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Well folks, it's official. In a press release sent out just moments ago, Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy SIII, easily one of the most anticipated smartphones this year, will be available on five major carriers in the US beginning this month.

The carriers, which are expected to make individual announcements in the "coming weeks," include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and US Cellular. And yes, the SIII's design will be consistent across all carriers. Feast your eyes on some official (non-carrier specific) press images below:

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For those wondering, some of the rumors we've heard about the US' Galaxy SIII are indeed true. The device will indeed feature 2GB internal RAM, a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz, and (unsurprisingly), a 4.8" HD Super AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 2, and a 2100mAh battery. The device will feature either 16 or 32GB onboard storage, expandable via microSD. As expected, the SIII will also connect to 4G LTE and HSPA+ 42 networks, depending on your carrier.

Of course, the US-bound SIII will bring with it features we know and love from the international version, including S-Beam, S-Voice, Smart Stay, Popup Play, and advanced camera features like Burst Shot and Best Shot.

According to the release, the Galaxy SIII will start at $199 (presumably with new activation or eligible upgrade), but definite prices and release dates remain to be seen in future announcements by each carrier. We do know, however, that both "pebble blue" and "marble white" varieties will be available.

Those who want to be the first to get new information regarding the SIII's availability can already sign up at AT&T's website. Sprint, meanwhile, has launched a signup-page for an event in Boston on June 12th, which will certainly see the announcement of the Now Network's SIII. Other carriers will undoubtedly begin to speak up about their own SIII plans soon.

For your reading pleasure, check out the full presser below.

Samsung Galaxy S III Coming To Five Major Carriers

Beginning in June

In an industry first, Samsung delivers the same iconic smartphone design and premium content sharing experience with customized AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular services starting from $199

DALLAS — June 4, 2012 — U.S. consumers on five major service providers will now be able to own the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S® III. Galaxy S III, optimized for peak performance on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE and HSPA+ 42 networks, will be launching with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular starting in June. Exact pricing and retail availability will be announced by each of the five carriers in the coming weeks.

“The U.S. launch of the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated launch of the year. As promised, we are delivering the ‘next big thing’ for U.S. customers and across all major carriers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “Galaxy S III introduces new technological innovation and takes sharing to the next level.”

With the Galaxy S III, Samsung is setting a new standard for smartphones. This device was designed to be lightweight, durable and powerful. The Galaxy S III weighs 4.7 ounces and is 8.6 millimeters thin, making it lighter and sleeker than other leading smartphones, including several competitor models with smaller displays. The brilliant 4.8 inch display extends to an ultra-thin bezel to maximize the viewing area. The Galaxy S III delivers impressive processing power to allow more applications to be accessible simultaneously.

The Galaxy S III goes far beyond content consumption to content sharing. Continuing its history of innovation, Samsung has simplified how consumers share content and control the device with a single touch, through enhanced gesture technology or the simple movement of the eyes.

Sharing Made Simple

The content sharing experience on the Galaxy S III addresses the sharing needs of consumers, whether it’s sharing and editing a presentation with a large group in real-time, sending digital images to several other smartphones at the same time or transferring large files within seconds from one phone to another. Further, these sharing experiences are simple and require little, if any, set-up.

Sharing With Multiple Devices

- The Galaxy S III introduces the next evolution of Samsung’s content sharing service with AllShare® Play. This service automatically notifies the Galaxy S III to Samsung HDTVs, mobile tablets, laptops and other consumer electronic devices on the same network that are ready to receive video files. Users can also remotely access files from devices on other networks.

Sharing with Groups

- With AllShare Group Cast on the Galaxy S III and a Wi-Fi network, users can share and collaborate on documents, presentations or images in real-time with multiple friends or co-workers’ without loading the file separately.

- With Share Shot, become the official photographer for a group of friends. There’s no need to send photos and video via email, MMS or a USB drive. Users can quickly and seamlessly share pictures taken with the Galaxy S III’s 8 megapixel camera to other phones from up to 200 feet away. Once the Galaxy S III is synched with chosen devices, the pictures are automatically shared.

