Samsung Mobile Canada Confirms Galaxy S III Specs For T-Mobile

I don’t know the Canadian national anthem but if I did, I’d be singing it right now as Samsung Mobile Canada just confirmed the North American specs for the SGH-?999 aka Galaxy S III device. T-Mobile will receive a HSPA+ 42Mbps model, billed as the SGH-iT999 for our friends to the north and just SGH-T999 here in Magenta-land. Furthermore, Samsung Mobile Canada seems to confirm our intel for June 20th availability of the Galaxy S III.

So the specs, that’s what you really want to know right? The quad-core Exynos processor has been dropped in favor of the dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, though you’ll be given 2GB of RAM giving you some extra bounce in your step. The rest of the specs match up with everything else we’ve seen thus far: 4.8″ Super AMOLED 720p screen, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.9megapixel front facing camera and a 2100mAh battery.

On a side note, this press release doesn’t show a 32GB variant of the SGH-iT999, which is different from our intel regarding T-Mobile’s upcoming launch. However, the 16GB model has expandable microSD memory for 32Gb of storage. We’ll just have to wait and see what the real deal is as we wait for T-Mobile to drop their own press release.

Hit the full press release below for all the details as just about everything here should line right up with T-Mobile’s own variant of the Galaxy S III.



Full Samsung Mobile Canada Press Release:

The Samsung GALAXY S III provides Canadians with a more human smartphone experience

Canada NewsWire

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 30, 2012

Designed for humans and inspired by nature, the Samsung GALAXY S III brings the best combination of power and performance to the Canadian marketplace

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 30, 2012 /CNW/ – Samsung Electronics Canada, today announces the models details and availability date of the much-anticipated GALAXY S III. Beginning June 20th, the Samsung GALAXY S III will be available through leading Canadian wireless carriers and authorized national retailers.

“We are very excited to bring the highly anticipated GALAXY S III to Canadians so they can experience firsthand, the power, performance and passion that Samsung is known for,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Enterprise Business Group, Samsung Canada. “This next generation of the GALAXY S series is sleek and stylish, and offers users features that promote sharing, and are intuitive and powerful, allowing Canadians to enjoy a more human experience with their smartphone.”

Natural Interaction

Smart enough to detect face, voice and motions, the GALAXY S III adapts to the user, providing users an interface that is convenient and natural.

  • With the innovative ‘Smart stay’ feature, the GALAXY S III recognizes how the user is using their device such as, reading an e-book or browsing the web. By having the front camera identify eye motion the phone maintains a bright display for continued viewing pleasure.
  • The GALAXY S III features ‘S Voice,’ an advanced natural language user interface, to listen and respond to user commands. S Voice presents powerful functions in regards to device control and commands, such as allowing the user to play a favorite song, turn the volume up or down, send text messages and emails, organize schedules, or automatically launch the camera and capture a photo.
  • With ‘Smart alert‘ the GALAXY S III will alert the user by catching any missed messages or calls with a vibration to notify missed statuses when picked up after being idle. If the user is messaging someone but decide to call them instead, they can simply lift phone to their ear and ‘Direct call’ will dial their number.

Easy and Instant Sharing

The Samsung GALAXY S III is more than a personal device that can be enjoyed by one user – it wants to share and experience smartphone benefits with family and friends, regardless of location with the following features:

  • With the new ‘S Beam,’ the GALAXY S III expands upon Android™ Beam™, allowing a 1GB movie file to be shared within three minutes and a 10MB music file within two seconds by simply touching another GALAXY S III phone, even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal.
  • The ‘Buddy photo share’ function also allows photos to be easily and simultaneously shared with all friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery.
  • ‘AllShare Play’ can be used to instantly share any forms of files between GALAXY S III and tablet, PC, and televisions that are DLNA enabled, regardless of the distance between the devices.
  • The ‘Group Cast’ feature that allows users to share their screen among multiple friends on the same Wi-Fi network; users can comment and draw changes at the same time as co-workers- witnessing real-time sharing on individual devices.
    • The preloaded ‘Dropbox’ application provides an even more convenient sharing experience, supplying 50GB of free storage for two years for not just image and music files, but now also for video content. With the GALAXY S III files can also be instantly uploaded through data networks without requiring WiFi access.

Uncompromised Performance

With a 4.8? HD Super AMOLED display, the GALAXY S III offers a large and vivid viewing experience. Samsung Mobile’s heritage Super AMOLED display even enhances to HD and 16:9 wider viewing angles. To ensure faster content sharing and connectivity, the GALAXY S III offers Wi-Fi Channel Bonding which doubles the Wi-Fi bandwidth.

The GALAXY S III not only presents features with enhanced usability, but also provides an ergonomic and comfortable experience through its human-centric design. Its comfortable grip, gentle curves, and organic form deliver a rich human-centric feel and design. Available in Pebble Blue and Marble White at launch, Samsung will introduce a variety of additional color options.

