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Jun
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The news that one of the hottest phones of the year, the 4.8" Samsung Galaxy S III, is coming to five major U.S. carriers only just hit the wire a few minutes ago, and well, well, well, what do we have here?.. Why, it's the Galaxy S III on Verizon Wireless, in its blurry flesh.

Since Samsung didn't send out any carrier-specific device photos and just regurgitated the pictures of the international version we've all seen hundreds of times, we're at the mercy of the carriers to see just how they bastardize (or leave untouched) the outer shell of each variant. We know the physical shape and button layout shouldn't be changing, according to Samsung, but a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

This, according to our tipster, is the Verizon Galaxy S III. I've done my due diligence and arrived at the conclusion that the photos were indeed legitimate even before Samsung pushed the Send button, but now I have not a doubt in my mind.

As you can see, the front of the device does not carry the Verizon logo, which can be instead found on the back side - this should make a lot of folks happy. Notice VZW's signature 4G-LTE logo in the notification area.

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According to Samsung, the U.S. Galaxy S III has a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip in place of the quad-core Exynos, but makes up for it by doubling the RAM to 2GB - a pretty worth trade in my opinion. It should be available in June, so start your countdowns, folks, the wait is almost over!

Thanks, Mr. Anon!

Artem Russakovskii
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  • aNYthing6

    Nice. That means the T-Mobile one that leaked before should be the same. 

  • theShamrocker

    Yeah buddy! Can't wait for the pebble blue!

    • mikeym0p
      • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

         they'll still have the Pebble blue color, its listed in the Press release from this morning.  There's no way it would have been included if they were planning on not using it.

      • theShamrocker

        Hey Mikey, you're wrong. The announcement today said everything is on schedule. Everyone knows not to trust the germans.

        • mikeym0p

          I'm glad that's not the case. I held a dummy model and love the look.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359390083 Sodiq Awokoya

    hopefully we can use a international back plate on various US models, since the gnex is illed to this switch. I can only hope. 

    • Joey Bourgart

       Samsung could make a lot of $ selling back plates without carrier logos lol

    • Joey Bourgart

       Samsung could make a lot of $ selling back plates without carrier logos lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=785182249 Kevin Martin

      they will probally do what they did with the Gnex. move one nub so it doesnt secure all the way.

  • Shah 1992

    Is it me or does the back of that phone look like something out of the 70s?

    • Goukisan

      I think its the horrible instagram type pictures they are showing

  • Ryan

    What will 2gb of ram do? Just make multi tasking smoother? I don't understand...

    • trongable

      You'll be able to keep more apps in memory (fewer launcher redraws, app reloads)

      • Diordna11

        Before 2gb was announced, I responded to a post that asked, "What's missing on the GSIII?" My response was that it should have had 2 gigs oh RAM. Some guy replied by saying that would be a total waste because a second gig could never be used on a phone.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Who cares what some guy said? Don't listen to everyone on the Internet. We won't need more than 1MB HDD, they said in the 90s.

    • lazrrocketarm

      Biggest use of the 2gb is for the gpu. The S4 included gpu shares ram with the processor. That's why the OneX gimped the multitasking.
      So, now its not an issue for the sgs3.

    • lazrrocketarm

      Biggest use of the 2gb is for the gpu. The S4 included gpu shares ram with the processor. That's why the OneX gimped the multitasking.
      So, now its not an issue for the sgs3.

  • trongable

    I just recently had a mishap with my Galaxy Nexus (it fell out of my pocket on a roller coaster...). I should be getting a new phone soon but I'm not sure if I should go with the Galaxy Nexus for $199 or the SGS III for presumably $299. Do we have any idea how much storage space it'll have? 

    Also something that is giving me trouble in making this decision is that I'm trying to figure out Android systems development. The Galaxy Nexus has a ton of developer support for building ROM's and I don't know how much uptake the SGS III will have.

    • Mapekz

      To be fair, VZW development is busted in general since it is carrier-specific. Galaxy Nexus (toro) and original Droid are the only devices I've seen with a lot of developer support, but you easily see 5x as much support for the GSM Nexii.

      The SGS3 will be a great developer device for sure just as with the SGS2, but the VZW flavor won't have nearly as many devs on it compared to the T-Mobile/AT&T versions (which should be compatible with the international version).

      • ssj4Gogeta

        Just wondering, why "Nexii"? Why not "Nexi"? You replace the -us with -i to make it plural. In the case of "radius", there's already an "i" there, you add another when you replace the -us making "radii".

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303904674 Michael Harrison

         Since it will be the same model across the board and I believe supposed to include all radios in the same phone, I don't see enough differences between them to prevent easy adapting of ROMs from one type to another.  Much like how the Skyrocket and Hercules ROMs are mosty interchangeable. 

    • Alec Ritter
  • Goukisan

    why are they still using physical buttons on the bottom?? ICS made it so we no longer need those touch buttons on the bottom.

  • Goukisan

    why are they still using physical buttons on the bottom?? ICS made it so we no longer need those touch buttons on the bottom.

