Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was made official in Canada exactly one week ago, at which point we found out the phone’s pricing and exact release date. We also expected to see Canadian carriers taking pre-orders for the S3 and, while some (Rogers and Telus) did exactly so, Bell and SaskTel were left out of the mix.
The waiting is fortunately now over for Bell customers, who can finally make sure they have a cozy place in (front of the) line for Samsung’s new flagship phone. That’s the good news of our today’s report, while the bad news (yeah, there’s bad news, too) is that the 32 GB model is not yet up for pre-order.
You can therefore either go for the 16 GB version of the Galaxy S3 right now or wait for the other model, currently listed as “coming soon”, to pop up on Bell’s site. As far as the 16 GB model goes, that’s available both in Marble White and Pebble Blue, so the color choice is all yours.
In terms of pricing, things stand as they did last week. The 16 GB Galaxy S3 is available for $159.95 with a three-year contract, or for $649.95, free of any carrier restrictions. We also know the other model’s future price outright ($699.95) and suspect it to come for $209.95, with a new carrier agreement.
June 20 is still the phone’s planned shipping date, but we’re beginning to worry a bit about the 32 GB version, which might actually start selling a couple of days (or, God forbid, weeks) later.
The S3 on Bell will come packing a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and feature 4G LTE connectivity. The 4.8-incher will also come with 2 GB of RAM, despite a spelling error on Bell’s website listing it for a few hours as set to feature just 1 gig of memory.
The rest of the device’s features are probably known by heart by most of you, but just to make sure, here’s a quick rundown:
- OS (Shipping): ICS 4.0.4
- Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
- Weight: 133g
- MicroSD card slot for expanding the memory
- Display: 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED 1280×720 (306ppi)
- Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, MHL Video Out
- Camera: 8MP Rear-facing, 1.9MP Front-facing
- Battery: 2100 mAh
- TouchWiz with Motion UX, S Beam
- AllShare Play enhance functionality
- MP3/ACC+/WAV audio player
- DivX/Xvid/MP4/WMV/H.263/ H.264 Video Player
Keep an eye on Bell and our website if you’re still waiting for the 32 GB S3 or go ahead to the carrier’s site and pre-order your own spanking new super-phone with 16 GB of internal memory!