T-Mobile officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S3, pricing to be revealed

by: Mike AndriciJune 4, 2012

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Back in February, Samsung officials have stated that the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be made closer to its market availability. But until today, we were unable to tell if that statement referred to its international availability, or if the Galaxy S3 will reach US shores without the usual delay with which previous models in the Galaxy line have been introduced to the North American continent. Fortunately, the major carriers in the US have stepped up today and announced that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be released by the end of the month.

One of the aforementioned carriers is T-Mobile (the biggest 4G carrier in the country according to their marketing campaigns, although their 42Mbps HSPA+ isn’t exactly a 4G technology by the strict definition), who has recently announced that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will become available on June 21’st. The signup page allows you to subscribe for more information, although the specs are nowhere to be found on the page. Fortunately, we know for sure that, unlike the two previous Galaxy S models, the Galaxy S3 will feature the exact same specs on all US carriers, except for different radios (duh). Here’s a short recap:

  • 1.5Ghz dual-core CPU (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4) vs 1.4Ghz quad-core on the international variant
  • 4.8 inch SAMOLED display running at a 1280 by 720 pixel resolution
  • 2 GB of RAM vs 1 GB of RAM
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 8MP primary camera, 2MP secondary camera
  • 2100 mAh battery

Pricing details regarding the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 were not announced, although Samsung has declared that the newest member of the Galaxy S line should be priced from $199 with a two year contract.

What do you guys make of it? Does Samsung’s decision to release the same smartphone with all US carriers seem to be the right choice in your book? Let us know in the comment section below!

  • Jaystarr135

    It makes sense!! I’m ok with that less confusion.

  • Disgruntled Guest

    Disappointing again. T mobile could have gone with the quad core. I understand Verizon could not due to the design and the LTE functionality. HTC in Europe is quad core but US version are dual(?). Now the same situation is happening with Samsung. C’mon folks we should have the same if not better version here!

    • We DO have the better version. Take that S4 Snapdragon with 2GB of RAM any day over the quad.

      • AndroidBrian

        2gb ram is cool but not necessary. Whatever phone your using now I assume it has 1gb of ram. Did your phone ever give you a warning to close applications because you needed to free up memory? Not likely…. If it did just close your apps!

        I for one rather have the best processor available for any smartphone. If I was going to purchase this phone (Im a T-Mobile user) I would just purchase the international version. Best processor available and also you will get Android updates a lot faster w/ the international version over the T-mobiles variant.

        • danny

          Thanks for this discussion. I am also a Tmo customer, and was a little disappointed that the S3 will not be sporting the quad-core processor. Though I don’t know if a dual-core Snapdragon S4 with 2gb of RAM makes up for this in some way.

          My question is — if I do purchase the international version, would it be fully functional in the U.S. with Tmo, or would I lose any functionality (?) I’m new to all this, and would really like to upgrade to the S3, but not sure what to do. Thanks for answering..

          • Aladdin

            you won’t be getting 3g speeds on tmobile if you go with the international version

          • Dmd107

            Thanks for the reply. So — really, there’s no point in getting the international version to use the in the U.S. then, if all you’ll get is Edge/2g. (Or is there some huge benefit to getting the international version that I’m missing.)

          • AndroidBrian

            Yeah my fault T-mobile customers are better off buying the T-Mobile variant. There is no huge benefit besides the quad-core but thats negated by the super slow data speeds. So yeah if you want a galaxy s3 and your on t-mobile your stuck with the dual core 2gb ram version.

          • Ryan C.

            unless somebody will root the s3 same as they did to the intl. version of Galaxy Note.

          • There is no point period because the 1.5ghz S4 with 2GB of memory will perform, maybe even outperform, the 1.4 ghz Exynos quad core with 1 GB of memory. You wouldn’t see any benefit with the international version even if it was capable of accessing T-Mo’s HSPA+ network in the US.

          • Sjsicilia

            I have heard from different sources that T-mobiles edge/2g is going to be upgraded to 3g / 1900 mghz sooner than later…….

  • disgruntled guest 2

    I have to agree with disgruntled guest here. the Tmobile version definitely should have got the quad core. I say quad core with 1.5 GB of ram would have made it the fastest and smoothest phone ever! By far. I really want to get a hold of an international version to see how it matches up to our dual core ones.

  • Glen

    The Exynos 1.4 quad core far outperforms the Snapdragon 1.5 dual core… in graphics and overall performance. HOWEVER, the Exynos – awesome though it is – does NOT support LTE. And Qualcomm doesn’t (yet) have a quad core Snapdragon. So if you want LTE, in the US, you’ve gotta go with Snapdragon. This is not Samsung’s “fault”. This is the U.S. patent-holder’s “fault”. The rest of the world uses different high-speed technology that is well-supported by the Exynos SOC.

