By Aldo Panessidi
Samsung just cranked up the level of excitement over the Samsung Galaxy S3 to a whole new level. They’ve finally, officially announced that their new flagship phone will be available in June from all the major U.S. carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.
Each carrier will be releasing their pricing in the coming weeks, and check the websites for pre-order plans. The phone will probably start at $199 (with contract) and may hit the stores as early as June 20th.
We’ve got the final specs for the U.S. version of the Galaxy S3:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core S4 processor with integrated modem
- 2 GB RAM
- 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display
- Gorilla Glass 2.0 protecting the display
- Android 4.0 with TouchWiz enhancements
The device weighs in at 133 grams and is 0.1mm thicker than the Samsung Galaxy S II, but due to its lack of the back chin, thickness is a lot more uniform. Moreover, its size (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm), the device offers an excellent grip and is rather pocket friendly. Protect your Galaxy S3 form the hustle and bustle of everyday life with the latest Samsung Galaxy S3 accessories.
The phone also has two unique features. The Galaxy S3 will run S Voice, which is a voice assistant reminiscent of the iPhone4S - Siri app, as well as a feature called Smart Stay, which optimizes the phone's settings by detecting whether a user is looking at it.
The Galaxy S3 will be available in 16GB and 32GB versions but also can be expanded with additional memory cards. It will be available in two colors, marble white and pebble blue.
Samsung has a reputation for being pretty slow with bringing its accessories online. Industry leading manufacturers continue to provide the greatest selection of top brand cell phone accessories from Bags and Sleeves, Batteries, Bluetooth Headsets and Bluetooth Car Kits, Car Holders, Cases and Skins, Data Cables, Earbuds and Headsets, Keyboard and Protectors, Memory Cards, Screen Protectors, Speakers and Docks as well as Stylus and Pens.
One surprise in the announcement: the U.S. version of the Galaxy S3 won’t include the same quad core processor as the international phone. But Samsung explained the change: “The dual-core processor offers speed and performance comparable to leading quad-core processors without sacrificing valuable battery life.” The dual core Snapdragon S4 processor with integrated modem will allow the device to operate on the fastest LTE and HSPA+ 42 networks.
As Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America, pronounced it: “The U.S. launch of the Galaxy S3 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. Galaxy S3 introduces new technological innovation and takes sharing to the next level.”