Samsung Galaxy S III

Now that the cat's out of the bag on the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III, it's time for some carrier-specific announcements. First out of the gate is Verizon, which says its GSIII will be available for preorder at 7 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 6; no actual release date was given. It'll run $199 on contract for a 16GB model, and $249 for a 32GB model. (Pretty sure we know which one we're leaning toward.)

Verizon also says that it'll be available in white or the very excellent Pebble Blue, so there's that. Peep the full presser after the break, and be sure to dive into our Galaxy S III forums for the whole skinny. 

 Verizon Wireless Announces Samsung Galaxy S® III Coming To America's Largest 4G LTE Network

The Next Generation Smartphone with the Power to Share and Intelligence to Make Everyday Life Easier

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the 4G LTE-powered Samsung Galaxy S® III is coming to America's largest 4G LTE network.

Galaxy S III customers can use Share Shot to create their own temporary photo sharing network with a group of friends who are nearby at the same party or event. Photos can be taken by any member of the group and shared with the entire group. One touch sharing with S Beam allows friends to share pictures, videos, documents and more by simply touching two Galaxy S III devices' backs together. Galaxy S III customers can take advantage of 4G LTE to share live video broadcasts of life's special moments with their Facebook® friends using the Color app. As an exclusive feature for Verizon Wireless, customers can live broadcast video with audio when using Color.

The Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display and runs Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Watch a video while texting friends or surfing the Web at 4G LTE speeds with Pop Up Play. Videos can be played in a small window while customers use the rest of the display to complete other tasks such as typing emails, organizing calendars and updating their social networks. Multi-tasking is seamless with the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM paired with the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. Customers can also interact with the Galaxy S III in simple and fun ways thanks to Motion Gesture. With Motion Gesture, customers can initiate a phone call from a text message by simply raising the phone to their head, or they can pause a video by covering the display with their hand, and even get to the top of an email message and contact list.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is currently available in 258 markets, covering two-thirds of the of the U.S. population. Verizon Wireless 4G LTE will be in 400 markets covering 260 million people by the end of this year.

Additional features:

Smart Stay – So intelligent, the display only dims when the customers' eyes are closed or no longer facing the screen.
S Voice™ – Featuring natural language recognition, you can control the apps 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."
AllShare® Play – Share HD videos and your favorite songs by streaming multimedia content from the Galaxy S III to a compatible Samsung Smart TV® or home audio system when connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and remotely access files on up to six Samsung devices.
Evolved camera capabilities – Burst Shot mode instantly captures 20 continuous shots and Best Photo feature selects the best shot to display.
Enhanced camera – 8-megapixel rear camera with zero-lag shutter speed and a 1.9-megapixel front camera so customers can capture pictures and videos of themselves or video chat with family and friends.
Mobile Hotspot – share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
microSD™ card slot for expandable memory
Pricing and availability:

Samsung Galaxy S III will be available online for pre-order starting June 6 at 7 a.m. ET at www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys3 and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online in the coming weeks.
The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available in 16 GB and 32 GB models for $199.99 and $249.99 respectively with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will also have the choice of the Galaxy S III in two colors, Marble White or Pebble Blue.
Customers that purchase a Galaxy S III will need to subscribe to a 4G LTE mobile broadband data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
Customers can visit http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-7293382-11365093?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.verizonwireless.com%3A80%2Fb2c%2Fstore%2Fcontroller%3F%26item%3DphoneFirst%26action%3DviewPhoneDetail%26selectedPhoneId%3D5921%26zipRdr%3Dy to sign up for more information and availability details on the Samsung Galaxy S III for Verizon Wireless. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Follow @VZWnews on Twitter™ for the latest news on Verizon Wireless.

 
There are 90 comments

cj100570 says:

You guys do realize that they'll all look exactly the same, right? Exclusive pics lol.

joebob2000 says:

I gotta know where the mirrored print Verizon logo is going... The SUSPENSE!!! lolz

Nev says:

smh...

