Samsung Galaxy S III: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular this month

Samsung Galaxy S III: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular this month

Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S3: your next BYOD buddy? With Android 4.0, a dual-core Qualcomm processor, speech recognition and group collaboration abilities, just maybe.

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Will Samsung's Galaxy S III be your next BYOD buddy?

The smartphone will arrive on five, count 'em, five American wireless carriers this month -- Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular -- in a fashion that harkens to storming the beaches of Normandy.

(Hyperbole? Almost definitely. But it's rare to see such a wide release for a phone, even for Apple's iPhone.)

Here's what you need to know about the Galaxy S3:

  • It's 4G (a.k.a. LTE and HSPA+)
  • It weighs 4.7 ounces
  • It is 8.6 millimeters thick (about one-third of an inch for you fans of the Imperial system)
  • It's got a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 2.0
  • It runs Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Samsung's TouchWiz overlay
  • It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU with 2GB of internal RAM
  • It has a removable 2100 mAh battery
  • It has 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage, as well as an expansion slot

There are a few other things of note. Samsung is pushing its content-sharing service, AllShare Play, which aims to facilitate sharing files between multiple devices -- HDTVs, tablets, laptops, and so forth. A "Group Cast" feature allows for document, presentation or image collaboration between multiple users, and a "Share Shot" feature allows someone in a group to share photos automatically and locally, which should come in handy during those office parties. (Or...not.) And the "S-Beam" feature allows two Galaxy S III owners to share a large file over (what I *believe* is) a Wi-Fi Direct connection.

Finally: Samsung's "S-Voice" feature is a not-quite-Siri speech recognition layer, and its "Smart Stay" feature tracks your eyes to make sure the display is on when you're looking at it -- which is both an odd problem to have and a creepy solution to it.

What's the price, you ask? You'll have to wait until your preferred carrier announces it. In the meantime, you should watch my CNET colleague Jessica Dolcourt's hands-on take on the device from this year's CTIA show.

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Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • Maybe....

    I am on U.S. Cellular but in an area that currently only offers 3G coverage BUT that is supposed to change sometime this fall. *crosses fingers* I might consider this phone if/when 4G comes to town.
    jbryon92
    • 4G, where's the 3G

      Outside metropolitan area's, where's the 3G, never mind where's the inbound 4G.
      neil.postlethwaite
  • Would love it, but being a Google phone, no thanks...

    Considering Google's nothig-is-private Privacy Policy (have you read it?) I can only say that I would love one, but won'y buy one (for the same reason I don't have an Apple btw)...
    kaiakaiak
  • Windows Phone 7, Smoked by Samsung Galaxy S3

    Attention Microsoft, Smoked by Samsung Galaxy S3 - LOL.

    I give it 1 quarter of business before the SGIII over-takes all Windows Mobile 7 market-share.
    neil.postlethwaite
  • REALLY

    I wonder why?? i like my trac fone pay as you go
    chef gio
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