Samsung has finally unveiled its newest flagship device, the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III. The first device that has generated hype to equal that preceded by the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S III has been rumored about for months now and we finally get to see what it looks like! Check it out for yourself:
The handset was unveiled today in London at the Samsung Unpacked Event. It definitely looks like a part of the Galaxy family. The specs have been talked about for quite some time now but some of the suggested specs have turned out to be exaggerations. However, by no means are the specifications disappointing. The display size is a giant 4.8 inches. Samsung has had success with larger screen sizes like the Galaxy Note, which measures a staggering 5.3 inches, so this move makes sense and is in accordance with what was expected yesterday after a screen protector of the same size was leaked. The 4.8-inch display of the S III is 720p HD, Super AMOLED and the phone itself comes with a 1.4 GHz processor. This Exynos 4 Quad (meaning quad-core) processor is expected to almost double the speed at which the Samsung Galaxy S II currently operates.
1 GB of RAM is present and users should experience negligible lag because of this. The device will be offered in 16, 32, 64 GB of internal storage models which can be added to with an SD card (the handset is compatible with up to 64 GB cards). The device weighs in at 133 g, and measures 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm. The primary camera is 8 Megapixels and is capable of 1080p HD camera, with autofocus and LED flash capabilities as well. The secondary, front facing camera is 1.9 Megapixel and can record 720p HD video.
With an ever-increasing number of smartphone users using their mobile as a primary camera as well, the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S III was obviously going to be awesome. Apart from the pixels, the camera app has been majorly updated. Best Shot and Best Photo features have been added, and it is obvious what they are for. 20 rapid fire images can now be captured and users can choose to be shown the best of the lost at the end which is selected based on brightness, blur and such factors. Similar to the HTC One Series, the Samsung Galaxy S III can also take a photo during recording of a video. The front facing camera has face-detection technology built in as well.
Contrary to what was being expected a large number of people; the device also sports a physical home button. Capacitive menu and back keys are present alongside. A multi-colored notification LED is present on the S III.
The smartphone does not have a ceramic casing; rather it comes with a plastic polycarbonate shell, which has a ‘hyperglaze’ coating on it. A classy feel was expected and Samsung claims that the S III is the ‘best in class smartphone in the world’. However, some people would beg to differ with this because of the casing. Samsung itself says it feels like ceramic to the touch but we’ll have to wait to see if that is true. The device does look rather glossy and scratches should be lesser than on previous models and a device that looks like this from Samsung is still pretty great. The Pebble Blue model appears to be more attractive than the Marble White model, but opinions on this will obviously vary.
The battery, a point of interest for several people, is a 2,100 mAh Li-Ion unit. Seemingly processor intensive tasks such as facial recognition, voice recognition etc have been added, and this could mean that the battery life may prove to be unsatisfactory for some users. An optional wireless charging kit will be offered by Samsung alongside the device. The device also has 4G LTE technology which will enable immensely fast cellular connections.
Apart from all the physical features, the software has been modified a lot to offer an enhanced user experience. The handset will run Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich. TouchWiz has four nature-themed UI’s now. Additional features like S Beam are added, which is an improved version of Android Beam. The S III can also pair NFC technology with Wi-Fi direct.
Siri like functionality is also introduced. Samsung’s S-Voice system allows you to do things on your phone via verbal commands. This will allow users to unlock the phone with a verbal command of their choice and then command it to perform various tasks on the device.
A ‘Smart Stay’ feature has also been incorporated. This feature allows for what Samsung has referred to as ‘natural interaction’. It will recognize just how you are using the device and adapt accordingly. For instance, if you’re reading something you will no longer need to tap on the screen after intervals to keep the backlight turned on- the S III will realize that you are reading and maintain the screen brightness comfortably. So the backlight will remain on whenever you’re looking at the phone; that is determined via the frontal camera.
Facial recognition has been integrated with optional social sharing as well via ‘Social Tag’. Buddy Photo Share allows you to instantly share photos captured with contacts recognized.
Dropbox, the popular cloud sharing service, will be preloaded into this flagship device. 50 GB of free storage will be offered to all those who purchase the Samsung Galaxy S III, and the device will also be the very first Android device to get the Android version of Flipboard- the popular iPhone app.
With all the rumors keeping everybody excited till now, everybody was expecting to deliver a powerhouse and evidently Samsung has not fallen short. The fact that the Samsung Galaxy S III is slimmer (8.6 mm only, as aforementioned) and larger than the Samsung Galaxy S II and also has an impressive array of specs and software modifications leads us to believe that the device will do rather well in terms of sales, but that remains to be seen. The device, announced in England, will be launched in Europe first- supposedly near the end of May- and then the rest of the world. Samsung has affirmed that the Korean giant has partnered with 296 mobile operators globally which makes the launch of this long awaited device the largest in the company’s history.
As far as details regarding carriers and prices are concerned: Europe will get the device on the 29th, with the sole exception of UK. The device will hit UK on the 30th of May instead. Vodafone UK will get an exclusive 32 GB model of the device for one month. Phones 4u has the Galaxy S III connected to several carriers including Orange, O2 and Vodafone. You can pre-order your Samsung Galaxy S III now.
The smartphone does not have a ceramic casing; rather it comes with a plastic polycarbonate shell, that has a ‘hyperglaze’ coating on it.
As for what the phone has inside, there is a 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad (meaning quad-core) processor due to which the speed is expected to be double that of the phone’s predecessor. 1 GB of RAM is present and the device will be offered in 16, 32, 64 GB of internal storage models which can be added to with an SD card (compatible with up to 64 GB card). All the usual features like Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, sensors and the like are present.
The battery, a point of interest for several people, is a 2,100 mAh Li-Ion unit. An optional wireless charging kit will be offered by Samsung alongside.
Apart from all the physical features, the software has been modified a lot. TouchWiz has four nature-themed UI’s now. Additional features like S Beam are added, which is an improved version of Android Beam. It can now pair NFC technology with Wi-Fi direct.
Siri like functionality is also introduced. Samsung’s S-Voice system allows you to do things on your phone via verbal commands.
Here is a Galaxy S III Hands on video: