While Samsung pushes its newest flagship, the Galaxy S III, out all over the world, a few markets have been rumored to get a version with modified guts. Rumors previously circulated that the Japanese variant of the device would include twice the RAM of its global counterpart, and now we're hearing straight from Samsung that the Canadian variant will, in fact, come with 2GB of RAM. Additional internal changes include a 1.5GHz S4 processor (sorry, no quad-core Exynos in the Great White North), and LTE.


While the rumors of a Japanese variant including 2GB of RAM were not yet officially confirmed, this certainly lends a huge amount of credence to the story. It might also mean that the US variants will have similar specs. The S4 processor seems to be included in any market that needs LTE radios, so with most major US carriers planning or possessing an LTE network, the likelihood that the US versions will include the S4, and by extension the 2GB of RAM, is pretty high.

Speculation aside, Canada, at least, is confirmed to get these beastly specs. The device will launch on June 20th, less than a month after the initial global launch. It looks like Samsung is even getting better about releasing phones more quickly. Color us pleased.

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

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 Android™ Beam™, 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 1280x720 (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

For pre-orders, specific pricing and details, please visit your nearest carrier or retailer. For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com. In addition, you can find a product introduction video at http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxys3/media.html.

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Android, Google, Android Beam, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads are trademarks of Google Inc.

Source: Canada Newswire

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  • aNYthing6

    Lord have mercy

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    2GB of RAM = Unecessary

    • jbon

      2,2,2, do I hear 3,3,3, anybody, 2 going once, 2 going twice, SOLD. To Mr. Mathur

      • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

         Honestly the only reason why they bumped it was so that they would have a feature to market as it being the best at. Since they can't really market the processor, they had to do the RAM.

        • fixxmyhead

          yup was thinking the same

          • Snowdrift

            Because I totally hate when my device has more power/ memory than I will use. Ugh, its like when I have more money than I can keep in my wallet.

        • Ga12345st

          2GB is overkill for this generation of phones. 

          • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

            Why is it overkill? HTC are already getting flack for the One X not keeping apps running while in memory (eg music playback stopping while other apps are running). If it had 2GB of RAM this wouldn't happen.

            The extra RAM will come in handy for power users / multi-taskers.

          • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

             No it is not. If you change your phone every month 1GB is ok, if you do not you MUST get 2GB version today.

          • Kellic

            With Samsung's bloated Touchwiz 2GB of space might be enough for a couple updates before then run out of space in 2013.

          • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

            The phone doesn't dump apps due to RAM limitations, I have an AT&T variant and it dumps apps when I still have a good 200mb left.

            And I'm not saying it won't be nice, and it definitely doesn't hurt. I'm just saying that it seems a bit too much. Honestly, do you really need that one app to have its scrolling position at 10pm in the night when you used it at 8am that morning? -_-

    • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

      LoL - yup thats what they said about 1gig ram in a PC too :) - less swapping and faster task switching = BEST if you ask me.. FASTER load times, etc..  with chrome hitting Android, the more memory, the more options (like good extensions, etc.) - ill take the RAM!

    • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

       your comment = Unecessary

    • http://www.statsprofessor.org/ StatsProfessor

      I won't be upgrading to anything less than 2gb of RAM.

    • Kellic

      Its unnecessary if you are talking a pure version of Android.  But factor in Samsung's crapware and Touchwiz UI and 2GB might be enough for a couple updates for 2013.

  • NemaCystX

    I have a theory.  2GB of ram could in the long run help the S4 maintain speeds to keep it on par with the Exynos Quadcore that Canada and other countries won't get.

    Another thing is the US and Canada will likely get a different model in looks because if history shows us anything, the Home button Sammy puts on its S devices isn't used in the US so its likely we'll either have a different button configuration or onscreen keys like on the Galaxy Nexus.

