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Canadian Galaxy S III Launch Hints at U.S. Specs



The Samsung Galaxy S III is coming to Canada on June 20, and the Canadian specs may hint at the version the U.S. will see whenever the phone comes to the country.

The Canadian Samsung Galaxy S III will do away with the 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos CPU. Instead it uses a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU running at 1.5 GHz. The Canadian version will also feature 2GB of RAM along with 4G LTE compatibility, and a HSPA+ model.

The Samsung Galaxy S III needed to switch to the Snapdragon S4 because it supports 4G LTE while the quad-core Exynos in the European version of the phone does not. It’s just like the HTC One X which needed to use the same Snapdragon S4 in the U.S. and Canada because the Tegra 3 won’t support 4G LTE until next year.

The Canadian version also has more RAM than the international version, with 2GB instead of just 1GB. That increase should help the phone handle more apps running at the same time. It could also mean a faster experience overall.

While the International version comes with up to 64GB of storage space, the 4G LTE Canadian version only goes up to 32GB. The HSPA+ version only has the base 16GB model. Fortunately, all models still have the microSD card slot for user-added storage.

With the Canadian version so close, we expect to hear more about a U.S. release in the near future. Samsung announced the Galaxy S III would come to the U.S. in June, so we should hopefully hear more about the official release date in the next few weeks.

The device is expected to land on all four major U.S. carriers as well as U.S. Cellular.

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