[Updated] The Verge got hold of actual images of the Galaxy S3 sold early in Dubai. Consider the news confirmed.
The build-up to the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S3 was a long drawn-out affair, with a whirlwind of emotions whipping the Android fanboy masses into a frenzy. May 3 was the big day, with the much-hyped “next Galaxy” officially presented at an event in London. This was followed by the whole world letting out a sigh of relief, as design, specifications, and accessory information were suddenly available to the public.
We are now in the post-announcement stage, where we witness a slew of leaked benchmark tests, sneak peaks of hands-on videos, and shipping dates rumors. It has been confirmed that the international version of the Galaxy S3 will come next week, at the end of May, in Europe, with some markets such as India having to wait a little longer, till June 10. With the need for a new processor and the addition of LTE radio for the US versions of the device, US consumers might have to be patient for a while longer. The good news on that front is the device will be available on all four major US networks.
While there has been no official announcement on a potential release date for the Middle East market, it seems that customers there were all set to receive the device in line with the European release date.
Until one retail store in Dubai decided to put the device on sale a whole week early.
A person who spotted the above sign at a Fono store at the Mall of Emirates in Dubai uploaded the above image to Reddit, reports Android.gs. Now, note that this isn’t by any means a sure deal — so far, nobody confirmed that the device is actually on sale. Actually, The Verge received images of the device from a resident of Dubai, so it seems that the report is legit.
It is reasonable to think that Samsung would have shipped devices to retail stores early for the launch next week. But I’m certain that outing the device a week earlier is against some terms and conditions set by Samsung, which could lead to the store getting into a lot of trouble. Almost makes me feel bad about writing this piece and getting the news out there…
But yes, if you live in Dubai, you can get your hands on the eagerly awaited Samsung Galaxy S3 as soon as today. Just take the metro to the Mall of Emirates and remember to bring your credit card for the hefty price tag of the device - 2450AED (422GBP, 666USD, 680CAD).
What are your thoughts? Do you think this is an official release or the store broke some rules to start selling it a week earlier? If you live in Dubai, we would appreciate it if you could confirm the news for us, along with what the cost for the device is. Let us know in the comments section below.