A purple Galaxy S3 leak showed off the royal-looking device last month, but other than the new purple color there’s nothing new here, specifically no new under the hood features to make this colored option a better choice than the Samsung Galaxy S4 which is also heading to Sprint.
The new leak comes from Engadget, showing the screenshot of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in purple, heading to Sprint for $99. The leak includes a rumored release of April 12th on Sprint’s network.
The purple Samsung Galaxy S3 is likely a Sprint exclusive, and is an odd addition this late in the phone’s lifecycle, but a cheap price could entice shoppers. Samsung is no stranger to bright colors, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 arriving in martian pink, amber brown and ruby wine, though not in the U.S. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is destined for Sprint in white and black, just like the iPhone 5.
In addition to showing off the deep purple Samsung Galaxy S3, the leak hints at Sprint’s long-term Galaxy S3 pricing once the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 release takes place. Sprint is already offering the Galaxy S3 for $99, but only to new customers. This leak shows a $99 price that does not appear to include any new customer savings. We are already seeing Samsung Galaxy S3 discounts down to as low as $10 with a new two-year contract.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 features a 4.8-inch display covered with Gorilla Glass 2, NFC, 4G LTE and runs Android 4.1.2. The Samsung Galaxy S3 can monitor a user’s eyes to keep the screen awake while it senses a users is looking at it. Some of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 features, like Smart Scroll, which allows users to scroll with motion and eye-tracking, may make it to the Galaxy S3 in a future update.
Overall the Samsung Galaxy S3 in purple is a bright addition to Sprint’s lineup, but shoppers who want bright colors should seriously consider the Galaxy S4 with a case, for a better overall device with a longer support life of updates ahead of it.
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