OH but since they're all the same does that mean we'll be able to buy a clean battery door without the VZW silk screening?!? Unlike we could do with the G Nex?

cj100570 says:

Obviously not Phil, Verizon's will have "Verizon 4G LTE" stenciled on the back whereas the others will have their respective carrier logos. That constitutes different where I'm from. Lol. I couldn't resist.

nyc_rock says:

I dont ever remember a carrier taking pre-orders without announcing a release date.

Joe H. says:

Sprint did the same thing with the EVO 4G LTE

Animus_3.0 says:

Then you have a short memory. The Evo LTE went on preorder before announcing the release date.

dacp283 says:

I still don't understand why they put that ugly ass button on the front

nyc_rock says:

Ugly is totally subjective. I wouldnt have bought it had they gone with capacitive only.

hmmm says:

You like your screen real estate wasted by onscreen buttons?

litlprince says:

You know thats another thing.. I mean i love software buttons but they do impede on screen real estate.. I mean yeah they disapper when videos play but its still there at other times.

CR6 says:

It would be great if that physical button in the middle was used to take pictures, as opposed to the on screen button which is a total PITA! Not a big fan of the physical buttons myself, but the hardware, the screen and the camera more than make up for a single physical button imo.

MooPenguin32 says:

It's pretty nice that you can get double the storage for just $50 more. I wonder when the phone will actually be released.

firebirder says:

I noticed everyone else that has announced is releasing June 21 so I'm hoping that is VZW release date as well.

lions80 says:

i know someone who is finally going to be upgrading from the droidx. I can't wait. My contract was up in early may.

QBert says:

I'm in the same boat. I have had the DroidX since launch and it has served me well, but it is long overdue for an upgrade; I have been eligible since March... I just didn't see anything compelling to upgrade to. I almost went with the Nexus or the Maxx, but this will likely be my next phone. Just hoping I can get this AND keep my unlimited data!

mikesmith says:

Same here.

So long Droid X. You've been great.

noturbizniss says:

Same boat - mine can barely handle my apps and videos anymore. Only question is do I wait to see what the razr HD will offer....:-(

CypherMax says:

Same here too. So glad I held out for this phone. Gunna miss my X but its time for a serious upgrade and the S3 is definately the phone. It may be the most future proof phone released with the 2GB Ram and so many awesome features. I dont ssee myself having buyers remorse after 6 months with this phone.

aaCharley says:

I'm also going to upgrade from the Moto Droid X. Everything about it has been darned nice. Good form size, pretty nice screen, and GREAT phone call service.

This GS III will probably be a bit bigger to hold and not fit the pocket as well. It would be better if there were user reviews about whether this phone can hold a signal and make a call. Then there is always the question about battery life and camera / photo quality in real life useage vs specs.

The Razr Maxx HD sure seems to be worth a good look for comparison. Both of these will have great screens and much improved capabilities over the Droid X. Moto has regularly had reliable radios for making calls. If it was not for the worries about the grandfather eligibility of the unlimited data plan, I'm sure I would just wait another month for the upgrade decision.

jnnyr says:

Same as both of you guys. Already spoke to a verizon guy who said they have and will keep those of us who are grandfathered into the unlimited data plans. I am suspicious too but will definitely read the fine print when I go for this new phone.

ekhyatt says:

Me too... I have been eligible for an upgrade for my droid x since early April, but have been holding out for this phone. I've wanted it since I heard rumors back in January...I don't think I've anticipated anything being released this much since Halo 2....

delldude405 says:

Right!!! Me too! I bought the razr maxx, but hated the screen so I returned it!

Jerflash says:

So i wonder if you preorder it...does that get you out of having to take the new tier plans?..since this phone may come out after they go into effect. Something to consider guys. I am sticking with my nexus but i will be making sure my girl will be getting this phone so i can play with it!!!

