Samsung Galaxy S3 Undergoing Carrier Testing, Global Release Likelihood High

With Samsung announcing that they would unveil the “next Galaxy” phone at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in London on May 3rd, the next big question aside from confirmation of its specs is the release date.

Samsung Galaxy S3 underwent carrier testings 2 months ago (report)

Unlike its biggest rival, the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S2 usually hits stores worldwide in a very slow and staggered pattern. While most users around the world may only need to wait a month for the iPhone 5 to hit their country after it is announced (pending there is stock), the Samsung Galaxy S2 can range anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months. As was the case with the Samsung Galaxy S2 that only arrived in the US in September despite being made available in Asia as early as May.

However this time around, rumors suggest that Samsung may follow in the footsteps of the iPhone and launch the Samsung Galaxy S2 globally in a quick fashion. To back this up comes a new report from the folks over at Korean business and tech blog ETNews, who claim that Samsung had sent the prototypes “two months ago to carriers to provide products for network interworking.”

If this does hold true then it would mean that carriers by now should be prepped to launch the Samsung Galaxy S3 as soon as Samsung gives them the green light. While we are highly skeptical about the rumors from earlier this month that the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be available in stores the week after the May 3rd unveiling, we do believe it will land on US carriers Verizon, AT&T, Sprint & T-Mobile much quicker than what we saw with the Galaxy S2 if they have plans to carry it.

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