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Samsung Galaxy S III Lands in Europe
Date:2012-05-29 View:

The Samsung Galaxy S III made its debut overseas today, but still no word on when the coveted smartphone will hit U.S. stores.

The latest release in the Galaxy lineup is now on sale in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, Samsung said today. Samsung plans to kick off a World Tour to show off the Galaxy S III as it's launched around the globe, but to start, the company has several pop-up stores in London.

Over the weekend, there were reports that the Galaxy S III would hit U.S. stores by June 20, with T-Mobile as one of the carriers, but a Samsung spokeswoman could not confirm a U.S. release date.

The Galaxy S III is available in pebble blue and white, but according to The Verge, the pebble blue version will be in short supply for the next few weeks. Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the shortage.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S III during a London press event earlier this month. It boasts a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 1,280-by-720 display, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing one.

Among the features available on the device is "Smart stay," which will keep the phone's screen illuminated when someone is looking at the device by recognizing facial features. S Voice, meanwhile, allows for voice-activated commands, while S Beam lets users transfer files by tapping two Galaxy S III devices together. AllShare Play allows for file transfers at greater distances.

As Reuters noted, the Galaxy S III also includes the iTunes-esque Music Hub service, which lets users upload songs to the cloud for access on a PC and up to five mobile devices. There's also streaming for 9.99 pounds or euros per month.

By  Chloe Albanesius

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