When Samsung announced the Galaxy S III early last month, the company confirmed a launch date for the UK as well as a number of other countries. At the end of May, the handset launched in 28 countries. However, the U.S. was not one of them and Samsung has yet to confirm details for the U.S. launch.
This past weekend Samsung made the U.S. launch of the Galaxy S III a little more official, and announced that the device would be launching on five U.S. carriers. This includes. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and US Cellular. Though pricing on individual networks will likely vary depending on the carrier you choose, Samsung says pricing will start at $199.
Unfortunately, Samsung doesn't seem quite ready to talk specifics when it comes to a release date (or carrier specific pricing). The company said the phone would be available "starting in June" and that exact pricing and retail availability would be announced by each of the five carriers in the coming weeks.
"The U.S. launch of the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated launch of the year. As promised, we are delivering the 'next big thing' for U.S. customers and across all major carriers," said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. "Galaxy S III introduces new technological innovation and takes sharing to the next level."
Most interesting of all, Samsung's announcement also confirmed that the North American version of the phone will use a dual-core Snapdragon processor instead of the quad-core Tegra 3 that's in the international model. Additionally, it looks like we are also getting the same 2GB of RAM that was announced for Japan just last month. Aside from a dual-core CPU and 2GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy S III boasts a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED 1280 x 720 display; an 8-megapixel camera on the back with a 1.9-megpixel affair up front; and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top and new gesture functions to improve navigation. Now the question is who will be first to announce their Galaxy S III release info. Previous rumors have highlighted June 20 for the North American release so perhaps that will be the case. Stay tuned!
[Update] Alright, who wants release dates? Pocketables has a handy-dandy run-down of what each individual carrier has announced so far. Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular are each offering the Galaxy SIII on June 21, while both AT&T and Verizon are taking pre-orders on Wednesday but have yet to announce an actual release date. For details on colors (blue or white) and capacities (16GB and 32GB) and which networks are offering what, hit up Pocketables.