Two of the top U.S. carriers have begun taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S III. These companies have also revealed when they expect to begin shipping this popular new model.
AT&T announced that pre-orders for the Samsung handset made today will ship on June 18. AT&T has also said that they will only be offering 16GB version of the Galaxy S III. Customers can pre-order the device for $200 online or at any AT&T store.
Pre-orders for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III also start today. The company is still somewhat vague about the actual release date for the phone, but says it will be on or before ship by July 9. Verizon will offer both the 16GB model of the Galaxy S III for $200 as well as the 32GB one that will go for $250.
Rival carrier Sprint began taking pre-orders yesterday. It and T-Mobile are going to release their versions of this smartphone on June 21.
Preview of the Samsung Galaxy S III
This Samsung handset features a 4.8-inch, 1280 x 720 (720p), Super AMOLED touchscreen. It runs Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and the U.S. versions will have a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of RAM.
AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S III is going to include two forms of 4G — LTE and HSPA+. It will also have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS. The Verizon version is going to support this carrier’s 4G LTE service and will also offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS.
The smartphone also has a 2100mAh swappable battery, an 8 megapixel main camera and a 1.9MP camera on its front.
It debuted last week in various countries around the world, and is headed for five of the top wireless carriers in the U.S. Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular will eventually sell the device.
Be sure to check out our hands-on preview for our first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S III.