May 30 AT 4:11 PM Sean Riley 26 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S III official Canadian launch pegged for June 20th starting at $159


Samsung’s response to the newly freed One series of devices is already available in many parts of the globe and while those of us in the U.S. are still just grasping at rumors, our neighbors to the north can now lord their certainty over us as Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S III will be available there starting June 20th.

If that date sounds familiar it’s probably because that is the same date that is currently being tossed around for a U.S. launch on T-Mobile, but this isn’t about the U.S. so I’ll stop stealing your limelight, Canada.

It should come as a surprise to no one that the quad-core Exynos has been dropped in favor of the dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. If that stings a bit then perhaps the full 2GB of RAM (whether you need it or not) will pep you back up.

The LTE version (SGH-i747) will be available on Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, SaskTel, TELUS and Virgin Mobile. Those of you on Mobilicity, Wind or Videotron will be getting the HSPA+ 42 variant (SGH-iT999).

The rest of the specs match up with what we saw at the launch event in London so you can go back and check them out here or hit the “show press release” button at the end of the post. The only other discrepancy is that there is no sign of a 64GB version, but with a microSD slot available I doubt that should be too much of a concern.

For pricing the only one to have officially weighed in so far is TELUS and they will be offering the 16GB for $159.99 and the 32GB for $209.99 both on 3-year contracts. No word on what it’ll cost you if you don’t want to do that kind of time, but if I remember correctly it was about $400 more to go with a 2-year on the Galaxy S II when it launched on TELUS so it’s safe to assume it’ll cost you.

In the face off between the One X and the Galaxy S III you seemed to generally favor the One X. Has anyone changed their mind since then or is HTC’s latest still the top dog this time around?

Show Press Release

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

Canada NewsWire

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 30, 2012

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 Androidâ„¢ Beamâ„¢, 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

Via: mobilesyrup

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Ben

    Is it just me or are screens sizes getting out of hand…? 4.8in? Remember when the dell streak came out and everyone was laughing at it for how big it’s screen was and how it was too huge to be a smartphone… It was 5 inches…

    • kwills88

      Less bezel makes the phone feels smaller than the screen size suggest.. I thought my SII was rather large before I actually got it in hand and it feel rather small, I can’t see myself going smaller.

      • SizeDoesMatter

        Funny, that’s what my last girlfriend said. :(

        • kwills88

          Laughing so hard right now. + 1 for you.

    • Paul

      Yup … Funny you should bring that up, I have the Samsung Note (5.3″) and you do get used to it over time.
      I must admite that being Canadian is starting to have it’s perks in the new cell phone market !!
      We also received the Note before you (US) and the HTC One series has been available for a couple of weeks now.
      Go Canada Go .. lol

      • Kirk

        My mom once told me a story about counting chickens before they hatch. For all you know, the S3 will release in the US on June 19th!

    • otakonx

      I felt the same way for a long time. My first 4″+ device was an HTC Inspire 4G (rebadged Desire HD) which had a 4.3″ screen. With case, it’s wider than the new HTC One X. In fact, the HOX feels way smaller in the hand compared to that phone probably because it’s so thin. The only issue I have is locking the device with one hand because it is a bit longer. Personally, I think the Note is too big for my adult sized hands but most people I know who own one use a headset for most, if not all, calls. To sum up, because these devices are getting smaller bezels and way thinner, the width of the phone isn’t so much a problem at least not in my hands. BUT I think it’s all about personal pref.

    • Y314K

      I am still using a 4.3″ HD2… And it feels crazy small… Sure it’s great for the homescreen stuff but once u get into video & surfing & games… It’s way to limiting… Even the SGIII 4.8″ is now on the small side when compare with the SG Note’s 5.3″…

      I think a no bezel 5.5″ device might be the new sweet spot for us that like a All-In-One device… Hoping the PadPhone 2 phone device is 5″ or larger… The 4″ it is now is way to small…

  • kwills88

    I am rather happy to see the North Americas to get this phone so soon after the Europe launch, after last year’s mess with how long it took to get here this is welcomed news.

    As for me, I am going with the SIII, software will always win over hardware for me.

  • Jorge Branco

    Where has 2gb of RAM come from. If they were planning on upping it for so many countries why not announce it at launch for everyone?

