Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S3 to Hit Stores on July 12

“Overwhelming demand” has already forced most carriers in North America to delay their release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 by several days, but the time for these sorts of last-minute delays could be over, and we should start getting units in store shelves in the United States any day now.

A notable exception is Verizon, which is the last American carrier to release the new phone. The carrier has long said that subscribers shouldn’t expect Samsung’s latest flagship until early July, and the ship date for the latest pre-orders has slipped to July 11.

However, it still hasn’t announced a date for the actual in-store availability of the new handset.

Nevertheless, Hhgregg has put July 12 as the availability date for the new smartphone, possibly giving us the first real indication of the Verizon Galaxy S3’s in-store launch. The carrier has not confirmed this date, so it could just be an erroneous post from an overzealous retailer.

Verizon offers the Samsung Galaxy S3 at $199 (16GB) and $249 (32GB) on a two-year contract.

The Korean smartphone’s specifications certainly befit its top-end positioning and the massive interest afforded to it. The North American version of the Galaxy S3 keeps the form factor and 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display of the phone’s international version, but swaps in an LTE-compatible dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz and bumps up RAM to 2GB. Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface overlay powers the new device.

Samsung aims to sell about 10 million units of its latest smartphone by the end of July, and the U.S. should make up a good proportion of these sales.