    T-Mobile is actually doing a very good thing – rolling out both LTE and also 1900MHz 3G. So the international version won’t do 3G today, but it will in the future once T-Mobile gets their 1900 towers up. And the Snapdragon won’t do LTE today – but it will in the future once T-Mobile gets their LTE service up.

    T-Mobile is gonna be a great place to be with either phone down the road. But it will take time to get those new systems on. And, of course, given Samsung’s speed, the Galaxy S 4 will be out before that’s ready. :-)

    So don’t be disgruntled! The Snapdragon 1.5 dual core is a VERY nice chip with very acceptable performance. It’s not the Exynos, but it’s still really really nice! Combined with T-Mobile’s current network offerings, it’s gonna be wonderful, and you can be sure I, at least, will be snapping one up!

    • Guest

      The Exynos does NOT “far outperform” S4. They are neck in neck in any benchmarks, with some suggesting that the S4 should be faster in real life situations.

      Now GPU is a completely different story. Exynos GPU blows whatever the US version has out of the water. But then there isn’t going to be that many apps (if any) in the near future (i.e. before you get your next phone) that takes advantage of the difference.

    • speed?

      Just a question. If i buy the international version of the s3, would i still have the same “current” T-‘mobile HSPA+Speeds? I Use simple MVNO so I’m not really worried about the whole LTE stuff rite now since they don’t support it at this time. But i would like to know cause sometimes i work overseas and my current HTC phone is not compatible with the high speed networks where i go. so i would like to know for that reason cause if i can get the same t-mobile speeds with the international version I’ll get that one instead….thanks.

  • brimante

    It’s sad to see so many non-Technical people making false statements that will confuse others. The dual core processor in the GS3 has been shown to outperform the quad core in every real life situation. The only time it’s better is in some synthetic benchmarks that use lot of multi threading. Hate to break it to you, but no apps that you are going to use will take advantage of more than two cores. Also, the two gigs of ram will allow it to perform more efficient memory management.

    • JustAhardwareGuy

      Agreed. Freakin’ idiots. You can’t look at core count and clock speed individually to find the better hardware. You need everything working together: RAM & its bandwidth, CPU & GPU and their pipelines, the OS, and the apps themselves. If an app is written for one core, the other one, two, or three cores make absolutely no difference. Get some education, friends.

    • Dfadfadsf

      Shut up you dumb ass ho!!!!

    • Fcktheworld187

      Looks like somebody cant afford one!!!

  • Nonono

    The Quad core was the major reason for all the anticipation frenzy of the last few months !
    The US market’s carriers are the problem as they all try to get a piece of the action, and the FCC allows and participates this cluster f**k.
    We need an international carrier with standardized systems to operate in the US, and maybe the US customers can stop getting the short end of the stick.

    • brimante

      You are whining about nothing. We are getting the better device. More ram, faster data, and a better processor. The processor is faster in all real world situations and uses less power. Stop complaining when you don’t even know what you are talking about.

      • Dsgfadsafds

        He’s whining like your mom did last night…

        • Jun

          You’re an idiot.

        • Fuckjun

          ur a genius

  • Aton6358

    HSPA+ = QUAD CORE, what the hell is t mobile doing

    • guest

      They want to use HSPA+ 42. The quad core can only support HSPA+ 21

  • Ruffryder187mph

    My big yet small question to all you tech gurus is….
    If the T-mobile variant of the galaxy s3 is really good…will it out perform the younger brother the galaxy s2..??
    Galaxy s2 spec’s 1.5ghz duel core with 1gig Ram 4.5in super amoled plus display.. With a screen resolution of 480×800 & 16m color display!

    Could someone tell me if the Galaxy S3 will most definitely out perform the Galaxy S2 ..???

    • Yes, the S3 will outperform the S2. The US S3 runs on a S4 chip, which is built on 28nm technology with the newer Cortex A15 architecture. Plus, the S3 has 2GB or RAM vs the 1GB in the S2.
      The S2 chip is based on an older A9 architecture.
      The benchmarks are conclusive too, the S3 is the fastest device out there right now.

      • Ruffryder187mph

        Thank you for answering my question in depth! :)

  • Ruffryder187mph

    Oh btw what kind of gpu will the galaxy s3 have?


      Here’s to hoping for the Adreno 3xx, but that’s probably a pipe dream at this point. More likely the Adreno 225.

  • freakingenius

    I thought the camera was 12 megapixels not 8, I’d take that over an extra gig of ram

  • frucker

    To keep the design thin, they choseto go with the 8 meg lens which is still quite nice with a lot of features.

