updated 07:16 am EDT, Thu May 31, 2012
Galaxy S III lands in Australia in white, blue to follow
The Samsung Galaxy S III has gone on sale in Australia with the Exynos 4412 quad-core model on sale initially. The Marble White model in 16GB is available immediately, with the 32GB listed as coming soon. The Pebble Blue model, which Samsung recently confirmed as having issues with its special paint process, is listed as available for pre-order now although shipments won't start for 10 days. Australians will also soon have the choice of the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon LTE variant with 2GB with Telstra saying that it is currently negotiating with Samsung to bring it to its new 4G network.
The Galaxy S III, like the HTC One X (it's current significant Android challenger), is available in both quad-core and dual-core variants. In the case of the dual-core model, the two handsets share the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, which supports Qualcomms integrated LTE 4G chipset. The chip runs Qualcomm's advanced 'Krait' architecture, a successor to the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture and very similar to ARM's own Cortex A-15 design. It has been shown to outrun the Nividia Tegra 3 quad-core processor in the HTC One X in a number of benchmarks, although the Samsung Exynos 4412 has an edge due to its 32nm fabrication.
The Galaxy S III first hit the global market in Europe on May 29, with most markets either getting one variant or the other, but rarely picking up both dual-core and quad-core iterations as in Australia. Ahead of the global launch, Samsung announced that it had received 9 million pre-orders for its latest weapon in its ongoing battle with Apple. With the new iPhone not expected until October, Samsung will have several crucial months head start on Apple with its next-gen product on the market now. However, the HTC One X offers a genuinely appealing alternative for Android users looking for an over-size, highly specified smartphone running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).