It’s gonna be a month full of discussions about when Galaxy S3 is releasing where and at what price. And to begin with, pics have surfaced of the T-Mobile Galaxy S3, and surprisingly enough, with physical Home button as center of three buttons (other being Options key on the left and Back on the right).
Yes, this is exactly how international version of Galaxy S3 i9300 looks like, and the same layout is surprise because in the past – with the Galaxy S and S2 – each and every US carrier had always forced Samsung to forego the usual international 3 button layout in favor of 4 buttons setup – back, home, search and menu.
So, with Home button in its physical and traditional form there, it seems the only change the Galaxy S3 will have to undergo remains internal only – of course, for LTE support, which will force Samsung to use dual-core snapdragon S4 processor (with 2GB RAM?) in place of new quad-core Exynos processor found in international Galaxy S3 alongside 1GB RAM.
All of this is not confirmed yet, but it looks like thanks to huge success with its Android phones, particularly the Galaxy S2, Samsung is the one dictating terms to carriers, rather than other way round as it was for past two years. We think it’s good thing, now let’s hope Sammy is able to push updates as quick to US variants as it would to international piece, which is generally very timely, if not quick.
There can be more – no more carrier bloatware!! Even though we don’t see any T-Mobile specific apps or content on the above pics, we would still be surprised – and delighted, of course — if Samsung also does away with carrier bloatware (apps, shortcuts, etc.) on its Galaxy S3, speaking of which it’s one tough thing to do, even the Google couldn’t do it with its Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Oh, speaking of bloatware, Sammy has already put in enough of that of its own in Galaxy S3, so let’s hope carrier execs think and agree that that’s the limit.
How does it sounds to you? You hate that it looks iPhone-ish or you think you’ll find it cool as the international users (myself included) of Galaxy S, S2, and S3 have found out, pretty happily. Although, on-screen buttons on Nexus are clear winner. And btw, going by this, we would be surprised – now, that is – if the design remains same for other carriers is US too. What say?