QBert says:

I was wondering the same thing... My guess would be that since you can preorder, and they haven't announced what the new data plans will be, then you should be able to get the current plans, whether it be 2GB or your grandfathered unlimited. Otherwise if you preorder and they change the data plans after that, there will be a lot of very angry preorderers.

joebob2000 says:

I just checked my data usage and for the past 3 months I haven't gone over 300mb in a month. The unlimited is nice but WiFi is where it's at. I am totally comfortable with the unlimited plans getting expired out if it means the 4G is faster for when I actually need it, instead of having to share it with hogs who are too cheap to buy home internet.

madfatter#AC says:

hey fuck you. i pay for my UNLIMITED DATA and that is exactly how I use it. UNLIMITED means without limits

joebob2000 says:

hah nice. Keep singing that song, but your kind are on the way out. Get wifi, loser.

moke says:

'unlimited...'???

you may be be surprised what that word can be interperated to mean. go listen to 'emi' by the sexpistols (the great rock and roll swindle version will be easier to hear the lyrics).

unlimited supply ... unlimited amount.

there is no limit on how little some people think.

inyrules says:

See, now these subsidized prices are reasonable. $300+ for a subsidized phone is just too much, and can turn off potential new customers or existing customers (especially taking into account the upgrade fee). Glad Verizon is getting the ball rolling on this phone, and it's going to the 5 major carriers in the US. This is how it should be, with each carrier getting a variant and putting powerful phones in more hands.

MazoMark says:

Is it just me, or is anyone else shocked Verizon is offering the 16GB model at $199. I was certain they'd stick with their $299 base price.

All I can say is hooray for competition. Having 4 other carriers with same phone probably made this happen.

MissMe says:

Definitely surprised. Particularly since the Gnex was $299

radgatt says:

I am surprised the 32GB version isn't $299...

Premium1 says:

Wow a high end lte device for $199. Maybe Verizon is finally seeing $299 was ridiculous to charge.

moosc says:

First not a droid so don't expect support
Second its Samsung plastic and lack luster radios equal poor performance

n0obpr0 says:

here are some pieces of bread,troll. =)

Nev says:

+1

ab304945 says:

It is the same plastic that the one x is made from

worwig says:

Got to agree. I had lots of issues with Samsung and would hate to go back.

mikesmith says:

I'm liking the blue color, but any guess if it will get delayed like overseas?

icee_man says:

Hmm....very tempting. I am due to upgrade from my Droid2. I am cautious tho of what people have said about Samsung's cheap plastic look/feel, poor radio reception etc. What does you the Android Central Community recommend? Get this phone, hold out for something better, or get another phone that is currently available such as the Rezound/Razr etc?

icu says:

Having no first hand experience I'd say go for this if you are shopping. Razr Maxx might be worth consideration, but I expect this phone to be fantastic and the best phone on the network (depending on what is most important to you). Want the brand new hotness? Here it is (you won't be seeing that from HTC any time soon).

As far as radio reception is concerned - wait for some tests I supposed - I've not heard anything negative about the radios.

Plasticyness? Question? Do you normally put your phones in a case? Yes? Don't worry, be happy. As soon as you put a decent case on one of these any concern over the materials pretty much vanishes imo.

hmmm says:

It will probably be a good phone but will feel like plastic. Try to find a Nexus S to hold and it looks like it will probably feel about the same with its glossy plastic back and all glass front.. Materials matter to me. I don't use cases because I like the look and feel of phones as they are. I don't like adding thickness and changing the look/feel of phones with cases. What's the point of protecting the back if you're never going to see it?

litlprince says:

"Probably will feel like plastic" Seriously.. please help me find a no apple smartphone that doesn't feel like plastic.

mgfjd12 says:

I don't trust android central reviews anymore so I will wait for real users before jumping into buying the phone

sjhixon says:

I love the hardware, but touchwiz is terrible. If I could get this phone with stock ICS I'd be tempted to buy 2.

droidhead_1 says:

I have the epic touch on sprint with a leaked ics build and it has TW. But if you clear defaults on the TW Launlcher you can turn it into an ics stock launcher. I'm hoping you can do the same with this phone.

I actually had a TouchWiz UX addon on my Galaxy Nexus. I can tell you it's not that bad actually. Well the launcher at least. Didn't have the lockscreen. But overall, it felt like I was using ICS.

pheatton says:

Nice to see VZW getting the Galaxy S III but Im waiting to see if they get a version of the HTC One till I pickup my next phone. My Rezound is doing just fine now.

