Today, Samsung launches the Galaxy S III globally

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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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. thelegend6657 unregistered

malaysia on 31st .

2. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 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.

3. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 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

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.

9. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

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

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..

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

5. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 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.)

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Over here $850 unlocked

8. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 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!

10. vaspvasp

Posts: 11; Member since: May 23, 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.

11. Fayeznoor

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

pakistan on 31st

12. Fayeznoor

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

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

13. sammy_saw

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 07, 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

20. jayrownage

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

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

14. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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

15. BharathV

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Samsung Galaxy 3 Lauching on 31st March in India

16. chriski333

Posts: 22; Member since: May 05, 2012

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

17. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

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

19. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

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

22. ilia1986 unregistered

Launching on 6/6/12 here! :)

23. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

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

24. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 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...

25. ilia1986 unregistered

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

26. xoatomxo

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

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

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