Samsung Galaxy S3 with 2GB of RAM Confirmed for Canada – US Tour Begins June 20th In New York


Earlier today, we let you guys know that the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be arriving for our neighbors to the north (Canada), starting June 20th. What we didn’t tell you is that the specs for the Canadian GS3 feature a few noteworthy items different from the international model. Just as we suspected, yes, the quad-core Exynos processor is gone, replaced instead with a more North American LTE friendly dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor. But here’s the juicy part — the Samsung Galaxy S3 for America Jr. (and hopefully America Sr. as well) will feature 2GB of multi-tasking RAM, which I would like to point out, now officially trumps my 1 year old netbook. Crazy times we live in.

In an extra tidbit, we’ve been hearing for awhile now that the Galaxy S3 could launch in the US on T-Mobile as early as June 20th (same date as Canada). Well, during a Vodafone live stream for the Galaxy S3 launch in Australia, it was revealed that the GS3 will be making the first stop in its nationwide US tour in New York. The date? June 20th. Very interesting (scratches chin). You can read even more details on the Galaxy S3 in the full Canadian press release below.

Thanks, Tommy!

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 1280×720 (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 In addition, you can find a product introduction video at

* 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.

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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Canada delivers unrivalled consumer experiences. Samsung enables Canadians to pursue their passions by offering abroad range of award-winning digital consumer electronics, IT, telecommunications and home appliance products. The Canadian arm upholds Samsung’s global mission to provide consumers with innovative digital convergence products that possess exceptional technology, quality, features, performance and value. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, Samsung has become one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. The company was ranked #17 in BusinessWeek/Interbrand “100 Best Global Brands” and was named as one of Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies of 2011.”

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Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Now they just need to leak a Sprint variant so I can decide between it and the Evo LTE!

  2. They announced the phone would go on sale in Australia within an hour of the presentation. I’d say that adds to the 20th being the date. :D

  3. I don’t regret opting for the OG GS3. I don’t need LTE.

    1. But what about an extra GB of RAM???

      1. *shrugs* I’m not fussed about it.

      2. will the extra ram chew more battery?

        1. Nothing noticeable. Yes, it will consume slightly more battery, but 10 minutes out of 15 hours is nothing :p

  4. I am even more Excited for the GS3 now, definitely a day one purchase on Magenta for me. – )

    1. I’m going to try and hold off for the Note. With a Galaxy Nexus, it shouldn’t be too hard…. I think O_o

      1. honestly, can’t go wrong with either one Chris. Also, have you heard if they’re maybe going to update the processor on T-Mobile’s Note? probably not but it’d be nice, huh.

        1. An updated S4 Note is the one hope I’ve been clinging onto (and the reason I haven’t gotten too steamed at the delay).

          I doubt it… but I’m still crossing my fingers :D

          1. I thought you said that the Note was too big for you in your review a while back. Guess it grew on you eh. Once you go big…

            I’ve been eligible for an upgrade for almost a month, and fought off the urge to upgrade to the “old” GNote because the GS3’s 4.8″ screen is only half an inch smaller, but I doubt the GNote2 will be arriving soon enough to wait even longer for. (Every extra month you don’t upgrade on a subsidized carrier is $$$ down the drain)

          2. Yeah, oddly enough, I started to miss it :/

            It’s so true what you said about not upgrading. I tell people this all the time. Time is money, as they say. Lol

          3. No need to doubt, it’s practically a given. (a) Note has been successful beyond Samsung’s wildest hopes, they’d be crazy not to out a sequel, possibly throwing in a 1080p screen in the bargain and (b) I have read that Exynos Quad-core is pin-to-pin compatible with Exynos dual core, meaning that it can be fitted on the same mobo. I guess the opportunity will be too much for Sammy to pass up. I am holding on to my Note for the same reasons.

          4. If an updated Note came to Sprint with an S4 I would have a hard time saying no to it.

    2. Same here for me. Well, maybe not a first day purchase as I am frugel and will wait for a killer promo to get it cheap(er). I am still rocking the OG Galaxy S with ICS. It works, but its deff showing its age.

      I can hope that it will have 2GB memory and a different CPU as usually TMo requires a different CPU to handle the HSPA+ side of things.

      Either this or a new Note…who knows. Both will be great options!

