Samsung Galaxy S3 Canadian edition hints at US specs (dual-core, 2GB RAM)

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We still don’t know the pricing or availability of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in the US, but the new Canadian edition may hint at things to come. Due to the growing prevalence of 4G LTE networks in our fine country and their current allergy to quad-core processors, we have guessed that the Galaxy S3 would probably get a dual-core processor. It looks like that will be the case. On June 20, Samsung says (via BGR) the S3 will be released on all of the major Canadian carriers, including Telus, Bell Mobility, and Rogers Wireless, as well as some smaller networks. 

Specs for the Canadian Galaxy S3:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16-32GB
  • Screen: 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 1280 x 720 pixel display
  • Connection: HSPA+ 42 and LTE
  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 133 grams
  • OS: Android 4.0
  • NFC, Bluetooth, etc

Judging by these specs, it appears that the Galaxy S3 will have the same processor as the HTC One X (read our indepth Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X vs EVO 4G LTE article), but may get a considerable boost in random access memory (RAM) from 1GB to 2GB. From our testing of the HTC One X, we’ve found the Snapdragon S4 to be one of the fastest, best processors on the market, outperforming Tegra 3 in some ways, despite containing half the cores. The bump in RAM will definitely help extend the life of the S3 and increase its ability to multitask and run complex games and apps as well.

We imagine that the phone’s official release on US carriers will come sometime soon after June 20. It’s likely that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint will be onboard, and we’re hoping Verizon gets the phone as well, though it held out and didn’t want the Galaxy S2, instead opting for the custom Galaxy Nexus.