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Samsung says Galaxy S III coming to five U.S. carriers this month, each with 2GB of RAM

Samsung says Galaxy S III coming to five U.S. carriers this month, each with 2GB of RAM
Samsung has announced that five U.S. carriers will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S III starting sometime this month. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular will each offer its customers a customized version of the phone. Prices will start as low as $199.99 with a signed two-year contract. As expected, the Stateside version of the Samsung Galaxy S III will be powered by the dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 S4 processor. The 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED screen is made of Gorilla Glass 2 to protect those who are all thumbs from cracking the display on the unit. Available in both Marble White and Pebble Blue in both 16GB and 32GB versions, this build of the phone will come with 2GB of RAM which should warm the hearts of smartphone fanatics from Alaska to Florida.
"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. Galaxy S III introduces new technological innovation and takes sharing to the next level."-Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America.
Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

All of the new features will be on the device. Similar to the picture-in-picture function on a television, Pop Up Play allows the Samsung Galaxy S III user to view side-loaded video while operating any application in the background in full-screen mode. You can move the video around to wherever on the screen you want it. The 8MP camera has zero shutter lag, and Burst Shot lets you shoot pictures in bursts of 3 shots per second. Best Shot figures out the best shot from the Burst Shots based on color, clarity and lighting. Smart Stay keeps the screen on as long as the front facing camera detects the users eye watching the screen. And don't forget the Siri-esque S Voice which lets you control apps and services with your voice. You can talk down the volume of  your phone, answer or ignore calls and set the alarm clock on the handset by simply using your voice. And using S Beam, two Samsung Galaxy S III units can exchange files by merely tapping the devices together. No Wi-Fi or cell connection is needed and a 1GB movie file can be transferred in just 3 minutes while a 10MB music file takes just seconds.

Each of the five carriers will make their own announcement about the launch date and the exact price for their own version of the Samsung Galaxy S III. With the word from Samsung that all five will launch starting this month, the clock is ticking.
"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. 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."-Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Telecommunications America.
source: Samsung


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posted on 04 Jun 2012, 00:25 20

1. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Finally a highly anticipated phone that gets launched on all major carriers so a giant group of people don't get screwed. Good news.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 06:22 6

33. Galen20K (Posts: 541; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Amen to that! No matter which carrier you're on, we all win, I think I like that idea. : )

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 19:00

77. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)


YAY!!!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 23:19

76. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Better than waiting for the slow NEXUS to be on every carrier.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 00:31 17

2. imkyle (Posts: 1076; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Damn 2GB of ram... The only time a carrier phone may be better than getting the international version :)

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 02:37 2

21. SprintPower (Posts: 74; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


not necessarily. remember the international is quad core. the US version is only dual core. They probably HAD to add the extra ram to get it to perform with properly with the new voice software.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 04:06 3

31. robocopvn (Posts: 435; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


And you please remember, Tegra 3 or newest Exynos is built on the old SOC system (40nm Cortex A9 with Tegra3 and 32nm Cortex A9 with Exynos quad) when S4 is built on the newer one (28nm Cortex A15). That's why number of cores or clock speed is not as important as SOC's structure.

E.g : I'm pretty sure my laptop core I5 out-performs my Desktop Dualcore with the same clock speed :D

I just find out this great article:http://www.anandtech.com/show/5559/qualcomm-snapdr agon-s4-krait-performance-preview-msm8960-adreno-2 25-benchmarks/1

And this:http://www.androidauthority.com/arm-a9-vs-arm-a15-87559/

don't let the number tricks you :D

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 06:49 3

35. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


robo,
you couldnt be more wrong

The S4 is a "A15 equivilant", it is not an A15, and it doesnt perform like one. Its a smidge ahead of the T3, which is 40nm quadcore, and way below the Exynos 4212 built on 32nm quadcore. The exynos also built on more advanced tech than the S4.

Instead of using the preview from Anandtech, use the SGS3 international benchmark suite they did that shows that whenever the FPS limiter is off, the Exynos with Mali400 obliterates the S4 and T3 in REAL devices. Stock qualcomm reference design set ups do not count for bench scores
. It also gets better battery life.

The american versions are getting more ram so they have more room to streamline operations to make up for the power deficiencies of the S4. There are some things like hyperthreading, that just work better with more cores. What's hyper threaded? Well that moving video window feature for one, and a whole lot of games for two.