El Cantante says:

HYFR

nickacs says:

Buh bye POS Bionic! Hello GS3! FU Motorola.. I'll never buy another Motorola again.. Oh and to the dbag that says Droid only does updates, HAHAHA.. Good luck with that! Samsung FAR more superior than any Motorola phone ever.

10001110101 says:

Hopefully Samsung has figured out how to program a radio to run on Verizon's network and actually retain a usable signal...

I'm with you there!

hmmm says:

Hard for Verizon to charge $299 for the same phone anymore when the other carriers are finally catching up with their 4G. Sprint's a little behind yet but will be much better by the end of this year.

Well since there is no HTC One X coming to Verizon soon and the DROID Incredible 4G is nowhere to be seen, I have found my new phone. Been rocking the Dinc2 and it's time for any upgrade.

nighthawk700 says:

Whew, I still have the Original Droid, and have been waiting since January for a GOOD phone to update to. Think I'll plunk down the $249 for a nice blue one. Have there been any reviews that cover the GPS on the phone? I use my Droid a lot for geocaching, so want to make sure it's a good quality GPS.

I haven't seen any reviews that cover GPS yet, but you may want to hold out for one before you preorder. Samsung has always had trouble as far as GPS goes.

Edit: Maybe check the forums & see if people in the European countries that already have the SGSIII can give you a good idea about the GPS.

mud314 says:

Curious, do you guys think the VZ GS3 will have Google Wallet?

steve0617 says:

Sprint's press release states: "Sprint is the only national U.S. wireless carrier to offer Galaxy S III preloaded with Google Wallet™ enabling the phone to act like a personal wallet using Near Field Communication (NFC) to make safe purchases at more than 100,000 participating retailers."

So. unless Google Wallet is an app that then works with hardware all variations will have (is it? Don't know anything about its actual function), then no.

mud314 says:

Thanks bud. Don't like it but oh well. I'm sure there will be a hack of sorts much like they have done this for the GNexus on VZ. No matter, I'm still placing my order for this phone. I have three upgrades available on my family plan. Stoked! I have never bought a phone on Pre-Order but overly bored with my iPhone and been looking at the other Android and WP7 and well I think this is the phone that offers the best features, for me.

Wait a sec... The Micro SD is removable right? Why pay $50 bucks for 32gb? You easily get 64gb for less from Amazon if you wait for a sale. Im talking SanDisk too, no the cheap crap.

mud314 says:

Because then we can have the 32g on board and then add another 32 :P half of what my Air has :).
Hellz ya!

Predator04 says:

I was thinking the same thing. when they were talking about differnt models i was like oh crap they took the micro sd cards out. but then i seen that it had it and wondered why anyone would pay the extra 50?

nighthawk700 says:

Can you run apps easily off the microSD with the newer Android versions? I'm on an Original Droid, and filled up the main memory fast, and keep having these apps that won't work on the SD card.

Rob White says:

Seeing as how Samsung has laid down the law & told the US carriers not to dick around with their phone design, I'm wondering if they can make VZW lay off the bloatware? Hmmmm......

Inquiring minds must know!

litlprince says:

Even more importantly with this single design and much support for it by samsung i wonder if they are gonna fix there slow update behavior..

I wanna say yes but only time will tell..

cguella says:

Does one ditch their VZW Galaxy Nexus for this? It's a tough call...

Mco119 says:

I certainly won't be. It is an impressive phone, and better than the Gnex on different levels...but only incrementally better, in my opinion anyway. Bear in mind that I am talking about improvements that'll show up in real world use; benchmarks don't mean a lot to me. It just isn't enough of a step up from the Nexus to warrant blowing an upgrade. So I'll wait. Frankly, I am just happy to see the Gnex competing as well as it is 6 months later.

