The latest flagship Android, the Samsung Galaxy S3, is already on sale in the UK and parts of Europe, and after hearing all the reviews, the US market are intrigued as to what variants they will see of the S3 when it finally does hit the US. Samsung are keeping quiet about this topic.
US Samsung Galaxy S3 two-cores short & without Music Hub access?
The international Samsung Galaxy S3 has the original quad-core Exynos chip, and not only that, but there is a new music service that Samsung are hoping will appeal to the masses and compete with the likes of iTunes. It is named Samsung Music Hub and it is based on mSpot (a company recently acquired by Samsung) technology. The service means that Samsung Galaxy S3 users can buy and/or stream songs to store on their devices or access using the internet.
Despite hoping the Music Hub will appeal to a larger audience, Samsung appear to be cutting off a huge proportion of their audience by implying that it will not be available on the US Galaxy S3 devices. They stated in a press release: “Initially available on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and hitting European markets today (May 29th), Music Hub vastly simplifies and enhances the everyday experience of listening to music. Initially launching on the Samsung Galaxy S3 in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK.”
The S3 is set to hit the markets in Canada on 20th June and there has been no mention of the Music Hub on their version of the device. Perhaps Samsung are concerned that Google Music and the Google Play Store music will be too harsh a competitor, as this is available online and offers a similar service to the Music Hub and is available just in the US.
This isn’t the only difference expected between US and UK/European devices. The quad-core Exynos is expected to be replaced with the dual-core Snapdragon S4 Krait by Qualcomm by US wireless providers in order to make it LTE compatible.
Current online rumours are discussing around 4-6 US wireless carriers that will provide the S3 – these include Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. They include filings like FCC, Bluetooth, etc. Some online sources are also saying that Sprint may be selling the Samsung Galaxy S3 with LTE. They are also saying that the S3 on T-Mobile may be launched on 20th June. These rumors are all unconfirmed however.
Other features of the S3 include a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, with 306 PPI, along with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with custom user interface, microSD additional storage, a front-facing camera and a removable battery.