Samsung's Galaxy S III launched with a big bang earlier tonight when hundreds of people formed snaking queues outside selected telco stores across the island for the highly anticipated smartphone. Now in its third generation, Samsung's flagship models boasts an Exynos 4212 quad-core 1.4GHz processor, 1GB RAM, a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and its own voice assistant, S Voice.
A day earlier, SingTel started the ball rolling by unveiling its price plans for the Samsung Galaxy S III, which was followed later by StarHub and M1. All three telcos also held their respective launch events starting from 9pm with only M1 opening its flagship store for both pre-registered customers and the public. We went over to SingTel ComCentre at Somerset around 6.10pm to check out the crowd.
We found a short queue outside the SingTel Shop where we interviewed Chong Seng, the first person in the line. Apparently, Chong Seng started queuing from 11am! He also shared his thoughts on choosing the Samsung Galaxy S III over other Android phones by stating that Samsung has a stronger branding, and felt that its phones deliver better performance.
Customers still interested to get the Galaxy S III, you can purchase them at any Singtel shops and exclusive distributors or on https://www.singtelshop.com/.
Over at M1's flagship store in Paragon, we were startled by the huge turnout. There were already about 40 to 50 people in queue at about 6.35pm - likely because M1 was the only telco vendor entertaining both pre-registered and walk-in customers. Zhi Yong, the first M1 customer, said that he came at 8am but found no one in the queue. So he made a dash for breakfast and still managed to be the first in queue when he came back at about 10am. Another interesting tidbit is that Zhi Yong is currently switching from using an Apple iPhone 4 and is now moving on to the Droid-enabled smartphone from Samsung.
Users still interested to get the Galaxy S III, you can purchase them at any M1 shops and exclusive distributors from at 11am today or order it online at m1shop.com.sg.
At the StarHub outlet in Plaza Singapura, the queue was surprisingly empty at about 7.10pm, but it was quickly filled up with an enthusiastic crowd soon after we reported this on Facebook. By about about 8.24pm, we found the crowd growing considerably as shown in the photo below. However, StarHub's launch event was only limited to customers who had pre-registered their interests earlier, similar to that of SingTel's launch.
Similarly, customers can buy it at StarHub shops and authorised dealers or visit www.starhub.com/galaxys3 to get the handset.
Do check out more photos of the Samsung Galaxy S III launch event at the three telcos, but if you are still pondering over whether to get the Samsung Galaxy S III, do hit the links below for more information: