T-Mobile’s Galaxy S III SGH-T999 Hits The FCC, AWS Bands And All

All signs are pointing toward the SGH-T999 (Galaxy S III) heading to T-Mobile as the newest piece of evidence surfaces in the form of FCC approval. Here’s the one notable takeaway from this, no LTE is coming in this particular model. The documents do show WCDMA support for T-Mobile’s AWS band, just as we expected to see. There’s also support for the 850 and 1900 bands meaning this device will be ready to rock under T-Mobile’s refarmed 4G network as well. The lack of LTE connectivity isn’t surprising given that T-Mobile isn’t expected to launch their LTE network until sometime in 2013, but we had hoped that Samsung and T-Mobile would forward think given that T-Mobile’s AWS LTE network will pair up nicely with AT&T’s own LTE 1700 bands.

NFC (near-field communication) is on board, but we don’t know how much support T-Mobile will offer for this feature, though we hope Google Wallet support is a possibility. Other than that, we’re not seeing any other surprises here, good or bad.

All in all, this early FCC report seems fairly standard — so now we wait for T-Mobile to make an official announcement.

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  • WW

    I can’t believe there’r no comments yet.

    • secano

      Maybe cause it’s been posted just seconds ago..?

  • Cyc

    No LTE means quad processor

    • Khalints

      Not necessarily, if it has support for 42mbps then it’s going to definitely have an S4 processor, because people aren’t happy enough with 21mbps HSPA+

      • Whack

        the way I look at it is 42mbps is really 21mbps where as 21mbps is really 11 or 12mbps.  You only get half the speeds maybe slightly more of whatever your device is capable of pulling in.  These are theoretical peaks for a reason.

        • Khalints

          That’s exactly my point. 11mbps should be enough for your mobile phone, but because people want to show off their carriers “super fast” speed (which is totally overboard) then we miss out on the quad core exynos

      • Whack

        the way I look at it is 42mbps is really 21mbps where as 21mbps is really 11 or 12mbps.  You only get half the speeds maybe slightly more of whatever your device is capable of pulling in.  These are theoretical peaks for a reason.

    • Ilyas_k15

      Pay attention, the phone will support LTE once T-Mobile launches it. And no, none of the U.S. versions will have a quad-core, all of them will be a dual-core S4

      • remister

        I heard that it may have 2GB of RAM, PLEASE!

    • Ilyas_k15

      Pay attention, the phone will support LTE once T-Mobile launches it. And no, none of the U.S. versions will have a quad-core, all of them will be a dual-core S4

  • Qbancelli

    They should have gotten the HTC One X instead.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

       they still may.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

       they still may.

    • xmiro

      one x is exclusive to AT&T for a while, probably 3 months at least

      • UMA_Fan

        Sprint is getting a ‘variant’ with the new EVO.

        Still waiting on news on that supposed new G series phone as a One X variant.  Sounds like if it ever did come out it would be way too late.

  • Qbancelli

    They should have gotten the HTC One X instead.

  • Marc Klein

    Maybe T Mobile is waiting for the FCC to approve it before making any announcements.

  • Marc Klein

    Maybe T Mobile is waiting for the FCC to approve it before making any announcements.

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

     Excited to see Magenta’s version of the Galaxy S3!  Bring it on T-Mobile. – D

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

     Excited to see Magenta’s version of the Galaxy S3!  Bring it on T-Mobile. – D

    • Carloslacend

      So do I. I’m crazy to see our version as I’m sure that tmo will make the same or even more changes as they did with the GS2. To me tmo version is 5 “and not 4.8″ as the original. Just as they did with the GS2 which is 4.3 “and the tmo version is 4.52″

  • UMA_Fan

    Is the quad core Exynos compatible with HSPA+ 42?

    • now_onTMO

       only if samsung makes it compatible with hspa + 42…

      • now_onTMO

         honestly i dont know.. LOL

    • Carloslacend

      No. only supports hspa +21

  • UMA_Fan

    Is the quad core Exynos compatible with HSPA+ 42?

  • now_onTMO

    what processor? is samsung gonna have a special announcement invite like  the last two galaxy s’?

  • now_onTMO

    what processor? is samsung gonna have a special announcement invite like  the last two galaxy s’?

  • Lion Tribe

    I’m seeing two models listed here the SGH-T999 and SGH-T999V. Could the “V” be the 32GB or 64GB models? 

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

      SGH-T999 is likely the U.S. model, whereas the SGH-T999V is likely the Canadian HSPA+ variant for non-LTE carriers.

      • jake johnson

        The Canadian model is the 
        SGH-i747 and the HSPA+ version that is named SGH-i999. 

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    I think the European version also supports the 1700 radio from T-Mobile. Negri-Electronics has the European version specked out at Pentaband radios. They have an astrik next to it because they are 90% sure of this but are waiting for final shipment. That would be the phone to buy, the great processor without all the Carrier bull. I want the Blue 32 gb version, already ordered my 64 gb sd card. I want the European version, just hoping for the Pentaband radios.

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

      It does not.

  • now_onTMO

     ”The lack of LTE connectivity isn’t surprising given that T-Mobile isn’t
    expected to launch their LTE network until sometime in 2013, but we had
    hoped that Samsung and T-Mobile would forward think given that
    T-Mobile’s AWS LTE network will pair up nicely with AT&T’s own LTE
    1700 bands.”

    but if they included LTE in the tmo version, would it still have HSPA+42?

    LTE+HSPA 42 combination?

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

      Yes, it is possible. UMTS Release 8 defines HSPA+42 and LTE. The radio in the Galaxy S II is technically capable of it too, it just didn’t have the antenna structure for LTE.

      • now_onTMO

        Thanks detective conan..

      • now_onTMO

        Thanks detective conan..

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

    GET IN MY POCKET NOW!

  • edward

    my korean freind in s korea  told me he would soon ship me the galaxyS4 as these galaxys3  also called galaxys2 plus or HD are all device.  until i get the galayxs4, i will use HTC ONE X and for that i am leaving tmobile cos tmo’s HTC ONE S is a piece of junk!

    • bogartofelcajon

      Why stop at Galaxy S 4 when you can get 6 or 7 or 8, Hell, get up to 26. C’mon man!
      One thing I agree with you, TMO’s phone are just next to first. Until now, there’s no Galaxy Note.

    • bogartofelcajon

      Why stop at Galaxy S 4 when you can get 6 or 7 or 8, Hell, get up to 26. C’mon man!
      One thing I agree with you, TMO’s phone are just next to first. Until now, there’s no Galaxy Note.

      • Getsome

        But, it’s coming. Being tested as we speak…

      • Getsome

        But, it’s coming. Being tested as we speak…

      • Carloslacend

        T Mobile already has a version of the note galaxy. There are even pictures that show their existence. Unlike gs3 only real thing that can be used as evidence that there is indeed a variant for tmo is it from the fcc

    • Tomherguz

      Only problem is u cant get HTC one x cuz apple stopped that so T-Mobile is actually the only carrier that Carries the One series right now soo yeah keep waiting for it by the time yoi get it something hot will be out.

  • http://twitter.com/gallifrey Craig Campbell

    Interesting that I don’t see the bands GSM900, GSM/DCS1800 or WCDMA2100 listed there.  I’d imagine that’s because it won’t use those bands in the US – but the phone should still support them.

  • http://twitter.com/gallifrey Craig Campbell

    Interesting that I don’t see the bands GSM900, GSM/DCS1800 or WCDMA2100 listed there.  I’d imagine that’s because it won’t use those bands in the US – but the phone should still support them.

    • JMccovery

       I’m not sure about GSM900/1800, but WCDMA2100 probably isn’t listed because that band is used as an uplink for AWS. Odd thing is the FCC says the AWS-1 uplink channel is 2110-2120MHz, while my Exhibit II uses 2012MHz (as reported from GSM Status).

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

        Rx (downlink) frequencies aren’t mandated to be listed in FCC test reports, only Tx (uplink).

        Cellular 900 (GSM900), DCS (GSM1800), and IMT (WCDMA2100) are never listed in U.S. FCC test reports.

  • baopham

    I’m guessing it will have dual core S4 on board with a separate radio chip.

  • baopham

    I’m guessing it will have dual core S4 on board with a separate radio chip.

    • whosaidwhat

      The user agent for this phone shows an ARM11. Isn’t that the Samsung Exynos? It might just be a placeholder. 
      http://wap.samsungmobile.com/uaprof/SGH-T999.xml 

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

        It’s a placeholder…

  • now_onTMO

    ok two models? t999 and t999v? probably one is for canada..

    or one is with exynos hspa+21 and the other is  hspa+42 with qualcomm

    if that’s the case , i’d get the exynos!

