Optus and Telstra have today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G smartphone.
The Galaxy S III 4G is an LTE/4G capable version of the flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, which first went on sale in Australia at the end of May.
The 4G version of the smartphone is almost identical to the regular, 3G version with the exception of LTE 1800MHz network capability, which allows it to work on the Optus and Telstra 4G networks in Australia. It also has 2GB of RAM compared to the 1GB RAM in the regular 3G model.
The Samsung Galaxy S III 4G will become the first smartphone to launch on the new Optus 4G network in the coming weeks. Telstra will then release the device sometime in October.
"The Australian market continues to demonstrate a diverse set of consumer needs and we are committed to responding to this with a wide portfolio of products, said Samsung Australia's vice president of telecommunications, Tyler McGee. "The addition of the 4G powered Galaxy S III is part of our ongoing commitment to leading the charge in technology innovation and choice."
The Galaxy S III 4G will be available in new "onyx black" and "titanium gray" colours but is identical in size and weight to the 3G version. It also has the same sized 2100mAh battery.
The Galaxy S III 4G will ship with the latest version of Google's Android operating system, 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Optus will sell the titanium grey model of the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G and promises customers who pre-order the device by Mon 17 September should receive the phone on Thursday 20 September. The Galaxy S III is available for $7 per month on the Optus $60 plan over 24 months, or $0 on the Optus $80 plan, also with a two year contract.
Telstra will carry both the grey and black variants of the Galaxy S III but has not yet announced pricing or specific availability details. The telco says the Galaxy S III 4G will go on sale sometime in October and has set up a pre-registration page on its Web site.