The Korean high-tech giant Samsung Electronics is set to launch its flagship smartphone Galaxy S3 in China on June 9. In its official statement Samsung said that the company has partnered with all the three telecom carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, which means Samsung will be selling TD-SCDMA, CDMA, and GSM versions of the new smartphone in the world’s fastest growing smartphone market.
According to a report by MIC Gadget, the off contract price of Galaxy S3 in Chinese market will be 4,999 yuan ($785). Samsung is the most dominant smartphone maker in China with over 28% market share.
Since China does’t have a 4G LTE connectivity, the Galaxy S3 will hit the market with quad-core Exynos 4212 processor instead of dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 proc. All the other specs will be same as the international variants that include 1GB of RAM, 16/32GB internal storage with microSD card support, a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, 8 MP camera (and 1.9 MP front camera), Bluetooth 4.0, and software features such as Smart Stay, Pop Up Play, S Voice and Direct Call.
Samsung has shipped its Galaxy S3 in 28 countries across the world including Australia, Middle East and Europe. The company has officially confirmed to launch Galaxy S3 in North American market in the next two weeks. Samsung plans to sell Galaxy S3 in 145 countries by the end of July 2012.
Partnering with the major Chinese telecom operators will give Samsung the “Three Carrier Advantage” that no other mobile phone maker enjoys. Not even Apple.
Apple is still in talks with China Mobile for an agreement that will give Apple the support of all three carriers in China.