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. 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.source: Samsung



1. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 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.

33. Galen20K

Posts: 581; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

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

77. whothisperson

Posts: 102; Member since: May 06, 2012


76. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

2. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

21. SprintPower

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

31. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 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: agon-s4-krait-performance-preview-msm8960-adreno-2 25-benchmarks/1 And this: don't let the number tricks you :D

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

39. ph00ny

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 26, 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

3. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 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?

4. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

6. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012


9. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

11. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

23. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

67. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

The Exynos is quite a bit faster than the S4.

25. chadrick0814 unregistered

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

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

42. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

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

45. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

78. whothisperson

Posts: 102; Member since: May 06, 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.

74. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

5. joey18

Posts: 691; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Verizon will be the best

32. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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

43. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

56. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

presumptuous yes but we all know verizon is overpriced.

60. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

61. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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

68. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

apparently so. :P

34. Galen20K

Posts: 581; Member since: Dec 26, 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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