Galaxy S3 signs increasing as release date draws near.
As the date approaches for the Galaxy S3 going on sale in various countries, information about the coming smart phone seems to be increasing. Here are some of those items which are in the news.
Pre-orders breaking records
In the UK, pre-orders have broken previous records for the Galaxy S II as being reported by the Inquirer today. Information coming from Vodafone and the Carphone Warehouse in the UK indicate very strong pre-order sales and there is still another week to go before the phone is on sale on May 29th. No specific numbers for the pre-orders are being provided. Estimates have 9 million going into distribution channels so far.
Galaxy S3 on sale in Dubai
If you want to get your hands on the Galaxy S3 before the launch date, you can travel to Dubai where they have already put the Galaxy S3 on sale. Only the white version of the phone is currently available and is being sold 1 week before the official release date of May 30th. A little surprising, but there it is.
European version available at Amazon
Amazon.com is currently selling the unlocked Galaxy S3 for a price of $799.99 which is a very high premium to pay for a new phone. It will ship on June 1st and you can use it on any wireless carrier’s network. But that is not really true. At the moment, only AT&T and T-Mobile will be able to run the GSM phone on their network in the US. If you want this phone at a high price, Amazon has it on their site through BLUTEKUSA.
Galaxy S3 not as fast as expected in UK
Reports from CNet News UK have lower than expected speeds for the coming Galaxy S3 there. Earlier reports from Samsung had the phone supporting DC-HSPA which would mean speeds of up to 42 Mbps. Now Samsung has come back and indicated that it will not support DC-HSPA. That is a huge difference and one that is bound to disappoint many.
Samsung denies patent lawsuits affected design
This week Samsung said that the design of the Galaxy S3 was not the result of the ongoing lawsuits with Apple and lawyers were not involved in the design process. While the phone does indeed look rather strange, they have a 5 year “design plan” for all their phones. Not sure I truly buy that one. But for the moment, there you have it.
As we approach the launch date in many other countries, the news for the Galaxy S3 is bound to increase. Here in the US, we have much longer to wait for the arrival of the Galaxy S3 and all its features. Anticipation is continuing to grow.