Samsung Galaxy S III

Get ready, folks, because the Samsung Galaxy S III is coming to the U.S. this month. Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S III will be launching on five U.S. carriers beginning in June, with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular all getting a piece of the new Galaxy pie. Pricing will start at $199, though Samsung says that exact launch and price details will be announced by the individual carriers in the coming months.

As far as specs for the U.S. variant of the Galaxy S III goes, Samsung notes that the device will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of RAM. Outside of those features it sounds like the U.S. Galaxy S III will be fairly similar to the international model that debuted last month. That means you're looking at a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 8-megapixel camera, 16GB or 32GB of storage, a 2,100mAh battery and Android 4.0 with TouchWiz, all packed into a body that's 8.9mm thick. Also included will be  4G LTE or 42Mbps HSPA+ connectivity.

While previous reports had suggested that a debut on these five particular carriers was in the cards, it's still great news to hear now that it's official. It's also interesting to see that Samsung doesn't appear to be prepping different-looking variants of the Galaxy S III for each operator, as the company touts in its announcement that it's going to offer "the same iconic smartphone design and premium content sharing experience," just with custom services for the carriers. That's good for folks that dug the look of the international model, though seeing a Samsung handset with a physical home button here in the U.S. may take just a little getting used to. We'll pass along more details on the launches for each carrier as we get them, but until then, you can find Samsung's announcement 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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Gaurav Bhardwaj
Gaurav Bhardwaj Galaxy note..love it...
Eduardo Ordaz
Eduardo Ordaz @Tim no it's not cause there are better phones out their that rape it. U should look before u say it.
Robert Skeen
Robert Skeen Hell yeah! Verizon customers got screwed last time with the SG2.
Adrian Anguiano
Adrian Anguiano The design of the GS3 actually looks pretty sweet, but looking forward to iOS 6 and the new iPhone more...
Bonnie Roth
Bonnie Roth I'm happy with my Samsung galaxy s2 skyrocket.
Tim Ropp
Tim Ropp 10 points to Gryffindor!! Yes, I'm ready.
Joernie Berrios
Joernie Berrios I want to see what custom ROM's can be flashed...and the Quadrant scores:-?
Jesse Paz
Jesse Paz If its coming to Verizon I may have to trade it for my galaxy Nexus!!!
Adrian Salazar
Adrian Salazar Sounds like rehash of the ga2 with more ram and a bigger screen, they should of gone with the quad core. There's probably no lye on the exynos reason why they went with the s4 which if you ask me is no excuse since Sammy should of added lte from the start. I'll stick with my iPhone 4 and will probably get the iPhone 5 once it comes out.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Trash
Max Wong
Max Wong I don't like this phone design wise. I wish it was more rectangular like the s2 , but the internal specs are great! Maybe the design will change throughout each carrier but who knows :-S I also heard it was made from a polycarbonate material, is that like plastic as well?
Teresa L Smith
Teresa L Smith Will have to stay with my infuse until my contract is up.
Lee Phillips
Lee Phillips Torn between waiting on the next nexus, or nexi, and the S3. If there is a b1g1 sale on Verizon, I'll definitely go with the S3 though.
Miroslav Babic
Miroslav Babic no, don't like blue screen, the same SGS2
Paul Davis
Paul Davis Sticking with my SGS II.....
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez No thank u
Brian Fruge
Brian Fruge Sprint evo 4g lte the best got mine Saturday rocks
Marcus Cadwell
Marcus Cadwell More of the same. More of the same. Specs that won't be utilized until the end of the phones life, rendering the beastiness pointless. Oh you gotta quad core on your face booking machine? Good for you
Josh Avondoglio
Josh Avondoglio Great news!
Mike Wadkins
Mike Wadkins Got mine Thursday and love it
Lisa Noonan
Lisa Noonan It's an awesome phone, love it! I always loved my iphone4 but this phone is amazing I have to say!
McKinley Senders
McKinley Senders I'm holding out for the Moto Razr HD.
Anthony Tat
Anthony Tat without the quad-core, it's not worth paying to switch from my s2.
Alex Arana
Alex Arana I'm ready 2gb ram would of been nice if they kept the quad core processor damn still not a yr with my sgs2
Anthony Tat
Anthony Tat "I wouldn't buy a plastic phone." so your first phone was the iphone 4? what's your case made out of?
Tim Lindt
Tim Lindt No!! No one needs that, iPhone is better !!
Alberto Garcia Flores
Alberto Garcia Flores I'm going to wait till July to get the marble white! I don't know what I'm going to do with my GS II though! It sucks we're not getting the quad-core chip :?