    • skye4

      Yes, I think the t999v is for Canada. The t999 for USA.

    • Edwardsuero7

      I would say both phones are tmobile devices so that rules it out from being for Canada

  • Rikk

    It could be a big draw for T- Mobile to be the only US carrier to offer the SGIII with the quad core processor. I think it could give them a leg up with this device. They offer some great devices, but just always seem one step down.

  • Erod188

    People are stupid why do you want 42mbps and basically downgrade a phone that has an insane processor a phone is more useful with better processing than internet speed. If this phone doesn’t come with a quad core this isn’t a sgs 3

    • now_onTMO

       LOL we get the fake one! LOL

      • Erod188

        I mean its not to brag but I’m expecting to get the type of phone that they announced for Europe if they are going to call it a galaxy 3. If it falls anything short I’m just gonna look for a galaxy note

        • TMOTECH

          What if they announced the US models first and had their event in New Orleans at CTIA instead of London and the US models were released first? Would you think that our version is the real version? Would the people on European blogs be  complaining that they are not getting the REAL Version? How obtuse can you be to think that because a certain design was made for snooty Europeans that it is the only real version. 

        • Justinreynolds98

          So if the T-Mobile version has the Qualcomm S4 processor and not the quad core equinox, then your gonna get the note which on atat has the qualcomm s3 processor where as the international has dual core equinox.Also I would like the quad equinox S3, but if I had to choose between that and 42mbs connectivity I would choose the 42mbs. I’m in the Chicao market, I have the s2 42mbs and my sister has sensation21mbs. We run sped test in the same spot and s2 is between 10 and 25 down, whereas sensation is about 2 to 5. For anyone in the hspa+ 42 coverage area the difference in speed is a lot. My ex girlfriend has the thunderbolt on Verizon late and I would sometimes beat her late download speed.overall it was very close. When it came to upload speed lte destroys hspa+42.

        • souggie

          Lol, “sped test”

    • MarcusDW

      The S4 is very powerful.

      • jessejames111981

        i can’t belive people still keep thinking more megapixels means a better camera and more cores means a better processor. I want the s4!

        • now_onTMO

          oh no let’s not compare it with MP numbers on cameras.. lol.. based on benhmarks, the exynos is winning… and we aren’t sure if the s4 is going to be optimised for the software especially the browser.. i don’t mind if we get the s4, im just a little wary of qualcomm processors…
          i hope the phone wont lag with over 200 apps installed.. lol.. i have less than 100 actually..lol

      • Get_at_Me

        no arguments there but its not the “genuine” processor…..the intended chip is replaced with qualcomm to appease carriers non universal network configurations. cant blame cdma/lte equipped networks for replacing the chip as theres a huge diff between cdma 3g and lte. tmo has less of a reason to go qualcomm. they should go exynos and optimize the radio for peak performance. 21mbps devices are capable of getting into the teens with download speeds which is what alot of 42 devices see on average.

        • TMOTECH

          Yea but the difference is that during busy times when there is a lot of users a 42 handset will still maintain higher data rates because it can use both carrier frequencies at the same time where as the 21 capable will only use a single carrier. 

        • MarcusDW

          I completely understand all of that but it’s just not gonna happen. TMO will absolutely not drop down to 21meg just to appease some geeks.

        • Edwardsuero7

          I have a feeling that they are doing both exynos and s4, and there seems to be two models in the fcc the sgh-t999 and sgh-t999v

        • UMA_Fan

          The thing is that most consumers are not tech savvy.  By making the successor to a 42mbps device on tmobile a 21mbps device, that would cause a whole lot of problems and customer dissatisfaction.

    • TMOTECH

      The At&T and Verizon versions aren’t going to have the quad core. I predict we will get the quad core. 

    • Magnus100

      Most things you do are internet based and so work faster with faster internet speeds. What the heck is the point of having an insanely speced phone crippled by less capable data speed!
      BTW, benchmarks have shown the Qualcom S4 smoking the Exynos in several tests. 
      I think the Exynos is definitely awesome, but slightly over-hyped, and don’t forget the S4 is based off of the more efficient Core A15 architecture.
      I personally don’t care which one it is, I’m already smitten with the phone so … Samsung… shut up and take my money!

