May 03 AT 1:20 PM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to US carriers “this summer”, optimized for the fastest LTE and HSPA+ networks


Today Samsung announced that the Galaxy S III would be coming to some international markets by the end of May, but they were not very specific about the US release date. Thankfully Samsung Mobile US sent us a statement that narrowed down things a little bit. Read on for the full details.

“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.”

We also spotted on Samsung’s site that is says, “Specifications may differ on the LTE version.” No processor model has been announced, so the US version could end up with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip as rumored.

Hopefully, we will get some more information next week at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans.

Update: Various sources are reporting the Galaxy S III will arrive in the US in June. Chris Ziegler of The Verge says sources told him it is coming to Sprint.

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  • WlfHart

    For the “fastest” U.S. networks huh… I wonder how they are deciding that. Well, worst case only a 3 month wait. Not ideal, but better than the SII.

  • Ps3y3Ops

    OK, everybody stop throwing money, credit cards, etc…at your screen!

  • CTown

    It looks a lot more like the original Galaxy S compared to the GSII (perhaps because it doesn’t look like a box)!

    But someone really needs to tell Samsung that the menu button is depreciated as of Android 4.0! Why didn’t they just use the multitask button instead?

  • thekaz

    “Specifications may differ on the LTE version.”

    That’s what they said with the Nexus, and we got a different sized phone which meant most of the cool GSM cases didn’t fit our Verizon Nexus…

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  • uzunoff

    May 29-th in Europe, when is it coming to US?

    • swazedahustla

      probably around august -september

  • MrMrMan

    i’m guessing this isn’t coming to T-Mobile…

  • thaghost

    Will this international version work on tmobile’s 3g?

  • cwjones4

    well, this just made my next phone decision a bit tougher. I really hope carriers and release dates are announced next week at CTIA

  • Joel

    Hm….this makes me really anxious for Sprints LTE network

  • triangle

    While it looks like a great device, I’m disappointed that they didn’t go with SAMOLED+. I think HTC has the better device this year with the One X.

  • Fineous Tweed

    Well, i heard no mention of processor in the US version. Call me a spec whore, but the likelihood of getting the same S4 as the One X and the S3 not having a super amoled + display was enough to sway me away. I’m going with the One X and now waiting months.

    • Fineous Tweed

      *not waiting months

  • Nathan D.

    As long as T-Mobile gets it and doesn’t change the specs (processor) I’ll be find with it.

  • BigCiX

    I’m sure U.S. carriers will some his find a way to delay the release date.

  • Melissa

    As tempting as this phone may be, I’ll most likely choose the new EVO.

  • ayocuz

    Coming from the sensation I really like this s2 and will be waiting on the s3 I’ve done had enough sense to Last me a phones lifetime

  • tashini sahmika amrasiri

    i am tek dis phon

  • Coffre-fort

    why is this phone considered to be similar with Iphone?