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Samsung Galaxy S III is finally officially announced

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Samsung Galaxy S III is finally officially announced
The Samsung Galaxy S III is finally here! After months of rumors and speculations Samsung has unveiled its 2012 Android flagship, aiming to combing beautiful hardware with top notch software and here is the final result.

The Galaxy S III spec highlights include:

- a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display
- a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor
- Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
- an 8MP camera with flash and no shutter lag
- a 1.9MP front camera recording HD video
- 16GB/32GB/64GB versions, memory expandable via microSD card slots (up to 64GB)
- 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, 133g

The first letdown when we think about the earlier expectations is the lack of a Super AMOLED Plus display. Instead, Samsung opted for the good old PenTile matrix in a Super AMOLED HD screen. You can see how it fares against the competition in a screen comparison here. 

Under the hood, the SGS III is powered by a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.4GHz. There's also a reworked GPU that Samsung says is 65% faster than the one in the Galaxy S II. We also know that the SGS III will support 4G LTE depending on markets, and the States, Japan and Korea are the ones getting the LTE Galaxy S III. This might mean that we have two hardware platforms in the handset - one for non-4G S IIIs and one for those with LTE on board.

The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available in Pebble Blue and Marble White initially. It packs a relatively big 2,100mAh battery.

But it's not just about the hardware, Samsung is trying to steal the show in software with some "natural interaction" additions as the company calls them. In a nutshell, Samsung wants to know what you're doing to tweak the experience accordingly. For example, it uses the built-in front facing camera to check whether your eyes are on the screen and keeps it bright.

Samsung has also responded to Apple's Siri with its own S Voice natural language processing application. We don't know the full extent of its functions, but what Samsung gives as an example is that when your alarm sounds off you can say "Snooze" to have the phone try to wake you up later on.

In terms of connectivity, there's NFC on board for both mobile payments and beaming up files short distance. For instance, Samsung has improved the Android Beam in its own S Beam app, which functions similarly.

The Galaxy S III release date is May 29th globally, and the summer for the US. Check out the official press release below for all the tiny details and let us know how you like what you see!

source: Samsung

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posted on 03 May 2012, 13:17 16

1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1238; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

Where's the PLUS!? Pentile sucks... And only an S4 for americans. :-(

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:25 6

13. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

i'd take an s4 over the nvidia.. maybe even the exynos too.

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:16 8

48. jove39 (Posts: 1996; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

HD Pentile display is not bad...but seems Samsung is behaving like lazy!

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:30 5

66. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

Yes, I think the pentile is the biggest dissapointment of the phone. I guess the technology is still not there to make Super Amoleds with more than 300 dpis...

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:58 6

78. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Yeah like I said, I am skipping this phone & waiting to see what the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 looks like. It should be way better that the Samsung Galaxy S III.

posted on 03 May 2012, 16:12

94. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


posted on 03 May 2012, 17:07 1

100. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I wish I had your patience, but I can't wait any longer. From the moment I saw "PenTile display, Qualcomm Dual-core in the US, and June release" the Evo LTE became my official next handset. Now I just hope Sprint releases it on May 18 instead of June 6... Galaxy Note 2 will blow away the rest of the competition though.

(Cool, 100th comment!)

posted on 04 May 2012, 01:15 1

122. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

I cannot wait so going for ONE X !!

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:24 1

59. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 80; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

They mentioned all the rumors and some were true and some were not... but all this rumor building they created actually worked against them.

I was expecting the plus display also.

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:39 2

70. chadrick0814 (unregistered)

Americans aren't prohibited from buying the international version. Amazon.com is easier to type than phonearena.com.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:19 4

2. dcgore (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)

Summer release for US.

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:07 5

35. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Gives HTC a chance to sell some One-series

posted on 03 May 2012, 15:15

84. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

June, to be more precise

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:19 1

3. eDiesel (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

Looks like ill never excepted Leaks From BGR ever again.
False rumors set me on fire

posted on 03 May 2012, 18:06 2

110. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Now you know the hurt of ifans every autumn!

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:20 15

4. OllielovesAndriod (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 May 2011)

Apple should be worried!

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:08 7

41. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)

Well, as long as Apple and Nokia can design something nice, the Asian Android manufacturers can pump out all the specs they want wrapped as something that looks like lower end fisher-price toys. I want my phone to look nice as well as functioning smoothly.

If I were going Android it'd be the Galaxy Nexus, to me that is still the only desirable Android phone.

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:12 6

43. HTCFreak (Posts: 156; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)

The iPhone is a smartphone made for normal people, and the S3 is a superphone, made for people who want some real power in their hands. Both different categories, i think :)

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:16 11

49. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I think my biggest issue with this is that it doesn't scream "FLAGSHIP PHONE" to me. The Lumia 800/900 and N9, higher-end Xperias, and a few others radiate quality and exclusivity just by their looks. This looks, well, generic. Hopefully holding it changes that.
Honestly, I'd rather wait for a Note2 than get this

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:41 1

72. chadrick0814 (unregistered)

Looks are always a matter of personal opinion.

posted on 03 May 2012, 16:40

98. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

eh not really... apple and samsung control almost all of the market, with apple taking the larger share of the profits... they know how to work the consumer aspect and hopefully tim cook will give us some amazing tech in the new iphone

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:20 7

5. medalaster01 (Posts: 43; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

It is not all that inovative I will skip this one

Happy with
Samsung Gnote
Dell streak 5

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:20 2

6. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

6th! (which for this post is pretty good.)

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:22 25

7. androidaddict (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)

disappointed by its looks :(

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:24 3

12. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

yes me too, but they increased the screen size significantly & did what they promised. so be happy, it is another ground breaking device

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:50 8

33. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


posted on 03 May 2012, 14:07 6

38. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

how isnt it exactly?

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:08 4

39. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Lol, your spaces not working either?

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:16 7

50. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)

The white one looks slightly better but i have to agree with you. I am utterly disappointed by everything, HTC one x is better than this thing.

posted on 03 May 2012, 14:18 3

52. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)

This doesn't even seem like an upgrade. I am going to keep my GSII.

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