The GALAXY S III also sports a range of additional features that boost performance and the overall user experience in entirely new ways, with features such as:

  • ‘Pop up play,’ users can play a video anywhere on their screen while simultaneously running other tasks, eliminating the need to close and restart videos when checking new emails or surfing the Web.
  • An 8MP camera features a zero-lag shutter speed that lets users capture moving objects easily without delay, with the ‘Burst shot’ function that instantly captures twenty continuous shots, and the ‘Best photo’ feature that selects the best of eight photographs, the GALAXY S III ensures users a more enhanced and memorable camera experience.
  • HD video can be recorded even with the 1.9MP front-facing camera, which users can use to capture a video of themselves. An improved backside illumination sensor further helps to eliminate blur in photos that result from shaking, even under low light conditions.
  • With Samsung Hubs, users can continually refresh phone content through the ‘Game Hub,’ which provides access to numerous social games, while Video Hub, a new service offering to the Canadian marketplace, brings users high quality TV and movies for rent . Furthermore, Samsung Music Hub will offer a personal music streaming service.

The GALAXY S III will be available for purchase in Canada starting on June 20, 2012.  Samsung is pleased to be working with all of the leading wireless providers in Canada, to give our customers a choice of service provider.  The SGH-i747 variation of the GALAXY S III will be available from Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS and Rogers Wireless.  The SGH-iT999 model will be available from Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity.

Additional Features Include:

  • Processor:
    • Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz
    • Qualcomm MSM8960 Chipset
  • OS (Shipping): ICS 4.0.4
  • Data: LTE (SGH-i747 variation) and HSPA+ 42 (SGH-iT999 variation)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 133g
  • Memory: 16/32GB internal memory (SGH-i747)/ 16GB internal memory (SGH-iT999)
    • Expandable microSD up to 32GB
  • Display: 4.8 HD Super AMOLED 1280×720 (306ppi)
  • Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, MHL Video Out
  • Camera: 8MP Rear-facing, 1.9MP Front-facing
  • Battery: 2100 mAh
  • Other:
    • TouchWiz with Motion UX
    • S Beam
    • AllShare Play enhance functionality
    • MP3/ACC+/WAV audio player
    • DivX/Xvid/MP4/WMV/H.263/ H.264 Video Player

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  • jerry

    I still want the exynos instead of s4 + 2 GB ram

    • aNYthing6

      S4 is no slouch. 

      • Nick Thai

        But I still love the idea of S4 Quad :D  or at Least S4 Pro . Anyone with me on this :D

        • souggie

          I’m with you Nick, a quad core s4 would junglef@#k any other quad-core soc right now….just the dual core alone is beastly, one can only imagine a quad core krait’s might. Have a one s and got a 5344 on quadrant, in addition to 22.3 mbps down here in Atlanta…Qualcomm got it right with this s4

        • J-Hop2o6

           I’m with u also! The S4 CPU is a beast, but the GPU is decent/on par. The Exynos 4412 GPU is beasting all (even SGX543 inside Apples A5x chip). Wouldn’t mind having that also to futureproof for a long while. Oh well.

      • jerry

        I know, but the exynos has been proven is a great SoC. And I need to test out some feature that is flawless in the international version (exynos).

    • Dumbazz

      You really don’t understand how processors and RAM works to make such an ignorant statement about cutting RAM in half just to get the other processor.

  • no2apple

    Screw it. Im getting Note…

    So what the difference b/w my S2 and this one apart from better screen and 2GB ram which doesn’t matter..

    • aNYthing6

      S4 is a lot faster than the S3 (which is in the T-Mobile S2). 

      • no2apple

        OK. SO Im back to SIII I guess. I still like the note hopefully something is different in t-mobile or else its too old being release in sep 2011..

  • takes up to only 32 gig sd cards and not 64?

  • This is so confusing!… which one again will work on t-mobile US? … don;t care for 4G, just need 3G

    • I’ve got it explained in the post!

  • 2gb of ram is welcomed, thanks Sammy.

  • erik

    What happened to the SDXC support? I thought it was supposed to be guaranteed to take a 64 Gb card. I was also holding out for the exynos, I don’t need their 42+ speed with my home network.

    • J-Hop2o6

      I’m pretty sure it will work. Works in the G.Note I hear.

  • Qbancelli

    I bet the Tmobile version won’t look the same as the original.

    • whiteiphoneproblems

      Yes, wondering that too, and looking forward to seeing the North American versions…

    • Seth Kaas

      I’m wondering the same thing! I thought T-Mobile did a great job with their design of the GS2 and I liked the tackier back plate they had on it. Kind of hoping they ditch the new back plate for that same great grip.

  • Tuliom Mesa

    I’m dissapointed that we won’t see a quad core sg3, that’s pretty much the reason why I wanted to get one, its like samsung pulled a 4s on us

    • I’m pretty sure you would not recognize a difference if I handed you the phone and didn’t tell you which one was inside.

      • Eric

         Very true. Still haven’t run into anything that I can’t run perfectly fine on my GS2.

      • VegasDude73

        Once Sammy figures out how to do the LTE radio on the SoC like qualcomm then you’ll see more USA variants with the Exynos quad core. I’d still take the quad and HSPA+ (since that’s all there is right now anyhow) over the S4… not really all that into speed after 10mbps… mostly because of how much they charge for data plans.

