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Samsung: Galaxy SIII Headed to “Fastest LTE and HSPA+” U.S. Networks This Summer (Updated)

The Samsung Galaxy SIII has finally been announced and will arrive in European markets at the end of this Month – yes, in May. What about the U.S. though? We have been told officially by Samsung that we have to wait until this summer. They mention both LTE and HSPA+ in this statement, but as you all know, Sprint and AT&T also have LTE networks at this point. Well, they like to call them “networks.”

Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version of Galaxy S III, optimized for the fastest LTE and HSPA+ networks in the U.S., which will be available in the summer of 2012.  Exact timing and retail channel availability is not being announced at this time. We believe the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated product in the 20-year history of Samsung Mobile; therefore, we will continue to share information as it becomes available.

This shouldn’t shock anyone. The U.S. carriers want different versions with different names so that they can differentiate. It sucks for all of us. If you want this phone in May as an early adopter, you are going to have to import it just as many did with the HTC One X.

Update:  Engadget says June – somehow I missed that reference. I’ll take June though!

  • Jon

    I’m not going to wait till June. I’m going to upgrade from my Bionic to a Galaxy Nexus in about a week.

    Honestly, if the Samsung Note were available on Verizon, I would totally go for it. The reality is that I am much better off with a Nexus that I know for sure will be updated quickly. Waiting for proper ICS on my Bionic has really exhausted my patience with slow updates.

  • George Adams

    There’s a competition to win a Galaxy S III going on at the moment! It’d be so great to get one for nothing!

  • TH1S GUY!!!
  • nope,dont think so, the nexus is the first and last samsung phone i’ll ever own, not going through another nightmare

  • manny108

    Please tell me that this phone is coming to Verizon..

  • smokerings

    I talked To a VZW rep yesterday about this phone and she confirmed that it will be coming to VZW but could tell me exactly when.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    June in Verizon language means September

  • June 31st

  • Forgive me if someone already suggested this, but on the topic of carrier-to-carrier differentiation between Galaxy SIII models, I think this would explain the dummy boxes we saw that had on-screen buttons. I could see a Verizon or Sprint model opting for the on-screen buttons since both carriers have the Galaxy Nexus and that would keep things in the same vein. Just a thought. I’m REALLY interested to see if they can find a way to make the Exynos quad-core chip work with LTE though…

  • BAoxymoron

    If this doesn’t come with the exynos quad core then I will give up on verizon… I’m tired of these second rate devices…

  • For a moment, I thought it will only be available from AT&T as it’s the only carrier that will has both LTE and HSPA+. But then I read the “s” after networks — what a relief.

  • so does the verizon version have a quad core CPU or what?

  • Ashadan

    you know, I actually like the look of the GSII alot better. That clean cut business professional look. My droid X still hasn’t worn holes in my pockets after 2 years, and I understand the nature thing; but in all seriousness though, this looks like the original release of the Galaxy S more than anything, cant say I’m sold on the aesthetics of this thing.

    • You wear the same pants long enough for your phone to rub holes inside your pockets?

      • Hey, why change something if it fits and looks nice? I can still wear my skirts from my uni days (and I was 14 back then), and they fit and look perfectly fine!

        Fashion is for bandwagon hoppers, yo.

  • RegKilla

    Can’t Wait!!!

  • Firelight

    Happy with my GNex still. Of course I have had it for almost 6 months now. By NEXT summer the GS4 with be coming out and by then … I may be ready to find something more appealing. As. Long. As. I. Can. Root. It.

  • Tom

    Talked to a Verizon rep earlier today and she was adamant that they will not be getting this phone. If true, hugely disappointing.

    • Did she say “but we have a wide array of Droids available today?” I feel like they wouldn’t want you to know if they were getting it until the day of so that you don’t wait to buy one of their phones.

      • Tom

        I suppose that’s possible Joe. But I asked her whether and when they would be getting it. She denied they ever would. So if she was lying to trick me into buying one of their 347 crappy droid offerings, I’m going to be annoyed.

