Samsung Mobile said Monday that the five top U.S. wireless carriers will launch the company's new flagship Galaxy S III smartphone on June 21. The only difference between carrier handsets will be the customized services to be offered with the phone by AT&T , Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.
Designed to run on 4G LTE and HSPA+ networks, the Galaxy S III runs Google's Android 4 mobile operating system, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Just 8.6 millimeters thick and weighing 4.8 ounces, Samsung's latest Galaxy handset also provides users with a new content sharing experience.
For example, Galaxy S III users can simultaneously share presentations with groups in real time using its Wi-Fi Direct technology. The device's S-Beam technology also enables large video and document files to be shared in seconds with another Galaxy S III smartphone without needing to establish a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
"Galaxy S III introduces new technological innovation and takes sharing to the next level," said Samsung Telecommunications America President Dale Sohn. "We are delivering the 'next big thing' for U.S. customers and across all major carriers."
A Window of Opportunity
The Galaxy S III integrates Qualcomm's 1.5-gigahertz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and the user's choice of 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory. Available in metallic blue or ceramic white, the new smartphone also features a microSD memory expansion slot, together with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, 1080p video capture and facial recognition capabilities and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
Samsung overtook longtime market leader Nokia during the first quarter of 2012 to become the world's top handset vendor, with a 25.4 percent market share, according to Strategy Analytics. Samsung also led the smartphone segment with a 30.6 percent share -- well ahead of Apple's 24.1 percent share.
"Samsung and Apple combined now account for more than half of global smartphone shipments for the first time ever," said Strategy Analytics Executive Director Neil Mawston.
Samsung intends to extend its reign over the global smartphone segments by heavily promoting the U.S. launch of its new flagship S III model, which has a larger screen than the 3.5-inch Retina Display on Apple's current iPhone 4S model. Piper Jaffray does not expect Apple to launch its redesigned iPhone 5 until October of this year, which gives Samsung a window of opportunity to promote the Galaxy S III's larger screen. (continued...)
Posted: 2012-06-04 @ 6:33pm PT
Too bad it's only got the dual core for the US. Apple eat your heart out. I'm bringing home the unlocked quad core from Asia. I was a long time Nokia user but their latest update of Symbian Belle fixed that as it made my n8 worthless, now it's Android all the way. Go Samsung.