A month ago Samsung announced the Galaxy S III and today we hear from T-Mobile and Sprint that they will be launching their versions on 21 June while Verizon will start taking pre-orders on June 6th. Sprint customers can pre-order the device on 5 June, tomorrow. Like the Galaxy S II, most US carriers will get this device and some will modify it from the original, international version. I am pleased to see that T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon are keeping the center physical button, unlike what AT&T did with the Galaxy Note.
T-Mobile did not reveal the price for the device, but Verizon and Sprint show that it will be $199.99 with a 2-year contract for the 16GB model. Verizon and Sprint will also have the 32GB model for $50 more. These models include the following specifications:
- 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display
- 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 8 megapixel rear camera nd 1.9 megapixel front facing camera
- 16 or 32 GB internal memory
- microSD slot for expanded memory capacity
- 2100 mAh battery
- Metallic blue or ceramic white color options
The T-Mobile one supports their fast 42 Mbps HSPA+ network while the Verizon and Sprint ones support their LTE network. I have my Verizon line suspended right now as I wait for a new device, either the Galaxy S III or new iPhone, so I will wait and see what comes by the end of June before making an upgrade choice. Then again, I do have an available upgrade on T-Mobile so may go with that model.