Samsung Announces The Galaxy S III For Five US Carriers, Begins Launching In June

Well, if you still had even the most slim shade of doubt in your mind that the Galaxy S III wouldn’t make it to T-Mobile, Samsung has just gone and erased any of that lingering doubt. Right as the clock struck 12:00am this morning Samsung sent an email announcing the Galaxy S III for Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, US Cellular and of course, T-Mobile.

Interestingly enough, all five versions of the US Galaxy S III will sport the Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and the 4.8″ screen along with the rest of the widespread options Samsung has in store for their newest flagship.

“The Galaxy S III includes Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with TouchWiz enhancements, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual core CPU and 2GB of internal RAM to provide high-speed performance enabling efficient and seamless multi-tasking. The dual-core processor offers competitive speeds and performance as leading quad-core processors without sacrificing valuable battery life. The brilliant 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display brings content to life, without compromising the device’s true pocketability. The expansive display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2.0 to guard against cracks and scratches and provide enhanced touchscreen responsiveness.”

The Galaxy S III will arrive in both Marble White and Pebble Blue in the US, though which colors will be sold by which carriers still remains an unknown. T-Mobile’s own Galaxy S III variant will support HSPA+ 42Mbps, just as we expected.

Samsung’s press release says the Galaxy S III will start launching in June, though it doesn’t give an actual timeframe for each carrier and the wording suggests the phones could launch after June as well. Exact pricing and retail availability are expected to be announced by the five carriers in the coming weeks and will be supported by the biggest marketing campaign Samsung has ever undertaken in the US.

“The Galaxy S III is the most innovative smartphone on the market today. It is an industry first to see five major carriers align behind the launch of a single device virtually simultaneously,” said Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Telecommunications America. “To support the immense excitement for the Galaxy S III we will execute our biggest marketing campaign ever. Consumers won’t be able to miss why this device is the must-have smartphone.”

Will the rumored June 20th launch date for T-Mobile hold true? We sure hope so, but we’ll keep our eyes out for anything official from the Magenta mothership herself.

 

The full press release is below:

Samsung Galaxy S III Coming To Five Major Carriers

Beginning in June

In an industry first, Samsung delivers the same iconic smartphone design and premium content sharing experience with customized AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular services starting from $199

DALLAS — June 4, 2012 — U.S. consumers on five major service providers will now be able to own the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S® III. Galaxy S III, optimized for peak performance on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE and HSPA+ 42 networks, will be launching with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular starting in June.Exact pricing and retail availability will be announced by each of the five carriers in the coming weeks.

“The U.S. launch of the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated launch of the year. As promised, we are delivering the ‘next big thing’ for U.S. customers and across all major carriers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “Galaxy S III introduces new technological innovation and takes sharing to the next level.”

With the Galaxy S III, Samsung is setting a new standard for smartphones. This device was designed to be lightweight, durable and powerful. The Galaxy S III weighs 4.7 ounces and is 8.6 millimeters thin, making it lighter and sleeker than other leading smartphones, including several competitor models with smaller displays. The brilliant 4.8 inch display extends to an ultra-thin bezel to maximize the viewing area. The Galaxy S III delivers impressive processing power to allow more applications to be accessible simultaneously.

The Galaxy S III goes far beyond content consumption to content sharing. Continuing its history of innovation, Samsung has simplified how consumers share content and control the device with a single touch, through enhanced gesture technology or the simple movement of the eyes.

Sharing Made Simple

 The content sharing experience on the Galaxy S III addresses the sharing needs of consumers, whether it’s sharing and editing a presentation with a large group in real-time, sending digital images to several other smartphones at the same time or transferring large files within seconds from one phone to another. Further, these sharing experiences are simple and require little, if any, set-up.

 

Sharing With Multiple Devices

-The Galaxy S III introduces the next evolution of Samsung’s content sharing service with AllShare® Play. This service automatically notifies the Galaxy S III to Samsung HDTVs, mobile tablets, laptops and other consumer electronic devices on the same network that are ready to receive video files. Users can also remotely access files from devices on other networks.

Sharing with Groups

-      With AllShare Group Cast on the Galaxy S III and a Wi-Fi network, users can share and collaborate on documents, presentations or images in real-time with multiple friends or co-workers’ without loading the file separately.

-      With Share Shot, become the official photographer for a group of friends. There’s no need to send photos and video via email, MMS or a USB drive. Users can quickly and seamlessly share pictures taken with the Galaxy S III’s 8 megapixel camera to other phones from up to 200 feet away. Once the Galaxy S III is synched with chosen devices, the pictures are automatically shared.

