Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday that the 4G LTE-powered Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys3 starting July 10. It will be served up in two colors -- Marble White or Pebble Blue -- and in 16 GB and 32 GB models for $199.99 and $249.99 respectively (with a new two-year customer agreement).
"Customers can take advantage of 4G LTE-optimized apps like Color to share live video broadcasts of life’s special moments with their Facebook friends," Verizon said. "Sharing live video with audio is an exclusive feature of the Color app on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. Customers can broadcast real-time footage of a newborn’s first step with family members who are miles away or share a beautiful view of a vacation spot to make friends at home jealous."
According to the specs, the new smartphone will sport a 1.5 GHz dual-core SoC, 2 GB of RAM, a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen with a 1280 x 720 resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 2.0, a rear-facing 8MP camera, a front-facing 1.9MP camera, up to 64 GB of extra storage via a microSD card slot and NFC technology. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, DNLA content sharing, and even Mobile Hotspot sharing for up to ten additional Wi-Fi devices.
"Combining America’s largest 4G LTE network with the Galaxy S III’s 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display creates the perfect duo to watch movies, television shows and other video content with apps like viewdini," Verizon said. "Viewdini brings the power of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network to the screen by streamlining access to videos from a wide range of content providers, including cable operators, websites and other popular video sources. The viewdini app can be downloaded from Verizon Apps and Google Play."
Other features include Share Slot for creating a temporary photo sharing network with a group of friends who are nearby, S Beam for sharing pictures, videos, documents and more by simply touching two Galaxy S III devices’ backs together, and S Voice which features natural language recognition. All of this will be powered by Google's Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" OS which will likely be upgraded to v4.1 "Jelly Bean" before the end of the year.
Verizon said the 16 GB model will be available in stores and online starting July 10 and the 32 GB model will be available online starting July 10 and will be in stores in the coming weeks. For more information about the phone, head here.