Samsung Galaxy S III roundup

Posted by: Brett

The Galaxy S III is latest high-end offering from Samsung Mobile. Everything you need to know about this beast is right after the break.

Let’s start off with some specs:

  • 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
  • 133 grams
  • Display: 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED (1280×720) Pentile (no Plus)
  • Processor: Exynos 4 Quad 4212, 1.4Ghz for HSPA version
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Rear Camera: 8MP Autofocus, Flash, Zero Lag Shutter BSI Image sensor
  • Front Camera: 1.9 MP HD, Zero Lag Shutter
  • Video: Full HD 1080p Recording and Playback
  • Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • Colors: Pebble blue / marble white
  • 2,100mAh battery
  • GPS with GLONASS
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4
  • microSD expansion
  • 21Mbps HSPA, LTE supported
  • Micro SIM

The rundown

First, the new Galaxy S III has a large, vibrant 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD Pentile display with a resolution of 720p (HD), which is 0.3 inches larger than two of the US variants, and a half inch larger than the international variant of the Galaxy SII, it’s predecessor. It’s got a quad-core processor with LTE support, but whether or not the US variants of the device will retain the processor is still unknown. It’s possible that they will take on dual-core Snapdragon S4 processors. Although the megapixel count of the camera was not improved and is still at 8mp, image clarity and camera software was improved. Following in the footsteps of the Galaxy Nexus, the Galaxy SIII camera now has zero shutter lag, so pictures are taken instantly. Camera options and sharing features were also enhanced. The front camera is a 1.9 mp camera with no shutter lag and, surprisingly, the ability to capture video in HD quality. The device comes in 3 storage capacities, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, as well as two colors, pebble blue and marble white. You can also insert and SD card to expand the storage up to an additional 64GB.

The Software

The Galaxy SIII software has been updated to Android 4.0.4, while retaining the Same TouchWiz 4.0. Some of the features added are pretty cool. The first is Smart Stay. This feature uses the front facing camera’s eye detection to keep the screen on if you’re looking at it and turn it off if you’re not. This will be helpful when reading your favorite site or even reading a book, so the screen will stay on as long as you do so without worrying about it turning off. Next is direct call. Direct call is an intelligent feature which, while your in an SMS conversation, will directly call that person you’re talking to without you having to dig into your contacts or tap extra buttons. Then we have Smart Alert. Smart Alert is another intelligent software feature which knows whether you’ve been away from your device, and if you have, will vibrate (if you have a new alert) when you pick the phone back up. This is more of a physical alternative to the LED notification light. Finally, we have S-Voice. Think of it as a Siri competitor. It has a similar interface as Siri and will do things like check the weather, open apps, take pictures, and more, all using Vlingo voice recognition.

In addition to those cool features, the entire operating has been refined, visual wise and functionality wise. Toggle buttons or different, the Holo theme can be found throughout, the main screen now has a new look with different icons and a 5 icon dock, some widgets like the clock have changed, there is a 3D home screen transition between screens, the app drawer has a widgets tab like stock Ice Cream Sandwich, and much more. The lock screen is different too and even has it’s own Settings page. It has gestures, so for example you can access the camera on the lock screen by tapping and holding the screen and turning the device into landscape, thus launching the camera. You can have shortcuts on the lock screen or even use the new Face Unlock as well.

Launch and Price Details

Well the device’s pricing is still to-be-determined, but we do have a launch date. Samsung has announced that the device will go on sale in Europe on Vodafone, Orange, O2, T-Mobile and Three starting on May 29th, which is three weeks from this coming Tuesday. They’ve also announced that LTE and HSPA+ versions will be available in June in the US, but no specific date was given for that. It’s expected that all 4 major US carries will receive the Galaxy SIII – Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. In addition, Flipboard, the popular magazine-style RSS and social reader for iPhone and iPad, will be making it’s way to the Galaxy S III first as an exclusive Android launch before making it’s way to other “select devices”.

So there you have it. That’s the jist of what to expect when the Galaxy SIII launches. Be sure to stay tuned to techc0re for the latest news on the Galaxy SIII and everything else technology.

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