Samsung Electronics announced Wednesday the details of the models and availability date of its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3, in Canada. The highly-anticipated smartphone will be available through leading Canadian wireless carriers and authorized national retailers, starting June 20.
Considering that the June 20 release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in Canada had been rumored before, it's not much of a surprise. What makes the Canadian Galaxy S3 special is a set of key features different from the device's international model. The Galaxy S3 in Canada will sport 2GB of RAM, similar to the Japanese version. In addition, the device will be powered by the LTE friendly 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.
Samsung said in a statement that the new smartphone will come to the country's major wireless providers. The SGH-i747 variation of the Galaxy S3 will be available from Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS and Rogers Wireless, while the SGH-iT999 model will be available from Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity.
According to The Verge, the preorders for the Galaxy S3 have already started at Rogers and Telus, with the latter offering the 16GB model for $159.99 and the 32GB model for $209.99 with a three-year contract.
At a time when customers in Canada now have a confirmed release date for the much-hyped smartphone, those residing in the US are still in a confused state. However, rumors are rife that T-Mobile will bring the Galaxy S3 to the US as early as June 20, same as Canada.
Phandroid reported that during a Vodafone livestream for the Galaxy S3 release in Australia on Wednesday, it was revealed that the smartphone will make the first stop on its US tour in New York on June 20.
Last week, TMoNews came up with a report saying that the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be available on T-Mobile, with the metallic blue version of the smartphone (both 16GB and 32GB) slated to arrive on June 20. The site also stated that the white version of the device won't be available until July 11.
Here's a quick roundup of the key features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy S3 confirmed for Canada:
- Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz
- Qualcomm MSM8960 Chipset
OS (Shipping): ICS 4.0.4
Data: LTE (SGH-i747 variation) and HSPA+ 42 (SGH-iT999 variation)
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
Storage: 16/32GB internal memory (SGH-i747)/ 16GB internal memory (SGH-iT999), Expandable microSD up to 32GB
Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, MHL Video Out
Camera: 8MP Rear-facing, 1.9MP Front-facing
Battery: 2100 mAh
Other: TouchWiz with Motion UX, S Beam, AllShare Play enhance functionality, MP3/ACC+/WAV audio player, DivX/Xvid/MP4/WMV/H.263/ H.264 Video Player.