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Canadian Galaxy SIII Variants Official – LTE, 1.5GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon Processors and 2GB of RAM

That Japanese variant of the Galaxy SIII with 2GB of RAM wasn’t a myth after all. Announced this afternoon, we have the Canadian GS3 variants that interestingly enough, also contain 2GB of RAM and will be available on June 20. One thing that may disappoint some of you is the fact that they will sport Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor rather than Samsung’s quad-core Exynos, but try not to let it get you too down. The S4 is a beast in its own right, loves LTE, and should give you some of the best battery life we have seen yet on a smartphone while continuing to power through all tasks. And again, 2GB of RAM here, folks.

Now, what immediately came to my mind after hearing this is, “Umm hello, 2GB of RAM in the U.S. variants as well?” Thanks to this benchmark, we are pretty sure that Verizon’s Galaxy SIII will also rock the Snapdragon S4 and a similar setup to these Canadian GS3s. Who’s ready for some 2GB action? 

The Samsung GALAXY S III provides Canadians with a more human smartphone experience

Designed for humans and inspired by nature, the Samsung GALAXY S III brings the best combination of power and performance to the Canadian marketplace

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 30, 2012 /CNW/ – Samsung Electronics Canada, today announces the models details and availability date of the much-anticipated GALAXY S III. Beginning June 20th, the Samsung GALAXY S III will be available through leading Canadian wireless carriers and authorized national retailers.

“We are very excited to bring the highly anticipated GALAXY S III to Canadians so they can experience firsthand, the power, performance and passion that Samsung is known for,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Enterprise Business Group, Samsung Canada. “This next generation of the GALAXY S series is sleek and stylish, and offers users features that promote sharing, and are intuitive and powerful, allowing Canadians to enjoy a more human experience with their smartphone.”

Natural Interaction

Smart enough to detect face, voice and motions, the GALAXY S III adapts to the user, providing users an interface that is convenient and natural.

  • With the innovative ‘Smart stay’ feature, the GALAXY S III recognizes how the user is using their device such as, reading an e-book or browsing the web. By having the front camera identify eye motion the phone maintains a bright display for continued viewing pleasure.
  • The GALAXY S III features ‘S Voice,’ an advanced natural language user interface, to listen and respond to user commands. S Voice presents powerful functions in regards to device control and commands, such as allowing the user to play a favorite song, turn the volume up or down, send text messages and emails, organize schedules, or automatically launch the camera and capture a photo.
  • With ‘Smart alert‘ the GALAXY S III will alert the user by catching any missed messages or calls with a vibration to notify missed statuses when picked up after being idle. If the user is messaging someone but decide to call them instead, they can simply lift phone to their ear and ‘Direct call’ will dial their number.

Easy and Instant Sharing

The Samsung GALAXY S III is more than a personal device that can be enjoyed by one user – it wants to share and experience smartphone benefits with family and friends, regardless of location with the following features:

  • With the new ‘S Beam,’ the GALAXY S III expands upon Android™ Beam™, allowing a 1GB movie file to be shared within three minutes and a 10MB music file within two seconds by simply touching another GALAXY S III phone, even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal.
  • The ‘Buddy photo share’ function also allows photos to be easily and simultaneously shared with all friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery.
  • ‘AllShare Play’ can be used to instantly share any forms of files between GALAXY S III and tablet, PC, and televisions that are DLNA enabled, regardless of the distance between the devices.
  • The ‘Group Cast’ feature that allows users to share their screen among multiple friends on the same Wi-Fi network; users can comment and draw changes at the same time as co-workers- witnessing real-time sharing on individual devices.
    • The preloaded ‘Dropbox’ application provides an even more convenient sharing experience, supplying 50GB of free storage for two years for not just image and music files, but now also for video content. With the GALAXY S III files can also be instantly uploaded through data networks without requiring WiFi access.

Uncompromised Performance

With a 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display, the GALAXY S III offers a large and vivid viewing experience. Samsung Mobile’s heritage Super AMOLED display even enhances to HD and 16:9 wider viewing angles. To ensure faster content sharing and connectivity, the GALAXY S III offers Wi-Fi Channel Bonding which doubles the Wi-Fi bandwidth.

