Samsung Galaxy S III, sans quad-core, hits five U.S. carriers

If you’re considering switching to the Samsung Galaxy S III, there’s some good news and some bad news for you Monday morning.

The good news: Your carrier will almost certainly have the phone. Samsung’s latest flagship device is coming to Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular. Carriers will begin offering the smartphone sometime in June. T-Mobile put out a release Monday that said it will offer the phone on June 21 in metallic blue or ceramic white. Verizon and Sprint also said they will offer the phone on June 21 starting at $199.99 with a two-year contract. The version shipping from Sprint will come pre-loaded with Google Wallet.

The bad news: the U.S. version of the phone will not be quad-core. The U.S. phone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, in contrast to the quad-core Samsung Exynos processor in the non-U.S. versions of the phone. The same thing has happened with other quad-core phones that have come to the United States, such as the HTC One X. The downgrade didn’t seem to affect the phone’s performance much, since few reviewers noticed any lag while testing HTC’s phone. If Samsung can manage to achieve the same level of performance with its dual-core model, the majority of users shouldn’t have an issue.

The combination of news should put your glass slightly above the half-full mark, with the phone’s wide availability outweighing the hit to performance.

A quick refresh for those interested in looking at Samsung’s phone: the Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch screen, 8 MP rear-facing camera, 1.9 MP front-facing camera and runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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