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Samsung Galaxy S III to Arrive on Five U.S. Carriers Starting This Month

Samsung said on Monday that it is bringing its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone to all four major U.S. carriers and U.S. Cellular starting later this month.

The phones will start at $199, with each carrier announcing pricing and specific plans in the coming weeks.

“The U.S. launch of the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated launch of the year. As promised, we are delivering the ‘next big thing’ for U.S. customers and across all major carriers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America, in a statement. “Galaxy S III introduces new technological innovation and takes sharing to the next level.”

The Galaxy S III runs the latest version of the Android operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich) and has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD touchscreen and an eight-megapixel camera, as well as a front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera. The smartphone also comes with its own voice recognition system called S Voice, which acts in a similar fashion to the iPhone 4S’s Siri feature.

One difference between the U.S. version of the Galaxy S III and the international model, however, is that the former ships with a dual-core processor instead of a quad-core processor.

Introduced in May, the Galaxy S III went on sale in Europe last week. Samsung’s Galaxy S phones have traditionally provided the iPhone with its closest sales rival.

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