Sharing Smartphone to Smartphone

-      S-Beam is an industry first, providing fast, easy transfer of large files, such as videos and documents, with a single touch of the Galaxy S III without needing a Wi-Fi connection or cell signal. A 1GB movie file can be shared as quickly as three minutes and a 10MB music file can be transferred in seconds by simply touching another GALAXY S III phone.

Smartphone Simplicity

-      The S-Voice™ feature on the Galaxy S III offers much more than just asking and answering questions.  S-Voice allows users to control the applications and services used most with words instead of touch. Use S-Voice to turn the volume up or down on the music player, answer or reject incoming calls, shut off or choose to snooze the alarm clock, or take a picture by saying “smile” or “cheese.”

-      Smart Stay puts the “smart” in smartphones. With Smart Stay, the Galaxy S III tracks the user’s eye to ensure the device screen is always on while you’re looking at it. By knowing when you are looking at the screen, it doesn’t dim the backlight or timeout to an idle screen.

-      Motion simplifies and short cuts many common functions including converting a text message to a call by simply raising the phone to the ear, tapping the top of the phone to go to the top of an email and list of emails or contacts, and alerting to missed call or text message.

-      The capabilities of the Galaxy S III’s 8 megapixel camera are far beyond point and shoot. Burst Shot captures still pictures at a rapid-fire pace at three images per second with zero shutter lag; and Best Shot recommends the best picture to keep based on colors, lighting and clarity. The Galaxy S III shoots and plays back 1080p HD quality video with a backside illuminated sensor that improves performance in low light environments, and provides the ability to capture a photo during videoing

-      Watching video while downloading a large file or service is seamless with Pop Up Play. Pop Up Play allows you to watch any side-loaded video content while operating any application in full-screen, background view at the same time. Video running on Pop Up Play can be moved anywhere on top of the full screen, much like picture-in-picture capabilities on large screen TVs.

Powerful Performance

The Galaxy S III includes Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with TouchWiz enhancements, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual core CPU and 2GB of internal RAM to provide high-speed performance enabling efficient and seamless multi-tasking. The dual-core processor offers competitive speeds and performance as leading quad-core processors without sacrificing valuable battery life. The brilliant 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display brings content to life, without compromising the device’s true pocketability. The expansive display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2.0 to guard against cracks and scratches and provide enhanced touchscreen responsiveness.

The Galaxy S III, which comes in Marble White and Pebble Blue, is powered by a removable 2100 mAh battery for extended use on a single charge. Users can store large libraries of photos, videos and music onboard the Galaxy S III with expandable memory to compliment the standard 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage.

“The Galaxy S III is the most innovative smartphone on the market today. It is an industry first to see five major carriers align behind the launch of a single device virtually simultaneously,” said Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Telecommunications America. “To support the immense excitement for the Galaxy S III we will execute our biggest marketing campaign ever. Consumers won’t be able to miss why this device is the must-have smartphone.”

 

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  • xSAVAGEx

    Now we just need a price.

    • Raza

      Read, it says starting at $199

      • Mattmjb0188

        No quad core Exynos, no deal. Absolutely ridiculous Noth American carriers f good phones up

        • TMOTECH

          Read Conan’s article from 3 days ago. You may change your mind. More does not always equal better. 

  • meems

    S III here I come

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    Very Excited, cannot wait. – D

  • Slinky

    Im  super excited and cannot wait to get my hands on one! This will be my second smart phone that i have ever owned. Will be burying my iphone 3gs in my back yard soon! 

  • Taron19119

    I got my money ready come on t-mobile please do pre orders if not t well be at the t-mobile store day one when they open

  • Jay Sandora

    Definitely looking forward to getting some hands-on with this phone, see if it’s the one that finally replaces my Vibrant.

    Kind of wish there was more information available about the new line of Nexus phones Google is working on for this Fall, though.  As sweet as the GS3 seems, I’d really love a pure Google phone.  Would just pick up a Nexus now if it wasn’t for the lack of external storage.

    • BIGG13

      I’m also still using a Vibrant until something good comes out and am wondering if this will be the phone.

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

    They T-Mobile, just tweeted it will release on June 21st, woohoo!

  • nat_daddy

    Can I upgrade from my unlimited 3g plan and get this phone without having to change my contract?

    • poopie

      Dial 611 from your smatphone

    • julio cesar

      yes you can….it doesnt matter your plan, what really matters is wether or not you are eligible for the full upgrade.

  • http://twitter.com/Supa_P_Posta Supa Producer Posta™

    It comes the 21st

  • Keenan K Stephens

    I’ll wait till the 11th of July for the White one!! :-D

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

    The world is about to go crazy! iPhone what???? Ahahahah

  • Dfireballwow

    I don’t know if this makes any sense at all but has anyone thought that maybe Samsung is trying to do the same thing as the iphone has done. Any country that you buy it you are getting the same phone as far as looks. That has to save boat loads of money for apple.

