Samsung Announces Galaxy S III at London Event

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News Posted: Thu, May 3 2012 3:46 PM
Samsung took the wraps off of its latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III, at an event in London. The device sports a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 0.01ms response time, Android 4.0 ICS, 8MP rear camera with LED flash, front-facing 1.9MP camera, and a quad-core processor. There will be three storage options: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, with a microSD slot for up to 64GB of additional space.

For connectivity, the Galaxy S III has 3G and 4G LTE capabilities, as well as WiFi (with WiFi channel bonding for better speeds), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and GPS/GLONASS. In all, there are six sensors: Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyroscope, and Barometer.

The hardware is definitely solid, but for Samsung, it appears to take a backseat to the many software features on board.

For starters, the phone learns to recognize the user’s face, motions, and voice. The Smart Stay feature keeps the phone’s display bright and awake by using the front camera to detect your face. S Voice enables the user to control aspects of the device with voice commands, such as searching, basic controls, and fun and useful functions such as “snooze”. S Voice works with motion sensors to make using the phone easy; the example Samsung gives is bringing the phone to your ear and saying “direct call” to dial someone you were in the middle of texting.

The zero-lag camera shutter combines with the burst feature to take up to 3.3 shots per second. The phone then automatically selects the “best” photo of the bunch; it also zooms in on faces with a double-tap, can sort photos based on who’s in them (i.e., your family).

Sharing is streamlined; for example, with S Beam, users can bond with another Galaxy S III user and share data easily. With AllShare Cast and a dongle, users can share with any HDMI-enabled device.

To stream your own data from any Internet-connected and DLNA-enabled device, you can use the AllShare Play feature. Samsung is clearly eyeing AllShare Play as a killer feature down the road, as the company will be releasing SDKs and APIs for third-party development.

One interesting feature is Pop-up Play, which allows users to, for example, interrupt a video to search for something online--without killing the video. Instead, the media will minimize to a small window on the screen but continue running.

Samsung hasn’t ignored the enterprise with the Galaxy S III; the phone boasts increased support for enterprise mobility and security, mobile device management, and mobile virtualization, in addition to on-device encryption options.

Accessories will include a flip cover to protect the screen, docking stations for the desktop and car, battery charging stand, wireless charging kit, the aforementioned dongle, and an HDTV adapter (sold separately).

The Samsung Galaxy S III will come in Pebble Blue or Marble White and will be available starting May 29th.
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karanm replied on Thu, May 3 2012 4:09 PM

Pebble Blue sounds kinda cool but I HATE white phones, had two and they got dirty so fast. Also I wonder if ICS can leverage that quad core processor effectively?

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Not likeing teh look of the device, too round. Old look was way better. Although the specs and features do draw me in, maybe ill sell my s2 for this when its out. Also with those added functions like the camera face detection, will that drain the already bad battery life?

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glad to see it, but cant go back from the Samsung note series now..Hopefully by the time "note 2" is announced ARM will have the new monster chips ready to go for samsung to use.

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Nice looking device but I hope the battery life is decent. I would much rather have a thicker/heavier phone that had decent battery life then a thin phone that is useless because the battery died...

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The blue is meh, the white is OK. Cannot win I guess :/ BTW, quad is only for the phone without LTE, AFAIK.

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I was going to choose between the Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X. I wish there was a steel grey or black option colourwise though, I'm not really sold on the blue. Overall, I might wait a little longer - I agree with Atticus on the note 2, I hope to see an upgraded version with maybe Qualcomm quad S4 and adreno 320 graphics...

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rapid1 replied on Fri, May 4 2012 9:02 AM

Yeah these look nice and I like the Samsung Quad core processor as well both in the fact that it is a newly constructed quad by Samsung and not 2 dual's or old cores and of course with that the NM size, energy usage etc. As far as the looks I could really care less about the looks personally I am all about the hardware functionality. One thing I am questionable about though is the Quad core on a smart phone in general. Many of the things I have heard is that the software is not developed enough to make use of quad constructively versus a dual core processor and because of this it ends up wasting all the energy it gains with the NM drops etc.

As for the One X I like the phone but do not like the closed body with no battery removal and no internal memory that would be user optional. As far as it goes my Sensation is still working perfectly well for now and from what I am seeing it will be doing so past this release cycle. Maybe as this device market further matures we will see many constructive innovations. Right now they all seem to be spinning there wheels to a great extent to me. Of course it is a new device so I am sure many will jump on them for that reason alone as well especially among general consumers.

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, May 4 2012 9:49 AM

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