      • Y314K

         Well till we play games on it right???  What are the difference on GPU’s between both chips ???

        • J-Hop2o6

          S4’s Adreno 225 GPU = 60FPS @ 720p (GLBench Egypt benchmark)
          Exynos 4412 Mali 400 GPU (OC’d) = 100FPS @ 720p (GLBench Egypt benchmark)

        • Y314K

          Damn… That’s a huge difference… What are both clocked at ?

        • J-Hop2o6

          I believe close to 400MHz for both. Don’t quote me on that tho.

  • i am sooooo excited to get the galaxy s3 and put the mytouch 4g slide to rest. i had the samsung vibrant and love it. so getting the gs3 feel like a welcome home. also i didnt care about a 42mbp phone at first until seeing my wife htc one s get a steady 21mb down and 7mb up, I fell in LOVE! 2gb of ram and a bigger 720hd screen lol yeahhh buddy bring it on. i’m so ready

  • All those staying they wish it had a quad core, just buy the international version. End of story. It will work on the network by later this year.

  • Dumbazz

    That is great to hear that it will include 2 gigs of RAM!

  • Lilbroabi25

    wth!!!!!! whats going on with the dam quad core phones here in the states?????.  seems like a phone comes with tegra 3 but then once the phone comes to the usa its switched with a snapdragon qualcomm chip what gives??????

    • VegasDude73

      Tmobile hasn’t reach LTE yet. If they stick with a S4 then they can say it’s LTE compatible, because it is. Exynos isn’t compatible with LTE in terms of it’s not built in.They would have to add a separate radio to make it LTE compatible which isn’t as appealing for the manufacturer (Samsung).

      That being said I’d rather have the Exynos QuadCore then the S4. Just personal preference. I don’t care much about LTE. I’m on 21mbps HSPA+ with TMO right now. No big deal… besides everyone knows that congestion never lets you reach even remotely close to the theoretical speeds that they claim are possible.

      • TMOTECH

        Yea but 42 gives you dual carrier capabilities which means more throughput during busy hour. 

        • VegasDude73

          Unless I’m mistaken Exynos Quad can do 42mbps because it’s still on HSPA+. It can’t do LTE though which is a different infrastructure altogether from HSPA+.

          Which is probably the reason they have the S4. Future proofing the capabilities.

        • TMOTECH


        • Duck Dodgers

          I think the Exynos only is 21mbps.

  • Khalints

     So the only difference is the CPU right? the GPU stays the same as the international version?

    • matt

      No GPU in this will be the Adreno 225.

    • J-Hop2o6

      S4 = A15 (class) CPU + Adreno 225 GPU
      Exynos QUAD 4412 = A9 CPU + Mali 400 (OC’d) GPU

      S4 has the better CPU, and Exynos 4412 has the better GPU.

  • Dumbazz

    I wonder how and why this increase in RAM came to be ?

    • now_onTMO

      memory allocation for adreno (gpu), takes up 400 mb of memory..  i read it on xda..

      samsung is nice enough to make it more convenient for us.. how can we nto like samsung? LOL,

      • J-Hop2o6

        Link? And how much does Mali 400 want? But yea, Samsung was nice to give us more 2x more RAM. Can’t wait to try out this phone.

        • now_onTMO


          it’s here..

        • now_onTMO

           so from what i read.. the gs3 has an available of 780mb ram available… the used 220mb must be for the gpu… then when you boot up the phone 780mb minus the stock apps and touchwiz, give or take around 500-400mb or maybe less ram left for android caching..

        • J-Hop2o6

          Ok thx. Isn’t non-user RAM allocated for the System & GPU? But like I said earlier, thank god Samsung gives the S4 version 2GB. That’ll be a multitask king! I’m smashing my head against the wall with my G2’s low 512MB (368MB before boot, 100-200MB left after boot).

  • Arvin

    Cool and for the those quad core lovers.. there is no difference the dual is actually a little better in my opinions. 

  • Mike

    *sigh* was really hoping tmobile USA would be getting the quad core version but it seems people are saying the S4 will preform just as well as the international quadcore version….i just have one question, does this mean that tmobile usa will offer this phone on a three year contract also? because thats kind of a deal breaker for me.

    • now_onTMO

      i noticed that too, i guess that’s how it works in canada…  200$ and 3-year contract?

      that’s a long time and the price with subsidy is still that much  for a 3-year contract?

  • cannot WAIT, day one purchase for me.  – )

  • Y314K

    So are the bands of the TMobile version going to be TMobile USA 42 HSPA+ compatible & compatible with Europe’s Voice & 3G ????  Has anybody been able to find the exact voice & data bands ????

    • Get_at_Me

      according to one of david’s earlier reports, yes.  The TMO GS3 should have 1900mhz hspa compatibility (for refarm and roaming on different gsm/hspa networks)

      • Y314K

        I hope so…  So for someone to be able to use the TMobile USA in the USA & with a European Sim in most of Europe the bands that would be needed are….

        850( ATT Voice & 3G)/ 900( European Voice)/ 1700 (TMobile current HSAP+)/ 1900 (Europe 3G & ATT HSPA+ & TMobiles future HSAP+) / 2100 (Tmobile HSPA+ & future LTE)???  Did i miss anything???  Or got it wrong ???