The GALAXY S III not only presents features with enhanced usability, but also provides an ergonomic and comfortable experience through its human-centric design. Its comfortable grip, gentle curves, and organic form deliver a rich human-centric feel and design. Available in Pebble Blue and Marble White at launch, Samsung will introduce a variety of additional color options.

The GALAXY S III also sports a range of additional features that boost performance and the overall user experience in entirely new ways, with features such as:

  • ‘Pop up play,’ users can play a video anywhere on their screen while simultaneously running other tasks, eliminating the need to close and restart videos when checking new emails or surfing the Web.
  • An 8MP camera features a zero-lag shutter speed that lets users capture moving objects easily without delay, with the‘Burst shot’ function that instantly captures twenty continuous shots, and the ‘Best photo’ feature that selects the best of eight photographs, the GALAXY S III ensures users a more enhanced and memorable camera experience.
  • HD video can be recorded even with the 1.9MP front-facing camera, which users can use to capture a video of themselves. An improved backside illumination sensor further helps to eliminate blur in photos that result from shaking, even under low light conditions.
  • With Samsung Hubs, users can continually refresh phone content through the ‘Game Hub,’ which provides access to numerous social games, while Video Hub, a new service offering to the Canadian marketplace, brings users high quality TV and movies for rent . Furthermore, Samsung Music Hub will offer a personal music streaming service.

The GALAXY S III will be available for purchase in Canada starting on June 20, 2012.  Samsung is pleased to be working with all of the leading wireless providers in Canada, to give our customers a choice of service provider.  The SGH-i747 variation of the GALAXY S III will be available from Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS and Rogers Wireless.  The SGH-iT999 model will be available from Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity.

Additional Features Include:

  • Processor:
    • Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz
    • Qualcomm MSM8960 Chipset
  • OS (Shipping): ICS 4.0.4
  • Data: LTE (SGH-i747 variation) and HSPA+ 42 (SGH-iT999 variation)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 133g
  • Memory: 16/32GB internal memory (SGH-i747)/ 16GB internal memory (SGH-iT999)
    • Expandable microSD up to 32GB
  • Display: 4.8 HD Super AMOLED 1280×720 (306ppi)
  • Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, MHL Video Out
  • Camera: 8MP Rear-facing, 1.9MP Front-facing
  • Battery: 2100 mAh
  • Other:
    • TouchWiz with Motion UX
    • S Beam
    • AllShare Play enhance functionality
    • MP3/ACC+/WAV audio player
    • DivX/Xvid/MP4/WMV/H.263/ H.264 Video Player

For pre-orders, specific pricing and details, please visit your nearest carrier or retailer. For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com. In addition, you can find a product introduction video at http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxys3/media.html.

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Android, Google, Android Beam, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads are trademarks of Google Inc.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Canada delivers unrivalled consumer experiences. Samsung enables Canadians to pursue their passions by offering abroad range of award-winning digital consumer electronics, IT, telecommunications and home appliance products. The Canadian arm upholds Samsung’s global mission to provide consumers with innovative digital convergence products that possess exceptional technology, quality, features, performance and value. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, Samsung has become one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. The company was ranked #17 in BusinessWeek/Interbrand “100 Best Global Brands” and was named as one of Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies of 2011.”

For more information, please visit www.samsung.ca.

Via:  Newswire | MobileSyrup

Cheers Shane!

  • nwuknowme

    can someone please explain all the nexus hate? when it was coming out people were shitting brick houses

  • Droosh

    Complete with legacy hardware buttons for those that want to install their favorite Gingerbread ROM!

    Time to lose the hardware buttons and promote current guidelines Samsung. At least HTC got rid of the menu button to encourage devs to update to modern action bar APIs!

  • yellowcanary73

    But will it work as a phone…

    • JoshGroff

      Well, the gravity 1-3 and Galaxy series (except the Nexus) have been pretty good phones, so I bet it will.

      Not sure how they messed up the G-Nex but I hope 4.0.4 fixes problems for those who bought it.

  • S2556

    Hey, I sent this in!! I’ll be picking one up outright june 20th. If the US release ends up being delayed I’ll be taking orders!! 😉

  • Jeff “BIG RED”

    I will wait for the next NEXUS!