  • Wilma Flintstone

    It’s the Samsung Galaxy S 3 (V)ibrant O.O

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I do know one thing though, I will beat @Pimpstrong:disqus in line for this device :P  LOL

    • MarcusDW

      Who is this PimpStrong?

      U might beat me this time around Wilma because I’m the fence about buying this phone. I want to buy it but won’t spend $299 on it so we’ll see.

    • mreveryphone

      I’m all ready in line! Where yall at?

    • BigMixxx

      u might be in line with all you folks….this might help me lift my ban on samsung devices…

  • Joe

    Will their maybe be a exynos proccessor in there?

  • Joey

    Is there a chance there might be an exynos in the t-mobile variant?

  • Taron19119

    t-mobile is not getting the note the phone that people think is the t-mobile note is the t-mobile gs3 just my thinking

    • BoricuaBoy88

      What?! Did you even see the leaked pictures of the T-Mo Note? It clearly says ”Galaxy Note” on the back of the device, just like the AT&T version, and the menu screen showed that it has a different model number than the GS3. GS3=T999/G-Note=T879

  • jessejames111981

    odd samsung didn’t file a temp order to seal this file until after they announce it. Also it will be odd if soon a sprint and att versions don’t pop up. 

  • Jburke

    How much will this phone cost to buy @ T mobile?

  • Ne0

    hope it out soon it won’t cost more than $600 retail.

  • Banana

    So hold on a second here… Would this phone be capable of handling the upcoming Tmobile LTE or no? . . I have a feeling that Tmobile just might go with the quad core for bragging rights over the other carriers who will all have dual cores. . .but at the same time,.they just might think that the galaxy S3 will sell regardless of bragging rights or not considering the success of the other galaxy Ss. They might just release it as a dual core and call it a day.

    • Dave Gomez

      Sounds like HSPA+ but no LTE since T-mobile’s LTE network hasn’t been rolled out. 

      • Syed.

        It will since it has the 1900 band chipset

        • http://tmonews.com David

          It won’t handle T-Mobile’s LTE? T-Mobile’s LTE is on the 1700 band, or will be…the HSPA+ network is being moved to the 1900 band. This FCC filing does not show LTE on the 1700 band.

  • Get_at_Me

    Whats with the two model numbers? The last time we saw this (t959 & t959v) those devices were the og vibrant and gs4g. The only differences between them being…ffc, 7.2mbps hspa vs 21mbps+ and eclair vs froyo. Could this mean one will be 21mbps capable while the other is 42mbps? And we all know what that would mean….Very interesting

    • jerry

      You made me smile:) I’ll take 21 anyday…

  • Nickk

    Some T-Mobile representative said to me that te Galaxy S3 is going to be on T-Mobiles network cause T-Mobile and Samsung have a contract and the only reason T-Mobile is reframing there network isn’t just for the iPhone but for the galaxy and more great devices coming out. But looks like by this summer the iPhone will be having 3G on T-Mobile & the galaxy s3 will be on the same 1900 band. Heard the galaxy should be out by June..

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Pretty much everything we already knew!

      • http://twitter.com/312O Mr Nice Guy

        I didn’t

    • ghulamsameer

      3G by the summer? I thought they said sometime around Q4.

      • Magnus100

        They said by the end of the year. So maybe by December or even next year, given how these things seem to play out.

  • Sfvfhg

    Why can’t Iresize this page on my phone?

  • MarcusDW

    So do we have confirmation that the Exynos quad can run HSPA+42? I mean the I9300 only goes up to 21

  • http://www.peakfitnessny.com WD

    I need a new phone!!!.  I am still on the N1 from almost two and a half years ago and I am out of memory (Damn you google)  I would get this if it were good but then there’s the news of google possibly launching legacy devices  with Jellybean later in the year and given Samsung’s crappy track record with OS updates, I don’t know what to do.  AAAAAAH.

    • theking_13

      Two words. Galaxy Nexus. ;)

  • Ninah

    Hi I was wondering when will like the iPhone or any AT&T smart phone get 3G since T-Mobile is getting 1900 band? Is that soon. I need my iPhone to be 3G capable and they said it’s coming soon. How long n!!!!

    • http://tmonews.com David

      They actually send by end of year…so plan on that, end of year.

