updated 06:39 am EDT, Tue September 4, 2012
Australian customers score Galaxy S III quad-core plus 4G LTE
Australia's Telstra and Optus networks have landed the 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S III that also carries Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' and a LTE-compatible variant of the Exynos quad-core processor. Optus customers will be the first to get their hands on the eagerly awaited iteration and will get to try it out on the just launched Optus 4G network from the middle of September. Telstra customers will have to wait it out until later in October.
North American version of the Galaxy S III 4G by comparison runs a dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor and currently ships with Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich.' At the time of its launch, Samsung had not yet ramped up production yields on the LTE-capable version of the Exynos quad-core processor. Additionally, the Australian Galaxy S III 4G also picks up support for both GPS and GLONASS, doubling the speed and accuracy of a user's location.
The Optus variant supports LTE FDD 800, 1800 and 2600MHz spectrums at a theorectical maximum download speed of 100Mbps, but can also default to a 3G network at HSPA+ speeds up to 42Mbps. The Telstra version also supports dual-channel HSPA+ 3G support with Telstra claiming that typical download speeds on its 4G network can reach up 40Mbps.
Optus customers can choose from blue and white colors, while Telstra customers can opt for either gray or black.