  • Typical Google minion says:

    I was going to purchase this day one regardless of specs or pricing. I will be surprised when it is considered “old” by September.

  • hkklife

    If that’s what it took to get one of these before the shared data plans start, I’d take one of these even neutered to a 1.2Ghz S4,1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, as long as the screen and battery specs are not compromised. I need something with battery life at least as good as my Bionic with the expandable storage, decent radios, and good camera that the GNex doesn’t have.

    2GB is overkill for now but RAM is so cheap it cannot hurt, especially given the 2yr (and 3yr in Canada!) contracts prevalent nowadays. More RAM is especially important to future-proof the device–look how the Thunderbolt and Inc2 wth 768Mb RAM are getting ICS whereas the Droid 3 and X2 with 512Mb are not.

    I predict shared data plans kick in by late June or early July and this thing launches in late July with the Droid HD arriving in August-ish. Last summer VZW killed unlimited plans on July 7th so the timing is perfect to pull an equally lame move on the one-year anniversary.

  • gcforreal

    still on the fence about the s3 ..love my galaxy nexus but hate the radios in it(gotta wait for reviews to see if the radios and build quality improved) but i find it funny that so many people claimed that 2gb of ram in a smartphone is just overkill and not needed when lg announced its 2gb phone..wouldnt touch a lg phone with a ten foot pole but goes to show you samsung is starting to gain a cult following like apple

  • nightscout13

    Crossing fingers hoping i can use my upgrade on Verizon with Unlimited Data before the change. Would like to have this phone, even as dual core.

  • Trevor

    So the question is: Which is better, quad-core processor or 2 GB of RAM? Would current phones benefit more from either one (or both)?

    • nightscout13

      with real world use, you will not see much a difference in boot times, or in App loading speeds. So Quad core will not make much of a difference on Android.

  • Gamer28

    I hope we do get the 2GB of RAM. 1GB is NOT enough for ICS. My Nexus S on Gingerbread could keep more apps in memory than my Galaxy Nexus on ICS. That was one of the first things I noticed about the device. 1.5GB might enough for ICS, but 2GB would be ideal. Same thing happened to my RAZR when I updated it to ICS and it also happens on my international One X running stock ICS. I won’t mind waiting an extra month if we get that extra gig of RAM.
    Any chance of the Canadian version working on Verizon

    • Thats due to the extra Pixels… Compare 800×480 and 1280×720… Part of the 1GB RAM is used as display RAM for GPU in almost all smartphones, afaik… So YES, 2GB RAM is always better…

  • Destroythanet

    So if Verizon debuts this on June 20th as well, does that mean family shared data plans will debut on the 19th?

    • Brandon C.

      hopefully not but then again I wouldn’t doubt it, I wonder how it would work out for those who are going to add a line and throw the S III on a primary.

    • nightscout13

      This is what i am trying to avoid…..

  • xFenixKnightx

    Is it going to look like this here in the states as well???

  • Brandon C.

    Don’t know if I should add a line or buy outright hmmm

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I really don’t understand people that do that lol…. DO you just get the lowest plan for the first line then use the second phone?

      • Brandon C.

        That or because I don’t haves upgrade till next year I’ll add a line with the S III then just swap it to my line put a old phone on the second line and suspend or vacation the line and pay ten bucks a month

  • CornBread

    Yes please..me want one…

  • 2GB may be better than the quad core… 1GB made a huge difference with the phones over the past year. Especially for power users.

    • nightscout13

      What bothers me, is they don’t disclose the R/W speed of the RAM. Yes you can have 2GB, but if its stupid slow memory like our current setup, you wont see a difference.

      • You have a point there.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I get that… but an extra gig will definitely make an obvious difference.

  • Tommy Thompson

    This caught my eye, “Available in Pebble Blue and Marble White at launch, Samsung will introduce a variety of additional color options.”

  • fffffffffffffffffffffffffff if only it had software keys, I’d subject myself to the horror of a Qualcomm processor.

    • Having the S4 processor based of better architechure is not a dissapointment. In the ever so slght chance youd use 4 cores then the Exynos would shine. But cheer up 2GB of RAM means u can pretty much keep the majority of your apps open. If you think the S4 sucks, look at AT&T’s one X vs the tegra 3 1X, boots up faster, opens apps faster but yes it loses in some bencmarks but your not going to be benchmarking your phone all day are you?

