Samsung Galaxy S III for T-Mobile in the U.S. to feature Euro-style home button, looks identical to international model

The guys over at The Verge have obtained some pictures of the upcoming Galaxy S III on T-Mobile’s network in the U.S. and by the looks of things, Samsung is keeping the looks of the Galaxy S III on T-Mobile the same as the international version. Traditionally, Samsung devices differ a little when they are released stateside. The biggest change between the U.S. variants of Samsung devices and the international variants is the physical home button.

Usually, when Samsung releases phones in the U.S., they exclude the physical home button in exchange for the typical 4 capacitive touch buttons along the bottom front bezel. This has been the case with the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, and other devices. Removal of the home button isn’t the only customization requested by carriers. Take a look at the Galaxy S II on U.S. networks, for example. You have one model of phone sold worldwide. Once it hits the U.S. the same phone is customized for 3 different networks and suddenly, you have multiple variants of the same phone, just to make the networks happy.

It looks like things are about to change with the Galaxy S III, at least on T-Mobile. Based on the pictures obtained by The Verge, Samsung isn’t modifying much on their U.S variant of the Galaxy S III. Could things change with other carriers? Maybe. For now, it looks like T-Mobile’s version will remain the same as the international version.

Specs-wise, there’s no telling what’s going to be inside. Seeing how T-Mobile doesn’t have an LTE network, it’s quite possible that it will launch with the quad-core Exynos chip instead of the Snapdragon S4 chip. If or when it launches on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, we should see it launch with the SnapDragon S4 chip to take advantage of the LTE network. If it does launch with the Snapdragon S4, we should probably expect 2GB of RAM just like in the Canadian version.

Traditionally, U.S. carriers have requested customizations to devices in order to have them on their network. Now that Samsung is the Android OEM king, maybe this is the start of them setting the rules with carriers in the U.S.

I’m not a fan of the physical buttons, especially with Android 4.0 and the onscreen buttons it offers, but at the same time, it’s nice to see Samsung keeping things congruent for once between an international and U.S. release of a phone.

Let’s see what the other carriers come up with, or will they bow to Samsung?

Way to go, Samsung.

Source: The Verge