T-Mobile Galaxy S III hits the FCC, is it launching soon?

T-Mobile Galaxy S III hits the FCC, is it launching soon?
The device that is widely believed to be the T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III has just hit the FCC, which makes us wonder if the T-Mobile variant will be released earlier than the others. The other 3 variants of the Galaxy S III in the US are all expected to have LTE built-in, and Samsung said that the LTE models wouldn't be released until June. However, the T-Mobile model, like the international model, is HSPA+, so does this mean that T-Mobile will see the phone before other US carriers?

It's certainly possible. The device is widely expected to be carrying the T-Mobile codename T999, and a device with that codename has just hit the FCC. Now, we do have to mention that FCC approval doesn't necessarily mean release any time soon (or at all in some cases). While it is possible that the T-Mobile variant would launch at the same time as the other HSPA+ models around the world, it is also possible that Samsung simply submitted this device to the FCC at the same time it submitted the Canadian variant (which would essentially be the same phone), but not intending to release it now. 

The FCC filing does show that the device has the T-Mobile AWS band supported, but it also has the 850 and 1900 MHz bands supported, which would be for AT&T 3G, but also 3G on Canadian carriers like Rogers, Bell and Telus. Those bands will also come in handy for T-Mobile users later this year as T-Mo has promised to add the 1900 MHz band to its HSPA+ network by the end of the year. As some of you pointed out, the iPhone isn't the only device that will benefit from the added bands on T-Mobile, any unlocked device with the 1900 MHz band would work like the Nokia Lumia 900 even. 

source: FCC via TMoNews

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.3
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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36 Comments

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

from Cyanogen himself (for those of you that dont know, he works at Samsung, and he had a hand in this device): "5. HOLY CRAP, it's fast. Depending on where you get your device the chipset may be different, but the US model is no slouch. There's almost no jank in the display, it's super smooth. For you people who know how long it takes to "adb push" a full CM ROM over to /sdcard/, you'll be happy to know that it just takes a couple of seconds. The I/O bandwidth seems to be far and beyond any other device I've used." key part to me is the "US model" part. It sounds like there is just 1 main variant coming to the states.. which we all know means the SGS3 with S4. Still holding out a bit of hope that he just couldnt specify whats going where and that little sliver of hope for the Exynos on Tmobile, but its really not looking like it has a good chance.

24. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

The main question right now is... quad core or dual core... A quad core phone will give a good boost to T-Mo.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Awesome! This means only 4-6 months until the Verizon version visits the FCC.

6. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Big Three in Canada plan are so expensive not to mention THREE years agreement. So if this is true then sales definitely jump since AWS carriers don't have nice phone except S2 just released recently

5. thelegend6657 unregistered

Hope tmobile keep the exynos as they dont need the snapdragon casue they dont have LTE . But 2GB of ram is a nice welcome

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Galaxy S II didn't need a Crapdragon either but it came with one anyway.

14. thelegend6657 unregistered

the s3 wasnt reallly too bad on the tmobile one right ? Why people are bashing it so badly and its cheaper than its competitors for example omap 4 , exynos or whatever

15. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it wasn't as terrible as an HTC S3 powered phone because it didn't have the double whammy of poor Crapdragon power and the resource heavy Sense UI but it wasn't great either i'll put it like that. not really. it was T-Mobile's Flagship phone by the time the SII came out on T-Mo Verizon had more powerful mid-range phones like the Bionic and the Droid 3.

25. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

HTC S3 is a new name for Galaxy S3.

27. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The Bionic clocked at 1GHz was actually faster than the 1.5GHz S3.

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no it wasnt, not by a long shot.

34. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah it was bro. xD

29. UMAFan

Posts: 14; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yet another person zombied into Verizon's marketing. The Bionic and Droid 3 didn't come anywhere close to the Snapdragon S3 performance ot the T-Mobile Galaxy S II. Remember that was one of the first 42mbps phones ever.

35. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

what are you talking about? what does the Galaxy S II's data speed category have to do with how powerful it is? *sigh* yet another person diving into something they know nothing about. :P you realize that if you believe the S3 is any better than the OMAP4 even @ 1GHz then it's hitting pretty close to the Exynos which you know is not true. the OMAP4 @ 1.2GHz is right there, neck at neck with the 4210. the only other difference between the Droid Razr and the Droid Bionic is that in Moto's build of 2.3.4 there were faulty GPU drivers.

22. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They might want the S4, I haven't seen anything about if the quad Exynos is compatible with 42mb/s HSPA+, and that's all T-mo will accept for it's high end devices. That's why the GS2 had the S3, because the Exynos was only compatible with 21mb/s HSPA+

4. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Mark it down folks T-MOBILE has a BIG SURPRISE with this GALAXY S3. It will have 2gb of ram might sound crazy but everyone will see...

7. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Where did you heard the 2gb ram from?

10. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

the only confirmed variant with 2GB of RAM is the LTE model for DoCoMo Japan. there is literally no reason to believe T-Mo's model will have 2GB of RAM.

17. Conan_Kudo

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

While that's true, Samsung has announced mass production of 2GB LPDDR2 packages for smartphones and the NTT DoCoMo version uses it. The T-Mobile USA version is likely to use Snapdragon S4 in order to take advantage of HSPA+42 support on the SoC, so it'll likely be similar specced to the DoCoMo variant.

20. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Yes, and something that has just begun mass production won't be making it into shipping devices for at least 3-4 months. Since all SGS3 variants are due out in the next month or so, it's highly unlikely that any other variants will have 2GB of RAM.

3. sheep

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Quad core would be nice

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It better come with that quad core processor..

9. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's a good point, without LTE worries, there's no reason why the T-Mo variant wouldn't have the Exynos in it.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Unless the Exynos can do 42mb/s HSPA+, it is unfortunately less likely that it will have exynos and more likely it will have S4. That is the exact reason they didnt take exynos the first time.. though I'd like to believe they would keep exynos, the track record says they will go for the higher data number for advertising. I cant find anything on exynos 42mb/s hspa+... so i keep my fingers crossed but my hopes aren't up. :( Though personally I think saying "we have the only quad core SGS3 in America" is a bigger draw than "look, another 42mb/s phone!".

21. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I certainly hope the quad Exynos is capable of 42 mb/s. T-mo needs the marketing. I just don't get why Samsung didn't make LTE and 42 mb/s HSPA+ compatible on the Exynos in the GS2...

32. Conan_Kudo

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

Part of the problem is that dual-cell HSPA+ isn't really used much outside of North America. On top of it, the proper variant of dual-cell is supposed to double the HSUPA speed from 5.76Mbps to ~11Mbps. But of course, it seems most people don't care about uplink speeds that much, according to the carriers.

1. Conan_Kudo

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

The Lumia 900 has AWS WCDMA too.

8. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The unlocked Lumia 900 has the 2100 band of AWS, but not the 1700, so it wouldn't work on T-Mobile's current 3G network.

16. Conan_Kudo

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

According to the FCC filing by Nokia, the AT&T variant of the Nokia Lumia 900 is a quad-band GSM device (GSM 850/900/1800/1900), a pentaband UMTS HSPA+ device (UMTS 850/900/AWS/1900/2100), and a dual-band LTE device (LTE 700B17/AWS). Then again, I'm not surprised you don't know. Most people believe what it says on the box rather than double checking with the FCC.

19. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Aha, I see the problem. As I said, I was talking about the unlocked international version, not the AT&T locked version, because I assumed if someone on T-Mo would want to use a Lumia, they'd opt for the unlocked variant rather than the one which will need warranty-breaking modification. Although, it was nice of you to be a condescending jerk rather than have a conversation.

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