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Samsung Electronics on Thursday unveiled one of the most anticipated smartphone of the year, the Galaxy S III. The flagship model not only features very powerful hardware inside along with eye-catching 4.8" display with 1280*800 resolution and blazing fast 4G/LTE support, but it is very thin and has a number of exclusive features not available on other devices available now. Unfortunately, the smartphone got a lot bigger than predecessors.

Galaxy S III: Superior Hardware Drives Better Experience

“With the Galaxy S III, Samsung has maximized the consumer benefits by integrating superior hardware with enhanced smartphone usability. Designed to be both effortlessly smart and intuitively simple, the Galaxy S III has been created with our human needs and capabilities in mind,” said JK Shin, president and head of IT & mobile communications division at Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S III is based on the company's own Exynos 4412 system-on-chip with four ARM Cortex-A9 cores as well as Mali 400MP graphics engine. The third-generation Galaxy S does not have a full-HD display, as some expected, but a 4.8" Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1280*720 resolution [306 pixels per inch, similar to Apple iPhone 4/s] and Corning Gorilla Glass 2 should still provide very high quality user experience. The new flagship phone has 1GB of RAM and can be equipped with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of NAND flash storage.

Samsung equipped its flagship Galaxy S III model with 8MP rear and 1.9MP front cameras, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), accelerometer, RGB light, digital compass, gyroscope, barometer, 2100mAh battery and so on. As expected, the S III will come with Google Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system and will support in all 2.5G, 3G, 3.5G (up to HSPA+ with 21Mb/s) types of networks and will also feature 4G/LTE where available.

It is noteworthy that for the Galaxy SIII flagship smartphone Samsung decided to use Exynos 4 Quad SoC with four Cortex-A9 cores to boost multi-tasking performance, but not the Exynos 5 Dual with two Cortex-A15, which are much better in demanding single-threaded applications. The decision to increase core count, but not core complexity indicates that Samsung expects future programs for Google Android-based smartphones to rely on multi-threading and take advantage of multi-core SoCs. Another advantage of multi-core chips is improved responsibility of the device in case of multi-tasking as well as in case of highly-parallel workloads (e.g., video playback/encoding/decoding, photo taking and so on).

The main drawback of Samsung Galaxy S III is its size: 136.6mm*70.6mm*8.6mm, which means that it is over 1cm higher and ~0.5cm wider than the model S II. Even the S II was considered too big by many, especially compared to Apple iPhone 4; with the S III, the size problem just gets worse the new phone may simply not fit into certain pockets properly. A good thing, though, the Galaxy S3 remained as slim as the Galaxy S2.

Galaxy S III: Not Just Hardware

But the Galaxy S III is not just the hardware, it also supports a number of Samsung-exclusive features that will initially be available only on this flagship device. For example, the Galaxy S III adapts to the individual user to provide a more convenient and natural experience and can detect an individual's face, voice and motions.

"What makes me most proud is that it enables one of the most seamless, natural and human-centric mobile experiences, opening up a new horizon that allows you to live a life extraordinary," added  JK Shin.

The list of Galaxy S III proprietary features includes:

  • Smart stay - the Galaxy S III recognizes how an individual uses the phone by having the front camera identify the eyes. In case of reading an e-book or browsing the web the phone maintains a bright display for continued viewing pleasure.
  • S Voice - advanced natural language user interface that allows to control the phone, e.g., play music songs, turn the volume up or down, send text messages and emails, organize schedules, or automatically launch the camera and capture a photo.
  • The Galaxy S III also sports a range of additional features, such as Direct call, Smart alert, S Beam, AllShare Cast, AllShare Play, Pop up play, Burst shot, Best photo and other that boost performance and the overall user experience in many new ways.

Galaxy S III: Available This Month

The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available from the end of May in Europe before rolling out to other markets globally. Available in Pebble Blue and Marble White at launch, Samsung will introduce a variety of additional color options. Pricing is unknown.

Tags: Samsung, Galaxy, Exynos, Google, Android

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Monster performance:
http://www.anandtech.com/...s-iii-performance-preview

- Not sure about the pentile screen, could have been better.
- They should have spend $30 more to increase the quality of exterior materials. It looks cheaper than S2 (shiny plastics).
- 4.8 inch screen is massive, might turn some customers off. I think 4-4.3 inch for a phone is more optimal, but just my opinion. I guess Samsung did their market research and found out that consumers want an even larger screen than S2 had.

