Samsung Galaxy S III is finally officially announced

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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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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130 Comments

1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

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

13. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

48. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

66. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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...

78. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

94. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Samehere

100. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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!)

122. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I cannot wait so going for ONE X !!

59. crysiswarmonger

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 06, 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.

70. chadrick0814 unregistered

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

2. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Summer release for US.

35. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Gives HTC a chance to sell some One-series

84. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

3. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

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

110. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Now you know the hurt of ifans every autumn!

4. OllielovesAndriod

Posts: 22; Member since: May 07, 2011

Apple should be worried!

41. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 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.

43. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 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 :)

49. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

72. chadrick0814 unregistered

Looks are always a matter of personal opinion.

98. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

5. medalaster01

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

It is not all that inovative I will skip this one Happy with Samsung Gnote Dell streak 5

6. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

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

7. androidaddict

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 27, 2012

disappointed by its looks :(

12. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

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

33. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

how_is_it_groundbreaking?

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

how isnt it exactly?

39. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Lol, your spaces not working either?

50. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

52. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

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

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