  • Jackseddie

    I am really hoping that at least ONE person out there in Cyberspace can answer this question because nobody that I have talked to seems to have a DEFINITIVE answer.  Here goes…  I am a huge techno geek.  I love all the new phone technology and I have ALWAYS been a T-mobile customer.  Like everyone else, I too usually find myself annoyed with T-mobiles lack of real high end 4G devices so I just deal.  I have been using an iPhone 4S for the last 7 months on EDGE only and its “okay”… Obviously I HATE the EDGE speed but I know until they “refarm” I am stuck with it.  I bought a Galaxy Nexus UNLOCKED in November last year and used it for a week until I decided to sell it.  Wasn’t crazy about it.  So I went back to my iphone 4S.  Although I love my iPhone 4S I have to say that it bores me.  I know that sounds weird when referring to a phone but it is boring and I hate the 3.5 in. screen.  TOO SMALL.  Now on to my question… I have PRE ORDERED my Samsung Galaxy S3 (UNLOCKED) from Negri Electronics two weeks ago.  I have gotten conflicting information about whether or not the UNLOCKED International version of the SGS3 will run on Tmobile’s 4G network in the USA or only EDGE (like my iPhone 4S)… I know that T-mobile is eventually going to get the SGS3 but I don’t want to wait AND I dont like all of the Tmobile branding all over they’re devices and the bloatware… SO…. I want to buy the unlocked version.  PLEASE if anyone knows FOR SURE will it work on the 4G frequencies?  Or am I stuck with EDGE again untl the refarming (and then will it work on the new refarmed frequencies?) Thanks so much for you’re help.

    • Get_at_Me

      i’m not quite sure about the international version of the GS3 regarding bands…..Negri’s spec sheet shows AWS compatibility, but i don’t think they know for sure….i did just look at Samsung’s official GS3 website and it lists LTE compatibility (depending on country)….There’s nothing on the site about varying chips or spectrum compatibility, unfortunately

    • jp2dj1

      the Samsung galaxy international S3 unlocked version will only get EDGE only on T-Mobile network.

    • Magnus100

      Sorry, it will only work on T-mobile Edge for now. It doesn’t have the 1700 freq. 
      If you can exercise a little patience, the T-mobile version will be available soon, probably next month, and if you don’t mind you can root and remove the bloatware, as for the carrier branding, yeah, that’s a little tougher. I wouldn’t want to advice you to sandpaper it off.

  • Bryck

    HMMM……… I have the SGI Vibrant was looking to upgrade to the SGIII and buy it off contract….No LTE support that’s a bummer…..Now I’m debating on what to do.

    • Sanman202

      HSPA+ is fast enough. I have the GSII and it’s pretty fast in Orlando metro area. For most people that change phones like underwear no LTE support is not that big as they will already have another one or two devices since the GSIII. If you are looking to keep the GSIII for two or more years then you may want to pass on it until the next phone if LTE is important to you. I would get the GSII upgrade from the Vibrant and wait for the 4th phone. The GSII is much improved from the Vibrant. I have both!

  • Magnus100

    Just wish by a stroke of luck this phone will start shipping for T-Mobile before the end of this month. I’m so tired of waiting. They should just start shipping the frigging thing already.
    My SGSII is still going strong, but I’m so ready for an upgrade to the best phone in the universe at the moment.

    • Get_at_Me

       Androids pace of evolution has truly spoiled us all….the tmo gs2 is about 6 months old….haha

  • Bryck

    OFF TOPIC……Dave I want you to know I’ve been reading comments on this board for about 2 years and I’ve learn so much about the world of mobile phone and network infrastructure…..Keep up the goo work.

  • Jack Hu

    Do not like the shape of the international sgs3 (too rounded) hopefully they will make some changes on T999.

    • now_onTMO

      Uh huh it’s understandable that some people are turned off by that rounded corners and think its ugly… The same way I feel with the razzr…. Lol I don’t like that design at all

    • now_onTMO

      Uh huh it’s understandable that some people are turned off by that rounded corners and think its ugly… The same way I feel with the razzr…. Lol I don’t like that design at all

  • UMA_Fan

    You would think being the only national carrier without the iPhone would give T-Mobile the leverage to get the manufacturers to launch some high end exclusives.  It would be amazing if T-Mobile would get an exclusive on the GS3… not likely, but it would be awesome.

