While U.S Samsung enthusiasts are scurrying to stores to get their hands on the Galaxy S3, AT&T customers who want the exclusive red version of the phone will have to wait, as the phone will not be released until July 29.
AT&T will be taking pre-orders for the exclusive red phone on July 15, which will cost the same price as the white and pebble blue models of the phone. For the 16GB model that's $199 on a two-year contract and $249 for the 32GB model.
AT&T launched the standard phone in stores on July 6 after facing an epic backlog on pre-orders of the phone, which was meant to ship on June 21. While some customers, who pre-ordered the 16GB version of the phone, received it on time, many continue to flock to AT&T forums to vent their frustrations.
With an exclusive red color this summer and the power of the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T delivers the best wireless experience for Galaxy S III fans. said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility.
The S3 comes with a 4.8-inch screen, a Qualcomm S4 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.
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Samsung also 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 ensure 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 -- by 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.
Screen size: 4.8 inch
Processor: Qualcomm S4 processor
Memory size: Up to 32 GB (+64 GB with card)
Operating system: Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Camera: eight megapixels
Weight: 133 grams
Dimensions: Height - 136mm
Width - 70mm
Depth - 8.5mm