SGS III

Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S III will be hitting the stores in Canada come June 20. They've also outed the exact specs of the Canadian models, and which carriers will be seeing it. (We could get used to this sort of press release). First, the who -- The SGH-i747 model (that's the LTE version) will be headed to Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS and Rogers Wireless.  The SGH-iT999 model (that's HSPA+42 for those playing at home) is going to Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity. For pricing and other details, Samsung refers everyone to the carrier in question.

If things stay the same from Samsung as they have been since, well forever, south of the border in the states the i747 will be headed to AT&T, and the iT999 is destined for T-Mobile. Reminder -- this hasn't been confirmed. It's just based off the first two Galaxy S launches from Sammy.

Now for the fun part, the specs. There's a few differences here from the international version we saw last month, so read carefully. We'll talk about them after.

  • Processor: Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz with Qualcomm MSM8960 Chipset
  • OS: 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
  • Storage: 16/32GB internal memory (SGH-i747)/ 16GB internal memory (SGH-iT999). Expandable microSD up to 32GB
  • Display: 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED 1280x720 (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

Besides the change from the quad-core Exynos to the Qualcomm S4 that we expected, there's two big eye-poppers there. One good -- the Canadian versions (and we're going to assume the US versions, see disclaimer above) will have 2 GB of RAM. The other (not so good) is the lack of the 64GB option, and the iT999 comes only in a 16GB version. While that may be enough for most folks, we know it's not going to suit everybody. We'll keep an ear out for more info about the rest of North America, but for now, enjoy Canada!

Source: Canada NewsWire

 

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Samsung Galaxy S III to hit Canada June 20, 2 GB of RAM confirmed

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Samsung is doing what HTC used to do. A new phone every 23 seconds. Stop the madness. Hopefully they'll still follow HTC's lead... a meaningful phone upgrade every 18 months or so.

Hopefully the Verizon variant has 2GB of RAM. It'd be a decent tradeoff for the loss of two cores. :P

I was hoping for 32GB internal then add 64GB microSD. If as the article says, all above is same of US, then T-Mobile will get only 16GB not even 32GB :(. Sucks!

I must say that thus far, I have been unimpressed with the GS3. Not because I think the phone sucks (I don't, though I do have my quips), but because there was nothing "wow" about it, the specs or functionality. HTC had stolen all of the 2012 thunder.

That being said, the 2 GB of RAM is now making me give this sucker a very serious nod. 2GB of RAM would seriously make this phone a multitasking beast and would blow pass the Evo LTE I was planning on purchasing...

So far, things I like better on the Evo LTE are

-The camera (image sense with dedicated image chip)
-Kick stand,
-UI Interface (more professional and sleek looking)
-Better radios
-Better screen
-Better feel and build.

And the things I like better on the GS3 are

-Better built-in software features
-More entertainment options
-Bigger battery
-Removable battery
-More internal storage
-2GB of RAM!!!

Decisions Decisions!!!

I traded a Nexus S4G for the Evo LTE. From my experience, the radios are much better. I stream music to my home system from the radio.com application. It used to stop working after 30 minutes. Either the network would drop, or bluetooth would lose connection. I haven't had that issue whit the Evo yet. I also had GPS hiccups about every other week, a reboot would fix it. The camera is much better then what I had. However, indoors, it still picks up fuzzy pics unless people are still. Auto focus has issues I guess. This is compared to my point and shoot camera. The battery has not been an issue for me yet. So, YMMV. I don't play games on my phone, I have a tablet for that.. and the 16GB on it are not enough. I can add a 64GB MicroSD card.. which is way more then all the music I have. 4.7" screen is nice, but I got Netflix and HBO go for movies... so, I'm good, again YMMV. I don't watch/listen to media on airplanes, it's one of the last few places where I can enjoy quietness.

For an At&t user, this is the one to get since the HTC one has same 16 gib internals but without the micro sd support. Already made my decision.

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm this will be fantastic!!! Was already thinking about getting this, or the RAZR HD (loving moto's new skin) . . . we'll see though. Lets go Verizon!

I just pre-ordered my S3 32gb in pebble blue and I can confirm on the ROGERS website that no 64gb model is listed for blue or white. This for sure was the most excited I've been after checking this website every day for the last 3 months looking for news on this phone. Thank you Jerry for being so prompt on reporting this, I am the 49th person in line at the location I pre-ordered so when you guys down in the states can get it on pre-order don't waste any time doing so.. I'm totally pumped.. screwwwwwww this Blackberry...

Hate to burst all your bubbles but the reason for the 2 Gigs of RAM is because of the S4 and the lack of dedicated video memory. This will still only have about as much available RAM as the Exynos version and about the same free RAM as well, which some of us do realize with Android, this means squat.

Kudos to Sammy for putting the extra gig in to compensate, unlike another manufacturer who didn't and took away multitasking from it's customers. ;)

^^ Absolutely spot on.

Already mentioned in other threads that HOX (S4 version) has less free memory to play with compared to HOX or SGS3 (international version). This has been attributed to the dedicated video memory for the Adreno.

S4 is a wonderful SoC, but it simply can't compete with GPU prowess of Exynos or PowerVR.

Sweet! I cannot wait until T-Mobile receives this the GS3 I am due for an update and am getting bored of the GS2 all ready. This will be the phone to have of 2012 IMO. The One X is not far at all behind.

I had the One X for two weeks. It does not multitask at all. Apps are always being closed in the background after as little as 20-30 seconds. The S3 will be far better than the One X when it comes to functioning as a 2012 android smartphone should.

With all the crap that seems to boot up with my current android phone from Verizon & the difficulty of shutting down apps. I think 2G of RAM for me would be way better than a quad core set. ( question, does more RAM affect battery life at all?)

i would think effect it positively, considering that apps are already in RAM meaning the processor doesnt have to keep loading the most recent apps from scratch.

kinda dissappointed, no exynos, no 64gb expandable memory. Although 32gb is great,
that 64gb would be killer. Especially when s2
already supports it, why go bacwards? S3 will
still be champion over one x, especially with
that 2gb ram. And all of those 1gb, non multi
tasking, non removable batt, non expandable
htc one x lovers have the nerve to talk dwn on
S3. Saying it sucks, not impressed, thinking one x
blows S3, and one x is phone of the yr ect. When
S3 does everything one x doesnt, obviously.
Really does just sound like envy and hate for
samsung. S3 will topple the one x in sales and performance i bet. And thats not saying one x
is bad, just give credit where credit is due.

This is the first thing getting me to even look at the phone instead of the EVO LTE. Not enough to sway me but stil gets me to have a little envy for it. It isn't like 2 gigs is needed now but who knows in a year. The future proofing would be nice.

I would have much preferred they put the money toward a non-pentile screen rather than an extra gig of ram though. That is the main factor in me not getting one. Time to release was the other factor but with the EVO LTE having no release date even announced I can't really use this as a reason any more. For all I know the GS3 will be out first.

well no the 2gig is a great trade off for the lack of the quad core processor. Unfortunatly the rumors were only partly true. I think i leak a while back said that the dual core version would be getting not only 2gigs of ram but a new gpu.. I think if the new gpu was in it it would of been amazing. not its more like astounding.

ha! just my opinion and preference you know, same as everyone else around here that has one.
kinda like what you posted about preferring non pentile and your personal envy for the phone.

Does anyone know whether the 32 and 16 gb models will be available day of for Rogers or any provider in Canada? Any leak sources would be greatly appreciated!