The competition is heating up. HTC One X is a pretty good phone too and Apple will launch a true successor to iPhone 4 this year.
0 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 05/03/12 05:49:04 PM]
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actually the materials are good. The front is gorilla grass 2 (best type of glass you can get for a phone.
The back is polycarbonate so its just like the one x.
For some reason they made it shiny so it looks like cheap plastic. I guess they cared only about the build quality without taking a step back and realizing it doesn't look good.
The biggest problem is that unlike you and me, the majority of people don't care whether it has a quad core cpu, high quality materials or whether it can teleport you to work every morning, they just want a phone that looks good. That together with Samsung's TERRIBLE marketing division drives the majority of people away from them. Apple on the other hand can make the iPhone as crappy and overpriced as they want and still achieve sales records because their system is simpler, they focus on looks and have one of the best marketing divisions.
0 0 [Posted by: Nicktrance  | Date: 05/08/12 08:59:35 AM]
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Is it only me that find the design of this phone incredibly cheap and fugly?? Common! I mean that blue carcase looks like is made from very cheap plastic for cheap prepaid phones or something...
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 05/04/12 01:57:35 AM]
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Ya, I agree. The plastics used on the S3 are very disappointing. I think that can be solved though with a slim case, exposing the front of the phone only which is basically just the screen. From the front it looks very similar to the iPod Touch / Google Nexus, which is not too bad. The white version is at least somewhat decent, but the dark blue version is extremely ugly.

I think HTC One X has this one beaten in terms of screen quality and materials construction. However, S3 won't be for sale at AT&T until June, at the earliest. It might have an entirely new exterior design (as well as dual-core S4 snapdragon CPU, etc.). The Captivate at AT&T was not the same exterior design as the first Samsung Galaxy S. So it has happened before.

Finally, considering this phone is launching in June, that may not be too far off iPhone 5. If iPhone 5 has at least a 4 inch screen, it will be a strong contender, especially since you can trade it in for $200-300 at the end of a contract to many places such as Amazon, actually making iPhone ownership cheaper.
0 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 05/04/12 10:45:21 AM]
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Common man. Why the hell in the world you will need a 4" screen? Those phones are starting to look like Ping Pong rackets, not to mention they are getting heavier and harder to fit in pockets.
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 05/05/12 01:59:05 AM]
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Not sure if your comment is sarcastic?

The whole point of a smartphone is to use it for other things than just calling. The current iPhone is too small and as you'll see soon the new one will have a larger screen because that's what most consumers want.

Now there is a consensus right now that a phone above 4.8 inches is too big but 4-4.8 inches is the new sweet spot in the market. In that range, we have 4.0, 4.3, 4.65, 4.7 and 4.8 inch phones. Plenty of options but the current iPhone screen has got to go. It's inadequate no matter what current apple fans say. And when iPhone 5 grows bigger, they complains about not wanting a bigger screen will be ancient history since they have no choice in the matter. It's what the overall market wants and if Apple wants to stay relevant, it will have to increase the screen size.
1 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 05/07/12 10:05:23 PM]
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I think what he means is that the average person thinks that a screen over 4" is way too large.
I own an SGS2 and believed its 4.3" screen was at the sweet spot in terms of size, until i tried a 4.6" HTC sensation XL (screen technology was nowhere near as good but the size felt even better). I guess most people simply deem >4" to be way too large without even trying it out. not to mention my sgs2 is almost the same size as an iPhone and yet has a MUCH larger screen due to the screen ratio and the much smaller bezel, not to mention it is even lighter.
Once more this could be fixed if any manufacturer of android phones had a marketing division as powerful as apple's. In fact I bet that if apple were to suddenly increase the screen size to, say, 4.3" (which would create a massive, wide phone due to the 4:3 screen ratio), most people would start deeming that the "ideal size" and it would become a must have for the average person who would believe anything apple's marketing says without even knowing what the competition has to offer.
0 0 [Posted by: Nicktrance  | Date: 05/08/12 09:18:08 AM]
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Another advantage of multi-core chips is improved responsibility of the device in case of multi-tasking as well as in case of highly-parallel workloads...


I'm pretty sure you meant "responsiveness"? LOL
0 0 [Posted by: MyK  | Date: 05/06/12 05:47:18 AM]
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