Three has added a new ‘Ultra Fast’ DC-HSDPA-compatible version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 to its smartphone line-up, offering speedier browsing and downloads in areas covered by the carrier’s network upgrade.
Support for Three’s technology, which is sometimes waggishly referred to as 3.5G, means that buyers of the Galaxy S3 Ultra Fast can expect maximum connection speeds of up to 41Mb in locales where the DC-HSDPA is available. We don't need to tell you that you're pretty unlikely to get the headline speed, which would have been achieved in lab conditions, while you're out in the wild.
Although unconfirmed at the time of writing, it’s also thought the Ultra Fast take on the handset – like the version currently being sold on EE - is compatible with 4G, so you’ll be good to go once Three launches a next-gen network later this year.
Elsewhere, the S3 is largely unchanged from the version of the phone that’s been nestling on shop shelves since midway through last year.
That means you can expect a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, a super-fast 1.4GHz quad-core processor and eight-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash.
Perhaps, surprisingly, however, the S3 Ultra Fast ships with the older 4.0 version of Android rather than the newer Jelly Bean iteration of Google’s OS. Given Three’s much-better-than-average record on getting updates out, though, we think you can expect a platform bump to Android 4.1 soon enough.