Samsung will be offering the Galaxy S III on five carriers in the United States, beginning this month. Howver the phone will not feature a quad-core processor, like the 3G version in Europe and India.
Samsung will be offering the Galaxy S III on five carriers in the United States, beginning this month. The phone will not feature a quad-core processor, like the 3G version in Europe and India.
The carriers who will have the phone are AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular. Information about pricing and retail availability was not released by Samsung. This information will be released by the carriers themselves over the next few weeks. Late last month, an unlocked version of the device was selling on Amazon for $800.
Samsung did reveal that cellular services will start from $199.
Last month, at the launch of the Galaxy S III in London, Samsung announced that the device would sport a quad-core 1.4 GHZ processor based on the ARM Cortex A9. In India and Europe, 3G versions of the phone do have a quad-core processor. In the U.S, however, the device will instead feature a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.
According to Samsung, the dual core processor will offer speed and performance increases comparable to that of a quad-core processor, while preserving battery life. A Samsung spokeswoman also explained that the processor is better fit for U.S networks. "We get the same speeds because we are using [the] Krait version of the ARM architecture," she said.
The Galaxy S III runs on Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream Sandwich", or ICS) with TouchWiz enhancements and 2GB of internal RAM. The device sports 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass 2.0 from Corning to protect the display from cracks and scratches.
According to Samsung, the phone is crafted for optimum performance on the country’s fastest 4G LTE and HSPA+ 42.