Samsung have just confirmed their LTE and 42Mbps HSPA+ versions of the popular Superphone, the Galaxy SIII for Canadian and presumably North American markets.
Codenamed the SGH-i747 (LTE sporting) and the SGH-iT999 (42 Mbps HSPA+ flavored), each will be powered by a Dual Core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 CPU with 2GB RAM, rather than the Exynos Quad Core and 1GB RAM variety for World markets.
The SGH-i747 will be available in 16GB and 32GB versions and is the variant most likely to come to Telstra, with some tweaking to make it play nicely on the Telco’s 1800Mhz 4G network. Currently the LTE Galaxy SIII will be available in Canada only on Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS and Rogers, while SGH-iT999 will be available from Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity.
We will be keeping a keen eye on this product as it develops for other 4G World markets.
Source: GSM Arena
Full Spec List:
- Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz
- Qualcomm MSM8960 Chipset
- OS (Shipping): ICS 4.0.4
- Data: LTE (SGH-i747 variation) and HSPA+ 42 (SGH-iT999 variation)
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
- Weight: 133g
- Memory: 16/32GB internal memory (SGH-i747)/ 16GB internal memory (SGH-iT999)
- Expandable microSD up to 32GB
- Display: 4.8 HD Super AMOLED 1280×720 (306ppi)
- Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, MHL Video Out
- Camera: 8MP Rear-facing, 1.9MP Front-facing
- Battery: 2100 mAh
- TouchWiz with Motion UX
- S Beam
- AllShare Play enhance functionality
- MP3/ACC+/WAV audio player
- DivX/Xvid/MP4/WMV/H.263/ H.264 Video Player
Telstra are certainly building on their goals of setting themselves up as both the Android and Speed Kings of Australian Mobile Providers.
For today Telstra have announced the release of Australia’s second 4G handset, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G!
The 4G variant of the undoubted top selling Android phone worldwide (the Galaxy S II), is certainly living up to everything it would expected to be.
Offering a 4.5 inch Super Amoled screen and a blazing dual core 1.5 GHz CPU (and did we mention that LTE Antenna!), this is one serious Samsung in the speedstakes.
Andrew Volard, Director, Telstra Mobile, said the nation’s second 4G smartphone would make it possible for even more Australians to enjoy ultra-fast 4G web speeds from the palms of their hands.
“The Samsung Galaxy SII 4G takes the design elements that have made Samsung Galaxy SII one of Australia’s most popular smartphones and adds 2012’s must-have phone feature – ultra-fast 4G web connectivity. Customers in 4G coverage areas are going to love being able to load web pages up to five times faster than on 3G handsets. They’ll be able to send, stream and surf at speeds that will blow them away,” Mr Volard said.
Certainly some of the biggest news though, is that this speeding mobile comes packed with NFC, so it won’t be left behind with other NFC models joining the fray this year.
Multimedia functions include an 8 megapixel camera and 1080p full HD video recording. The phone also has a large battery capacity (1850mAh), Wi-Fi a/b/g/n support, and Bluetooth 3.0+HS. There’s HD Voice support built in too which enables crisper, clearer calls when chatting to other people with HD Voice compatible handsets on the Telstra Mobile Network.
So how do you get it?
Well great news, available around the Country today from all Telstra stores and online at www.telstra.com.au/galaxysii4g
The Galaxy S II 4G is currently shipping with Android 2.3.6, however Ice Cream Sandwich shouldn’t be too far away.
*A note from Telstra regarding coverage and 4G speeds.
4G LTE speeds + Australia’s fastest 3G speeds in selected areas
Customers using the Samsung GALAXY S II 4G in 4G coverage areas (capital city CBDs, associated airports and more than 80 regional and metropolitan locations) can access typical download speeds ranging from 2Mbps to 40Mbps and typical upload speeds from 1Mbps to 10Mbps. When outside 4G coverage areas the Samsung GALAXY S II 4G uses HSPA+ Dual Channel technology to serve up Australia’s fastest 3G speeds so customers can enjoy super-fast 3G download speeds ranging from 1.1Mbps-20Mbps in all capital CBDs and much of the associated metropolitan areas and many regional locations. Outside of these areas the device transitions to Telstra’s fastest available 3G speeds.
Telstra are once again proving they are no slouches when it comes to passing on Upgrades.
They have today announced on their blog site, that Australia’s fastest phone now has ICS ready for OTA updates.
This is fantastic news for lucky owners.
So, what are you waiting for!
How to upgrade
Over the air:
Because it is a large update (210 MB), we strongly recommend customers use a home Wi-Fi connection. If you download via a mobile network while you are on international roaming then international data charges will apply and this is not recommended.
If they haven’t already received an update notification, customers should receive one in the coming days.
To manually request the update they can go to: Menu>Settings>About Phone>Software updates>Check now
Australia is finally getting the Galaxy Note!
After dragging tongues along the ground watching the rest of the World for what feels like forever, Australia’s major carriers Optus and Vodafone had already announced pricing and availability yesterday.
However now Telstra have come out on their Facebook page and have announced they will release in April, but still have a bit to confirm.
We’re guessing at least the $79 cap with maybe an additional $20 a month handset repayments.
Either way, we’re excited! Watch this space!