    • Johnny Brown

      That’s a possibility, Though I was thinking of it this way: I’m sure it’s a logistical nightmare when carriers want to change form factors/features…  All the carriers, releasing the same phone, with the same specs makes it possible to release to the carriers at the same time. It’s efficient as well as like you said economical… 

    • Johnny Brown

      That’s a possibility, Though I was thinking of it this way: I’m sure it’s a logistical nightmare when carriers want to change form factors/features…  All the carriers, releasing the same phone, with the same specs makes it possible to release to the carriers at the same time. It’s efficient as well as like you said economical… 

    • Nahoou

      Yeah they are definitely doing the apple thing in similarity…. Just look at the fact that now you can choose between 16 and 32 GB.

  • Me

    I wonder how much upgrade price will be? I was eligible for an upgrade last month. The Samsung Galaxy S II is showing $249 upgrade price right now

    • vsukid

      Thats still a little pricey but I’ll still pay it.

    • vsukid

      Thats still a little pricey but I’ll still pay it.

  • LEO

    DONT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU PEOPLE GET SO EXCITED..ITS A PHONE..REALLY GONNA CHANGE UR LIFE???MAYBE NEED TO GET ONE

    • BIGG13

      “Get a life”, said the guy who came into a phone forum to bash people for being excited over a phone.

    • HeLLo

       Really?.So you come on here bashing people over a phone and you tell them to get a life?.Funny maybe YOU should get a life or better yet grown up.

  • fixxmyhead

    i dont like this s4 chip theres no differentiating high end phones anymore if they all come with the same chip as all the other high end phones. say what u will but the quadcore exynos version is superior

    • souggie

      By like two points and it is not as efficient power wise as the exynos 4, now if you’re talking about the exynos 5, which is a true A15 based quad core soC, THEN yes the exynos 5 is better on paper….the s4 benchmarks match or at times beat the current A9 quad core exynos as it is now, you lose nothing by having an s4…

      • souggie

        Plus 2gb of RAM

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    Anyone want to speculate on the SGS this time around having no design or modification differences between them?

    The original Samsung Galaxy S launched with five variants, the SGS II with four.

    This time the U.S. version is similar between all five carriers. Maybe Samsung refused to modify it, per each carrier’s specs? Was this a cost thing, or marketing decision?

    • J-Hop2o6

      Both. But yea, Samsung has more say now, like Apple does, since Samsung is the Android leader right now.

    • J-Hop2o6

      Both. But yea, Samsung has more say now, like Apple does, since Samsung is the Android leader right now.

    • JBLmobileG1

      This might be a good thing. Since there is no real difference hardware wise maybe any future updates to the software could hit all carriers at or around the same time so long as it’s not bogged down with carrier specific apps… or as most of us know it… bloatware.

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    AT&T is supposed to be Samsung’s “launch partner” on the SGS III, whatever THAT means.

    Seems odd there’s no press release yet from AT&T on the SGS III.

    Anyone heard from AT&T on its SGS III? Maybe it is still pissed off about the failed acquisition and won’t come out of its room. :)

  • 2JZ_NOS

    Sadly, even though T-Mobile is getting the S3, they’ll no longer be my carrier.  The ridiculousness of not being able to get reception inside my office building is taking me over to Verizon.

    • Jcj1

      get a router and use wifi

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

        why should he have to do that when there are commercials touting TMO’s network as “blazing fast” .. it’s an issue that doesn’t need to be circumvented with wifi and routers . it needs to be fixed ..

        • Tcole1322

          he wants calling reception i believe. i have worked for at&t, tmobile and verizion all have problems inside of buildings/houses in some areas therefore this comment makes no sense 

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

          oh i didn’t read that as a calling reception thing but just a 4G type thing .. but let’s be honest, how many offices allow employees to use WiFi freely if you’re not in IT ya know.  so WiFi calling isn’t really practical.

          but yeah i figured he meant just overall connection reception not just making calls .. i make calls just fine on TMO inside my building on the 37th floor but overall quality of reception (data/4G/signal) remains suspect.

        • Mascitalianhere

          WiFi is literally free everywhere now…even on company sites…recheck your availabilities

        • TMOfan

          Well, all carriers have their own issues and TMO is the only carrier that employs WiFi calling feature, so stop bad mouthing when ALL carriers have similar issues in similar situations. Verizon is very costly, ATT is similar and there ya have it

    • Tcole1322

      you can use wifi calling with tmobile just to let you know! go into your tmobile and ask which devices are wifi calling enabled and you will be all set! there is no extra cost besides buying the new phone if your phone now is not wifi calling enabled. hope this helps