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Samsung "next GALAXY" Unpacked event: Liveblog

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Samsung did the impossible and succeeded to keep its "next GALAXY" under the proverbial wraps literally until the last moment. Its Android flagship launch this year became an event that equals the excitement around the annual Apple iPhone launch, but we were treated with such an unprecedented level of secrecy, that the first test mule tip under the codename Samsung GT-I9300 was sent to us almost at the end of March.

Moreover, while everybody is expecting for a certain phone known as Samsung Galaxy S3 to be unveiled tonight in London, nobody but the designers and top carrier and retailer honchos has been able to glimpse the real design deal, and this is the huge question mark. Apart from the quad-core Exynos 4412 and the Super AMOLED HD Plus screen, which are widely believed to be present tonight on the stage, we know almost nothing about the eventual camera improvements and the software additions, such as the rumored S-Cloud storage and sync service. 

That is why we are liveblogging the London event to satiate your (and ours) curiosity, so stay tuned to the feed below, while we are presenting you the events as they unfold...

Live event tracker

14:02
14:00Stay tuned for our hands-on coverage to be posted soon
13:59the announcement part is over
13:57
13:54May 29th launch in 10 cities
13:54May 29 - to be available in Europe and 10 city world tour
13:54Internal memory - 16, 32 and 64 GB and microSD slot for memory expansion
13:53
13:53OS- ICS, full range audio and video codecs
13:53
13:52Personal wellness app
13:51music hub - access to 17 million songs
13:50video hub - hi-quality TV and moves productions
13:50
13:50Services developed for the S III
13:50
13:50HDMI adapter, S Pebble (MP3 player)
13:49flip cover, desktop dock, battery charging stand, wireless charging kit
13:49new range of accessories
13:48sneak peak of the first TV commercial is shown
13:47preparing an LTE version for the US
13:47
13:47Bluetooth 4.0, Glonas GPS
13:46in-call sound equalizer
13:46Wireless charger unveiled, based on magnetic resonance, will be available as a separate accessory!
13:46wireless charging kit
13:46Wireless Charger Kit will be available
13:46the S3 will feature slim bezel. Even though the screen is 22% larger, the bezel is pretty much the same as S2
13:450.01 ms response time, more energy efficient
13:45you can capture photo while recording video
13:45Super HD AMODEL 4.8" display will be present on the S3
13:44video stablization
13:44"best photo" in action
13:44HD self video with front facing camera
13:44"best photo" is supposed to select the best photo from a series taken in burst mode
13:44face zoom feature - zooming on people faces by double tapping
13:438 megapixel with LED flash
13:43demoing now how "best picture" works
13:43new feature - "best photo" will select the best feature of all
13:42camera is fast, up to 20 shots in burst mode
13:42can take up to 20 images in speed mode
13:42it takes less than 1 second to go back to camera mode
13:42it will feature 0 shutter lag
13:41now talking about the camera
13:41Samsung announces donation to WWF - $100 for each person attending the event
13:40
13:40
13:39Marble white, Pebble blue will be the colors
13:39133 grams
13:38

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posted on 03 May 2012, 12:36 5

1. ilia1986 (unregistered)


IT HAS BEGUN!!!

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:45 3

10. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


MORTAL KOMBAT!!!

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:12 1

35. the_s2 (Posts: 211; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Checkout the unpacked app guys,, it contains the press release even before actual unveiling of product! Camera is 8mp, not 12 mp as said.... :(

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:36 1

2. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


yup, i guess..

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:39 9

3. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


The Apple eater!!!

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:45 3

9. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You're obsessed with Apple

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:58 4

23. Doakie (Posts: 1321; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Yeah. The fact that companies and consumers are still planning their Android devices around that little girls phone is still beyond me. Specs wise the iPhone has been overshadowed for years, yet just like Coach purses they're popular even though there's nothing special to them. Who cares if it is popular if it is inferior? Just because it sells a whole bunch does not make it better, I mean dumb phones sell more than smartphones. Does that make them superior? It just goes to show you that Apple buyers aren't the smartest of the bunch. However iPhones do one thing great, they make computer illiterate people feel like they actually know how to use a smart phone.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:38

55. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


It's not inferior

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:20 2

58. Doakie (Posts: 1321; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Thumbs downed me all you want, look at this phone and check out the specs. This is like the great granddaddy of all iPhones. How are you supposed to take the iPhone seriously with things like the Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X launching? Not to mention the success of the Galaxy Note... iPhones suuuuuck.

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:22

59. Doakie (Posts: 1321; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Accidental double post.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:01

26. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


oh sorry I meant to thumbs you down but I accidentaly pressed thumbs up

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:41 3

4. zupermario (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Yep, I was just thinking I'm going to keep my Samsung Galaxy S2; it's Been good to me, though new tech is quite tempting...

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:42 5

5. dcgore (Posts: 207; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


I hope it has 8GB of RAM...

posted on 04 May 2012, 09:18

61. yt6nin (Posts: 100; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I love that idea, but that's just too much for us right now... it should be 2GB of RAM, like LG has "announced"... the next standard for true Android smartphones! An Android with 8GB of RAM is like a ultraphone or something... Anything, but smart, just high-performing, and whatnot =)

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:42

6. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


i think, today a bunch of phones will be unpacked..............i.e. 3-4 mobiles as the teaser said A WHOLE NEW GALAXY WILL BE UNVEILED........yipeee.....

