Now that the Samsung Galaxy S III has been officially confirmed to hit the shelves of AT&T, all that’s left to do is to wait for the handset to finally become available in the shelves. After that, it’s just a matter of enjoying the impressive capabilities that the Samsung flagship handset will bring to the table.
Actually, it took a while for AT&T to officially announce the addition of the Samsung Galaxy S III to its lineup of Android-powered smartphones. In fact, as early as a couple of weeks ago, we heard that the handset already got its Bluetooth SIG approval along with the SGH-i747 model number that was designated for it once it gets to make its debut on the shelves of the wireless provider.
Although the exact date as to when the Samsung Galaxy S III version of AT&T will be available off the shelves for public consumption, the wireless provider however confirmed that it will start shipping the handset on June 18, a full 3 days ahead of T-Mobile and Sprint. Despite the chance of getting their handsets earlier, subscribers of the carrier who upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S III might be in for a disappointing tidbit of news even before they get to have their hands on the handset.
When Samsung officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S III in London last May 3, the manufacturer confirmed that the handset will come with 50 GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years, a feature that will definitely add to the appeal of the smartphone. When the handset was announced by AT&T though, there was no mention of such promo and we just thought that the Samsung Galaxy S III variant from the carrier will still get this offer.
Sad to say, this is not to be as confirmed by one of the Dropbox moderators in their forums. In fact, an official support page of Dropbox has announced that AT&T indeed opted out of the promotion. In short, no 50GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III. And with the AT&T version of the handset available only in the 16GB model, this is something that is quite disappointing. There’s nothing stopping you from using a high-capacity microSD card for memory expansion but hey, 50GB of free storage is still 50GB, no matter what!
Despite this seeming setback, this doesn’t change the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S III is still one hell of a fine phone. It has a QualComm MSM8960 SnapDragon chipset under the hood powering its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich while its snappy performance is courtesy of its dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and 2GB of RAM. As mentioned earlier, the storage capacity of the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is pegged at just 16GB but a user still has the option for memory expansion by using the microSD card slot of the handset which can easily support microSD cards of up to 64GB. Display-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S III comes with a 4.8-inch SuperAMOLED panel with a 1280 x 720 resolution while its camera department features a rear 8MP shooter capable of recording Full HD 1080p clips while its front-facing 1.9MP camera can record 720p videos at 30 frames per second.