Thinking of getting one of the top selling smartphones of 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S3? Check this guide to make sure you are getting the best deal out there!
What is the Samsung Galaxy S3?
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a top range smartphone released by Samsung as a successor to the very successful Samsung Galaxy S2. It was made available in Malaysia from 31st May 2012. Key features of the Samsung Galaxy S3:
- Latest version of Android (the 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich)
- 4.8 inch Super AMOLED screen (a big clear HD screen)
- HD video recording and playback
- 8MP rear camera / 1.9MP front facing camera
- Comes with 50GB of free online cloud storage from Dropbox
For the full technical specs and some more nice photos of the Samsung Galaxy S3, you can go ahead to the Samsung website here. If you actually wanted to see the best plans for the Apple iPhone (one of Samsung’s competitors in the smartphone market), see our Cheapest Apple iPhone 4S Plans article.
We have also the following articles (if the S3 doesn’t tickle your fancy):
Best Postpaid Plans for the Samsung Galaxy S3
As of March 2013, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is available for sale in Malaysia with an official RRP of RM1,699 (was RM2,199 then RM1,999). As expected, the major networks in Malaysia are offering discounts off the price of the Samsung Galaxy S3, but you may have to be tied in to long term contracts with them to get those discounts.
If you’re the non-commitment type, or are willing to part with a larger sum of money now for longer term savings you can always buy directly from any Samsung authorised dealers and sign up for a contract-free plan. To see what plans are available, see our Cheapest Postpaid plans in Malaysia article. Unlike Apple, Samsung is more flexible on allowing resellers to reduce prices to sell more phones. Because of this, you might actually be able to get the S3 (boxed, sealed and with the full Samsung warranty) for a lower price than the RRP, and with some extra accessories bundled in too. As of
December 2012 / January 2013 March 2013, prices for buying the Samsung Galaxy S3 outright are in the RM1,499 region.
For the purposes of the analysis below, we will use RM1,499 as a benchmark price for buying the S3 outright, you will not struggle to get the phone for that price (ask for the full Samsung warranty!) at places like Low Yat and Digital Mall, and online at places like ipmart, Lazada etc. (we don’t endorse any of these shops or sites, and are not responsible for what happens there, they are just mentioned to give our readers an idea of the prices you can get).