Samsung Galaxy S3 T-Mobile, Sprint Release Date Revealed, Preorders to Follow

  @ceylanwrites on June 05 2012 12:21 PM

Following Samsung's announcement that the Galaxy S3 is on its way to the U.S., T-Mobile and Sprint have revealed that the phone will be released on June 21. 

T-Mobile updated its website on Tuesday with the S3 release date, but the price and preorder date are yet to be specified. 

AT&T also announced that the phone will be rolling out in the next couple of weeks, following a June 6 preorder date. 

The 16 GB model of the S3 will be available from AT&T on a two-year contract. The addition of the Samsung Galaxy S3 to our portfolio of 4G-LTE devices gives our customers another truly cutting-edge smartphone to choose from, said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, devices, AT&T Mobility. 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 S3 fans.

Sprint will start taking preorders as early as Tuesday, and the phone will be released in stores on June 21, alongside T-Mobile.

The phone will also be launched on Verizon and US Cellular, although the carriers have not announced the release date. 

Europe Release

Europeans were among the first to get their hands on the Galaxy S3, but some customers faced delays after a shortage of the 16GB blue pebble model occurred. 

In order to meet the highest internal quality standards and to provide the best quality Galaxy SIII to customers, a short supply of Pebble Blue versions is expected in some regions in the next 2-3 weeks, Samsung said in statement at the end of last month. 

Regardless of the delays, Samsung fans and have critics have been raving about the phone, calling it light years ahead of Apple's  current iPhone. 

The phone's predecessor, the Galaxy S2, was heralded one of the top phones of last year. The Galaxy S3 is a real challenger to the upcoming iPhone, Francisco Jeronimo, an IDC analyst based in London, told the Daily Mail. This is likely to be one of the most sold smartphones this year, though the real test will come when the next iPhone is launched.

The S3 heralds a 4.8-inch screen, 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.

Samsung 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.

Specs

Screen size: 4.8 inch

Processor: Qualcomm S4 processor  

Memory size: Up to 32gb (+64gb with card)

Operating system: Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Camera: Eight megapixelWeight: 133 grams

Dimensions: Height - 136mm                  

 Width -     70mm                  

Depth -    8.5mm

Battery: 2100mAh

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