Samsung Galaxy S III: S Beam feature demo

Samsung Galaxy S III: S Beam feature demo
The Samsung Galaxy S III decided to augment the standard Ice Cream Sandwich experience, and one of the features it took on was Android Beam. What makes it different is that it not only relies on slowish NFC for transfers, but it can also use the speedy Wi-Fi Direct, for almost instant transfer of large files like videos.

So basically, S Beam works just like Android Beam - you tap the two phones, hold for a second until the tap is registered, and then tap on the file you want to share. The other party has to accept the transfer and that’s it. No pairing, no lengthy setup, you’re off with the transfer and you can watch/play/open the file right away.

Samsung says that S Beam will allow Galaxy S III phones to exchange a 1GB movie for three minutes and a 10MB music file for two seconds, and it all works even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal. Now, those speeds are achieved using Wi-Fi Direct, but if you look at NFC transfers, it’s much slower and in reality is closer to Bluetooth speeds. If the person you send a file to doesn’t have Wi-Fi on, S Beam will be smart enough to turn it on for the transfer and off when it’s done.

The bad news? S Beam pairs only Galaxy S III phones, and no others, so compatibility is pretty limited. We’ve tried the feature in London, but couldn’t quite get it to work - still here’s a video of our attempt and the S Beam interface.

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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5 Comments

1. amircajani

Posts: 3; Member since: May 04, 2012

egg shaped design and home button suckssss!!

2. geoffers247

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Fail!

3. Jericho unregistered

epic one samsung just got outperformed.

4. Dandy

Posts: 4; Member since: May 01, 2012

Im disappointed waiting for other device. sony,make it believe.

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I think BEAM is better than sending a regual text message when u just have to attach a file then wait for it to send. LOVE BEAM

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