    The problem with T-Mobile is no matter how good their network and value claims are what really makes people bite is the device.  The thing with android phones now is that pretty much everyone has an equivalent device.  It’s hard to get an Android phone out there at this point that stands out and makes people want to cancel service with their current carrier to get it.

    • Get_at_Me

      Couldn’t have said it better myself…I completely agree with you.  TMO is the most loyal Android carrier….There are so many reasons why it’s tough for TMO to land groundbreaking exclusives…1) they’re the smallest national carrier 2) manufacturers would rather work out exclusivity deals with the larger carriers bc they pay more despite carrying the iphone 3) TMO’s current AWS HSPA+ spectrum….just to name a few.  Hopefully TMO’s spectrum re-farming effort and an overall more aggressive stance on devices will yield more notable exclusives….Better yet, it would be awesome if manufacturers would not agree to exclusive deals with carriers and just make their devices available across the board at the time of launch….Apple doesn’t play favorites (anymore).  They make the iphone available to all major carriers simultaneously (which is the right thing to do)….The Blessing and curse of Android is variety & volume.  The Galaxy Nexus for example was announced soon after the American gs2 became available.  It would be stupid for carriers to support both.  VZW held out on the gs2 in favor of the gn.  Just imagine if we would’ve gotten the gs2 a few months sooner or at the same time it was released internationally?  The gn mightve been widely available stateside if that were the case.  Highend  Android devices come out so frequently, its hard to snatch up every one.

      • http://twitter.com/ethutch Terry Hutchinson

         Huh?  This doesn’t make much sense.  Baring some vaguely annoying bloatware the device is the device.  All the differences I know of are strictly to accommodate different cellular technology.  And Samsung isn’t big enough by a factor of a million to “fix” that.  I’m not even certain I’d call it broken.  Unfortunate perhaps.  If they had known about cell phones in 1900 they’d probably have done a much better job with frequency allocation.

    • ObsceneJesster

      An exclusive on the GS3? Bottom line. It wouldn’t benefit Samsung. Think about it.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Not only is not likely, it’s already been well documented that other versions for the other carriers exist. Talking about it being an exclusive is useless at this point.

    • Enoel69

      I am not in favor of exclusives…if the bands can play nice, just unleash the device to which ever carrier that want one.

  • Sarnax

    For anyone who believes that Samsung’s quad Exynos processor won’t support 42Mbps HSPA, please see this article: http://www.itproportal.com/2012/05/18/samsung-galaxy-s3-will-support-42mbps-dc-hspa/

    • now_onTMO

      i hope this is true! nice!

      i love you samsung, i’ll love you even more if you give us this version!

      LOL

    • V_i_m

      The article didn’t say anything about Exynos, only that the GS3 released for O2 in the UK would support 42mbps HSPA+.  So it still could be a Qualcomm chip.

      • now_onTMO

        Umm wanna read it again?

        • V_i_m

          Just did. Still don’t see it.  I even did a search on the page for Exynos.  Nothing. 

        • badbob001

          The article does mention that the S3 will come with a quad-core cpu, but it does read as a general statement and doesn’t specially say O2′s version will be quad-core. The uk carrier Three will also upgrade to 42Mbps DC-HSPA and their S3 pre-order page lists quad-core. So unless Three plans to release two versions of the S3, it seems likely the S3 supports 42 DC-HSPA. As for the S3 supporting t-mobile-us’ 42 HSPA+, that is questionable since I think they achieve 42 using MIMO instead of DC-HSPA’a Dual Carrier mode. I think when t-mobile still had plans for 84 HSPA, that involved using MIMO+DC.

        • Vim

          Exactly.  The blurb with the specs at the end is a recap of Samsung’s recent announcement of the device and not necessarily indicative of the phone that will actually be released for O2.  Newspapers do that all the time, sometimes leading people to believe there is a connection when there isn’t. Notice how there’s a sentence about a non DC-HSPA Vodafone version in between the O2 stuff and the recap at the end too, and the recap doesn’t say with any authority which versions of the phone will have those specs.     

