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Samsung Galaxy S III: Arriving to Canadian Telcos

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Although Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S III in North America last week, the manufacturer didn’t mention any plans for a Canadian release. However, Canadian telecommunications company TELUS announced last Monday that the new flagship phone will arrive on their 4G LTE networks this summer.

More About Samsung Galaxy S III

The new Samsung Galaxy S III features a 1.4 GHz Exynos quad-core processor, which has four ARM Cortex A9 cores. This makes the handset “twice as powerful while using 20% less power.” In addition, it has 4.8-inch AMOLED screen, Google’s Android 4.0 mobile operating system, 1 GB of RAM and internal capacities of 16, 32 and 64 GB.

Its AMOLED screen contributes to its slightly larger size of 136.6 x 70.6 millimeters. However, it is only 8.6 millimeters thick, making it a bit thinner than iPhone 4S. The mobile device also sports the company’s TouchWiz user interface and Smart Additions such as SmartStay, Smart Alert and S Voice.

The SmartStay switches the front display on or off depending on whether someone is looking at the screen or not. Smart Alert, on the other hand, will display missed calls or notifications once the device is picked up using a built-in accelerometer. Lastly, the S Voice allows users to unlock their phone, control the music player and capture images through voice command.

Hitting the Canadian Streets

While pricing and availability is yet to be announced, the Samsung Galaxy S III is set to arrive in national carriers such as Bell, Rogers, TELUS, Virgin Mobile and Wind Mobile. Regional carriers like SaskTel, Videotron and Mobilicity are also joining the bandwagon. With Wind Mobile and Mobilicity on board, it appears that both telcos are gearing up for their T-Mobile-friendly Advanced Wireless Services spectrum.

As pointed out by TELUS Vice President of Mobility Solutions Brent Johnston:

“Our customers have told us they love the Samsung Galaxy family and we are thrilled to bring the latest in the Galaxy line-up to TELUS, Canada’s Galaxy Headquarters. We are committed to exceptional customer experiences and the new Samsung Galaxy S III not only brings to our customers an exceptional on-device experience but also access to TELUS’ clear and simple initiatives such as flexible rate plans, data notifications and our new trade-in program that allows customers to upgrade to the latest and greatest devices like the Galaxy S III more easily and more often.”

Set to be released in North America later this month, the device is expected to hit the Canadian streets in time for summer. With the Samsung Galaxy S III’s intuitive design and features, the handset is likely to be iPhone 4S major competitor.

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