AT&T Lands Exclusive ‘Garnet Red’ Samsung Galaxy III Smartphone

AT&T may no longer have the exclusivity it once had over certain cell phone manufacturers but that doesn’t mean the company can’t still score some exclusive smartphone colors. AT&T announced on Monday that a special “garnet red” version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is on the way.

The new red edition of the popular smartphone will arrive at retail locations around the United States on July 29.

Just like the Marble White and Pebble Blue versions of the phone AT&T will sell the device for $199 with a two-year calling+data plan. The device will be offered with 16GB and it is unclear at this time if an upgraded 32GB version will be made available at a higher sale price.

For $199 buyers receive a state-of-the-art mobile phone with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.8- inch Super AMOLED HD display, 8MP camera and of course the Google Android operating system.

Making a power grab at a new version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is an important move forward for AT&T. Samsung claimed during the start of sales that 9 million pre-orders had been delivered, a number JPMorgan chase put closer to 6.5 million units.

Samsung is expected to sell 20 million Samsung Galaxy III units within the first six months of shipping.

The Samsung Galaxy III isn’t the only exclusive color option AT&T has landed, the company also announced the July 15 sale of a pink Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone.

Will you be picking up the garnet red version of the Samsung Galaxy S III when it releases on July 29?