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:43 2

7. ilia1986 (unregistered)


On May 3rd, Samsung will introduce Galaxy S3. And you'll see why 2012 won't be like 2012.

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:47

13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


That lines reminds me of a commercial from another companies line. Hmm, of course 1984 had context and your quote has none.

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:55 4

22. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


your on a android article talking about apple albeit a reply to a post about apple.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:09 1

31. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Nothing wrong with reading an article right? Go to any Apple article to see these same people trolling.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:13 4

36. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


You criticize them for posting on apple articles and your doing the same thing. And you claim not too.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:22

43. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I'm not trolling while these guys are still trolling Apple on android articles. Have I said anything anti android?

Why don't you call them out when they're trolling Apple.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:17 2

40. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Yes. Exactly. Samsung is doing now what Apple did in 1984 - breaking away from the big all-powerful brother who has millions of white mindless minions.

Now, Samsung is the brave rebel, fighting against Apple's oppression and control.

The irony. The epic irony.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:38

56. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Samsung is fighting for money just like Apple

posted on 04 May 2012, 09:20 1

62. yt6nin (Posts: 100; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


It's the end of 2012 with such higher-end smartphones. We're inmidst of a real intense smartphone battle amongst the individual Android manufacturers and Apple. Their battle heat's gonna kill us all with such amazing and tempting phones.

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:46 5

11. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


In a galaxy there are planets....why not introduce phone with planet names...
Samsung Pluto
Samsung urANUS

just as an example.

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:50 4

17. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Uranus would be a pretty "crappy" budget model I guess.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:00 1

25. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


ok, why the -1...it was a joke...of sorts...lol

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:07 1

28. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


thanks for the +1

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:09 2

30. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


didnt you figure out already? its taco

posted on 04 May 2012, 09:21

63. yt6nin (Posts: 100; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


so, if Samsung decided to go with that plan and releases a "Samsung Sun" phone, would it end up overheating and be useless or be just so hot to look @ and have that one would hate to use it and get it dirty??? =P

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:47 1

12. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


lift the veil we are waiting samsung are you listening?

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:48

14. hunted (Posts: 352; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


have a great (S3) day friends :)

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:49 2

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'm watching the live stream from thenextgalaxy.com. (:

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:53

20. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Thanks.... I should have checked it.

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:49 1

16. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Future iPhone 5 is s**tting in his future chassis :D !

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:54 1

21. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Lol no

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:39

57. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Another Apple obsessed troll

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:51 4

18. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I've been refreshing the phonearena page for 3hours and finally. I'm staying awake tonight to see the official photos from PA.

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:52 4

19. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Finally! thanks phone arena for the live coverage!!

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:00 1

24. ironmarc89 (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


OOMMGG ITS TIME!!!!! (Jizzes pants)

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:04 3

27. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Phoearena, please remove Taco from the board...thanks

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:08 1

29. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


By the time the states get the phone, iphone 5 will be announced or out - should be a great battle of phones.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:09 1

32. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


I have a giant GALACTIC e***ction right now :P
Bring it on baby! :)

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:11 1

33. kindahipdude (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


wtf? It's 11 min after, why no updates??

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:11 3

34. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


anybody wants a kidney
coz i am selling one
i want the samsung galaxy sIII badly

posted on 03 May 2012, 15:32 1

60. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Your kidney? Pass. Your tight little ass might get an offer,though. I just need about ten minutes.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:14

37. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Super AMOLED??? SO it's not Super AMOLED Plus? :P Pentile?

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:15 3

38. phatride4ever (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


2,100 mAh!!!

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:17 3

39. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Loving the 2100 mah battery

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:18 3

41. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


sgsiii designed for humans:
YOU DONT SAY

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:19 3

42. hunted (Posts: 352; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


S Voice- is that like Siri?

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:34 1

53. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


It does much more... Really its an improved version of androids built in voice recognition

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:22 1

44. NowItsAParty (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I will be getting the International version of this phone! The US version will be LTE equipped, but slower processor! That is a BIG "NG," No Go!

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:24 3

45. tech-head (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


Your move Apple........

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:28 1

46. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


where IS the bezel less display, its nothing extraordinary designwise, the galaxy nexus looks better than this. can't even come close to the design of HTC one series and hmm...the iphone, apple and HTC are the pioneers when it comes to design.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:29

47. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


where IS the bezel less display, its nothing extraordinary designwise, the galaxy nexus looks better than this. can't even come close to the design of HTC one series and hmm...the iphone, apple and HTC are the pioneers when it comes to design. the Koreans have no taste for design.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:30

48. Galaxys2...R (Posts: 46; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


personally these specs are not much different to the htc one x or the l.g optimus 4hd or whatever its called. also this phone looks really cheap

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:30

49. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


where IS the bezel less display, its nothing extraordinary designwise, the galaxy nexus looks better than this. can't even come close to the design of HTC one series and hmm...the iphone, apple and HTC are the pioneers when it comes to design. the Koreans have no taste for design.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:32 3

50. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Triple post combo finish!

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:34

52. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


you crack me up
Nokia has the best design
and best camera

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