        • Meh

          I’d say it’s more likely she doesn’t know. A lot of times we know more than Verizon employees from sites like DL

    • radiohead14

      most likely they don’t know themselves. even if they did, they wouldn’t want to hurt sales of current phones, and the upcoming Inc4G.

  • Mii

    Will it run on Sprint if you import it ?

    • KennyVeltre


  • If it comes with a good camera and good speaker, it’s already light years ahead of the GNex.

  • Jimmy Chen

    Honestly, I find HTC One X an overall much better looking phone than SIII. Plus, Samsung is really going a bit overboard with bumping the screen sizes upward on every iteration. Stick with 4.5″~4.7″ and make it none pentile would be a far wiser thing to do. At this rate, we’ll all be forced walk around with a Galaxy Note type device to make and receive calls.

  • PyroHoltz

    As usual, the American markets get the shaft…total BS.

    • The European markets don’t have LTE. I’d rather have LTE and the phone a month later.

      • The European markets do have LTE. At the very least in Scandinavia and the Baltic States. And by the end of 2013 Western Russia will probably be 70-80% covered too, using the same bands as Europe (there are LTE networks running in Siberia at the moment).

  • What about T-Mobile???

    • Isn’t T-Mobile that weird carrier with 3G on non-standard 1700MHz?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sU38zfA47o&feature=g-all-u
    Touch wiz….looks nice. *braces for the down votes*

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      • RadicalPie

        I down voted both of you

      • feztheforeigner

        And then I down-voted you 🙂

    • My Opinion

      I know I’ll get downvoted into oblivion, but….. I think stock Android is still fug. This version of TW looks much nicer than, still not on par with Sense though.

    • sgtguthrie

      I think Touch Wiz is actually looking okay too…certainly better than Sense 4.0!!!

  • imronburgundy

    Does it launch with ICS?

  • Okay, cool. Just don’t let it look this FUGLY if it comes to the US.

  • ICS must be coming soon

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


  • Greyhame

    I bought into the Samsung hype too much. …..Underwhelmed.

    If Moto brings their A-game, some decent advertising, and release to multiple networks, they have a real chance at becoming the top dog. Especially if those battery rumors are true and the RAZR HD will have the same battery as the MAXX.

    • RadicalPie

      yeah physical buttons, pentile display, 2100 mAH battery are kind of bringing it down for me.

      • Greyhame

        It’s not that the phone won’t be great… but the those backwards, hardware buttons, and the fact there’s a home button really turn me off. I’m surprised Samsung strayed from the fantastic nexus formula that much.

        One moment spent thinking about all of the mods devs have had the freedom to do with onscreen buttons, and then comparing that to being handcuffed by physical buttons, is all it takes for me to hold out for the next big thing.

        • Why do people insist that soft keys were Samsung’s thing? I still think it was Google requesting to use those, not Samsung.

          So Samsung just sticks to their good old ways.

          • Greyhame

            I’m not insisting they were Samsung’s idea. Those were all Google. But they work so well. IMO, it was a mistake to go back to hardware buttons and lose the flexibility. But, to each their own.

  • LiterofCola

    The auxiliary ouput is on the top btw 🙂

  • Butters619

    End of summer, but no further details….where have I heard this before?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      The Verge is saying June for the US.

  • Yearight

    Beginning of September is still summer. Don’t expect it before then.

  • teleclimber

    fastest LTE and HSPA+ network”

    … isn’t that At&T’s tagline? Otherwise they would have said “largest and most reliable” if they meant Verizon I’m afraid.

    • r0lct

      Unless you rake networkS to mean different carriers and not different technologies.

  • bkosh84

    Mat Smith from Engadget said it’s coming to the United States in June and an LTE Version is still in the works..

  • Michael Forte

    Just as i suspected, this phone isn’t much of an upgrade from the Galaxy Nexus. I’m hoping the end of the year brings some heat.