  5. I have a feeling U.S. version will still be 1 gig of RAM. After its on the market for about 2 months Samsung will release a Galaxy S III Skyrocket that will feature 2 gigs of RAM. Never fails!!!

    1. no, that’s only going to be the case for Att lol all others will launch with 2GB RAM, just how they roll ; )

  6. Ok, so does this mean a release on the 20th with a promotional tour?
    Or a launch event on the 20th to announce a later release date?

    1. Australia announced and launched within an hour, so its possible

  7. Anyone know if the US models will keep the physical home button or change to 4 capacitive buttons like the Galaxies before it?

    1. It will probably be a 3 button layout or on-screen buttons

    2. Judging by the speed at which it’s hitting all the markets, I’d lean towards a standardized home button and less carrier tweaks.

  8. Lol America Jr….

  9. I don’t get it…if its coming with LTE ready, shouldn’t it be coming to AT&T and not T-mobile?

  10. I don’t get why they didn’t include 2GB of ram with the international release.

    Too much fragmentation :(

    1. Well… we could always have a single Android device that updated every year, but then the world would suck and I’d opt of out life.. x_x

    2. This whole fragmentation thing… tell me, one Windows laptop has 4 GB or RAM and one has 1 GB – does that mean Windows is fragmented?

      Secondly, when I upgraded to Galaxy Nexus from Galaxy S2, I found out this staggering fact: Most apps for GB ran perfectly fine on ICS. Make that 90%. Never did I get an incompatibility message. I even restored some apps via MyBackup Pro from a GB backup to an ICS ROM. And at that time, My Backup wasn’t even officially compatible with ICS. That made me conclude that fragmentation is just a useless argument made up by an Apple-centric (and possibly Apple-paid) tech press.

      1. Same here. When I went to ICS I was expecting app issues and so far I haven’t had any at all. I’d guess the biggest issue is probably differing screen sizes in graphic-intensive apps.

      2. fragmentation is a problem when you have crappy phones with 512 or less mb ram and 600 to 800 mhz processors and 3.5 inch low res screens being sold

  11. Samsung sure makes stupid commercials. It tells us nothing about the phone except that it is “designed for humans”. What kind of shit is that? Who else would it be designed for, primates?

    1. As opposed to “designed for iSheep”

      (Sorry, I had to) :P

    2. uhhhh . . . last time i checked, humans ARE primates . . . try again! ;-)

      1. Primates in the simian sense. ;)

  12. Upgrading the ram to 2 gigs is a cheap must with a netbook…was the first thing I did to my Samsung NC110

  13. Well i was kinda hoping for quad core for T-mobiles version but if it gets 2GB of Ram ill be happy

    1. Or at least Samsung’s dual-core A15 Exynos…But S4’s not bad, either.

  14. Anyone know whether the NFC is built into the phone or the battery? I was thinking about buying an extended battery (2850 mAh), but I doubt it had NFC, which I read somewhere is how Samsung has incorporated NFC on the S3.

    1. I believe it is on the battery, yeah.

    2. battery

  15. I like what Samsung did there. Unlike HTC, that took out the quad core and made the flash memory even smaller(16gb vs the intl 32gb). Samsung on the other hand gave it 2gb or ram, no quad but still. See, thats how companies should do it.

  16. Dude why didn’t you update to ics on your gs2. Would never wait that long would probably be on cm9 by now if I had your phone

  17. My bad didn’t read correctly but prefer custom roms

  18. Gnex biggest downfall I’d no sd card

  19. This thing seems to be getting more tempting by the day. I’ve never been seriously tempted by any other Samsung offering, but they seem to have tailored the specs with my personal requirements in mind! Screen is right at the Goldilocks size, RAM (assuming it’s 2gb) is big enough to give sufficient future-proofing, software touches give useful enhancements over AOSP, battery is over-sized and removable, internal memory is huge AND has micro-sd. It makes the One X look about a year out of date.

  20. June 20 is my birthday, so that’s a pretty nice present…but did they just give up on the 64 gig version altogether?

  21. Gyz i have new Samsung universe small and performed many games from operating system market but cannot perform hd games like road 6 etc…. When i set up it and try contact on its symbol deny force ends … I have improved gingerbread 2.3.4 … Is there anything to do with overclocking my CPU to perform these games ?

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