Galaxy S3 news in Canada: pre-orders start today, the phone will be released on June 20 for $150 on contract [Update]

by: AdrianMay 31, 2012

samsung galaxy s3 rogers pre order

After hitting yesterday 28 countries across Europe and the Middle East, the hugely anticipated Samsung Galaxy S3 is finally closing in on its North American release. We have some good news for Canadian tech enthusiasts waiting for the S3, which could be interpreted as good news for Samsung fans in the US.

The first piece of Galaxy S3 news to come from the Great White North refers to the phone’s pre-orders, which will most likely start today. Rogers Wireless, the biggest mobile carrier in Canada, has put up a special web page with a countdown clock for the S3, which will run out at 12:00 PM EST, when the operator will start taking pre-orders. Here’s the specs on this bad boy:

– Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Chipset
– OS (Shipping): ICS 4.0.4
– Data: LTE (SGH-i747 variation) and HSPA+ 42 (SGH-iT999 variation)
– Memory: 2 GB RAM
– Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
– Weight: 133g
– Memory: 16/32GB internal memory (SGH-i747)/ 16GB internal memory (SGH-iT999)
– Expandable microSD up to 32GB
– Display: 4.8 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

Did you notice the word, ‘LTE’ in those specs and get excited? That’s only for carriers, Rogers/Bell/TELUS/Virgin because the Wind/Videotron/Mobilicity will have that part of the baesband disabled. Sorry, folks.

The information is not confirmed and there is a small chance that the countdown will lead to something other than the start of the pre-ordering process, but then again, we’re almost sure that this is what that clock is all about.

Second up, we have even better news from Videotron, a small local carrier from Quebec. On Videotron’s official website, there’s a sign up page stating that the “new Galaxy is coming June 20th”. That has been the most likely release date for the phone in Canada for a while now and is on-par with what we reported a couple of days back. This not a 100% officially confirmed information, though, and Videotron doesn’t state anywhere on its site that the S3 will start shipping on June 20, so the carrier could actually start taking pre-orders on that day (highly unlikely, but still possible).

Update, June 1st:

Samsung states that: “The GALAXY S III will be available for purchase in Canada starting on June 20, 2012. Samsung is pleased to be working with all of the leading wireless providers in Canada, to give our customers a choice of service provider. The SGH-i747 variation of the GALAXY S III will be available from Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS and Rogers Wireless. The SGH-iT999 model will be available from Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity.”

Finally, Best Buy Canada provides another piece of the puzzle, the pricing of the Galaxy S3 in Canada, so we can now say that we know (almost) all of the important things about Sammy’s new flagship. According to BB’s site, the S3 will start at $149.99 with a 3-year contract (from Rogers) and will be available for as much as $169.99 (from SaskTel). In between the two carriers, there are Telus and Virgin’s offerings, both operators being ready to sell the new Galaxy phone for $159.99.

Best Buy doesn’t state when we should expect the phones to start selling at any of the four major operators, but chances are that June 20 is the “magic day”. Also, the price tags haven’t been confirmed by the carriers, so they are only 90% sure for the time being.

We have nothing new to report on the Galaxy S3’s availability and pricing in the United States, but it is very likely to see the phone released at the same time as in Canada, on June 20. The Canadian price tags, on the other hand, will be a hard act to follow in the US. But we’re still waiting for the S3 to be made available at around $200 with two-year carrier agreements across the States.

Stay tuned on our website in the next hours or so, because we will most likely be updating this post with confirmations and other details. In the meantime, our Canadian readers are asked to stay calm, get their budgets in order, and prepare for the time of their lives.

  • Terrence Greene

    holy crap.. Do you realize what would happen if this hit the US at a $150 price point. Game Over.. this is gonna sell out instantly.

  • Chriski333

    Yea Im sure it won’t sell for 150$ in the usa but June 20th is that usa and Canada? date????

  • Pascal Doiron

    Sadly, we’ll be getting the Snapdragon dual-core version in Canada…this seriously sucks.

    • Jdxhuxjxxnxj

      The dual core is more efficient and has better battery life. People need to start researching and not assume that quad is always better. In this case it is very subtle.

      • denwa

        The dual core is not enough of an upgrade from the s2 to bother purchasing. I’ll wait till next years phones. Or wait till the Korean version that does LTE and has quadcore pops up unlocked.

  • TommyNYC

    Lucky… I wish our “amazing” providers in the US will stop holding back and start publishing dates already.

  • DC MTP

    did anyone else noticed that the second option says “Model: MBLACK”!

  • marvin

    Well it will sell for $150 in the USA if you were lock for 3 years with a carrier! WHY NOT THEY’LL GET THERE MONEY BACK IN THAT EXTRA YEAR. Can wait till June 20 for t-mobile I have an early upgrade as long it under 4 bills!!!

  • Jaranjames

    I guess we gotta wait to see how bad our US carriers dumb it down. But i will be pitching a tent outside the first of the major carriers to give a release date. So lets go sprint, verizon, ATT Who wants my money. Sorry TMobile i no too many people who have had PLENTY of bad experiances…… to go with you guys.

  • Darin

    In Canada, Telus has announced the pre-order starting today and the phone being available June 20th. $159.99 for the 16GB model and $209.99 for the 32GB model on a 3 year contract. Unfortunately the rumours were correct the the LTE version for Canada (and probably the US) only have a dual core processor.

  • Clayter84

    Why would you want a phone for 3 years…it will be way outdated by then.

  • Devin Casson

    – Expandable microSD up to 32GB

    I thought it was 64GB

  • Zahmed

    I already have a Dual Core LTE device running Stock ICS … Why Do I want another Dual Core…… Sorry guys you just saved me money

  • S2556

    since I will only notice a difference between processors on heavy gaming the extra ram will probably be more welcome. Also I’m excited to try out LTE. Upgrading from a old milestone that bearly “works” hence my excitement for this baby haha

  • Bothornback

    I have heard from rogers that it will have the quad core. And the reason the HTC went dual core was due to apple patents. Apparently the rogers LTE network is not set up the same as the american systems and there is no conflict between the quad core and LTE. It was also said that the quad core is coming. I am not sure about this dual core stuff. If the do go dual core it will wreck the phone. Apple will have quad core and the galaxy will crumble in no time.

    Besides who cares about LTE anyway. With the cost of data in canada it is almost useless. Why have a slow phone with blazing fast internet (if you live in the 4 cities that have LTE) over a super fast phone with just fast internet?

  • Oldman

    AT&T has made live the Galaxy S III info page:
    Have a hectic

  • tanuj

    please anyone tell me what does a three year contract mean.???

  • MissSad

    Man only 150-200 dollars for Galaxy S3? IN SWEDEN IT COST 800-1000 dollar MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!