        • Get_at_Me

          TMO’s LTE will run on AWS spectrum (1700)….HSPA+ will be migrated/refarmed to PCS spectrum (1900) like ATT & europe

  • Get_at_Me

    its hard to be mad at 2GB of RAM…i was really hoping for the exynos processor though…..If the Note somehow comes with the S4 chip also, i’ll prob grab that instead

    • J-Hop2o6

      Tmo Note will be the same as AT&T’s (S3/8660).

  • Why does T-Mobile again get the worst specked out phone out of all the SGS3 phones??? This is total bullshit. The T-Mobile version will only have 16mb internal memory, no 32 like the other carriers. No quad processor. If T-Mobile settles on less of a phone I will be leaving for another carrier. I will not pay full price for a 2nd rate phone when I don’t have to. You would think that T-Mobile would bring it’s customers the best of a phone for just once, always settling for the 2nd rate shit. I am really pissed off if these are the specks. Total bullshit. Customers should not settle, I have been here much too long, will be leaving if these are true specks.

    • Every carrier with lte will be getting the s4 krait Tmoible needs its for 42mbs network

  • A15 architecture is better than a9. A15 has a 40% per core on a9 . The s4 krait dual core is a beast because its just as efficient as quad core and will have better battery life because of integrated radio. The cpu in the krait is better than the exynos. The gpu in the exynos is better than the adreno 225 used in the krait. The two gigs ram is actually better meaning android will spend less time opening and closing apps more battery life. Free ram in android is waste ram. You will not see a difference in performance in both devices.  

    • fixxmyhead

      the s4 is NOT A-15 stop jumping the gun.

      • s4 is a hybid a9/a15 processor. Ti omap 5 is true a15. so is exynos 5. If you read the charts for the s4 it has a15 comparable performance in every test.  

      • J-Hop2o6

         Correction, its A15 CLASS. But yes, its not TRUE A15. Its still beasting all the A9 by 2x performance.

  • SGS3 FAN

    So with a 2GB ram, is it making its way to get the Jellybean update

    • Carloslacend

      For when samsung and tmobile give us android 5.0 will be all this discussion of sgs4. So instead of giving an update buy the GS4

    • Sanman202

      Jellybean..really? With the way Samsung/Tmobile update that is a long shot. The next phone will come out with Jellybean while the GS3 will still be waiting for it’s update. They’re good at their game. I’ve had the GS2 since Oct and still no ICS 4.0. They did the same thing with the Vibrant. 

      • SGS3 FAN

        So whats the difference between the HTC One S and SGS3 except the SGS3 has 2GB RAM and HTC One S has 1GB. 

  • Carloslacend

    Well I expected something more. It is obvious that the message for those who like the big screen is to buy the note. The note must have the same processor as it must be hspa +42

  • mreveryphone

    S4 plus 2gb of ram should be more than enough silicon to get the job done! Look at it as the glass half full, the s4 has that much more room to play with and should be on par with the exynos. My one s has not stuttered stammered or hesitated like the sensation gs2, and note do. I think we will all be pleasantly surprised by the performance!

  • Still doesn’t explain WHY the T-Mobile variant won’t come with the quad-core. The whole rationalization given for not including quad-core is because it isn’t compatible with LTE, but T-Mobile doesn’t have LTE (it uses HSPA+ like they do in Europe) so why do the Europeans get Quad-Core and T-Mobile consumers get stuck with Dual-Core?  And before I hear someone respond that there is not a noticable difference between the Exynos and the Snapdragon S4. Sure, the quad-core and the dual-core may have similar numebers right now, given the content that is available NOW, but most of us have to sign 2 year contracts and a year from now with more processor-heavy applications and content becoming available what makes you think the S4 can keep up with the Exynos? Samsung (or someone on one of these tech sites) needs to explain why T-Mobile subscribers are getting shafted here. That is all. 

    • Every carrier with lte is getting s4 krait and 2 gig ram. Exynos isn’t lte compatible. Hspa+ 42mbs uses dual radios. Exynos is only single band hspa+ Blame samsung for not making a compatible modem.

    • Heh

      No, wrong. Samsung’s chipset also doesn’t properly support American HSPA+ 42. Qualcomm does better chipsets. Deal with that reality. That’s why every American and Canadian carrier is going with the S4.

    • now_onTMO

       i know , especially with upcoming nexus phones probably with quad cores cpu’s.. more apps would be quad core optimized… but i think dual cores would still be fine and run apps with no problem.. they won’t be left behind just like that..

  • Michael Prince

    I am looking forward to this phone! I still have the SGS Vibrant. This phone is TWICE the phone I have now! SIGN ME UP BABY!

    • vsu14

      Dude I have a blackberry bold 9700 been needed an upgrade the day I got my phone, but yes definitely exited 

  • vsu14

    Im Kind of new at this, but would someone explain how the Canadian press release reflects the tmobile specs ??? 

    • Rensman

       Sounds to me like David is making a bit of an educated guess, however it seems like a good one and probably a no-brainer: The Canadian press release is for the SGH-iT999.  The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III is the SGH-T999.

