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Today, Samsung launches the Galaxy S III globally

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Today, Samsung launches the Galaxy S III globally
The Samsung Galaxy S III is probably the most anticipated Android handset for the year and the day when it finally launches is here for 28 countries across the globe, but not the United States. In the US, the handset is expected to arrive later in the summer on various carriers with some minor tweaks. At the same time, Samsung's grand plans say the SGS III will be on 296 carriers in 145 countries by July.

Today, on May 29th, the Galaxy S III hits shelves in the following countries and regions:

- United Kingdom, 
- France, 
- Europe,
- UAE, Saudi Arabia, the Middle East,
- Africa.

The version that will first make it to retail stores in the aforementioned countries is the 16GB SGS III in Pebble Blue and White. 

This is the biggest launch of a single handset for Samsung as the company plans to quickly expand the countries where the SGS III is available. We already know that the handset hit a record 9 million pre-orders by carriers, so it has the head start even before the first day of official sales. The Korean company is also kicking off a Galaxy S III world tour in some of the biggest cities across the globe, to raise awareness about its new flagship.

We've now added images of the big lines for the Samsung Galaxy S III across major European cities like Berlin. It seems like Samsung has hit a home run with the Galaxy S III - it's probably the first Android handset to generate such iPhone-esque hype, isn't it?

*All images below are courtesy of REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch.

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posted on 29 May 2012, 01:59 4

1. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

malaysia on 31st .

posted on 29 May 2012, 02:05 2

2. andrew1953 (Posts: 176; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)

Y'all wont get Pebble Blue for a while as some goose made a blue with the back cover and Samsung had to trash about 650,000. Still prefer the Note for reading books,newspaper articles and the stylus.

posted on 29 May 2012, 02:12 1

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

S3 is a nice phone, but it's sad to see it all but covering up the beloved and now mostly ignored Galaxy Note. I've been listening to streaming jazz music stations, making personal s memo notes, looking at Google map to explore Portland via street view and keeping tabs on my tech website on my white Galaxy Note, all while reading a new self help book while sipping coffee in my recliner with my warm cat in my lap the last several hours on a single charge

I absolutely love my Note

posted on 29 May 2012, 02:22 5

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)

The Note is a great phone. However the SGS3 is much more future-proof because it's got a quad-core chip.

posted on 29 May 2012, 03:26 1

9. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)

Yeah right, by next year Samsung will dump you and release new handset without giving you updates.

posted on 29 May 2012, 09:36 1

21. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Or - if you know how to operate a mouse and a keyboard - you can flash a custom Rom - and be limited only by your device's physical attributes..

posted on 29 May 2012, 07:22 3

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

they are both great.... as long as you have the international note with exynos, it will be supported. The american S3 version is so-so.

However, just like everything else, the new device gets all the attention. no reason to cry over it.

posted on 29 May 2012, 02:34 1

6. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Get a galaxy note 10.1!
and I think samsung will discontinue the original note soon...

posted on 29 May 2012, 02:31

5. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

I want it so much...
But it costs around 600$ in singapore on contract,and 998 off contract!:-(
(Typing this on a galaxy r,by the way.)

posted on 29 May 2012, 02:46

7. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Over here $850 unlocked

posted on 29 May 2012, 02:50 2

8. cGmC11 (Posts: 151; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

I better hold for the next Nexus with the magical 5" AH-IPS 1080p RGB True Full HD 440ppi LCD & Android 5.0 Jelly Bean!

posted on 29 May 2012, 04:21

10. vaspvasp (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 May 2012)

looks like a half launch to me. All blue models are on hold and wont be available until god knows,as samsung has not informed retailers.

posted on 29 May 2012, 04:23

11. Fayeznoor (Posts: 72; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)

pakistan on 31st

posted on 29 May 2012, 04:26

12. Fayeznoor (Posts: 72; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)

pakistan on 31st for Rs 60k. (US $660) 16gb white.

posted on 29 May 2012, 04:34

13. sammy_saw (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Jan 2012)

In the Phil's still have to wait for 2nd or 3rd week of June to be available and the rumors to be 30k plus php or around $ 700 us dollar

posted on 29 May 2012, 09:32 1

20. jayrownage (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

i heard it's approx $820 here in the Philippines off contract. around $60/mo with unlimited data on contract

posted on 29 May 2012, 05:36

14. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

it's 30 minutes more here before they launch it. I converted it and ends up to $760.

posted on 29 May 2012, 06:06

15. BharathV (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

Samsung Galaxy 3 Lauching on 31st March in India

posted on 29 May 2012, 06:41

16. chriski333 (Posts: 22; Member since: 05 May 2012)

What about the damn usa! !!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 29 May 2012, 07:18 1

17. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

from the page leak and rumor on tmobile news blog tmobile suppose to get it june 20

posted on 29 May 2012, 08:21

19. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

is it already available in belgium??? i wanna touch it :)

posted on 29 May 2012, 09:37

22. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Launching on 6/6/12 here! :)

posted on 29 May 2012, 10:30 1

23. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

Ohh the irony! Samsung makes fun of iPhonies lining up on launch day so are these the Samsung "sheep"?

posted on 29 May 2012, 10:54 1

24. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Yeh I don't understand the purpose to waste days of our life in a line while you can comfortably get the phone some days after =\ bad phenomena indeed. For sure the phone won't get out of stock...

posted on 29 May 2012, 14:46

25. ilia1986 (unregistered)

No. Contrary to lSheep - these people actually are buying a very very very capable phone.

posted on 29 May 2012, 16:50

26. xoatomxo (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Apr 2011)

why do we have to wait freaking long time for galaxy to launch in US

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