Brandon Ashwood
Brandon Ashwood Hell ya my VZW upgrade is June 12th lol
Joe Czo
Joe Czo Fucking YESSSSSSSSSS I'm ready for my GS3 on Verizon!!!
Fernando Valdez
Fernando Valdez Ehh who cares
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey I just wish it wasn't so ugly. Doesn't look anywhere near as good as any of the rumored devices we save the last several months. And I'm not impressed with the specs at all. My Galaxy Note still wins in my book. I'll hold for a potential "Note 2." I think if I were in the market for a new phone, the HTC One X would win out over the S III. The look of a phone is much more important to me than specs, especially considering most phones offer similar specs nowadays.
Danu Carrión Perales
Danu Carrión Perales Rodrick just tell me how does fragmentation affect a phone's performance? It's only something that steve jobs implemented on ifags I mean ifans minds.
Christopher Wesley
Christopher Wesley How a about that slow data buddy? Verizons network is probably faster than your home internet. so who's really lagging buddy? Lol
Faisal Bilal
Faisal Bilal I want quad core
Shylo Desloovere
Shylo Desloovere george millhouse, compare apples with apples please. apple releases 1 phone a year. how many do samsung? iphone compared to the galaxy s2 and iphone beats it. iphone compared to the samsung line up and it loses, wich is normal.
Jozef Sakac
Jozef Sakac Already got mine in Australia :) it's brilliant
Zino Vikman
Zino Vikman I guess you Americans are lagging behind, had mine for almost a week now. And it's freaking awesome! :)
King Bricks Kennels
King Bricks Kennels Will the T-mobile Snapdragon S4 dual-core w/2GB of RAM be able to use the same features and function just like the quad-core Exynos 4 SoC w/1GB of RAM international model?
Rodrick Benoit Torrizzle
Rodrick Benoit Torrizzle And no matter how much you say to feel better about yourself, George - Android willl still be fragmented.
Rob Watkins
Rob Watkins Definitely!
George Millhouse
George Millhouse rodrick no matter how much you protest you sound exactly like the iSheep
George Millhouse
George Millhouse um Jason ....Samsung is the number one maker of smartphones in the world...something Apple can not say
Moses Estrada
Moses Estrada I wouldn't buy a plastic phone, personal preference.
Chris Corliss
Chris Corliss I would much prefer they get all of the current US SGSII phones an optimized version of ICS.
Jason King
Jason King Hell No !!! You would think these Android companies would be bigger than Apple with all the phones they release , that are suppose to be the end all be all ..
Priscila Brengle
Priscila Brengle Dude, Samsung sucks
Rodrick Benoit Torrizzle
Rodrick Benoit Torrizzle Eric, remember Android's fragmentation? Tell me how many apps have been optimized for the Tegra 3? And how long has the chip been out?
Eric Quach
Eric Quach dude 2gb ram is ridiculous. the ram powers the gpu so it should be faster. let alone the fact that I think its using a S4 chip. the gsm one should be blazing fast. RAM > GPU > CPU
Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar Another sucker from samsung :P
Ahmed Idrees
Ahmed Idrees my Dog is ready :D
Isaac Castillo
Isaac Castillo It's still gonna be a. awesome phone
Rodrick Benoit Torrizzle
Rodrick Benoit Torrizzle *me.
Rodrick Benoit Torrizzle
Rodrick Benoit Torrizzle I'm an "iSheep," the distinction between me and the hoi polloi, is that I can factually prove what I day. I speak objectively, not subjectively. And there's no denial that this phone is great - hardware-wise; but the fact that it's running Android doesn't make it the ideal phone for
Travis Newhero
Travis Newhero Verizon? Are you sure? lol. But I'm happy with my Droid 4 and Motorola. Besides it sounds like mainly allot of phones besides the 2GB of Ram. C'mon Samsung.
Huey Liggins
Huey Liggins Surprisingly I'm not impressed with this phone anymore. I thought it would blow the note out of the water. But all it has is 1gb more of ram and 16gb more memory. Was lookin forward to quad core. Should have known better with qualcomm
Jacob Grumbles
Jacob Grumbles Surprised there isn't any Isheep on here hating yet.
Rodrick Benoit Torrizzle
Rodrick Benoit Torrizzle Because you definitely need 2Gb of memory for a phone.
Dayan Inclán
Dayan Inclán Yippee
Jacob Grumbles
Jacob Grumbles Nope happy with my pure Google gnex
Ken Anderson
Ken Anderson I'm getting it as soon as it hits Sprint
George Millhouse
George Millhouse and since there isnt any 2gb RAM version out yet ..you definitely have not
Fonzy Paniagua
Fonzy Paniagua Good Device, just don't see it upgrade worthy.
George Millhouse
George Millhouse Yan unless you have tried the 2gb RAM version you dont know what you are talking about yet
John Mercado
John Mercado Im returning my Epic 4G Touch
George Millhouse
George Millhouse still think its underpowered as a sequel to the S2
Yan Zhenghao
Yan Zhenghao it lags
Leroy Langston
Leroy Langston No :(
Marko Teullet
Marko Teullet yes sir!!!!!!!!!!

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