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Samsung Galaxy S III gets a quad-core version with 2GB of RAM, only for Korea

0. phoneArena posted on 08 Jun 2012, 06:10

The Samsung Galaxy S III is launching in a couple of varieties across the globe - internationally, the SGS III with model number GT-I9300 has a quad-core Samsung Exynos chip…

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posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:04

14. RangersK (Posts: 68; Member since: 15 May 2012)

The GS3 for Korea does not support the US LTE frequency bands; US and Korea are using different frequency bands for the LTE service.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:20

17. bloodyrabbit (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

But if you buy this phone.
You can use this phone in 3G(HSPA) mode.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:38

19. ph00ny (Posts: 1482; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Not sure which hspa band SK uses but typically korean HSPA devices aren't compatible with US HSPA bands (different frequency)

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:49

26. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

well, yea.. android supports dozens of languages. its as simple as picking "english" when you turn on the phone. :) English is a very common second language in korea, so the option will be there.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:16

16. ph00ny (Posts: 1482; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Does the korean version also come with DMB tuner and extra battery like every other galaxy model released in korea prior to the s3?

posted on 09 Jun 2012, 04:57

44. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Probably it still will have a dmb tuner. They just released a new samsung galaxy r(that already has the same touchwiz nature ui as the s3) and has dmb. I don't see any reason for samsung to remove the dmb tuner for their flagship.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:21

21. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

any word on what hspa+ frequencies it supports?

i was mulling over the idea of importing an exynos version.. if its compatible, obviously Imma go for this international device. :)

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:51 1

27. a961009 (Posts: 120; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)

As I am korean, I can read the text in the picture. Galaxy s3 with 2gb ram comes with Lte,Dmb tuner. Galaxy s3 with 1gb ram is just similar as int. Version. I think US people cannot use Gs3 lte because the lte band in korea uses 1900mhz(not sure but it is not 700/800mhz) moreover, korean telecoms like SKT do not unlock the phone so u guys cannot use it. AND Phonearena, I heard that Japan's GS3 lte uses 2gb of ram. So I think it is not ONLY IN KOREA.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:31 3

29. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the american versions and japanese versions are getting 2gig of ram, but they are also getting the downgraded S4 chip instead of exynos for LTE compatibility. The korean version is the only one getting exynos AND 2 gig of ram.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:11 2

28. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

This isnt fair...!

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:31 2

30. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)

Well, they're showing their love for their beloved country..

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 11:29 1

34. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Now I want to import one of those babies to play with. Even though I have the One X but this will be more awesome than the AT&T version of SGS3 by far. Even without LTE, I can careless because there is no LTE at where I live anymore, but do have hspa+ though. Fast enough for my use :)

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 13:00

37. tech-head (Posts: 133; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)

I'm gonna wait till later this year around the time iPhone5 comes out so I can get the Samsung Galaxy SIII Super Rocket True HD.........lol

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 13:45

38. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

That is seriously not fair although I like Sammy but this was my all time anticipation that a quad core will have 2 gigs of Ram.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 19:51 1

40. Travelblogger (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I'm currently in Busan, I'm still using my iPhone 3G with a cracked screen. We will be in Busan until the end of July and I was really hoping to buy a new phone here!

So this phone looks really tempting but phone shopping in Korea is almost not possible! Also I'm a little nervous about the functionality would be outside of Korea. I'm a travel blogger and moving to a new country every 3 month. Do you think it would work on other countries 3G/LTE networks.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 21:10

43. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

This is not fair! They should release this version of galaxy s 3 internationally. I know it is the treat of samsung to their fellow koreans but look when you go out of the streets of korea, many are still using an iPhone. But I don't think samsung will stop releasing just one version of the galaxy s 3 just like before-galaxy s(available in pink,white and black back covers),galaxy s hoppin, galaxy s 2(available in pink,white and black), galaxy s 2 lte(available in black and white), galaxy s 2 hd lte. They just keep on releasing different versions, why not release one with the best specs you can offer so you can sell more products?

posted on 09 Jun 2012, 08:18

45. puffedup (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

For some people who are talking about LTE frequencies in Korea, here is the exact information.
SK telecom is currently providing LTE in 800Mhz and planning to provide it also in 1.8Ghz within July. Therefore I think the SK SGS3 will be able to use both 800Mhz and 1.8Ghz for LTE, and, of course, 2.1Ghz for 3G service.

posted on 09 Jun 2012, 08:38

46. puffedup (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

And why is SGS3 dualcore(S4) in US? Anybody have the most reasonable explanation?
It is definitely not because Samsung can't make it, given this SK telecom SGS3.
Then is it because Samsung is not capable of providing it stably in the states, or is it because of the problem within telecom companies in US? Some Koreans suspect there was a backdoor contract between Samsung and Qualcomm.

posted on 10 Jun 2012, 00:59

47. chungyong (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

Exynos + LTE must be a greatset phone.

posted on 10 Jun 2012, 01:05

48. pancrassian (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

The Reason why Korean version of Galaxy S3 has 2GB RAM is as follows. In Korea, DMB(a free terrestrial mobile TV and available only in Korea) in a smartphone is a must. To accomodate this DMB, Korean version of Galaxy S3 must have 2GB RAM and be a little thicker than international version.

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 10:44

50. prisoner737 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)

I am a korean so I tell you true facts

First, In korea, samsung release 2 version of galaxy s3. One is international version(quad core. 1G ram , no dmb,and only in SKTelecom) other is "korea localize version".

Second, korea localize version have quad core ,LTE .DMB and 2G ram.

Third, From now on, korea just have IMEI white list. In that law, provider don't consider about sim lock or country lock, so all of model is already unlocked , release after 2009/09.

4th, So you can use galaxy s3 korea localize version, if you can buy it here(korea) and your service-provider use 2100MZ umts(hspa) service. because it is already unlocked ! (I listen before , at&t and T-mobile have 2100mz umts network. not certain please check it)

5th, My english is bad !

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 00:24

51. Pupil (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)

I'm a little bit luckier than you are guys... I am right now in South Korea and as soon in the going to come out to SKTelecom I will be first one to get it!!!!!

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