June 19th, 2012, 9:35 P.M. – It is worth noting that the delay is applicable in “some markets,” says reports. The Samsung Galaxy S3 of Sprint and T-Mobile USA are delayed due to “overwhelming demand,” but the growing demand for Snapdragon S4 chipset could be related.
Samsung Galaxy S3 in United States uses Snapdragon S4 Qualcomm dual-core chipset, replacing the original Exynos 4 quad-core chip. Well, it is highly possible that Qualcomm is suffering from S4 shortages, and the Galaxy S3′s release date in United States is now affected.
First, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3, the wireless carrier has confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that it is “a little behind” on the shipments of the new Samsung Android smartphone, citing “overwhelming demand and limited supply.” In short, the phone is delayed because A LOT of customers are purchasing the Galaxy S3, plus the fact that Samsung can’t supply the carrier with additional phones.
The phone’s sales online is “not affected” and still flaunting the June 21st date, but the remaining “sales channels” like third-party retailers and brick-and-mortar Sprint stores are affected resulting to a week delay.
For the pre-orders for the 16GB Galaxy S3 model, Sprint said the shipment is not delayed, and they will try their best to deliver the phones to end customers on the 21st of this month, but for the 32GB models, pre-orders will be fulfilled beginning next week.
“We apologize for the inconvenience,” writes Sprint, adding that they “will continue to update” the information if the shipments, stocks, etc change. To recap, Sprint will still ship some pre-orders this week, but some phones will not arrive to customers due to lack of phones available.
In related news, T-Mobile USA joins the Galaxy S3 conversation today, telling its customers that the phone is so popular and they’re currently selling more than they expected. So, the T-Mobile is still waiting for additional phones from Samsung, and due to overwhelming orders, the phone is delayed for some customers.
According to a TmoNews article posted today, the fourth-largest wireless carrier will start selling the Galaxy S3 Android smartphone on the 21st of June, but only in their “29 most popular markets,” so if your city is not included in the list, then you need to wait until next week. The report notes that other markets are expected to receive the T-Mobile Galaxy S3 on the 27th of June.
Here’s the list of T-Mobile’s top 29 markets:
Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, Phoenix, AZ, Houston, TX, SanDiego, CA, NewYork, NY, Seattle, WA, Miami/Ft.Lauderdale, FL, Dallas/Ft.Worth, TX, San Francisco, CA, Salt Lake City, UT, Denver, CO, Minneapolis, MN, Tampa/St.Petersburg, FL, Philadelphia, PA, San Antonio, TX, Portland, OR, Austin, TX, Atlanta, GA, Kansas City, MO, Boston, MA, Sacramento, CA, Orlando, FL, Detroit, MI, Washington, DC, Cleveland, OH, Jacksonville, FL, Charlotte, NC, McAllen, TX.
Th US Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with dual-core Snapdragon S4 Qualcomm chipset, 2GB RAM, Android Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s Nature UX custom skin, 8-megapixel back-facing camera, front-facing camera, Super AMOLED HD display with 300 plus pixels per inch, and comes with a physical home button similar to the international model.
Speaking of the international model, the phone is available online, unlocked and compatible with AT&T’s 3G network. But due to lack of carrier subsidy, the phone is more expensive to the tune of $800 to $900 depending on your location, with additional charges for taxes, shipping, insurance, etc. Also, the international variant with the Quad-core chipset is not compatible with LTE or Long Term Evolution.
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