    • michael arazan

      The way it sounds that US carriers will downgrade the device.

    • blix247

      I like that the screen is fully dedicated to content. Apparently the screen has to stop a half inch short of the bottom of the phone, so you might as well use it for hardware buttons and save screen real estate. I would prefer the screen to extend the entire height of the phone, but I guess thats still not possible.

  • edmicman

    So no Verizon, or if it does come to Verizon then it’ll maybe be by 12/31? So they can still say “out in 2012!”.

    Whatever, I’m still happy with my VZW Nexus and it’ll last me my two years until the Next Big Thing.

  • Nominal upgrade from the Galaxy Nexus…microSD slot, better camera, and better processor in trade for hardware buttons and touchwiz. Pass.

  • Schoat333

    Still no mention of CDMA….

  • QQpayne

    Any better pictures than this? It might look sweet, but hard to tell from that angle.

  • bkosh84

    I update at the end of June.. Looks like I won’t be pushing them to move my upgrade early after all to wait and see what’s coming down the line from the other makes.

  • LiterofCola

    Would be cool if Verizon decided to add this to their line-up, considering the Razr HD is enroute.

  • Wanton Tacos

    phone launch have become as dull as new desktops. gnex will suffice for 2 years.

    • mustbepbs

      I had to sell my GNex to pay for my new car because my old one bought the farm. I just bought an off-contract Fassy and I’ll be content with that for a long time. The development scene is still lively and it’s got AOKP on it. The whole phone hype thing has gotten to me too many times and I’m sick of it. This launch is evidence.

      • What??!?! Still no official word on if Verizon gets this phone! WTFudge!

  • Patiently waiting

    It looks really nice, but….. if it won’t be available until summer, I might as well wait and see what is coming from Motorola and HTC for Verizon (aside from the gimped Dinc4g)

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    • FortitudineVincimus

      have to agree…. there is no real incentive on this phone to lock it in as my next phone as much as I was hoping to. it’s just not all I had hope. I will take it if there is nothing else as my OG Droid needs to go and it is time, but really… I am a little meh on it

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  • mustbepbs

    I feel like Samsung kind of slapped their fans in the face. They hyped this thing for so long, and this is it? Really?

    • They didn’t hype it. YOU did. You got disappointed because YOU expected something that YOU conjured up.

    • Alex

      This phone is looking is if it is the best smartphone in the world to date. If this phone so far is any way of a letdown.. then get an iphone.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Did you watch the Live Stream? Did you not see all the new features? . . .

    • RandomRant

      Lol, seriously what did you possibly expect from them? I want to see an actual lists of what would’ve made it special to you because this is ridiculous.

      The phone is competitive for the time of release, and goes toe to toe with it’s direct competitor the HTC One X.

      It’s as if some of you people expected Samsung to throw imaginary specs at you that don’t even exist yet or aren’t even being manufactured at a decent rate.

      The only disappointment that makes any sense imo is a person’s opinion on their choice of aesthetics and/or build materials.
      Everything else was about EXACTLY what anyone paying attention to the current mobile tech would expect.

    • mustbepbs

      Boy I didn’t mean to strike the hornets nest. I didn’t realize how much you guys love Samsung.

  • Why can’t they launch a phone globally?

    • Someguyperson

      American carriers that’s why.

      • RadicalPie

        So wait for everyone to agree to it and launch it all at once?

        • Why should they delay releasing in Europe, and cost themselves money by putting in extra components when most people won’t need a global phone?

          • Well the GSM version is a global phone. Because it works almost everywhere. Even in Japan (albeit only on Softbank Mobile).

      • sc4fpse

        Well, let’s rework that original question a little bit: Why the eff can’t these manufacturers release global phones? What is so damn hard about putting both a CDMA AND a GSM radio in a phone? It might cost you a fraction of a millimeter in thickness, but geez, come on. It isn’t rocket science. You don’t need a million different versions. Just one with CDMA and GSM.

