Samsung Introduces Galaxy S III: 4.8" Screen, 4G/LTE, Quad-Core Chip, New Functions

Samsung Galaxy S III: Bigger, Faster, Better

by Anton Shilov
05/03/2012 | 04:29 PM

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:

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.