Earlier today, Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S3 for five U.S. mobile operators, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular, but while we wait for the handset to hit stores later this month we’ll take a look at the first unofficial images of the Verizon version.
The pictures, dug up by Android Police, show us Verizon’s 4G LTE Galaxy S3 handset, and we’re apparently looking at the same Galaxy S3 design that we’ve gotten used to seeing on tech blogs so far.
A few days ago, a purportedly leaked T-Mobile Galaxy S3 image revealed that the fourth largest carrier in the country could sell the default Galaxy S3 version, instead of a specially customized model made specifically for T-Mobile. Today’s pictures suggest that Verizon is also happy with the current Galaxy S3 design lines, and we shouldn’t expect a custom version from this carrier either. The Home button is, yet again, present.
These images could also be an indication that U.S. carriers are either not asking for special Galaxy S3 version or Samsung is not willing to make any more compromises when it comes to the design of its flagship Android handset. Whatever the case is, it still needs confirmation from Samsung and/or its carrier partners in the region.
However, the U.S. Galaxy S3 versions will not be entirely similar to the international version, as most of them will come with 4G LTE support on board. That means Galaxy S3 buyers will have to settle for a dual-core Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, with built-in LTE support, instead of the quad-core Exynos CPU that’s found on board the international version of the smartphone.
Actual launch details including availability dates and pricing are not available at this time for the Verizon Galaxy S3, but we expect to see the carrier announce them at some point in the following weeks.