Sharing Smartphone to Smartphone

- S-Beam is an industry first, providing fast, easy transfer of large files, such as videos and documents, with a single touch of the Galaxy S III without needing a Wi-Fi connection or cell signal. A 1GB movie file can be shared as quickly as three minutes and a 10MB music file can be transferred in seconds by simply touching another GALAXY S III phone.

Smartphone Simplicity

- The S-Voice™ feature on the Galaxy S III offers much more than just asking and answering questions. S-Voice allows users to control the applications and services used most with words instead of touch. Use S-Voice to turn the volume up or down on the music player, answer or reject incoming calls, shut off or choose to snooze the alarm clock, or take a picture by saying “smile” or “cheese.”

- Smart Stay puts the “smart” in smartphones. With Smart Stay, the Galaxy S III tracks the user’s eye to ensure the device screen is always on while you’re looking at it. By knowing when you are looking at the screen, it doesn’t dim the backlight or timeout to an idle screen.

- Motion simplifies and short cuts many common functions including converting a text message to a call by simply raising the phone to the ear, tapping the top of the phone to go to the top of an email and list of emails or contacts, and alerting to missed call or text message.

- The capabilities of the Galaxy S III’s 8 megapixel camera are far beyond point and shoot. Burst Shot captures still pictures at a rapid-fire pace at three images per second with zero shutter lag; and Best Shot recommends the best picture to keep based on colors, lighting and clarity. The Galaxy S III shoots and plays back 1080p HD quality video with a backside illuminated sensor that improves performance in low light environments, and provides the ability to capture a photo during videoing

- Watching video while downloading a large file or service is seamless with Pop Up Play. Pop Up Play allows you to watch any side-loaded video content while operating any application in full-screen, background view at the same time. Video running on Pop Up Play can be moved anywhere on top of the full screen, much like picture-in-picture capabilities on large screen TVs.

Powerful Performance

The Galaxy S III includes Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with TouchWiz enhancements, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual core CPU and 2GB of internal RAM to provide high-speed performance enabling efficient and seamless multi-tasking. The dual-core processor offers competitive speeds and performance as leading quad-core processors without sacrificing valuable battery life. The brilliant 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display brings content to life, without compromising the device’s true pocketability. The expansive display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2.0 to guard against cracks and scratches and provide enhanced touchscreen responsiveness.

The Galaxy S III, which comes in Marble White and Pebble Blue, is powered by a removable 2100 mAh battery for extended use on a single charge. Users can store large libraries of photos, videos and music onboard the Galaxy S III with expandable memory to compliment the standard 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage.

“The Galaxy S III is the most innovative smartphone on the market today. It is an industry first to see five major carriers align behind the launch of a single device virtually simultaneously,” said Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Telecommunications America. “To support the immense excitement for the Galaxy S III we will execute our biggest marketing campaign ever. Consumers won’t be able to miss why this device is the must-have smartphone.”

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Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • DROID DOES

    I'm pretty excited that they're all using the same internals with that beautiful 2GBs of RAM. There's a high possibility that the design is streamlined (home button and all) from the t-mobile "leaks", but I really have no idea how the carriers could customize this.

    • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

      Well S4 with 2GB of RAM.

      • http://twitter.com/jhanford Jason Hanford-Smith

        He probably meant across the US carriers, not across the entire global versions

  • http://twitter.com/thehammer401 Amar Patel

    I wonder how much the 32 GB version will cost, and if they'll all come with dropbox

    • http://twitter.com/JirafaBo JirafaBo

       If they were smart they'd make the phone without a micro-sd slot.  Otherwise, why would anyone buy the 32 gb phone when you can add an sd and get 32gb, or more.  Seems like shooting themselves in the foot on the 32gb model.

      • John

        I have had a 32gb galaxy nexus for six months now and I definitely wish I had more memory. Backups and music take up a lot of space. My next phone will have at least 64gb.

        • alexcue

          But the Nexus doesn't have expandable storage. The S3 does, which is why you can get away with only 16 onboard.

          • Spydie

            my new nexus (bought from Google in the U.S.) has expandable storage.  Don't they all?