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      Because the bezel would likely be the same size so the buttons would just be taking up space on the screen. Don't believe me? Look at the size of the Galaxy Nexus' bezel.

      • shadowdude777

        I feel like the Nexus' bezel is much bigger than it should be, mainly because they wanted to put that giant notification LED down there.

    • Dominick_7

      HATE taking up screen real estate with on screen buttons. Glad they're bringing the International flare to the US. LOVE this and want it on the Note for Verizon.

    • Mixedemotion624

      That stock Google experience only. I assume.

  • Jahf

    I'd take the better CPU over the RAM any day :(

    • Kellic

      And its nice the people base their purchases on synthetic benchmarks not realizing  real world use isn't going to remotely utilize all 4 cores of the system right now.  I'll take RAM over CPU any day because that means the likelihood of more updates down the road.

      • ssj4Gogeta

        Besides, the S4 will probably be faster in most apps as it has significantly better single-threaded performance.

      • shadowdude777

        Exactly. The quad-core Exynos is useless right now and will probably be useless in Jelly Bean too. That means that it won't have any advantage over the Krait S4 for about a year. By contrast, RAM is useful right now, and you can never have enough RAM. More RAM means more apps that don't have to restart every time you go back to them.

      • Qorse

        Agreed. I was going to pass this up when it came out that there wouldn't be any quad core action for US variants, but 2GB of RAM pretty much has me sold. For anything other than 3D gaming (which still seems pretty foreign to me with a phone form-factor), RAM is almost certain to be more useful than processing power from a future-proofing perspective.

    • Kellic

      And its nice the people base their purchases on synthetic benchmarks not realizing  real world use isn't going to remotely utilize all 4 cores of the system right now.  I'll take RAM over CPU any day because that means the likelihood of more updates down the road.

    • Merle Reine

      Definitely want the quad core over more ram.  My droid 3 runs fine with 512M ram.  I want a quad core phone as do most people.  Just as my dual quad core desktop computer kicks dual core's ass.

      • oneillperson

        Yes, well your Droid 3 also has a 1 gHz processor and runs Gingerbread. Not much use when comparing its RAM to a high-end phone running the latest ICS.

        • Mapekz

          This. My Nexus has 1GB but even that feels poor for constant multitasking. Java was always a memory hog and Android is no different.

          Will the dual-core SGS3 last over a year? For sure, but yeah the lack of the quad-core will hurt by the end of summer 2013. Then again, 1GB RAM would only last you until early 2013. That's just the way the booming smartphone industry is right now.

          • Droid4LifeDawg

            I don't think it will last till the end of the Year, the next G-Nex will surely drop before the year is out and will most likely have all that the SIII has and some. A full year is basically unheard, because these manufactures are just waiting to see the next Big thing, just so they can out do it, and well you know Nexus is Nexus can't let someone else's light shine brighter to long...

        • Mixedemotion624

          Not necessary the Samsung fascinate ran smooth on 384 mb of ram it had on ics rom. More ram isn't necessary on stock or aosp roms.

    • renGek

      The quad core will mostly not matter software wise until the devs make their software more thread dependent. Buuuut wasn't the whole point of the new quad cores because of the boost in battery life?

    • Kyong Han

      obviously above poster is someone who looks at numbers only

    • http://twitter.com/dark_funk dark_funk

      I have a Tab 10.1, which has 1gb of RAM.  Applications occasionally close when I don't want them to be because the RAM runs out.  Admittedly, with 512mb of RAM on my Droid X, this is far more of a problem.  2gb isn't exactly a lot of RAM, in desktop computer terms, and I'd hate to buy a new phone with less.  That being said, 2 cores is pretty paltry in desktop computer terms, and I certainly wish this had a quad-core proc, as well.

      But I'm on Verizon and I don't want to wait another 6 months for quad-core LTE phones, so I'm gettin' this.

      • shadowdude777

        2 cores isn't paltry. The Core i3 2120 is a great desktop processor that can play ANY game and it's only dual-core. Quad-core is useless on desktops unless you're doing something like video encoding/transcoding, and it's even less useful than that on phones, which do far less demanding tasks.

    • fixxmyhead

      same here bro. damn that s4 chip 

  • Jahf

    I'd take the better CPU over the RAM any day :(

  • FknTwizted

    i rather see someone work on better gpu chipset. that that that would make all of the difference.

  • FknTwizted

    i rather see someone work on better gpu chipset. that that that would make all of the difference.

  • Kellic

    That's all well and fine, but once again Verizon is bending over new customers by discontinuing the double data promo this Tuesday so no DD and SIII.  Thanks Verizon.  Go screw off.

    • GBGamer

      You could open a new line, and buy a Droid 1 off contract, then buy the GS3 on contract, and BOOM goes the extra data. (I think that would work.)

  • DROID DOES

    This confirms it, all the carriers will have the same model.. finally Samsung exercising their #1 Android OEM Power.

    • Josh Nichols

      Minus the specs change you mean.

      • KLy

        pretty sure he means US version, which are all the same

        • jerdog

          Well except for the radios.