    • nightscout13

      I have the Gnex and i am beginning to HATE these software keys, because they take up valuable screen space, and always get in the way.

  • Deebee

    can’t stand the physical home screen button, unless it’s quad core, i’ll just wait for the next superphone

    • nwd1911

      C’mon Motorola…bring yourself back to the forefront of smartphones.

  • jj

    whos’s with me that verizon will have this phone by the end of the year?

    so piss…..

  • WC

    The S4 is quite comparable in it’s own right to the Exynos but that extra gig of RAM will make a world of difference when using Android itself. People complain about this “lag” Android has due to the way it multitasks and more RAM would remedy this better than a faster processor.

  • possomcrast1

    Does Samsung hate America or what? Haha.

  • The Dude

    In related news, Verizon execs hold another meeting to decide how many features to cut from the device, how much extra bloatware to add, add ‘Droid’ in the name and most importantly, raise price to $299 and delay it till the new shared data plans.

    • nightscout13

      This Phone will not be Droid branded.

      • RobMorris

        Droid Charge Plus

        • nightscout13

          LOL i had that phone, it was a failure. (Charge)

          • RobMorris

            Fascinate with lte haha

          • LMFAO. I did too. got sucked in for 10 bucks then went through 5 charges in a week and got upgraded to the gnex. On my 7th gnex in two months now waiting for s3 to hit

          • nightscout13

            How is it that you have to go through so many phones?

          • DoctorOta

            submit button spazzed sorry#4

          • DoctorOta

            submit button spazzed sorry#3

          • DoctorOta

            submit button spazzed sorry #2

          • DoctorOta

            submit button spazzed sorry#1

          • DoctorOta

            Why would you stick with samsung if you’ve had so many issues? I would have dropped any hardware manufacturer had that ever happened to me.

    • LiterofCola

      Stop being so pessimistic, makes you age faster.

  • Android1997

    Kellex, do you think that T-Mobiles version will have the quad core exynos?

    • S2556

      the canadian carriers that dont have LTE are getting the varrient with the LTE disabled. that is the only difference up here. I wouldnt be suprised if it was down there to but cant confirm

  • Liderc

    Love that people think that having 2GB of ram will do anything but improve the spec sheet.

    • wickets

      how can more ram not help?

      • Liderc

        It’s like having 12gbs of ram on your computer and all you do is browse the web, it’s just sitting there doing nothing.

        The same will be true with our phones. If you aren’t using the ram, it’s not doing anything. We don’t even come close to using 1gb right now, so having 2gb is pointless.

        It would be much smarter to work on increasing the speed of our current 1gb and reduce the voltages they run. This would result in actual performance increase while reducing battery drain.

        • With the way Linux utilizes RAM, more is ALWAYS better. Pre-loading highly-used apps (browser, camera, maps, etc.) will make this thing seem 10x faster. Not to mention that it won’t have to dump apps out of RAM to open new ones as quickly.

          • wickets

            Thanks for sharing your insights and in the meantime (or while you techies figure it all out) I’m not going to shy away from waving said spec sheet around!!!

        • wickets


    • Butters619

      Well hopefully they can hold apps (and web pages) in the memory instead of flushing it. It’s one of the only things that bugs me on the One X.

  • kwubba

    I’m in…my GNex goes to my 8 yo….she’s been asking me for it…her Droid X as lived a good life! Here I come Ubuntu partition!

    • BlueLetter

      You gave your 8 year old a DROIDX? And to think, when I went off to college my dad stuck me with a v265.

  • zepfloyd

    2GB of RAM will only eat more battery.

    • Butters619

      It’s true, but I wonder how much more. (I’m way too lazy to do the math)

      • nwd1911

        It’s okay, I’m way too dumb to do the math. I’d rather have your problem.

    • Greyhame

      Likely if it’s DDR2. But one could argue it’s more useful than a quad-core cpu. Not much out there takes advantage of quad-core. Everything out there could use more RAM.

    • Snapdragon S4 uses less battery than Exynos Quad, there problem solved.

  • alex

    I can’t believe my eyes!! Finally going to get and stick on a phone for two years!

