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Samsung Galaxy S III coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular – in the same form factor

June 4, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

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Samsung has just revealed which of the major carriers will offer the Samsung Galaxy S III – all of them. In a press release just sent by the Korean manufacturer, Samsung confirmed that Galaxy S III will be available from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and U.S. Cellular.

Samsung also revealed a first for a Galaxy S device – there will be no major hardware deviations for each carrier. All five of the carriers just named will carry the same form factor seen on the Galaxy S III in Europe. There will be no epic, captivating, or vibrant departures for the basic design; phones will be internally fitted to work on their respective carrier, but the design will remain consistent.

We expected multiple carriers of the Galaxy S III, but didn’t think Samsung would be able to break the chain of having to tailor a new design to each U.S. carrier. This is a big shift and a bit surprisingly. The continuity means that we can expect the following specs in all of the phones:

  • 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with thin bezel
  • 8.6 mm thin and 4.7 ounces light
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual core CPU
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2.0
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • 16 or 32 GB internal storage with microSD slot
  • Android 4.0 running Touchwiz UX

Pricing and availability for the the Galaxy S III will be announced by each carrier separately. If you hold a contract with any of the majors, the Galaxy S III is now an option for you. Here’s a few other software features touted by the company.

SAMSUNG SOFTWARE HIGHLIGHTS

-       S-Beam is an industry first, providing fast, easy transfer of large files, such as videos and documents, with a single touch of the Galaxy S III without needing a Wi-Fi connection or cell signal. A 1GB movie file can be shared as quickly as three minutes and a 10MB music file can be transferred in seconds by simply touching another GALAXY S III phone.

-      The S-Voice™ feature on the Galaxy S III offers much more than just asking and answering questions.  S-Voice allows users to control the applications and services used most with words instead of touch. Use S-Voice to turn the volume up or down on the music player, answer or reject incoming calls, shut off or choose to snooze the alarm clock, or take a picture by saying “smile” or “cheese.”

-      Smart Stay puts the “smart” in smartphones. With Smart Stay, the Galaxy S III tracks the user’s eye to ensure the device screen is always on while you’re looking at it. By knowing when you are looking at the screen, it doesn’t dim the backlight or timeout to an idle screen.

-      Motion simplifies and short cuts many common functions including converting a text message to a call by simply raising the phone to the ear, tapping the top of the phone to go to the top of an email and list of emails or contacts, and alerting to missed call or text message.

-      The capabilities of the Galaxy S III’s 8 megapixel camera are far beyond point and shoot. Burst Shotcaptures still pictures at a rapid-fire pace at three images per second with zero shutter lag; and Best Shotrecommends the best picture to keep based on colors, lighting and clarity. The Galaxy S III shoots and plays back 1080p HD quality video with a backside illuminated sensor that improves performance in low light environments, and provides the ability to capture a photo during videoing

-      Watching video while downloading a large file or service is seamless with Pop Up Play. Pop Up Play allows you to watch any side-loaded video content while operating any application in full-screen, background view at the same time. Video running on Pop Up Play can be moved anywhere on top of the full screen, much like picture-in-picture capabilities on large screen TVs.