As Europe prepares to get its hands on the Samsung Galaxy S3 on May 29, the U.S and Canada have only been given a tentative summer release date. However, an ad spotted by MobileSyrup has revealed that the phone will be released in Canada on June 20, with pre-orders starting now.
Samsung is yet to officially confirm the information on the advertisement, but if it is legitimate, that will mean that the phone is available on Canada's main four networks: Rogers, Bell, Telus and Virgin mobile.
All three networks apart from Virgin Mobile use 4G LTE; therefore it is likely that they will get the 4G model of the phone, while Virgin will likely get the international model.
Meanwhile, pre-orders of the S3 have reached over 9 million globally, makign it the most popular of 2012.
Reports have been circulating that the phone has launched in Dubai a week ahead of the official date. The first report came from Reddit, where a user in Dubai spotted a now available poster for the phone outside a local store. When she went in to make an enquiry, she found that the phone was on sale for $666.
Another customer sent the Verge pictures of the phone, claiming to have purchased it in Dubai also for around $680.
The phone is also available internationally through Amazon's pre-order pages, however, U.S Galaxy S3 fans have been advised to wait for the phone's summer release as the international model of the phone does not support 4G LTE connectivity.
The S3 heralds a 4.8-inch screen, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, voice control and face recognition. The new super amoled display is 22 percent larger than its predecessor, bringing the phone into the Galaxy Note's phone/tablet hybrid category.
Samsung has launched a face recognition feature on its latest phone in an effort to the make the smartphone experience more natural. The phone uses its front camera to identify the user's eye movement and ensures it never goes dark or switches off, while the user is looking at the phone.
Samsung has also improved its voice control feature with a sophisticated, Siri-like voice recognition system dubbed S voice. The service allows users to make verbal demands to control their phone. Texts and emails can be dictated and photographs can be taken through voice commands using the feature.
The S3 also includes an NFC chip, which enables content sharing --including video-- through tapping two phones together. The chip can also be used to make mobile payments.
The new Pop up Play feature on the phone enables multitasking, allowing users to open a video in a window on screen, and then use other apps with the rest of the screen.
The Samsung S3 will first become available in Europe at the end of May, followed by launches in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The 4G version of the phone will go on sale in the U.S and South Korea during the summer.
Screen size: 4.8 inchProcessor: 1.4 Ghz quad-coreMemory size: Up to 32gb (+64gb with card)Operating system: Android Ice Cream SandwichCamera: Eight megapixelWeight: 133 gramsDimensions: Height - 136mm Width - 70mm Depth - 8.5mmBattery: 2100mAh