        • stevewest87

          apple would sue them for that too

        • Well, there’s a small problem with CDMA. It’s also present with GSM but not so much; it’s called bands and standards.

          CDMA is a very broad term. Verizon and Sprint use different bands, right? Then there are all those other CDMA carriers around the world who also don’t quite stick to one particular frequency — often due to government regulations and whatnot. A lot of carriers outside the USA use RUIMs with their CDMA devices; RUIM is a UICC, just like the GSM USIM (usually referred to as SIM) cards.

          So how are you going to make a global CDMA device if you have to support about 4 different radio standards in combination with multiple bands and RUIM handling for some of the carriers?

          GSM at least has that quad-band+tri-band 2G+3G set that works almost universally. With the exception of T-Mobile USA. (4G is worse; Europe, Asia and Russia prefer the 2.4-2.6 TDD bands, while the USA proudly stands afar with 700 and 2100.)

          • For LTE, it’s even worse than that:
            Americas: TDD 2.3-2.6GHz (Clearwire only), FDD 700MHz, 750MHz (VZW-only), FDD 800MHz, FDD 850MHz, FDD 1.7/2.1GHz, FDD 1.9GHz
            Europe: TDD 2.3-2.6GHz, FDD 800MHz (incompatible with US 800MHz), FDD 1.8GHz, FDD 2.6GHz.
            Mainland Asia: TDD 2.3-2.6GHz, FDD 850MHz (Korea only), FDD 1.8GHz, FDD 2.1GHz, FDD 2.6GHz
            Japan: TDD 2.3-2.6GHz, FDD 850MHz, FDD 1.4GHz, FDD 1.5GHz, FDD 2.1GHz
            Australia: TDD 2.3-2.6GHz, FDD 1.8GHz, FDD 2.6GHz
            Future Asia-Pacific: FDD 700MHz (incompatible with US 700MHz).

            While it looks like TDD 2.3-2.6GHz will be the best option, each region will divide up the spectrum differently, making them all incompatible.

            LTE is going to suck ass unless a rebanding is done to simplify this whole mess.

    • Because the US has LTE, and almost nowhere else does (outside NTT DoCoMo in Japan: http://www.fiercebroadbandwireless.com/special-reports/global-lte-verizon-dominates-today-which-operators-will-lead-2016?utm_source=FierceWireless-homepage-slideshow), together with all the CDMA in the US.

      • Well, Europe and Russia will expand on that by 2015. The problem being, they don’t use the same bands as Verizon and the likes. They’re all going for roaming capabilities and sticking with a fixed set of bands so everyone could roam everywhere within EU and RU.

  • radiohead14

    soo.. any news on that Razr Maxx HD?

    • P3Droid says fall, “In time for school”

      • hkklife

        If what P3 is saying, and I have no reason to doubt him, then this cements 2012 as the WORST MF’in year EVER for Android!
        2008 saw the G1 and the oficial birth of Android. 2009 saw Android go “big time” with the OG Droid and VZW’s huge push. 2010 witnessed the rise of the superphones (Droid X and Evo 4G) and 2011 saw huge advances across the board (ICS, LTE, Galaxy Note). But 2012 has been a year of STUNNING disappointments: fragmentation, delays, broken promises, and few notable hardware releases (most of which are disappointing or gimped in some way). Nvidia and Samsung either cannot or will not get their s**t together as far as LTE is concerned. The only obvious explanation is that no one is making as much money as they hoped to on Android and are either holding out for iOS 5/iPhone 5, BB 10 (hah!) or Windows 8 (my guess).
        In particular, VZW and Moto are treading water all year long with their releases. How can Moto manage to be the final company to the party in so many aspects? No ICS updates, no screens larger than 4.3″, no 720p screens, no next-gen SoCs, no handsets shipping with ICS from the factory.
        We’re on such a negative roll that the elimination of the grandfathered unlimited data on VZW is bound to happen sooner rather than later!

        • Dshim83

          Well, at least you’re right on the grandfathered data thing.