Samsung Galaxy S III coming to five U.S. carriers in June, no quad-core Exynos on board

Coming to five carriers, starting at $200, Samsung is pushing its flagship phone hard.

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Samsung means business. The consumer electronics giant has just announced sales of its Samsung Galaxy S III flagship Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone for five U.S. carriers, starting in June for just $200.

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular will all receive variations of the Galaxy S III this month, but Samsung isn’t sharing the exact pricing and release date for each carrier just yet.

What’s incredibly interesting (and what CNET had predicted) is that the U.S.-based version, like its HTC One X rival, will carry a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor as opposed to the 1.4GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor.

The “downgrade” is likely due to a current incompatibility between quad-core and LTE data networks, just as with the HTC One X.

The Galaxy S III is a slim handset with a 4.8-inch HD display. It supports 4G LTE and HSPA+ 42 speeds, has an 8-megapixel camera, and a bevy of software features to complement and enhance Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Samsung has also given the Galaxy S III 2GB of RAM and a very large, removable 2100mAh battery.

Read CNET UK’s full review here, or my in-depth hands-on.

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