    • Kirk

      It’s consolation for the dual core processor of course. Only countries with dual core S3s are getting the 2GB RAM

      • Matt. M

        It’s the S4 dude.

        I agree though, it’s Samsung’s way of saying sorry about you getting passed over on the good stuff.

        • Matt. M

          Damn, just realized what you were saying man. I thought you were talking about Qualcomm’s S3 processor.

  • rauelius

    This is rough….I’ve been hating on the switch from the God-Like Exynos Quad-Core, to the rather pedestrian Krait S4 Dual-Core, but the 2GB of ram absolutely helps take the sting away. Then we have the price! At $160 for the Galaxy S 2.5 (aka the S4 based Galaxy S III), really makes a place for itself. I don’t think that the S4 based Galaxy S III should even try to share the same name as the True Galaxy S III (maybe rename it to Galaxy R II), but with that price, the drop to the S4, with LTE and 2GB of RAM actually make the GS 2.5 compelling vs the virtually identical HTC One Series (One S, One X, Incredible 4G LTE, Evo 4G LTE)

  • Y314K

    So the SGH-iT999 is the exact same version that TMobile is getting…

    I wonder if the “Mobilicity, Wind or Videotron will be getting the HSPA+ 42 variant (SGH-iT999).” will be fully compatible with Europe Bands voice & 3G… Got someone traveling there at the end of June that could use it if it will be compatible on both sides of the pond… They would just need to buy a Sim for Europe & then just go back to their TMobile USA Sim once they return…

  • McLovin

    3-year contracts! That’s harse. I can’t stay with a phone 18 months before I’m climbing the walls. I wonder what’s the “break contract” cost going to be after 18 months?

    • Sean

      The ETF in Canada is the subsidy divided by months left so with this phone it’d be 500 / 36 = $13 a month so $250 after 18 months. I did that a few months ago 18 months into my iPhone 4 contract so I could get a Galaxy Nexus… and then Google made it extremely cheap

  • HackNet

    Once it arrives to the US, it will be a Single Core. Stupid.

    I think I will wait until Apple unveils their new iPhone.

    I don’t give a RATS AS* if you mark me down for this comment. So save yourself the headache.

    Anyone who devotes themselves to a company that does not give a sh*t about your opinion, is an idiot.
    If you are an idiot, you should not have babies.
    If you already have babies, go to Mexico and sell them for lots and lots of marijuana.
    If you have already sold your babies to the mafia for a ton of marijuana, come by and let’s get high.

    • WTF?

      you go and say apple iphone and then say “anyone who devotes themselves to a company that does not give a sh*t about your opinion, is an idiot”

      guess you’re the biggest idiot!

    • Droidberg

      sounds like your Issues have issues .. tisk tisk tisk

  • Matt. M

    What I like about this phone:
    Battery size
    Removable Battery
    SD card support
    Notification light(i am fairly sure that it has one)
    Screen size/quality/gorilla glass
    It comes in white!
    New software improvements (smart stay/etc)

    FM radio
    That it’s not all onscreen. (have to see what the US does)

    S4 processor

    Being that these will likely stay the same when they hit the US(I’m on AT&T) , I’m fairly disappointed in the processor change. I had held out hope that they MIGHT keep the Exynos. I might as well keep my Galaxy SII. I suppose that it’s possible AT&T will have multiple models again (or so I dream) …

    I was all for this phone until I saw the processor. I might just hold off a few more months before I use my yearly upgrade. If I’m going to pay $200+, it damn sure better be top of the line! I love Samsung but I may have to swap… It depends on what the other manufacturers put out.

  • Tal

    So many 5-6″ coming out soon from at least 3 vendors – LG, HTC and Sami … I will wait for the biggest screen phablet as my next wokie-tokie

  • droilfade

    I was looking forward the Quad-core exynos and have heard so many good things about it. It’s a bummer that that ain’t happening. Looks like I’ll hold on to my S2 a little longer.

  • Mix

    Why would I go with a dual-core phone with 2gb of ram when I can get a quad-core phone with 1gb of ram? I am due for a new phone in June but can’t justify the dual over quad.

    Nothing even uses a full gig yet, BRB upgrading my desktop PC to 16gigs of ram now so it becomes faster…….

  • ABC