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

    Looks like I'll be going this route for my nte phone. I just wanted to see if this one would have the 2gb of RAM now that I know that it does its a no Brainer

  • Kernel Sanders: Chicken Lover

    Unlocked GSM ?

  • Brfield

    I have been waiting for so long now. I have been waiting since my G2 (Desire Z) has started showing signs of death. The screen becomes unresponsive, and then presses elsewhere. Waiting (un)patiently for my next device!

  • Joey Bourgart

    I wonder how this will be with the hacking community. Basically all the same hardware with a different modem?

  • Ryan

    Guys... Whay does 2gb of RAM do for performance? Does it make up for no exynos?

    • Kellic

      exynos is a buzzword.  As is quad core.  This is no different then people basing CPU purchases for their desktoplaptop on clock speed.  Its a poor method of buying a computer.  Same deal here.
      The more I look into this the more I'm realizing that the only place you will see real world performance from a quad core is in benchmarks.  On average the OS and your average game is not going to take advantage of a quad core.  IN short I'd rather have LTE and a dual core vs.  no LTE and a quad core.

      • Ryan

        Awsome thanks... So no worries about lag on the gs3 then? I too would rather have lte... I was wondering.

      • Ryan

        Awsome thanks... So no worries about lag on the gs3 then? I too would rather have lte... I was wondering.

    • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

      Actually, 2Gb RAM might actually show some performance gains in real world. It's widely known that the main reason why ICS isn't available to older device is due to the lack of RAM (ex, even CM dropped Droid from CM9's supported list.) Also, Android users often see their launcher redraws when they leave a memory hungry app. You can't really measure the benefit of having more RAM for these situations using benchmark apps. So, don't rule out the benefits of more RAM yet.

    • RonD45

      It allows multitasking without thrashing in the RAM. If you are trying to do lots of multitasking, each task nexts it's own RAM, so you need lots of RAM.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andddlay Andrew Black

    ...soooo for peeps that got the epic 4g touch on sprint, we're just gonna have to pay up the butt if they want the s3? This is gonna burn a pretty big hole in my pocket...

  • http://www.facebook.com/andddlay Andrew Black

    ...soooo for peeps that got the epic 4g touch on sprint, we're just gonna have to pay up the butt if they want the s3? This is gonna burn a pretty big hole in my pocket...

  • Kellic

    Nice phone. Too bad Verizon is screwing over new customers with it. :|

  • Chris

    I'm always up for getting the latest and greatest, but after seeing the Sense 4 on the One series and the god awful design of this phone with the physical home button and "legacy" menu button.  I honestly have absolutely no desire to buy a new phone.  My Galaxy Nexus is staying with me for the long haul (or until a new Nexus comes out).  I absolutely hate the flagship phones for 2012.  Oh well...here's hoping 2013 changes things.

    • http://twitter.com/JirafaBo JirafaBo

       Devs had the multitasking button turned into a menu button and the soft menu button gone within 3 days of the Evo Lte (One X) release. 

      It's SUPER annoying but there are fixes, and easy ones at that.

      • Chris

        I don't root my phones anymore.  I got tired of it.  Still holding onto the Nexus til 2013.

  • http://eastern-image.com/ Vincent P. Del Vecchio

    Definitely my next phone!!

  • Jaysann22

    I just HATE how they flat out avoid announcing a specific date. JUST TELL US ALREADY!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/andddlay Andrew Black

      in the end, it's not samsung that makes that decision.  they merely told us that it is coming, and very soon.

  • sgtguthrie

    II sure hope this hits vzw before they eliminate unlimited data grandfathering! That's probably the only way they'll get a new contract out of me ;-)

  • Hilikus81

    Hopefully they're all the same dimensions also, that will help the accessory makers only having to make one design instead of 4 different ones and then having to decide which to concentrate on.

  • fixxmyhead

    say what u will but the quadcore exynos version is superior. damn that s4 chip its coming out in every high end phone. no differentiating

  • Mostro503

    32 gig model and 64 gig micro and forget about everything else ,music ,videos ,pictures and movies will all fit in here