The release date for the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the stuff of legends. Rumor after rumor has tricked through our scrutinizing fingers, culminating in what can be summed up as the most hyped and anticipated Android phone – ever. Period.
Techradar just broke with a story that claims they have been “told by numerous confidential but very trustworthy sources that the Samsung Galaxy S3 UK release date (Or ‘Next Galaxy’, as it’s officially known right now) will definitely be ‘the end of May’.” But, if you’re looking for something a little more specific, then read on!
Samsung did it’s best to have a unified launch of the Galaxy S2 last year, but it did not go as planned. The reasons are numerous, yet they can be summed up in one simple word – money. You see, there are different connectivity standards globally, varying from different variants of LTE, to HSPA, to HSPA+, with others falling somewhere in between. This time Sammy’s got nearly 200 carriers on board, so it should be a much faster roll out globally.
Carriers, not individual consumers, are the largest purchasers of mobile devices on the planet, and many did not want to launch the device according to the schedule that Samsung had envisioned. Case in point, in the U.S, over 70% of devices are purchased on contract. Who’s the boss now? The device went on sale internationally in May and didn’t reach Western shores for way, way too long, and this embittered many consumers.
Anyway, this time around it’s going to be different.
I know, I know, you’ve heard that before, and so have we too. But it appears that Samsung has learned from last year’s bitter lesson, and has been courting carriers and distributors on a scale never before witnessed.
We have our own connections to the rumor mill too. From everything we’ve been able to gather, from listening closely to the supply line, and to employees conducting connectivity testing for carriers around the world, it is appearing highly likely that the device will go on sale first in the UK, with a targeted date of May 28 for release.
As is often the case, we will see other leaks confirming the validity of this date soon. Shortly thereafter, the device will go on sale in South Korea and Japan, set to be released during the same week. Afterwards, it will pop up in Singapore very early in June, with Malaysia to be the country to get it next. After that, it’s too difficult to say – for now.
Obviously, this is one of the biggest device launches of recent record. Unfortunately, it is looking like those of you Stateside will have to wait for at least 6 weeks before it gets picked up by any carrier on Western Shores. Also, there’s nothing yet for Australia or New Zealand, but we will keep our ear close to the ground, and update this post accordingly, with fresh info as we receive it!
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