Samsung is expected to announce Australian launch details for the Galaxy S III smartphone later this month.
The company has sent out media invitations to an event scheduled to take place in Sydney on Thursday 31 May. The event will attended by Tyler McGee, Samsung Australia's vice president of telecommunications, suggesting Australian availability, pricing and carrier details for the Galaxy S III will be revealed.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S III at a global event in London earlier this month but has so far refused to comment or speculate on an Australian launch. At the time of the global unveiling Samsung released the following blanket media statement:
"Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased there is continued interest about our GALAXY range in Australia, but we have no plans to make any announcements at this time."
The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available at the end of May in the US, Japan, Korea and various European markets. The much anticipated Android phone boasts a 4.8in Super AMOLED HD display and an 8-megapixel camera that captures 1080p HD video, and runs the company's new 1.4GHz Exynos 4 quad-core processor.
Despite impressive specifications, the Galaxy S III appears to focus primarily on software innovation. These include the ability to take 20 photos in burst mode (six photos per second), capturing still photos while recording video, calling a contact you are currently messaging by simply holding the phone up to your ear and S-Voice, which appears to be a Siri-like voice recognition feature that can be configured to control various features of the phone.
Samsung will release a 4G-capable model of the Galaxy S III in the US, Japan and Korea but the Australian version is likely to be a quad-band HSPA+ smartphone that won't work on Telstra's 4G network. The Galaxy S III is expected to be sold on all three Australian carriers — Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.