June 02, 2012, 7:50 AM — The Samsung Galaxy S III arrives this week in Europe and the first reviews are in to give you an idea about what to expect from the phone when it hits the US shores. Samsung and wireless carriers have yet to announce when the Samsung will be available here in the US.
The delay is likely due to certain customizations, on the inside and outside, carriers are requesting. But, if you must have Samsung's latest hot phone now, you can get one unlocked from Amazon from Friday for $800. But if you're patient, you'll be able to get one for much less on a contract when it arrived stateside.
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First, a quick S III refresher: the Android 4.0 smartphone features a huge 4.8-inch display, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and a quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos processor. Note that the US version of the phone is likely to feature a different, dual-core processor in order to accommodate 4G LTE connectivity.
Reviewing for The Verge, Vlad Savov says the Samsung Galaxy S III is "a technological triumph." He praised the camera, saying it's "easily the best I've used on an Android device," but pointed that "the extra-large size of this phone, even with its great ergonomics, may prove to be a stumbling block for those who can't comfortably fit a 4.8-inch handset into their daily routine."