  • Elvisbnd

    Brimante, your theory on the dual being better then the quad, if so… can you back it up? As ive been seeing reviews stating that the quad-core outperforms every other processor out. And you just stating that the snapdragon will out-perform the quad in real life situations doesnt really show any research or sources to back it up. If you can back it up it would make my day as I really do want the lte but I dont want to be on the short-end of the technology.

    • Qayin

      Just look at the One s! It’s one of the fastest phones in the world hands down

    • brimante

      sorry I have to keep this short so I can get to work. This is one of the best articles, but there are many more. Try Engadget.
      I’m also a hardware design Engineer… But I know that really doesn’t prove anything. Just that I do understand electronics very well.

  • chakreview

    The samsung galaxy s iii operates on the latest version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is attached with TouchWiz interface. Galaxy S3 also provides the smoothest experience of Android and one can feel the flutters of Apps, Games as well as Web. Samsung has accessorized Galaxy S3 with a 2100 mAh battery to support battery life of the phone with larger display and running time. The Galaxy S3 is also equipped with 8.0 Megapixel rear camera with features such as autofocus, LED flash, HD video and image recording at 1080 pixel resolution, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization, etc. and the secondary camera ie front camera is 1.9 Megapixel. It also has sensors such as Accelerometer, gyro, RGB sensor, proximity, compass, barometer, etc. It also connectivity such as GPRS – class 12 with 32-48kps speed, EDGE-class12, WLAN with Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi direct and Wi-Fi Hotspot , Bluetooth -v 4.0 with A2DP and EDR, etc.

    source: http://www.chakreview.com/category/science-and-technology/

    • Steve

      I hope it doesn’t have the terrible lag that plagued my Samsung Vibrant. I had to flash a custom ROM to rid myself of that lag problem.

      • GODCYPH

        I have a vibrant as well, one of the major problems the vibrant had with lag was due to Samsung’s use of the RFS file system. Ever since oclf, we’ve switched to ext4 and Samsung has as well. If you look at some of the benchmarks floating around the webz you will see that it’s no longer an issue. As for the GPS… That remains yo be seen.

  • Heatwave101

    Oh my god, we offended the tech geeks :P
    But I know more than these baboons that get their knowledge from reading some reviews, and I assure, the apps can be made to work on four cores, just because currently there aren’t any right now doesn’t mean there won’t be in the near future. So STFU geeks and go play some video games.

  • Dafdaskj

    The only thing you people are doing is settling. You know you’re not getting the Quad and don’t want to be disappointed. You say “Oh its not needed” or “Its not really useful” to justify so that you won’t feel that you’re being slighted because others across the country who paid exactly what you have paid have a better version of the product than you do. Even if no one wants to look at Quad as a necessity. New android phones come out every few minutes, is there any harm in being futureproof?

  • Bienetvite

    Guys can pleas some one englight me more cause I am getting confused, to many peeps saying dual core better and same for quad core!!! wish one is really the best. I am in canada and I only need hspa+ 21 with rogers. but quad core seems better how would a dual core beet it?

    • I dont know

      I assume the each of the dual cores are SUPER powerful, while each of the quad cores are little babies that don’t have much power. Also, I hear things about how applications from the market only register or understand how to use a maximum of 2 cores so if you really think about it… it seems like the dual core in general will win in almost every test…
      UNLESS people start developing applications that take control of 4 cores efficiently. I don’t know of any apps that can do that yet. Maybe its really hard to make for these app developers or maybe they haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  • Speed2again

    Geezzzz yes, but isn’t T-mobile moving there 1700 4g band to 1900 by late this year, just for this same reason that they want more phones (like the Iphone etc) to be compatible with them? i think that’s what everyone wants to know. If true and your like me (a none contract person) you can buy the I9300 and temporally use an AT&T (1900 band) MVNO like red pocket for a while until t-mo completes the switch than just go back to t-mo monthly 4g or simple mobile. Rite or wrong? lol i just wana be able to say i got a quad core phone with 64gb of internal memory without all the stupid T-mobile bloatware.

  • Jakem1258

    hahaha my 2 year contract ends exactly the date it comes out

  • Ron Morgan

    a different discussion from why do the us phones only have 2 cores…

    in terms of support, I think its a GREAT idea to have only one phone. supporting all the different android handsets on all the different carriers is a huge task and IMO slows down the update process as a whole. I do not want to see only on android handset on the market as I am a strong believer in competition. but if I had a choice as a company doing business in the us market, of supporting one s3 or 4 or 5 or 10… I think its much faster and easier to support one and i think the end user will be the ultimate winner… BTW i really dislike samsung. every product I have owned of there’s with the one exception of a CDROM in an old computer has been a joke when it comes to support. I hope they get it right this time.