Best Buy offers $49.99 Samsung Galaxy S III on Dec. 16

If you and/or any of your family members want a new phone this Christmas then you may want to check out Best Buy’s $49.99 Samsung Galaxy S III sale on December 16.

Of course the deal will require that you are either starting a new two-year contract or that you’re eligible for an upgrade.  Prospective buyers have a choice of three carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and/or T-Mobile.

Just like any smart shoppers, people should be aware that Samsung will probably announce a new flagship soon—which, by that time the S III may be free with a contract. 

Other notable smartphones that may end up under the Christmas tree this holiday season includes the iPhone 5, Verizon’s HTC DNA and Nokia’s Lumia 920.  Many of these devices are the flagships of their respective brands, and will undoubtedly feature many specs which will make even Santa Claus happy.

Below is a quick rundown of what to expect when purchasing the aforementioned devices:

Samsung Galaxy S III

Apple iPhone 5

HTC Droid DNA

Nokia Lumia 920

Operating System

Android 4.1 JB (w/ OTA updates)

iOS 6

Android 4.1 JB

Windows Phone 8

Screen

4.8’’ 1280×720

4’’ 1136×640

5’’ 1920×1080

4.5’’ 1280×768

Battery

2100mAh

1440mAh

2020mAh

2000mAh

CPU

Quad-Core Exynos (Int’l)/Qualcomm Dual-Core Snapdragon (US)

Apple Dual-Core A6

Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro

Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus

RAM

1GB (Int’l)/2GB (US)

1GB

2 GB

1GB

ROM

16/32GB

16/32/64GB

16GB

32GB

Camera

8MP rear/1.9MP front

8MP rear/1.2MP front

8MP rear/2.1MP front

8.7MP rear/1.3MP front

Connectivity

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC