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(UPDATED) Samsung Galaxy S3 passes FCC muster, launch imminent?

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by Andrew J. Shepherd

Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 11:58 PM MDT

 

Update: Sprint has scheduled an exclusive Samsung event for the evening of June 12 in Boston. It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S3 coming out party has been set.

 

Just as the HTC EVO 4G LTE is setting up for its delayed national street date tomorrow June 2, it may sooner than expected be getting another high profile cousin in Sprint's burgeoning line up of Network Vision ready, LTE capable devices.

 

First, word leaked this afternoon that Sprint is prepping landing and pre-order web pages for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Then, this evening, S4GRU uncovered the Samsung SPH-L710 (aka Galaxy S3) exhibits that had hit the FCC OET (Office of Engineering and Technology) database earlier today. So, the ball seems to be rolling toward an imminent launch for the Galaxy S3. And, as we did with the EVO 4G LTE a few weeks back, here is an RF focused technical rundown of the upcoming Samsung flagship Sprint handset:

  • CDMA1X + EV-DO band classes 0, 1, 10 (i.e. CDMA1X + EV-DO 850/1900/800)
  • LTE band 25 (i.e. LTE 1900; PCS A-G blocks)
  • LTE 5 MHz carrier bandwidth
  • LTE UE category 3
  • SVDO and SVLTE support, including SVDO or SVLTE and simultaneous 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi tether
  • Maximum RF ERP: 17.78 dBm (CDMA1X 850), 20.77 dBm (EV-DO 850), 24.05 dBm (CDMA1X 1900), 23.85 dBm (EV-DO 1900), 17.21 dBm (CDMA1X 800), 17.56 dBm (EV-DO 800), 22.01 dBm (LTE 1900)
  • NFC antenna integrated into battery
  • LTE antenna configuration: 1 Tx, 2 Rx (i.e. 2x2 downlink MIMO)

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All in all, the Galaxy S3 does not present any really big technical surprises. As RF capabilities go, it follows very closely in the footsteps of the EVO 4G LTE. One of the few notable differences is that the Galaxy S3, like its Galaxy Nexus sibling, supports only 5 MHz x 5 MHz LTE carriers, while the EVO 4G LTE can do both 5 MHz x 5 MHz and 10 MHz x 10 MHz LTE bandwidths. However, Sprint has no definite plans to deploy 10 MHz x 10 MHz LTE during the typical lifespan of either of these handsets. And, otherwise, the Galaxy S3 does appear to have the general edge in RF transmit power.

 

Sources: FCC, Inside Sprint Now

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When you say edge in RF transmit power, does that mean better radio performance? (not very tech savy on that stuff).

 

My old Epic S1 has constant GPS issue's and signal issue's, while I've read about the superior radio's in motorola/htc phones.

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The part that has me confused is "NFC antenna integrated into battery. Besides this being the first time I see that, does it mean if i wanted a replacement battery, it would seem that no ordinary battery replacement would do. Most likely a oem one is in order.

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Great article! Makes me more excited for my upgrade in about 1.5 months~

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The part that has me confused is "NFC antenna integrated into battery. Besides this being the first time I see that, does it mean if i wanted a replacement battery, it would seem that no ordinary battery replacement would do. Most likely a oem one is in order.

 

I believe the Galaxy Nexus NFC is on the battery also.

Just have to be careful when purchasing replacement batteries

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twospirits, GregSmoov...

 

Both of you are correct about the integrated battery-NFC antenna. And that is why we made certain to include that caveat in the rundown from the FCC OET exhibits.

 

AJ

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Does the Part 90 wavier still have to be attached to the FCC filings?

 

As you can see in this case, Sprint has included the Part 90 waiver in the FCC OET authorization. However, the Galaxy S3 authorization was already well in progress by the time that the FCC issued its rulemaking last month revising the Part 90 rules explicitly to allow CDMA1X, LTE, and other broadband operations in the contiguous rebanded ESMR portion of the SMR 800 MHz band.

 

Watch for CDMA1X 800 devices released later in the year. My guess is that the Part 90 waivers will no longer be required with their authorizations.

 

AJ

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Bet they call it EPIC LTE!! :-) or EPIC 4G LTE.

 

I can't wait for this phone!!

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Bet they call it EPIC LTE!! :-) or EPIC 4G LTE.I can't wait for this phone!!

 

If the photos of the Sprint landing page I've seen are legit, then you're correct. It was labeled the Samsung Galaxy S III Epic 4G LTE.

 

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If the photos of the Sprint landing page I've seen are legit, then you're correct. It was labeled the Samsung Galaxy S III Epic 4G LTE.Robert

Not surprised they'd name it that, but it would really be nice if they didn't.

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Not surprised they'd name it that, but it would really be nice if they didn't.

 

Where is the outrage that came to the surface when the possibility arose that HTC and Sprint might not continue the EVO name?

 

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Where is the outrage that came to the surface when the possibility arose that HTC and Sprint might not continue the EVO name?AJ

 

The difference is that "epic" is usually reserved for usage by high school age kids...

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The difference is that "epic" is usually reserved for usage by high school age kids...

 

My wife and I run the high school youth group in our church. I am all too familiar. :)

 

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The difference is that "epic" is usually reserved for usage by high school age kids...

 

Are you saying that if HTC and Sprint had called it the "EMO" instead, the name would not be as beloved?

 

;)

 

AJ

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I wonder how the Antenna signal will be on this phone....loving the SVDO possibilities.

 

It's about time Samsung got its launch act together....launching on all carriers at once should boost sales. I hope Google is learning from this with the Nexus launch.

 

Will all carrier versions have SVDO

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When you say edge in RF transmit power, does that mean better radio performance? (not very tech savy on that stuff).My old Epic S1 has constant GPS issue's and signal issue's, while I've read about the superior radio's in motorola/htc phones.

 

I have always heard that too, and my current Epic 4G GS1 is pretty lame when it comes to holding onto a gps or any other weak signal. If the new one is going to be better I might consider it.

I also had a question about the battery/processor/screen combination. I know that the GS3 will have a larger screen, so will it be more of a battery hog? And the processor, I heard rumors that it will be using the same processor as the EVO LTE, so will it have the same battery consumption from the processor side?

I know that I cannot get a full day out of my GS1, and I am off contract, so when I go to upgrade... I want it to really be an UPGRADE in all areas, not just performance and screen size, lol.

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