  • qudwls6933

    there is a Korean news that samsung will launch galaxy s3 lte that has quad-core exynos ap
    and 2gb of ram in S. Korea.. why is Korea only getting lte quad-core.. damn it..

    • Butters619

      I think it has to do with the LTE bands they use.

  • Bionicman

    nice wow 2GB….definitely interested! (not that i wasn’t before).

  • c4v3man

    Hopefully it will be a S4, 2GB, 16GB+SDcard version heading over to Verizon. If so, will probably buy it and not hold out for HTC’s note competitor…

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    If this version comes to Verizon then I will definitely be picking up the Galaxy S3 as my next upgrade. My contract just ended yesterday, I think, so I’m ready for Verizon to unleash its Galaxy beast.

  • Androidandwp7equalsPower

    2gb of ram, most net books have less. nice to see Sammy pushing the spec boundry again

  • Kyle Fullmer

    I hope we get a release date soon, even if it is just a rumor from a reliable source. I just bought a nexus but will take it back if this baby will be out in a few weeks.

  • The specs on this phone are lovely except the Snapdragon
    Too bad verizon is holding up the release date until the new shared data plans start

    • MKader17

      Read title, excitement level high, read first comment, excitement level plummets.

      Damn you Verizon!

    • Heard June 23 from a couple of little birdies. I’m starting to think that Samsung may be putting their foot down with this phone and not letting the carriers dictate so much. I could be way off on that though…this is Verizon we are talking about.

      • r0lct

        So is the other model number with HSPA for Tmobile I assume?

        • Not all Canadian carriers provide LTE, and this is an announcement for Canada. Also, I think Canada doesn’t use that retarded 1700MHz band T-Mobile loves so much… but this press release has nothing on the supported bands.

          • r0lct

            Good point, forgot it was a presser for Canada only.

      • hkklife

        June 23rd for the GS3 launch on VZW or June 23rd for the arrival of shared data plans?

    • jer85008

      Would much rather have a Snapdragon S4 than Tegra 3.

    • Yeah… If I don’t get a new phone before they get rid of grandfathered unlimited data, I am saying goodbye to Verizon regardless 🙁

    • I figure that they’re going to release the Incredible 4G LTE, Droid RAZR HD, and SGS3 (whatever it’ll be called) all together with the shared data plans towards the end of June to promote and entice unlimited users onto the shared plans (early upgrades may be seen as well, which would really move things along, imho). If you notice, the most expense on-contract Android phone atm is 199.99 online, so bringing in that trio of bad boys at 249, they’d sell fast, and more importantly (for them), quickly move people off unlimited to the shared plans, as most people won’t pay full retail for a phone.

      • Destroythanet

        Yeah, I can see Verizon doing this.

      • hkklife

        You hit the nail on the head. Precisely what I was thinking. Or they MAY sneak in a limited supply of Incredible 4G LTEs (that will “sell out” almost immediately) a few days or weeks before the shared plans.
        But they will definitely hold the big guns (RAZR HD & GS3) in reserve to try and entice people to get on a shared plan. I also anticipate a lot of early upgrade promos flying around during this time to get people off their old 3G smartphone and maybe even the first-gen Thunderbolts/Charges/Revolutions.

  • blackguy

    Am i the only one who will be extremely pissed if this comes out in the US like 3 months after canada gets it? More so if Verizon completely butt [email protected] the release of this phone like they did the galaxy nexus?

    • I find it less likely that Verizon will mess up this launch since the Galaxy S line is such a huge name… the best selling Android lineup ever if I’m not mistaken. I feel like they’d give it the limelight for awhile.

      But then again, it IS Verizon… they’ll probably slap a DROID name on it. Or just mess up the launch entirely… who am I kidding….

  • Timmy

    Not that I don’t need 2GB, but remember was it was said that we would never need more then 64 bytes of RAM? So, why not. Bring it on VZW! My cash is waiting! (So is that 30 bucks unfortunately. -___-)

  • Mei

    2GB of RAM? Yes! Likely, this version will be for the US as well. This makes it much easier to pick Samsung Galaxy S3 over HTC EPIC 4G LTE (HTC One X), aside from having the removable battery (which HTC One X doesn’t have). : )

  • Butters619

    Oh my! If AT&T gets this I may eat my words and pick one up!