone!

    • zeke

      thank you for your input. next?!

      • Marcelo_L

        He/She Sounds like someone who doesn’t “get it”, and deserves to go back to their Nokia 101 greyscale handset.

        • http://twitter.com/CorderoIan Ian Felipe Cordero

          Actually that person has a totally valid point. Look at the iPhone. It’s hardware is pretty average and it’s size is small. Only thing it has is camera, screen and fluidity of the OS. The GSIII is an overall good phone delivering a good size, screen, and feature. And now it seems smoother than ever! That’s been the #1 gripe for most non-android users. That and battery. Seriously, what’s to complain about?

  • Marc Klein

    My new favorite phone. Waiting to upgrade and this is worth the wait….

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I don’t care what the megapixels of the camera are. If it isn’t crafted by Carl Zeiss, it’s irrelevant.

  • bleacherbums

    nice device sammy!!! im not really a touchwiz fan a lil hack will do the trick.

  • MarcusDW

    I’m loving the battery size. Bravo Samsung for not going with a 7mm phone and actually giving us a beefy battery.

    Is the screen 16:9 or 16:10?? It looks 16:10 to me and that’s better to me.

    THIS TouchWiz is the TouchWiz I have been waiting for but sadly I’m sure it won’t be anything like that when my GS2 finally gets the update. Hopefully I’ll be able to find a ROM with that TW version because I will definitely put a ROM on to get that look and feel.

  • @hawksmash

    i think i’ll pass 1. its a beautiful phone BUT the
    TMO variant will look nothing like it. 2. Its being released in 3G and LTE and
    last I checked TMO will NOT have LTE by the summer right? And 3… do I want a
    phone that tracks my eye movement, (knows when I’m sleep.. 0_O) and is
    LISTENING just waiting for me to give it a command…. And people thought the
    iphone tracked every move SMH

    • MarcusDW

      It actually looks a lot like the TMO GS2 (from the front) already so they may not change it.

      TMO DOES have HSPA+42 which it will run on. Probably with the Snapdragon S4.

      And lastly, I’m pretty sure you can turn off the eye tracking and the listening.

      • Marcelo_L

        The thing is the following:

        1) HSPA+42 isn’t available in all markets ( and for that matter, doesn’t live up to the hype in MOST markets ).

        2) We all know what happened with the last HSPA+42 Samsung we got. Bait and Switch….and as nice as it may have/is been/be….it’s not what we should’ve. Even AT&T came back with the “right” SGSII ( Skyrocket ) for their customers.
        Way to go, TMo….

    • JBrowne1012

      T-mo variant will look as good. 3G is HSPA+ what is considered 4G to t-mo.. In the end you might be paranoid a bit. Technology isn’t going to destroy us..(knock on wood)

  • bleacherbums

    david,
    good job on this new look on your blogs/forums

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Hmmm, what new look? Disqus is doing a beta test…but other than that, I don’t know?!

      • JBrowne1012

        He’s referring to disqus but it is a nice look though

      • bleacherbums

        never mind

      • V_i_m

        The Beta test appears to be unifying disqus accounts across numerous sites. I couldn’t use my usual name here since it now already exists, when it didn’t previously, and surprise, my email address was tied to an existing account I created several months ago at another blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NelsonHCabreraJr Nelson H Cabrera Jr

    I cant wait to get my hands on that phone this phone I’m collecting all the Galaxy S phones I have my Vibrant,SGS2 and now the 3 so getting it cant wait

  • http://twitter.com/Kaireis Richard Moonil Choi

    So um… I’m not holding out too much hope for a timely T-Mobile release. I have a Nokia 33220 that’s served me well for nearly a decade but its time has come. Is it unwise to drop the money for a Galaxy Nexus at this point?

    • trjcasper

      Get the GN, it’ll be updated to JB before this will.

  • B-Mobile

    my main issue with this phone is the PenTile display *why samsung why*

    • John

      Our luck the international version will have non-PenTile display and the U.S. will be stuck with the PenTile display.

      • Nikolai T

        Nope. They all have it.

  • BigMixxx

    …there is a love hate thing going on with me and this device. The display is monster, of course, the device speed in general looks great, the battery is good battery (assuming it takes power to power that screen). Camera is still hot…has an SD card slot in it…fits in my bear paws good. For a person with a sensation, this device is worth the upgrade.

    What’s not hot is all this ‘social integration’ thingy. I like the fact that samsung is taking advantage of the api’s of android with physical interaction and vocal interaction. (yes, I didn’t say siri like as android had that stuff for a while, WAY before iPhone and siri) so whenever Xda or the folks and rootzwiki get their hands on one, CM9 all the way…

    What I find humorous is…well…if you are staring at the photo’s of your favorite porn star it will know it, and let you keep staring until you grow hair on your hands!

    • MarcusDW

      I think the pop up screen thing might be the coldest new feature. With that feature we are having even more reason to use your phone instead of a PC for watching… various kinds of videos…

  • Lin Si Pak

    The back is absolutely god awful. Looks like it was designed by Huawei, not Samsung. The inners are good though, but HTC One X over this any day.

  • rwc1792

    It’s bad enough that Samsung has been vague in terms of when devices will get updates, now their vague as to when the devices will be available. Summer starts June 21st, I’m circling June 27th for the Galaxy SIII to appear on T-mobile, any later than that and I’ll buy something else.

    • Marcelo_L

      Guarantee you it won’t be available from TMo in June….or July for that matter. The Blaze just launched 2 months ago for cryin’ out loud.

      • rwc1792

        I don’t expect that it will either, but I’m not waiting any longer than that for it. It’s likely going to be either the S-One or the Galaxy Nexus for me.

    • http://twitter.com/CorderoIan Ian Felipe Cordero

      The Blaze!? Really? That phone isn’t even better than the GSII. That would not be a reason on why they would release it after July

  • LinuxFrenzy

    The GS 3 really didn’t wow me as I would of expected.I guess it’s due to already knowing what the specs where before officially being announced by Samsung.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry HTC, samsung won this round. All the features of your phone, without the compromises of no microsd card, lacking multiple storage options, removable battery. Even better? they give us double the storage on dropbox, wireless charging, etc etc.

  • bleacherbums

    according to some blogs and websites that the quadcore will only land on tmobile HSPA+21 …

    • http://tmonews.com David

      That’s what on the international spec sheet, you can’t use that as a reference guide at this point.

    • Marcelo_L

      See my comment to David’s comment.

  • John

    This looks ok, but I’m sure it will look much nicer in person. The one thing I noticed that always seems to bug me is the lack of the am/pm indicator next to the time. It may seem like a small thing but its the little things like that makes a differance to me. Even my much older low end phones had that feature. If I get this I will have to root. My guess is mid July – late Aug before it hits T-Mobile just tin time for my full upgrade. The price will be $249 after $50 rebate.

    • lj

      Not trying to be argumentative but why would anyone commit to a new 2 year contract for a $250 phone locked and loaded with TMO crapware when for $399 one could own a contract and bloatware free Galaxy Nexus purchased from Google? If this S3 moved the bar a bunch I would understand but that’s not the case, is it?