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Much-hyped Samsung Galaxy S III revs toward US stores

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Plenty of Android phones hit the market every year, but few with the same amount of breathless hype as the Samsung Galaxy S III – a handset first unveiled in May, at a major press event in London. The Galaxy S III is the successor to the Galaxy S II, itself a popular phone, and like that device, it runs the Android operating system (in this case, Android 4.0) and a custom Samsung user interface. 

The Galaxy S III has sold well in England. This week, it comes to the US, with all the firepower intact: The 4.8-inch AMOLED screen, the 4G capability, the 8 megapixel camera and the svelte chassis. 

So how does the Galaxy S III compare to its competitors? 

The basic model with 16 gigabytes of memory will cost $200 with a two-year contract through AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and U.S. Cellular. That’s comparable to the iPhone’s $199. A 32 GB model will cost $250, which is cheaper than a comparable iPhone at $299. T-Mobile will charge at least $30 more than others, though it may still be cheaper overall with lower monthly data fees over two years.


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