Where it actually falls in performance we wont know until the american version is properly benchmarked and compared to the international version. But if nothing is properly optimized, the international version is far and away the better choice.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 07:35 1

39. ph00ny (Posts: 1263; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Can you also please remember that TSMC 28nm is a half node

Tegra3 comment is understandable since it uses a single 32bit channel memory bandwidth whereas everyone but apple's ipad3 uses dual channel memory controllers (ipad3 has quad channel)

As for Exynos it's built on 32nm HKMG with a lot of power saving trickery. aSMP, individually power gated cores, etc

Until S4 quad with Adreno320 is released in products, A9 quad core SoCs will have its place in mobile devices

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 00:33 1

3. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)


So they nerf the biggest smartphone launch of the year for the USA comes nerfed a dual core instead of the quad core? Well that's just lame as all hell. Even more reason to stick with my Note. An extra gig of RAM, woopee.

Seriously, why the fuck do we get shafted outa the newest and greatest tech vs rest of world?

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 00:38 14

4. imkyle (Posts: 1076; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


The dual core S4 gets 5000+ in quadrant vs nvidia's 4000+ quad core. Now granted the quad core exynos gets 5000 too, but many people agree that the AT&T's version of the One X is better than the international quad core. S4 dual core is very impressive and a major upgrade from the S3's.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 00:43 2

6. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)


huh????

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 00:53 9

9. imkyle (Posts: 1076; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I've learned over the last 4 months, that a quad core doesn't automatically mean that it is better than a dual core. Go into an AT&T store and try the One X. I was shocked how fast that device is.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 00:58 6

11. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Well, trading the quad core Exynos for a dual core Krait with 2GB RAM is a fair enough deal for me.

I mean, yes the Exynos is the most powerful chip as of the moment but the dual core Krait is no slouch either. It's easily the 2nd best overall but with a 2GB RAM things are more or less equal.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 02:43

23. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


He means the dual core version is faster, or just as fast as the quad core version. So there's no reason to bitch about it. Quad core is totally unnecessary on a phone anyway.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:55

67. medicci37 (Posts: 1287; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


The Exynos is quite a bit faster than the S4.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 02:59 1

25. chadrick0814 (Posts: 209; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


You don't get shafted. Go online and buy the international version.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 06:51 3

36. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you ever think this phone isnt for people that bought the Note or SGS2? Its for people that still have the SGS1 or other devices.

Phones are meant to be on a 2 year upgrade cycle, and thats what they are designed for. Not a 1 year or less cycle.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 07:48

42. greathero1 (Posts: 566; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


So are you going to get one? The white one is kind of growing on me. Either this or an Evo LTE.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 07:56

45. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it absolutely depends on the synthetic benchmarks at this moment in time. They need to convince me that the extra ram and some technological wizardry will make the S4 perform close enough to the exynos 4412 that I will get past my distaste for the crapdragon.

If they can push it to about 10% shy of the 4412, I'll get it. If the power divide stays as it is... probably not. I'm not a big fan of trade offs in key areas that I hold high.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 19:02

78. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)


I know how you feel, my intentions is to get the pebble blue because of its unique color than plain old white but at the same time white looks nice.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 19:42

74. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


you only GET a 5" screen and a stylist that's bout it. I may wait for the GALAXY NOTE II

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 00:42 2

5. joey18 (Posts: 589; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


Verizon will be the best

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 06:02 2

32. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


verizons will also be $100 more than tmobile or US or ATT or sprint so best maybe specs wise but i doubt that because more than likely will be identical, also the price will make difference

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 07:52 1

43. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


that's rather presumptuous wouldn't you say? xD

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 08:36

56. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


presumptuous yes but we all know verizon is overpriced.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:53

60. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


go to Verizon's site and tell me one thing that's overpriced. :P

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 10:00

61. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Apparently prices have changed from what they once were. Ever since the release of the spectrum they have all dropped to $199 or $99

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 14:16

68. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


apparently so. :P

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 06:24

34. Galen20K (Posts: 541; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Every carrier's version will be physically identical this time, why do you think they are able to release it so quickly?? no six month delay for carrier changes THIS year! woot - D

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