It looks like we may another race brewing of mammoth proportions here in the US. Last year we saw two of the hottest smartphones battle it out – the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S2. The iPhone 4S crushed the Samsung Galaxy S3 in terms of overall sales while the Samsung Galaxy S2 changed the perception of Android phones for the general public, simultaneously picking up awards on the way like the MWC Best Smartphone Of The Year award.
Now as we move into 2012, the battle is set to start again with their successors – the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. Now we’ve already had a glimpse of the international Samsung Galaxy S3 model and it is by no means a lightweight. As for the Apple iPhone 5, it remains under wraps just like all Apple products which aren’t revealed until just a few days/week before it hits stores.
iPhone 5 & Samsung Galaxy S3 US release date race
While the Samsung Galaxy S3 goes on sale in Europe in May, it isn’t expected to hit the US until the “summer”. Summer, which runs from June 20th well into September, is a big time frame and knowing Samsung we don’t expect it to be in the earlier part. Last year we saw a similar rollout with the Samsung Galaxy S2. It first hit Asia in May (South Korea) followed by US models only appearing in stores in September. So if that’s anything to judge by, we could see the US Samsung Galaxy S3 models (Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T) only arrive in late summer.
The iPhone 5 on the other hand may beat the Samsung Galaxy S3 to stores here in the US. If it does get unveiled at WWDC on June 11 just like we’ve seen of all past iPhone models (except for the 4S), then it could hit US Apple Stores before the end of June (Apple usually put their products up for pre-order within a week of the announcement, followed by arriving on store shelves a week or two after).
Of course this is just speculation and based on US timelines we’ve seen in the past. So while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has already been announced and the iPhone 5 nowhere to be seen, when it comes to the US we be in for a surprise. We’ll keep you posted as more develops.