The US release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has faced a lot of trouble recently. Every network carrier offering the device has faced release and shipping delays, due to “unprecedented demand and limited supply” problems. All issues have been dealt with, and US customers now have the chance to get their hands on the highly-anticipated device. AT&T promised a July 6 release and has kept to its word, with Samsung’s latest flagship now available in-stores as well as online.

As expected, the LTE-capable handset boasts a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 4.8″ super AMOLED display with 1280×720 resolution and 306 ppi (pixels per inch). What is different about the US releases compared to the international version is the whopping 2GB of RAM on-board, along with 16GB of internal storage, further expandable via microSD. All your camera and video conferencing requirements are taken care of with an 8MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP front camera. To deal with the LTE-related battery drain is a large 2,100 mAH battery.

AT&T has available both the Ceramic White and the Pebble Blue versions of the device. If you’re confused about your choice, you can check out our comparison video of the two versions here. The Galaxy S3 will set you back $199.99 with a 2-year contract. You can head on over to the AT&T website to buy your device online.

What are your thoughts? Will you be buying the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3? If you already done so, let us know your experience in the comments section below.

Ankit Banerjee
My primary profession lies in the Network Design Engineering field. I have always been passionate about the latest trends in mobile communication advances around the world.
  • I thought that the launch date was June 21?
    I pre-ordered mine and received an email from AT&T saying I would have it no later than the 21st. Then, on the 21st, I received an email saying that I would receive it no later than the 23rd. On the same day, June 23rd, I received a text message saying I would receive it by the 25th. When I didn’t receive it by the 23rd, I received another email from AT&T saying that I would receive it no later than the 25th. It finally arrived on the 25th.
    What a mess!
    Oh! One more thing. The front of the phone is Purple!!! The back side of it is a metallic blue. Not sure why it is two different colors, but I’ve asked about 8 people and they all tell me it looks purple to them. Weird! But I’m not sending it back because I already know AT&T. I paid for a brand new phone and they’ll try to send me a refurbished one if I exchange it, without discounting the price for the set back.

    I think it’s disgusting how the carriers are so casual about screwing up the launch of Android phones (Verizon Galaxy Nexus & now the SGS3). If it were the iphone, this would have NEVER happen.

    • Mine has a black front. Maybe a defect in the front plate?

    • Nirali Mehta

      Okay, i’ve owned mine for 4 days and I have charged it 5 times in those 4 days. LTE is draining my battery like anything. On standby, my phone lost 10% charge overnight after being charged 100% before sleeping. I don’t know if anybody else faces the same problem or its just me. So far not impressed, and the phone gets very HOT in 5 mins of use.

      Just headed towards AT&T to return! Galaxy Note is on my mind.

      • For me, the biggest battery killer is screen on time. On the worst day, I got 9 1/2 hours before I needed to recharge the phone. I get an average of around 10-16 hours. Compared to my Samsung Captivate (Galaxy S), which gave me 3 hours heavy use and 5 hours when hardly used. I’m quite impressed with the Galaxy SIII.

  • I got mine on Saturday the 7th. Aside from the issue with the pentile display not being as sharp as LCD ones, I am fairly happy with it. I would have to look closer than is comfortable for focusing my eyes to really notice the checkered appearance. The supply at stores are very limited. The one I went to only received two of them and did not have a display model yet so I had to buy it sight unseen. The battery does drain fast on full brightness as reported. I am hoping that the battery life will improve as I use it more. So far it has run a couple days with mixed use before needing a charge.

  • Nirali Mehta