      • It’s an educated guess alright. Perhaps I just know more than I’m letting on! :-)

        •  Ooooooh??? ; )  can’t wait to hear the rest of what you know about the Magenta version, I’m sure its good and that your hands are tied to an embargo until they formally announce it.  : )

        • Y314K

           David…  Any chance of getting the White in June since they are having a delay of the Blue one…

        • J-Hop2o6

          I don’t think the blue version delay affection the N.American version since ours doesn’t even come out until next month anyways.

        • Y314K

          I know but I wish that would move the White one to be release at launch since that is the one someone I know needs before the end of June to take to Europe…

      • vsu14

        Thanks Both you guys. I just got interested in specs and whatnot  because im upgrading from my blackberry 9700 and we all know I’ve been due for a upgrade the day I got my phone 

  • watbetchh

    ugh. no lack of stupidity in the comments for this excellent phone.

    • remister

      What, a change of heart?? #mindfandangled

  • spartanjet

    Looks like its been Tmobile’d again getting the weakest version of the phone by getting only dual core, no LTE compatability (2013 is 6 months away), and only 16gb.  Way to go Tmo looks like I’m going to have to find a new carrier.

    • no2apple

      Weakest phone ?? Can you define ??
      You AT&T paid trolls have nothing better to do in life..If you want to switch to a different carrier, why you bitching and crying ??. Just switch..

      • spartanjet

        First im not a fanboi of any company so I’m no ATT troll.  Second as displayed in the press release there is only a 16gb version of our phone available.  So lets do the math no quad core, no LTE compatibility for the future, and only 16gb while the LTE versions have 16 or 32 gb.  If you can’t figure out this makes it the worst of the bunch well there is no point replying any further.

        • Heh

          Why would T-Mobile launch an LTE phone when their LTE network launches in 2013? Get a clue. As far as everything else, processor is EXACTLY THE SAME as every other American model, and the 16gb only is pure speculation because we’ve seen sources saying both will be available for T-Mo US, but who really cares? Buy an SD card.

        • JBLmobileG1

          What would be funny is if Tmobile’s version is only 16gb but with an sd card slot while the At&t and Verizon get the 32gb model without the sd card slot. If you did the math and added a 32gb card you would actually end up with more memory. Regardless though… if you have the sd card slot you will have more than enough storage.

    • Heh

      They’re all getting “dual core” you moron. ALL S4s in all models in America on all carriers. Learn to read and comprehend things.

      • spartanjet

        Obviously you can’t read, last I checked most of the rest of the world is getting the quad core, and why are you talking about the American version when this press release talking about the Canadian version (and we are speculating on the US specs being similar).  What a dolt.

        • Heh

          God, you’re really a stupid one aren’t you? The Canadian version we’re talking about is analagous to the T-Mobile version, because they’re both the AWS HSPA+ 42 models, which is why they have the same model number genius. Point #2, did I say the world model, or did I say all American carriers are getting the same processor? They are, the S4, it’s the same. Deal with it idiot.

        • spartanjet

          Man you must have been dropped on the head as a child.  Last I checked 
          SGH-iT999 != SGH-T999.  Now it may turn out that way but you are too stupid to realize they aren’t the same model number as of right now.

        • Actually, the Samsung press release is a bunch of typos, I need to correct the post, but they should all be SGH-T999, drop the i.

        • UMA_Fan

          T-Mobile isn’t FORCING samsung to take the Exynos out.  They are just insisting it be HSPA+ 42 compatible, and rightfully so.  You wouldn’t want to upgrade from a Galaxy S II or even a Galaxy Blaze and get SLOWER download speeds.  Thankfully you don’t run T-Mobile.

          If you can’t list ONE thing you know for a fact you won’t be able to do on the s4 version vs the exynos you are a certified moron.

        • Khalints

          Why does anyone need 42mbps? Please, enlighten us as to what you do on your phone that you need the 42mbps radio instead of the 21mbps???

          21 hspa+ is fast enough, heck, I think the 14.4 on my G2x is good enough for what I do on my phone, and I stream a LOT.

          So now if you ask me, I would love to get the quad core exynos with the mali 400 gpu instead of the S4 with the adreno 225….

          But that’s just my opinion…you’ll probably call me a certified moron as well….

        • UMA_Fan

          42mbps is dual channel 21.  You pull faster speeds than phones with 21mbps modems in them, so you can watch netflix and other media faster.  There’s no app that’s going to launch any faster on the Exynos vs the S4 version.

          It’s not just about speed either, the 42mbps phones all support the same frequency at&t uses for hspa+.  That band allows for better indoor signal penetration in general and supposedly a 33% increase in speeds than the regular bands Tmo has been using.  When spectrum refarming is complete, those 42mbps phones can fully take advantage of that.  That seems a lot more important than a minor processor difference that is STILL on par with the Exynos.

    • UMA_Fan

      T-Mobile will have the only HSPA+ 42 one.

      That has better coverage than LTE on any network, less battery draining, and att hspa+ doesn’t even come close to T-Mobile’s.

