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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | July 17, 2012 8:44 AM PDT

AT&T has exclusively opened up pre-orders for a red model of the Samsung Galaxy S3, which will be shipped and released in AT&T stores on July 29. 

The phone is readily available in pebble blue and white, but AT&T has used the theme of the 2012 Olympics to offer the phone in the full array of U.S Flag colors.

The phone's specs and features are exactly the same as other U.S Galaxy S3 models and has the same price tag, with the 16GB model at $199 on a two-year contract, and $249 for the 32GB model.

"With an exclusive red color this summer and the power of the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T delivers the best wireless experience for Galaxy S III fans." said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility.

Samsung is expected to release more color variants of the phone in the U.K. The Samsung UK spokesperson said the different variants would be announced in due course, according to Mobile Apps. 

The S3 comes with a 4.8-inch screen, a Qualcomm S4 processor, voice control and face recognition. The new Super AMOLED display is 22 percent larger than its predecessor, bringing the phone into the Galaxy Note's phone/tablet hybrid category.

Samsung also launched a "face recognition" feature on its latest phone in an effort to the make the smartphone experience more "natural."
 The phone uses its front camera to identify the user's eye movement, which ensures it never goes dark or switches off while the user is looking at the phone.

Samsung has also improved its voice control feature with a sophisticated "Siri-like" system dubbed "S voice." The service allows users to make verbal demands to control their phone. Texts and emails can be dictated and photographs can be taken through voice commands using the feature.

The S3 also includes a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, which enables content sharing -- including video -- by tapping two phones together. The chip can also be used to make mobile payments.

The new "Pop up Play" feature on the phone enables multitasking, allowing users to open a video in a window on screen, and then use other apps with the rest of the screen.

Specs

Screen size: 4.8 inch
Processor: Qualcomm S4 processor
Memory size: Up to 32 GB (+64 GB with card)
Operating system: Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Camera: eight megapixels
Weight: 133 grams
Dimensions: Height - 136mm                

Width -     70mm                

Depth -    8.5mm
Battery: 2100mAh

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