Optus and Telstra Samsung Galaxy S3 4G Available For Pre-Order

Australian carriers Optus and Telstra have launched pre-orders this week for the 4G version of the international Samsung Galaxy S3. Optus pre-orders, though, would only be available on the carrier’s website.

Buyers have two new Galaxy S3 flavors to choose from – the recently-launched Onyx Black and Titanium Grey options. Customers can choose from a variety of Telstra and Optus price plans, although Telstra has yet to announce its tariffs for the Galaxy S3 4G.

The most inexpensive Optus plan costs $30 a month with $21 monthly payments over two years, while the top-of-the-line offering costs $80 with $4 monthly payments, also over two years. Telstra will be announcing further information on the device and applicable price plans closer to the October release date.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 4G would be a device that combines quad-core processing with 4G LTE connectivity – prior to the release of this Galaxy S3 variant, international users were restricted to the quad-core Exynos, albeit without 4G support.

Customers in countries with 4G LTE, particularly those in the United States, had to settle for a dual-core Snapdragon S4 in place of the Exynos due to compatibility issues. But aside from the combination of 4G and the quad-core processor, everything else remains the same. The Galaxy S3 4G still has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.9-megapixel front camera, 2,100 mAh battery, 16 GB internal storage and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Updates to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean should be available soon for international users.