For once Canadian’s seem to be getting information about the launch of the latest and greatest toy in the mobile world before the US. Samsung Canada has just issued a press release providing details on the Galaxy S III which will be available on June 20. Some retailers, Best Buy and Future Shop and at least one carrier, Telus, are now starting to take pre-orders for this latest superphone. The press release explains that two models will be available in Canada. The SGH-i747 variation which is LTE capable will be available from Bell, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, Telus and Rogers; whereas the SGH-iT999 which will be compatible with the DC-HSPA+ network (up to 42 Mbps) will be available from Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity. Other confirmed specifications are:
- Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Chipset
- Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 operating system
- 2 GB RAM
- Internal memory of 16/32 GB SGH-i747 / 16 GB SGH-iT999
- Expandable micro SD up to 32 GB
- Display: 4.8 HD Super AMOLED 1280x 720 (306 ppi)
- Camera: 8 MP rear facing and 1.9 MP front facing
- Battery 2100 mAh
The cost of the device will be $160 for the 16 GB version and $210 for 32 GB variation, both on a three year contract. At least for now it seems that you have to actually go to the store to place a pre-order. The Future Shop will actually charge you $50 for the priviledge of pre-ordering. The Telus site indicates that it will be available in both the Arctic White as well as the Pebble Blue despite earlier reports of delays in the Pebble Blue model.
Update: Mobile Syrup is reporting that Bell has now joined Telus and Rogers in taking pre-orders for the much coveted Samsung Galaxy S III. Both the Pebble Blue and Arctic White models are available. A 16 GB will run you $159.95 on a three year term while the off contract price is $649.95. The phone is expected to be available on June 20.
Source: Mobile Syrup