Samsung is confident the initial lack of a 4G Galaxy S III Android smartphone in Australia won't hurt sales of its new flagship mobile device, the company said today.
The Korean telecommunications giant took the wraps off its "hero device" for 2012 at a large media event in Sydney this morning. However, the Galaxy S III is a 3G phone and won't be compatible with Telstra's new 4G network in Australia.
Samsung says a 4G model of the Galaxy S III should arrive in Down Under in the future, but refused to comment or speculate on its release.
"We're working on it [the 4G Galaxy S III], we're working with the carriers and we'll announce those phones when we are ready to announce them," Samsung's marketing director Arno Lenior told PC World Australia.
Although still in its relative infancy in Australia, Telstra currently sells four 4G-capable handsets in Australia. This includes the HTC One XL, considered by many to be a direct rival to the Galaxy S III.
When pressed on these rival 4G smartphones being available in Australia now, Lenoir said he was confident the 3G model of the Galaxy S III would prove an enticing proposition for smartphone buyers.
"This product [Galaxy S III] is already out there, if people want a 4G phone right now there are other options available, we don't have that," he explained. "Certainly we have got it on other devices. We will have it, but it will be a little bit in the future."
"We are confident in the 3G model, it works brilliantly. And we think the other features the phone comes with now, that's what people are looking for."
These software features include the ability to take 20 photos in burst mode (six photos per second), capturing still photos while recording video, calling a contact you are currently messaging by simply holding the phone up to your ear and S-Voice, which is a Siri-like voice recognition feature that can be configured to control various features of the phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is available now through Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, along with Virgin Mobile, Allphones and Telechoice.
Here is a video of the Samsung Galaxy S III in action at the media launch this morning.
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