  • http://twitter.com/TZARvor TZAR v.o.r

    A+ for internals F for build quality. Hate the plastic look on a $500 device.Looks cheap! Take some lessons from HTC. Looks like cheap crap! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/baldilocks73 Steve Hartsock

      Just wait to you actually hold one. Feels just as premium as a One X. Stupid to base your opinion by pictures alone. 

    • Mapekz

      The original goal Google had in mind was for $99 handsets. These devices should be cheap and dispensable. Since we rely on them so heavily, they shouldn't be so expensive to maintain and should be easily replaced if something happens to them.

      That said, the build quality of the SGS3 is still excellent and the $500-$800 price range is still steep if you need to replace the thing. I hope one day the specs of these phones stagnates so we can focus on making them less expensive.

  • http://Twitter.com/eggoespada Eric Gonzalez

    Amazing. Samsung is taking control of their Galaxy S line. Not only will they have all major carriers launching soon after release, but its actually the same phone across the board. This is very good, but no surprise considering this is the only other phone that competes with the iPhone and Apple for mind share and sales.

  • Palmer Nyako

    I really hope Sprint makes their SGS3 variant a lot better.

    • Alec Ritter

      All us carriers are getting the same phone. The Galaxy S III. Not the Epic 4G Revolution Touch matrix, the Galaxy S III. It will be no different than the one T-Mo/AT&T/Verizon will be getting.

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        While true, I was hopping for a dedicated camera button.

        • wolfkabal

          Agreed - I think it's things like that, which will make me choose the HTC One X over this Galaxy this round. Coming from the Epic 4G (non-touch) - they're simply stripping away too many hardware features that I enjoy. 

          • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

             I disagree, the camera on the GS3 is a much better performer  as reported by many blogs who've used both extensively.

          • wolfkabal

            Perhaps, but the cameras on both will be leaps above the original Epic 4G - natural progression and all. But when it comes to tactile features, I simply feel like there's not enough there. Personal taste. Some will love the tactile home button. I love the tactile camera button (w/ autofocus capabilities)

        • http://twitter.com/_JasonGregory Jason Gregory

          That will come soon enough for that one hardware button it has.

  • Brfield

    What is being covered up on the top left of the face of the phone?

    • Alec Ritter

      I'd like to know that as well. Anybody have an answer?

    • http://twitter.com/_JasonGregory Jason Gregory

      Person's Gmail address.  Its a Sign Up/In screen.

      • Brfield

        No, there's something being covered up by white boxes in multiple shots. It's off the screen on the top left of the bezel. 

  • Dylando91

    Samsung has nailed the launch of this phone. With it being on all carriers sales are going to be astronomical. HTC shouldve done this with the One Series if they were serious about getting back with the top dogs. S

  • Sting

    BIG question is.... Is this hitting the floor BEFORE the tiered data plans?

    • sgtguthrie

      EXACTLY!!!

    • Josh Nichols

      Tiered data plans already exist..

      • Qorse

        I think he's referring to Verizon's upcoming policy change that will end grandfathering of unlimited plans for prior subscribers. 

  • DAMON

    What I want to know is if it will get terrible reception like the Nexus or the Charge, or if Samsung has actually done some R&D and put a decent radio in this one..?

    • Zacisblack

      That's why I'm switching to ATT. Verizon is overrated and 15-25% of my SMS never get through to the recipient. 

    • xyzlene

      Samsung has failed terribly with their prior products on Verizon. Why would this be any different? Currently own a galaxy nexus. If I do crossover to the GSIII, I will wait a good 3 months before purchasing.

      Is it so difficult to make a smartphone that functions properly?

  • xFenixKnightx

    Sooooooooo DOPE!!!!!

  • Kyong Han

    I love this more than the international. the sgs3 logo is nice touch, and the small aesthetic of the carrier logo is a good for variety instead of two samsung logos like the international

  • Joshua

    Why does Samsung keep downgrading the CPU on American models?

    • shabbypenguin

      because they dont support american LTE. same reason why one x has tegra 3 and us versions all have the s4

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303904674 Michael Harrison

       Because the Exynos Quad Core doesn't have LTE support.  However Qualcomm has said there will be LTE quad cores available in the 2nd half of 2012, so expect those phones to roll out in the winter crop of 2012.

    • wolfkabal

      It's a requirement for LTE. The quad-core Exynos doesn't yet support LTE. 

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      LTE compatibility.

  • thtechnologist

    Hmmm.... to sell the Gnex and buy one of these unlocked? Tough choice.

    • JeffDenver

      Wouldn't be or me. This hardware is better than the GNex in every way (far better CPU, SD expansion, ect..). Only thing GNex has going for it is Vanilla Android. 

  • Thejungle

    What is this an Exclusive, as there is nothing special in these photos? This is just SGS3 with Verizon logo.... 

    Meh....

  • http://twitter.com/samichaels96 sam michaels

    Kind of nice to see that they kept the same design as the international version with the home button being as a physical touch button. Just too bad that it has the same S4 processor that's in the North American version of the HTC One X/HTC Evo 4G LTE.

    • wilson yyt

      theres nothing "too bad" about it