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Samsung confident in 3G Galaxy S III

Lack of 4G Galaxy S III not an issue for Samsung Australia

Samsung's latest flagship Android phone won't be available in a 4G model for Australia, but the company says it is confident in the 3G version for now.

Speaking at the official launch of the Galaxy S III smartphone in Sydney, Samsung stated it was confident the initial lack of a 4G model won't hurt sales of the hotly-anticipated Android phone.

The company did confirm 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.

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