  • Matt

    after hearing this, im waiting for the nexus phones in november for sure. those will probably have quad core processors because the nexus lineup is google’s show pony and the software updates will be an awesome addition too (plus all this extra stuff listed here will probably be on a rom or app that i can flash later on anyways, they are temporary gimmicks in my book)

    • JBLmobileG1

      Do you know if the next version of Android will even support a quad core processor? If not then you won’t be missing out on much unless you don’t plan on getting a new phone in a few years. If your like me and into the phones and the technology then you probably either buy a new phone once you have enough money or upgrade as soon as your eligible.

  • tspx23

    People need to stop bashing t-mobile, it’s not their fault samsung made a device with a quad core processor supporting dual band hspa. Instead t-mobile got the S4 which is comparable to the quad core processor in nearly all aspects + 2 gb. Honestly performance wise the T999 might even be better than the international edition.

  • Tmo_employee

    damn disappointed by the dropping of the quad core. welp ill continue to hold on to my amaze till tmobile gets a quad core phone 

    • tspx23

      the s4 performs on par to the quad core exynos. it’s a definite upgrade

      • JBLmobileG1

        That is probably why they added an extra gb of ram so it is on par with the quad. That or just to encourage people to buy it even though it’s not the quad core processor but to make up for it with the extra ram. I honestly think 2gb of ram should make the phone run and perform amazingly well and as smooth as butter. I noticed the difference from 512mb to 1gb quite a bit… I can only imagine having double… :::drool:::

  • Cybersedan

    GS3, come to poppa!! Can’t wait to own you :-)

  • Sunny20051

    So whats the difference between the HTC One S and SGS3 except the SGS3 has 2GB RAM and HTC One S has 1GB. 

    • Dfireballwow

      You should read and read again… Until then you understand the difference. Cuz there so many differences between the two phones.

    • Anonymous

      Read the article again.

    • Phozfate

      screen, battery, build type, ram, UI, 

  • josue cifuentes

    Finally Canada is useful for something!!!

  • sharklover

    Can’t wait for this. I am returning my one s. This is miles ahead. no ad card and removable battery is a killer. the one s restarts itself about once a day.

  • now_onTMO

    oh… LOL

    somehow im not super excited, but still getting the phone regardless..

  • Lazera Thompson

    okay i know the S4 is a good processor but really now the a quad-core exynos is just too good to pass up 

    I know the S4 is on-par with the tegra 3 and can outclass it but where are the benchmarks from the SGS3’s Quad-Exynos compared to the S4 krait cpu????? 
    Just curious. Cuase i might just buy the international version

    • now_onTMO

       there is a comparison video of the htc one x and gs3 on youtube by hdblog, it’s in italian..
      you could see the performance of the gs3 on the video as the reviewer did not stop or pause the video or killed any background processes.. it’s a 35 minute-long video comparison … near the end of the comparison, the reviewer decided to use a live wallpaper.. the galaxy s3 still performed well white the other started to lag (tegra 3 btw)

      so yeah, the exynos performs really well, but haven’t seen a video comparison with the htc one x with the s4… it should be just as good , especially with 2gb of RAM , yes it should.. LOL

      • now_onTMO


        • Lazera Thompson

          lol yeah idk i mean u can watch a movie and play a mobile gmae on your phone with no lag……now THATS is awesome lol 

          lets see the one X do that 

        • MarcusDW

          That feature right there is huge persuasion for me to buy the GS3.  NO PHONE can do that sh-t right now but a Galaxy S.

        • You planning on playing video games, while at the same time watching a movie, on a 4.8″ screen are you?

          If you are that is more impressive (and at the same time very sad) a feat than the phone being able to handle it.

        • MarcusDW

          Get off my nuts and troll somewhere else.  The capability itself is awesome and can be applied to more things than just playing a game and watching a video at the same time.

      • you’re right except for the fact that the Italian video was most likely using a European device running exynos not snapdragon and also quad core, not a good representation of what Tmobile will have

        • now_onTMO

           yes definitely not a representation at all…

          i was just saying that the exynos can perform, i think the s4 can too..

    • The cpu is better in dual core krait than exynos. The gpu mali 400 is better than the krait adreno 225. Basically same performance The worst processor will always be nvidia till they get their act together. The 2 gig ram will save more battery life than the quad core exynos with single ram. Most of time android has to close apps because its reach its memory limits to make space for new apps this is really what waste battery power. For a heavy user who switches from text games etc. The 2 gig ram should be an extra bonus for battery life. Take benchmarks with a grain of salt. Cyanogen said himself he played with the s4 version and it did not under perform.

      • J-Hop2o6

        Where is the post where Cyanogen said he tested the S4 version?

  • Metafour

    I just bought a One S yesterday ($99 after MIR isn’t bad at all). My deal to myself is if SGS3 is around $199, I’ll return my One S. If its around $299 and up, I’ll wait till November to get the next Nexus phone.

  • yahoo

    Whatever color they have available june 20th thats the color im going with! 16,32,64….. I dont care either. Thats wat the sd slot is for!  Woo Hoo release the beast! Im so excited i just peed my pants!

