Sunday, May 27, 2012

Leaked image of pre-sale flyer lists Galaxy S III Canadian launch date: June 20

When Samsung first announced its already hot (pre-)selling Galaxy S III, it also announced that the device would launch in Europe on May 29, arriving on North American carriers in June. Those sorts of promises are easily broken, but it appears that the N.A. launch date may still hit June.

The image of a pre-order flyer has been leaked online showing a June 20th date for Canadian carriers Rogers, Bell, Telus, and Virgin Mobile. The original posters of the image, Mobile Syrup, were then asked to pull the image, which makes one think that the June 20 date might be true [as folks get a lot more antsy when the info is correct].

Still, the image was picked up before it was pulled, and that's where the link currently directs. It is unclear who asked Mobile Syrup to pull the image, and how long the new image will remain online is, of course questionable.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is the latest in the Galaxy S series. Both the GS and GS2 were huge hits. As noted above, a European retail launch date has been announced; it's believed the device might hit pre-order status in Canada by May 30, but that is still unconfirmed.

In terms of the specs, we know that the device will ship with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED 1,280 x 720 display; a quad-core Samsung Exynos system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor; an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 1.9MP front-facing camera; along with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x), and Samsung's TouchWiz skin.

It will also have S Voice, a new Siri rival developed in concert with Vlingo (which has a stand-alone Android app in Google Play), enhancements to gesture functionality, facial tracking, and S Beam, and enhanced Android beaming feature.

The all-important cellular technology support will depending on the region you live in, but there is either HSPA+ or LTE functionality. Pricing for North American markets is still unknown, but sites like Expansys are pre-selling versions of the device, with a version of the Galaxy S III going for about $700 unlocked.

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