Rogers and Telus already spilled the beans about the June 20th Canadian release date for the Samsung Galaxy S III, and now Samsung has confirmed this in a press release. Samsung also outlines all the specs of the Canadian variants as well as which carriers will be getting it. Here’s the breakdown:
SGH-i747 (LTE model): Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS, and Rogers Wireless.
SGH-iT999 (HSPA+42 model): Videotron, Wind, and Mobilicity.
In the U.S., this could mean the i747 would come to AT&T and the iT999 to T-Mobile, but we’re just speculating. Spec-wise, these two models are very similar to the international versions with a couple of differences.
As we expected, the CPU is a dual-core Qualcomm S4 instead of the quad-core Exynos. The amount of RAM is doubled to a whopping 2GB for both Canadian versions. On the negative side, there will not be a 64GB version available, and the iT999 will only come with 16GB. Not the end of the world, but this may affect the buying decision for some.
Hit the break for the full press release.
Will the Galaxy S III rumors ever die down? Probably not. Well, at least until it gets released everywhere they won’t. The latest news on the GSIII front comes from our friends up north of the boarder and is actually quite believable. It seems Mobile Syrup got there hands on a leaked Best Buy screen shot showing that the Galaxy S III will land in Canada on June 20th. This makes sense not only because Mobile Syrup was asked to remove the screenshot you see above, June 20th also happens to be the first day of summer and Sammy has be quoted as saying that the GSIII will arrive “in time for summer.” Coincidence? We think not.
Reports are also saying that Canadian pre-orders will begin on May 30th, at the same time a Canada-wide GSIII training program is scheduled to kick-off. If you live in Canada it won’t be hard to locate one of these bad boys because TELUS, Bell, WIND, Videotron, SaskTel, Mobilicity, Virgin Mobile and Rogers are all said to carry the device. As far as retail locations who have been confirmed to stock the device, you can expect Future Shop and Best Buy to have you covered. May 30th is just around the corner so you Canadians should be prepared to get your pre-order on. Stay tuned as we will fill you in if we hear anything more.
source: Mobile Syrup
If you live in Canada and are chomping at the bit to get your hands on the Galaxy S III after its announcement then this is the post for you. From what it appears most mobile carriers are looking to get in on the S III action and have gone as far as giving confirmation for this much anticipated device. So far the ever growing list includes, Bell, Rogers, TELUS, WIND Mobile, Videotron, Sasktel, Virgin Mobile as well as others.
All of the announcements make it appear that carriers are gearing for the slated summer launch of the device. Some are short and straight to the point while others give praise to the Samsung Device. So without any more hesitation hit the break below to check out each of the announcements made by the various Canadian Carriers.
Today Samsung announced that they will start pushing Ice Cream Sandwich to select GALAXY devices in Canada. This will continue through the next couple months. Android 4.0 bring tons of new features with an all new user interface. There are nine devices in total that are eligible for this update. Of course the availability of ICS will vary depending on the wireless carrier, but be patient, own a GALAXY device, live in Canada, and you’ll get your Ice Cream Sandwich. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Today Motorola announced that the budget friendly Motorola MOTOLUXE will be heading to Canada in Q2 of this year. As a friendly reminder, the Motorola MOTOLUXE is currently a Gingerbread powered device (ICS update under evaluation) and features a 4-inch touchscreen with a 480 x 854 resolution, an 800 mhz processor, 512mb of RAM, and an 8MP camera.
“With its stylish design and media features, MOTOLUXE is the perfect smartphone to complement our busy lives,” said David Petrou, sales director, Motorola Mobility Canada. “Not only does MOTOLUXE have the power of Android, it also has a fun, adaptive and easy-to-use user interface, a big vibrant screen and a sharp camera to help you capture your everyday life.”
No word on which carrier/s will offer the device or if the white version will be available but Q2 is just around the corner so we should have more details soon. We will fill you in as we learn more. To see the full press release jump past the break. Read more
We saw Sony’s Xperia S at CES this year, and even heard it would be arriving in Canada at some point. Well, in a press release today, Sony announced that “a limited number of Xperia S smartphones will be available exclusively at Sony Stores across Canada, beginning April 17th.” This is a page right out of the Apple handbook: release a phone in your retail stores first, then give it to the carriers. This type of staggered availability certainly helps increase the hype and demand for a device since everyone wants what is hard to get. It also helps perpetuate the illusion of high demand when the news covers the lines that form outside retail locations. With smartphones, retail locations make sense since most people want to feel what a phone is like in their own hands before making a buying decision. Even Samsung is toying with the concept of a store within a store. Is this a trend?
As for carriers, Sony says the Xperia S is “compatible with the Rogers wireless network” but doesn’t mention it’s exclusive. This could mean that the device is unlocked and could be compatible with other networks, but we don’t know that for sure yet.
The Xperia S will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread but is slated for an update to Ice Cream Sandwich later this year. It sports a 4.3-inch Reality Display at 1280 x 720, a whopping 12MP camera that can take 1080p HD video, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of internal storage, NFC, and HDMI. All this can apparently be had for $99.99 on a 3-year plan with Rogers.
Check out the full press release after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is about to get some sexy in its life… well for the version in Canada at least. Sammy has announced it will bring the device in a ceramic white color across the major Canadian wireless carriers. That means you’ll get to view and use all the noteworthy features in white casing. Here’s Samsung Canada VP of Mobile Communications sharing his thoughts:
“GALAXY Note continues to delight customers with its incredible versatility and unique user experience and we are excited to introduce a new colour of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note to Canadians.”
Hit the break for the full press release. Read more
We’ve seen various confirmations of devices getting the coveted Android 4.0 update this year from wireless carriers throughout the U.S., but what about our neighbors to the north? While most Canadian mobile users still do not know of when they will receive the ICS update, Canadian wireless carrier Bell has gone ahead and confirmed it will be pushing out the update to several select devices. While Bell specifically highlights “support for some features vary by manufacturer”, it’s provided a specific list showing the concrete dates of updates for the following devices:
- Samsung Galaxy S II – April 2012
- Samsung Galaxy Note – April 2012
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – May 2012
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE – June 2012
- HTC Sensation – June 2012
- HTC Raider – June 2012
- LG Optimus LTE – July 2012
If you’re on Bell and own one of those devices, be prepared for an enhanced Android experience.
source: Mobile Syrup
LTE growth in Canada has really picked up this past year with all the major carriers joining the party. Rogers, Bell, Telus and most recently Virgin Mobile have all launched their own 4G Networks in the last twelve months. If Canadian tech site MobileSyrup is correct, and it normally is, Fido (a Rogers sub-brand) could be next to offer LTE services up North. An anonymous tipster armed with their trusty blurrycam (of course!) sent in the above screen shot from the Fido employee system and it clearly shows the option to add ‘LTE Voice and Data Sharing Bundles’
I’ll definitely be filing this particular story as a rumour for the time being as there’s no official statement from Rogers or Fido. If it turns out to be correct it’s great to see yet another LTE option in Canada, this UK based writer is still patiently waiting for the UK’s first LTE network!