By Stephen Schenck | June 4, 2012 7:10 PM
For all we’ve heard about Samsung’s struggles in producing the Galaxy S III in the color options it’s desired, we’ve still been looking at just white and blue versions of the smartphone. Earlier today, we started learning about the GS3 launch details from individual carriers in the US, and after hearing from Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and even US Cellular, only AT&T had yet to speak up. Now AT&T comes forward to offer its own news of launch plans, as well as revealing that its GS3 lineup will be joined by an exclusive red option later this summer.
First the bad news: unlike Sprint and T-Mobile, AT&T’s not being immediately forthcoming with all of its launch plans. We know that the carrier will open pre-orders for the GS3 on June 6, just as Verizon is doing, but AT&T hasn’t made any commitment yet for just when the phone will arrive, short of “in the coming weeks”. We’d like to believe that means joining-in on the June 21 party with Sprint and T-Mobile, but we’ll have to learn for sure another day.
This new red color option won’t be available immediately when AT&T starts selling the handset, but will join white and blue later this summer. We wonder if the carrier might be planning some sort of Fourth of July tie-in with the coming availability of this new version: red, white, and blue GS3s for the holiday. AT&T has yet to release any imagery of this new red version.
The other bit of news to come with AT&T’s announcement this evening is that the carrier will only have the 16GB version of the GS3, selling for about $200 on-contract. If you want to go 32GB with your AT&T GS3, you’ll need to do so via microSD expansion.