        • now_onTMO

           or maybe samsung made the gs3 hspa+42 enabled by default and whatever carrier has that network can take advantage of the data speed on the gs3…

        • now_onTMO

           or maybe samsung made the gs3 hspa+42 enabled by default and whatever carrier has that network can take advantage of the data speed on the gs3…

        • now_onTMO

           it says on the site that the galaxy s3 will be compatible with hspa+ 42 while also mentioning that O2 will begin rolling out their 4G hspa+42 next week… (there is also another link in the article somobile which says that O2 has already began rolling out their 4G and also mentions that samsung confirmed that it will be 42 HSPA compatible)… so it’s a big possibility that O2′s GS3 version would be HSPA+42 enabled knowing that the device won’t be out until the end of may, O2′s version may be done , boxed, and ready for the masses.. but i could be wrong , we shall see soon

        • V_i_m

          Yes, the O2 version of the GS3 will be compatible with hspa+42 according to the article.   I don’t have an issue with that. 

          What I don’t see is confirmation that it’s an exynos.  The blurb at the end about the 1.4GHz quad core is just a recap of Samsung’s press release regarding the generic GS3.   

        • now_onTMO

           it says on the site that the galaxy s3 will be compatible with hspa+ 42 while also mentioning that O2 will begin rolling out their 4G hspa+42 next week… (there is also another link in the article somobile which says that O2 has already began rolling out their 4G and also mentions that samsung confirmed that it will be 42 HSPA compatible)… so it’s a big possibility that O2′s GS3 version would be HSPA+42 enabled knowing that the device won’t be out until the end of may, O2′s version may be done , boxed, and ready for the masses.. but i could be wrong , we shall see soon

  • now_onTMO

    something i don’t understand with samsung… why do they allow making drastic changes on theei flagship device when they reach the US shores? look at the iphone… it’s on multiple carriers but they they are all similar! if these carriers want a phone with their specific specs,designs,data connectivity, etc then so be it but call call it a different device rather than being a variant of a device that is not identical to what they sell to the rest of the world… just doesn’t make sense… samsung you’re a big company at least utilize a little bit of that power! you must love america, who doesn’t? but it’s still just a country and not a different planet on a galaxy somewhere else..

    /rant

    thanks..

    • Cyclone

      It is because qualcomm 4g and snapdragon dual core patents. Samsung could make quad core for US but it would have to be 3G phone. If Europe goes 4G they gonna have the same problem as US.

      • theking_13

        Actually, because snapdragon supports 4G without an additional modem, adding another one would mean that the phone needs to be thicker.

      • now_onTMO

         what i was thinking was.. US carriers can release the international version even if it’s only 3g, then also they can release a 4g modified one that looks different and has a different processor.. why we even build a hype for something we’re not even going to get?

  • avataranjie

    Why t999 and t999v?

    • Enoel69

      Hopefully two models…one with TouchWiz (T999) and one with Vanilla Android (T999v). Could the v on T999v be a notation for vanilla Android? I will take pure vanilla Android on this device any day…i dislike touchwiz. and that is a draw back right now for me.  And  given the rumor that Google might be working on releasing not one but five JB Nexus devices (pls someone make theirs abt 130mm tall) in abt six months gives me much to ponder. Two main issues with this device Touchwiz and it being 136.5mm tall…hopefully the Tmo version might come with a slight reduction in height..something like 130mm tall or a max 132mm. The size of the Tmo GS2 form factor will be perfect…just squeeze in a 4.7″ or 4.8″ screen and we will have a perfect sized GS3 that won’t cause much strain with one handed use.

      • http://tmonews.com David

        No, it’s more likely one is Canadian and one is the US.

        • avataranjie

          v for canada?/ awesome

      • http://twitter.com/Lawless_1 Lawless_1

        Why would Samsung make 2 versions of the same phone and make one vanilla android? Come on. If they actually wanted to give the consumer a choice they could just make it where you can disable touchwiz on every device and it would save them money and save the consumer from making a “tough” choice.

  • Lettcco

    no 2100mhz WCDMA/HSPA band?  no international support?

  • Briguydj32

    A Samsung rep came into my store two days ago and said an official announcement was coming next week… She also said she’s received invites to numerous launch event dates in June…. also says they plan to seed devices at the events, and to stores… since that program did so well for the sales of the GSII…

    It could all be BS…. but i’ll take it!

    • frontrowfred

      It’s true, my wife spoke with a local (OK) T-Mobile store rep, and they already have the SIII to play with.  The rep did confirm the US version is dual core.