Samsung's Galaxy S III Brings 4.8" HD Super AMOLED Display, Quad-Core Exynos
May 3, 2012 2:55 PM
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Third gen Samsung flagship phone packs a bigger battery, quad-core CPU, Ice Cream Sandwich, and other refinements
Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) packed approximately 1,000 journalists into an auditorium in London, UK on Thursday afternoon for the
of its latest and greatest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3.
I. Higher Res. Screen, Faster Processor, Better OS
The last couple weeks leading up the launch have been relatively chaotic.
have flown about the Galaxy S3, even as second-place Android phonemaker HTC Corp. (
) has pushed its South Korean rival to step up its game. HTC releasesd the
slick LTE-equipped One X
(One XL, internationally), which
showed putting other Androids to shame in battery life and processing power. In fact, the One X was the only Android smartphone to come close to matching Apple, Inc.'s (
acclaimed iPhone 4S
in battery life.
First off, the Galaxy S III comes packing a quad-core Exynos SOC running at a speedy 1.4GHz (as we
) which is paired with 1GB of RAM. Later versions, including international versions may come with a different processor, perhaps a Texas Instruments, Inc. (
) OMAP 4 series chip.
Although rumors had pegged the Galaxy S III's screen resolution at 1080p, it actually comes sporting a 1280x720 4.8" HD Super AMOLED (PenTile RBGB, for better or worse).
Physically, the smartphone is a bit larger than the Galaxy S II and measures 5.33" x 2.67" x 0.35" and weighs in at 4.7 ounces.
Samsung isn't about to start
a megapixel war
with the Galaxy S III as it comes with a rather mainstream 8MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front-facing camera. While both of these camera may seem like old hat, the front-facing camera has a few tricks up its sleeve. Using what Samsung calls "Smart Stay", the front camera can monitor your eyes to determine if you're browsing the internet or reading an eBook. The camera uses this information to adjust the brightness of the screen automatically. Time will tell if this feature turns out to be a gimmick, but it's an interesting addition nonetheless.
Initial versions will come with either 16 GB or 32 GB of NAND flash memory. A later variant will air with a beefier 64 GB of NAND, duplicating the trio of iPhone 4S capacities.
The phone packs a beefier 2,100 milliamp-hour battery (7.7 watt-hour @ 3.7 volts). That makes it one of the beefiest Android batteries out there. But as the HTC X showed in upstage the much higher capacity Motorola Mobility, Inc. (
) Droid RAZR MAXX, capacity is second to firmware refinement.
Hopefully Samsung's new graphical gloss -- TouchWiz can keep pace with the
dramatically slimmed-down version of the Sense UI
just released by HTC. Samsung's proprietary user interface will be paired with Android 4.0.4, the latest version of "
Ice Cream Sandwich
II. Just Like the iPhone 4S -- Voice Assistant, but no LTE (Yet)
Connectivity wise the phone supports Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+, and 40 MHz 802.11n WiFi. Near-field-communication for wireless billing is also onboard, as is a refined GPS unit, which features
(GLOSNASS is Russia's rival to the U.S.'s global positioning system (GPS)).
The third generation Galaxy S also features proprietary
voice assistance software
, which is strikingly similar to Apple's Siri. One might thing this would lead to more legal trouble for Samsung, but it's important to recognize that Siri is
largely a rebranded piece of software from Nuance
Communications, Inc. (
), the world's top voice recognition firm. Samsung's "S Voice" helper is likely a similar licensed Nuance design, giving Samsung a modicum of legal safety.
The Galaxy S III will launch in Europe on May 29, while the U.S. launch is a bit murkier -- Samsung is only stating that U.S. carriers will receive HSPA+/LTE variants of the Galaxy S III this summer.
Samsung [via Yahoo Press Releases]
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OMG, It's a white phone!
5/3/2012 4:36:10 PM
It must be an iPhone! Quick Apple, sue them!
RE: OMG, It's a white phone!
5/3/2012 4:59:19 PM
Its a tough call, because Apple invented the white phone and the black phone, and silver as well. I guess everyone else will have to go with primary colors or just rainbows.
RE: OMG, It's a white phone!
5/3/2012 5:05:38 PM
I'm surprised Apple doesn't have one of their special overreaching patents for a black or white slate-style phone.
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