    I wonder if each carrier will have their own design like in 2010 with the different variants of the SI, maybe even special colors for each carrier.  I look for the SIII to be announced for the US around June if they are predicting June 20th as the date it starts arriving on carriers in the US

    • Northstar17

      I think the USA will get these two same models for AT&T and TMo, and Verizon Sprint will get the same model with CDMA. I expect pretty much the same internals though.

      Canada got ride of CDMA a couple years ago, thankfully.

      • NemaCystX

        Were headed that direction too, LTE is based off of GSM technology and Verizon has already said they intend to switch over to LTE and drop CDMA and once that happens, they'll use that spectrum for the LTE as well, making the network even better. (but still over priced lol)

  • Fifth313ment

    I can't see the American companies going for the 2GB of memory as the Canadian carriers are charging, "$160 on a three-year contract for a 16GB version and $210 for a 32GB model" which means the US versions would have to be $250+ for a 16GB and $300+ for the 32GB on a 2 year contract! But if they want to beat HTC this is the only thing that might give them that edge? I just can't see the carriers losing that much money on each headset?

    More Info: http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/30/canadian-carriers-put-galaxy-s-iii-launch-on-june-20th/


    • NemaCystX

      In the US the carriers determine the device competition since they change the devices and what devices are offered. HTC doesn't have a chance at having fair competition on carriers since only one has the One X and one has the One S, the Evo 4G LTE and Incredible 4G LTE are exclusive and each has their own features.  In order to competition to be adequate consumers should have the same options across multiple carriers, but that doesn't work in the US since were stuck with Subsidized pricing schemes.

      2GB of RAM is likely the next thing to be flaunting as a high end feature as a selling point.  The S4 will be on the majority of handsets with LTE until Nvidia releases its Tegra with LTE.  There is no competition in this space to keep handsets pricing down for LTE chips because of that.I look for the US carriers to outright offer 32GB of internal storage, flash memory keeps coming down in price and for a 2012 device, we should be at 64GB and 120GB storage options.  Apple has kept ahead in the storage department thats for sure. I easily fill my 32GB Galaxy Nexus with ROM backups and Music.  But luckily the SIII has expandable storage.

    • S2556

      AT&T is geting the same carient as the canadian LTE (SGH-I747) and Tmobile is getting the same as the canadian non LTE (SGH-IT999) so they confirmed 2 gb RAM. I wouldn't be suprised if the others followed

  • Jordi Harrison

    2GB of RAM is freakin' sweet, but I would rather have Exynos over LTE. Here in BC, LTE is only in a small area of Vancouver. Who knows when the interior will get it.
    I'm hoping to find an international version with the extra RAM.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Come on people, if you haven't been paying attention, Samsung got rocked because the S1 phones won't get ICS because they didn't have enough RAM (their words, not mine).  All things considered, in 18-24 months we can't be sure the memory requirements aren't going to take a relatively major uptick and 1 gig of RAM could be too low.  Add to it, so many people complain about lack of high-end gaming on Android, trust me, those games love RAM.  I was predicting the SIII would come with 1.5-2 GB globally, so I'm still disappointed that they didn't do that in the first place.

  • Aki I.

    if only it had a kickstand

  • Brock B.

    Awesome, hopefully the Verizon LTE version will have the same specs. The new Snapdragon is a fantastic chip, I can't believe how many people say its a negative to this phone. Yeah, its dual core, but it performs just as fast as the Tegra 3 and if this features the Adreno 320, its going to be one hell of a device. Adreno 320 + 2GB of RAM = unlimited gaming possibilities.

    • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

      It won't feature the Adreno 320 GPU, pretty sure, bro.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Now I'm gonna be disappointed when the new Nexus DOESN'T have 2GB of RAM.


  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    Finally! Awesome! Sammy you got my money now!

  • Usama Khan

    +1 for 2GB of RAM but i am wondering if the International one will have a variant with 2GB of RAM??

  • Unknow

    Why don't we have both?