Samsung Galaxy S III Touches Down on U.S. Soil

Paul Lilly

At long last, Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone has crossed the U.S. border, having already shipped to more than two dozen other countries last month. T-Mobile gets first dibs on Samsung's newest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) device, with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and U.S. Cellular planning to offer the smartphone "in-store and online within the next several weeks," Samsung says. Odd wording by Samsung since AT&T is scheduled to offer the Galaxy S III sometime today as well (currently is listed as "Due Today" on AT&T's website).

T-Mobile priced the Galaxy S III at $280 for the 16GB model and $330 for the 32GB version, both of which reflect a $300 instant discount and a $50 mail-in rebate card. Suggested retail price is $630 (16GB) and $680 (32GB).

In case you need a refresher, the Galaxy S III sports a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD touchscreen (1280x720), dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor (international version rocks a quad-core CPU), 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE radio, and a 2100 mAh battery.

Reviews of Samsung's flagship device started popping up on the Web yesterday and mostly reflect positive impressions, though some feel the Galaxy S III falls a little short of the hype. CNN , for example, notes that there's plenty of horsepower underneath the hood, but that many of Samsung's TouchWiz features "suffer from frustratingly poor execution, adding up to a "clumsy" device, albeit one that still trumps many of its competitors.

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