We have some great news for those of you who are patiently waiting to pick up Samsung’s new prized asset in the US. The Galaxy S III will be arriving in the States very soon and you’ll be pleased to know that availability shouldn’t be a problem – it’s going to land on all five major carriers in the US.
Let’s get the good news out of the way first, as the Galaxy S III be arriving on Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and US Cellular sometime in June. There’s no set release date yet unfortunately, but we do know that the ‘starting’ price for the device will be $199 on contract – although some other carriers may vary.
It means that we shouldn’t have any problems regarding stock issues that have plagued other Samsung devices launching in the US in previous years. It will essentially come down to which carrier suits you the most and of course, which one offers the most incentives for you to secure their purchase. You can bet that the likes of Sprint, Verizon and AT&T will all be conjuring up plans right now to make their version of the device the most appealing and it can only mean good things for the consumer in terms of value for money.
Another piece of good news is that we can confirm that the US version will be getting 2GB of RAM as well. You may remember that we recently reported on the fact that Canada was getting the 2GB RAM upgrade as well after it was first confirmed for Japan. While that is obviously great news, there is a bit of potential disappointment for those that are not aware of the processor change.
Just like the HTC One X, the US version of the Galaxy S3 will only be getting a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor – not the quad-core Samsung built Exynos processor that the International Galaxy S3 has. Although it is widely believed that LTE incompatibility is the sole reason behind this move, Samsung has yet to officially confirm this as the case.
At the end of the day though, a dual-core processor shouldn’t stop you from picking up this device as it will still be the best Android phone out on the market regardless. The main question that you should be asking yourselves now is – which carrier suits you best? Signal reception is going to be key of course, but customer service also plays just as big a part in a consumer’s deciding factor.
If the US Galaxy S3 is going to be your next Android handset, tell us which carrier you are going for and why.