    • Seriously! Why anyone would pay $100 more for an extra 32GB of memory when there is an SD card slot that can be expanded up to 64GB is beyond me. I would be upset if only the 32GB GS3 was being released here. Why pay the extra money for that when I can get another 16GB SD card for a few bucks?

  • Mwahahaha, can’t wait. Wish it had kept the same processor, but this one is good too!!!

  • Lee72artis

    What features will be left out like notification light, fm radio,etc?

    • There is a notification light on the galaxy s3 its hidden like the galaxy nexus. The colors Red , Green , Blue. Fm radio will probably be left out though.

      • Lee72artis

        International version it is then. I won’t be T-Mobiled.

        • Phozfate

           have fun on edge. by the time tmobile switches their bands something else will be out.

        • T-Mobile is already the fastest in most major markets, not Edge but HSPA+, which can be expanded indefinitely and will soon be (theoretically) capable of 100MBPS.

    • MarcusDW

      You gotta remember that Sprint actually ADDED a notifier to the first to Galaxy S’.

  • JBLmobileG1

    If what I just read is true I may just be upgrading my line. It might just be time for me to give Samsung a chance. 2gb of memory is pretty impressive for a phone and with expandable memory… that tops it off nicely. I also like the fact that it will be supporting HSPA+ 42mbps.

  • Nikolai T

    I’m tired of specs being downgraded. It cannot be that hard to integrate HSPA+ or LTE support. 

    • Specs for the NA SGS3 were UPGRADED, not downgraded. It has a faster CPU and twice the memory. How is that a downgrade?

      • Jay

        Give this man an Athlon II, since at 3.2GHz it’s “faster” than an ivy bridge i7 at 3.1GHz :)

  • watbetchh

    for those of you complaining about getting 2GB of RAM in exchange for the two extra cores.. I’ll tell you this. My GSII freezes when multitasking Instagram, Opera Mobile and FFBeta.. BECAUSE IT RUNS OUT OF RAM! And it refuses to close out Firefox beta. i have to manually kill FF or Instagram to keep my phone from slowing down. 2GB of ram will have these phones running AMAZINGLY when multitasking. Android 4.0 also fixes stuff like this.

    • Kirbi182

      You also have to remember that multitasking on gingerbread [android 2.3] is different compared to ICS [4.0], A lot of it has to do with the snapwagon they have as a cpu because the sgs2 comes with a 1gig of ram and there are plenty of phones that are on gingerbread that have a gig of ram and run smooth for example the international version of the galaxy s2 runs on a dualcore exynos [two modified hummingbirds] and has a gig or ram and it runs as smooth as butter the only hiccups it has is the OS giving it some trouble. 

    • MarcusDW

      While I do agree that 2GB of RAM is awesome and I’ll be happy with the S4, I have to say that my GSII doesn’t freeze from anything and my routine apps are Instagram, stock browser, Pulse, DrawSomething, and FB. 

      With 3 or 4 apps still running, I usually use about 550/784MB of RAM.

      I HAVE however locked up my phone buy intentionally opening a bunch of apps and websites so it certainly can be done with realistic heavy usage on top of a newer and richer TW UI.

      • watbetchh

        you obviously don’t instagram as hard as I do. I can make the phone freeze up and have instagram grow to 300MB of RAM usage in a matter of minutes. Then try to do something else on the phone. It will lock up because there aren’t any more resources to free up. 

        • MarcusDW

          Yeah that’s some hardcore Instagramming :-P

          I just loaded it up, poked around at my pics and the popular pics and it is only sitting at 64MB RAM.

  • My only issue is the internal memory. All the other carriers have a choice of 16/32 internal storage, T-Mobile according to this press release is getting one choice and it is a 16 mb internal memory. Really hope this is total bull, really looking for an over the top specked out phone. I pay full price for all my recent phones, this one I will not cut corners if there are better versions out there. If I have to change carriers I might, will have to wait and see just what these versions come with.

    • Kirbi182

      I’m sure as months pass the other options will be available I think sammy is sending out as much as they can produce of the North American version as they can as they are different in ram and cpu

    • yahoo

      Lmao……. U gonna change carrier just to get the same identical phone just with a different branding on it and get charge a boat load more on your bill? Makes alotta sense!

    • That is 16GB, not mb. Plus it is expandable to 64GB if that is something you would actually use.

  • AM3RIG

    I see NO POINT  in upgrading from dual core to dual core since the hardware is very similar. I made that mistake before. I stick with GSII for now.. 


    • Kirbi182

      2GB of ram and a dual core that plays hard as a quad, I think the differences are there, in comparing the US TMO SGS2 to the SGS3. The architecture in the S4 [krait] is a hybrid of a A9 and A15 compared to the S3 Snapwagon [pun intended] thats in the SGS2. 


      • Oreo

        Plus the Snapdragons sip on battery while doing so.

    • The GSII is just fine and there is no reason to upgrade just because this new phone comes out. But someone ready for a new phone (like me with a GS1) this is a no-brainer. 2 GB of memory and a 1.5 ghz. There is no comparison to the GS2 even if those were the only two differences.

      Little secret, cores don’t matter all that much. Most apps can’t take advantage of all of them anyways. You should take a faster (1.5 compared to 1.4), more efficient, CPU, with double the RAM  every time even if the slower CPU (1.4 is not slow, it’s just slower than the 1.5 of the S4) is a quad core and the faster one is only a dual core.

  • J-Hop2o6

    Motion UX? I thought it was Nature UX? And I wonder why they put 2GB for the S4 version, but only 1GB for the Exynos Quad version. hmm. But can’t wait to try out this phone in the Tmo store next month!

  • MarcusDW

    I dreamed last night that my GS2 got updated to ICS complete with the new TouchWiz… and then I Jizzed In My Pants.

    • Lol you dream about your phone?  I work in mobile and I can’t say the same.

      • MarcusDW

        I dream about a lot of things.  Last night just happened to be about my phone.

  • Guest

     I know but I wish that would move the White one to be release at launch since that is the one someone I know needs before the end of June to take to Europe…

  • James

    I knew it no quad core  now lets wait for  iphone

  • James

    Its sad  we all know that they wont lets a quad core in the  US until Apple bring its own. too bad for T mobil  a quad core would  help sales.

    • I’d rather have 2GB of RAM than a quad core CPU (compared to the 1.5ghz dual core Snapdragon S4 we’re getting) anyways.

      The real reason is because Sammy’s quad core Exynos isn’t LTE compatible, so only T-Mobile would be able to use it, so they gave N American phones the same processor across the board rather than everyone else an S4 and just T-Mobile a quad core Exynos.

      In the end it’s going to make very little difference, if any, to 99% of users and the S4 with DOUBLE the RAM of the quad core version may end up being the better performer and should have better battery life.

  • The Mob145

    funny how some people cry just because it doesnt have quad-core. How much better can your life get with Quad-core? Grow up! This is why America is all jacked up.

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      LOL… I don’t think “growing up” is the issue, it is just that the geeks have to have the fastest and best spec’d phone, especially when there’s different iterations debuting.

      I think you’re right about quad vs. dual core. Most people won’t know the difference between the two, assuming the average/typical user is not browsing the Net with stopwatch in hand, timing page load times. (In fact, I have had all the fast phones, I have never timed page loads and when I read reviews where the author talks about differences between phones, that is, performance, I start falling asleep when they talk about differences in milliseconds.)

  • vsu14

    Can anyone give me a educated guess on how much the Samsung Galaxy SIII will cost on T-Mobile 2yr contract ????

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      I’d say about $250, at most. The carrier war against prepaid is now dictating prices postpaid will charge for handsets. (And I still stand by my prediction, by 2013 more people will be on prepaid contracts than post-paid.)

      So to lock you into a lucrative 24 month contract IMO carriers won’t dare charge you more than $250 for a top-of-the-line phone. After all, a phone discount is all they have to offer people to get them agree to a contract that will cost them $1,000 to $2,000 more than prepaid over the life of a 24 month contract.

    • sharklover

      Lets hope for $199 but at most $229.

      • JBLmobileG1

        My guess is $260 although I am sure you will be able to find it cheaper if you shop around.

        • vsu14

          yeah I honestly dont want to pay more than 199 but i NEED a knew GOOD phone so I might put out….

  • gtr

    2g ram how amazing oh wait with ics on my amaze i have 2.3gig ram 9.7 phone storage and 32sd plus 1.5 dual core. i do like the bigger screen on samsung thou but not much of upgrade 

    • JBLmobileG1

      The Amaze only has 1gb of ram with or without ICS not 2.3. That extra gb should improve Android quite a bit more. Don’t get me wrong, I Love my Amaze but I doubt it’s going to be as nice as the GS3 with the specs it has. The extra ram should help with zero lag.

    • Dwall85

      How do you have 2.3 gigs ram on a 1024 ram Max device??? s4 chip in that will be very fast matched with Mali 400 .
      Also go spec to spec with them and tell me its not an upgrade .
      I have the evo lte in hand and sgs2 on my desk clear difference in them as far as power both dual core so the s4 evo scores stock way higher in bench than sgs 2 oced to 1.8 if u want a bigger step in an upgrade why not get the international version and hope apps work for that quad cores full potential like I am lol

    • The HTC Amaze has 1GB of RAM.

  • John Voss

    soooo if the gsIII and the note are both dual core, assuming you got big hands, why not the note then?

    • Sniper1087

      because the note has S3 processor not S4 and it is a big difference in architechture, S3 is on ARM 7 Architechture and S4 is based on ARM 15 Architechture, so better performance on S4, thats why.

  • Carloslacend

    Sorry. I’ll have to see the official announcement and I can not understand how the hell tmobile release the note to s3

    • J-Hop2o6

      WTF? It says right there inside phones rom. Can’t get any clearer than that. Plus its still the Note, not a Note 2. Doesn’t make sense to upgrade the SoC when its the same exact phone thats been out for months. Would it be nice to upgrade the SoC? Yes, but unrealistic.

  • now_onTMO

    i wish there is a pic to see it… hehe

    i bet it looks nice

  • J-Hop2o6



    I hope they retain the physical button.