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Galaxy S III to hit US on June 1st, no LTE?

Samsung galaxy S III will be introduced in the market but without 4G LTE connectivity.

Samsung Galaxy S III is the smartphone that every customer in the U.S. will like to have in their kitty that is going to be introduced on June 1. But they might have to pay a heavy price for this. It is known that Amazon is will also introduce smartphones as they are taking U.S. pre-orders for the flagship Android device and rival iPhone for just $800 and it will be unlocked. But for the customers it is not only the price tag they should be concerned about.

It is expected that with a price of $800, Samsung will be providing a 16GB SIM free international version  of the S III in the color blue or white color that is also known as GT-i9300, a huge 4.8 inch display, 1GB RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, and an Android 4.0. Along with this a lot of Samsung software goodies will be given out. But Samsung and U.S. wireless till now have not decided their versions of Galaxy S III, which usually vary from one another both internally and externally.

This Galaxy S III model also does not have 4G LTE connectivity while Android phones are sold in the market with the 4G LTE connectivity. The Samsung model will only connect with AT&T’s HSPA+ network. It is interesting to note that T-Mobile cannot connect to high speed data as it it does not have the T-Mobile’s 1700MHz band. It means that it won't work on Verizon and Sprint.

The processor that is used in this model is a 1.4 GHz Exynos processor. But it is still not sure whether it will make it to the market as it does not have the 4G LTE version of the processor. So they might go for a dual - core chip instead like the Snapdragon S4 that have LTE support.

So buying a Samsung S III GT-i9300 will mean that we have to compromise on a few things. So it will be better to wait for the U.S. carrier customized versions of the smartphone.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-05-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)