And to be honest, and this will annoy some people, I really do just find the GS3 to be flat out ugly. I know that maybe shouldn't matter, but it does to me. At least on some level. Again, I will wait.

smooth3006 says:

Lots more ram, better cpu and probably better radios. Id say its a heafty upgrade from the nexus.

Mco119 says:

I don't think you read my post, amigo. I said improvements that would be noticeable in the real world, and not just with benchmarks. Your average user will see exactly zero improvement over the Nexus in speed and performance. Zero. Now, in a year it may be a different story..lots of demanding hardware on the horizon.

As for the radios, that demands to be seen. I've had decent luck with my Nexus in this regard from the start. However, I with the 4.04 upgrade, it is like a new phone: four bars of 4G everywhere I go. So, again, I just don't see that I'd be getting much by upgrading. Except a better camera. Oh, and a horribly ugly new phone. And Touchwiz. No thanks.

Coop#AC says:

If it has a decent radio in it, I expect a lot of Gnex owners to jump ship.

I was a Gnex owner for two weeks, but reception was so terrible I simply couldn't use it. The nexus' radios are worse than the Charge when it comes to holding onto a LTE signal, and that's saying a lot.

I have a Rezound now which I bought off ebay, but will be giving the S3 a shot. I hope they've learned something from the nexus, and make the damn radios work.

I grabbed the GNex a week ago because I thought the SIII would be $300. Overall the GNex will hold its own for another 6 months except for the camera. I'm gonna exchange mine for the SIII because it matches the price I just paid for the Nexus

ajschenk says:

Considering the 4.0.4 update did not fix my call quality issues (mic becoming muted on calls over ~6 minutes), I'm going to be throwing a fit in the Verizon store this week. For months they have been promising me that it is not a hardware issue and would be addressed in the software update. It's pretty embarrassing when you have to hang up and recall into conference calls 5-8 times per call.

litlprince says:

Firstly WTF ATT where is your announcement..

Besides that i definitely hope the stores have it by the end of the week. Gotta feel it in the hand before pre-ordering.

radgatt says:

Yeah yeah yeah yeah!!!

Nev says:

Dear ThunderBolt,

Nev says:

Dear ThunderBolt,

smooth3006 says:

Ill be buying one full price come early july. Just hope the radios and signal is better than the gnexus.

gafman says:

Goodbye BB Storm2. It is time to move over to android. I have a better feeling about this phone then the Gnex. 199 is definitely better then the expected 299. I just hope I can wake up at 7 to pre-order mine.

If this didn't have Touchwiz, I would probably upgrade over the GNex. I'll hold out until the next Nexus line is released later this year.

Majordeluxe says:

I thought that us unlimited data users had no chance to be "grandfathered" to unlimited data in the future. Am I wrong? I thought we were losing our privelage.

syrianrue says:

Would like to know this as well. Longtime VZW user, still using my original galaxy S (fascinate) and would love to have my unlimited plan carry over to 4g. Anyone got any info?

fyrfytr24 says:

Wife and I are on the same boat...her Facinate and my Droid Incredible are working just fine, but I have had my eyes on this since they showed it off officially. Not sure how our old @$$ 3G plans will work for carry over to 4G if we get in before the death of grandfathered plans come in, or if those have already been given to the firing squad.

prodaytrade says:

Spoke to three Verizon representatives.

Called Verizon Wireless Customer Service.
Representative confirmed those who are under the grandfathered unlimited data plan gets to keep that plan when upgrading smartphone to smartphone (3G to 4G or 4G to 4G).

Walked into two Verizon Wireless Retail Stores.
Representatives said the same thing as above.

Pricing for grandfathered unlimited data plan remains the same when upgrading from 3G to 4G.

fyrfytr24 says:

So then updating our old 3G unlimited data to one of these babies will not jack us up (not that I think I wanna drop $400 on 2 phones right now)

Does anyone know what the full price will be when you preorder?

davidlnewman says:

I wonder if Verizon/Samsung will "magically" turn this phone into a world phone with an update like they are doing for the Razr , etc.... That would be a plus!!

davidnc says:

Just completed order my confirmation says I have unlimited data as i was told, printing that out