Samsung unveils Galaxy S III smartphone at media event in London

By on May 3, 2012, 4:27 PM

Samsung has officially taken the wraps off of the long-awaited Galaxy S III smartphone at the Mobile Unpacked press event in London. The new flagship handset packs a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor and a GPU that is said to be 65 percent faster than the chip found inside the Galaxy S II.

Follow up: Read our Samsung Galaxy S III hands-on article here.

Other key specifications include a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen (1280 x 720 resolution) with a 306 ppi density, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear shooter, 1.9MP front camera and storage options in the neighborhood of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. There’s also a removable 2,100 mAh battery, a micro-SIM slot, a micro-SD card slot, a micro-USB port and support for Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi Direct, DLNA and NFC.

There is a Siri-like voice assistant called S Voice that takes commands from the user and performs varying tasks asked of it. Another new technology is called Smart Stay, which uses the front-facing camera to “watch” the user’s eyes. When the phone doesn’t detect any eyesight, it knows to go into sleep mode.

The phone will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a TouchWiz layer on top. Engadget tells us that the phone will launch with HSPA+ but an LTE version will eventually come down the pipe.

In terms of sheer aesthetics, the Galaxy S III shares more than just a naming scheme with the Galaxy Nexus. The device measures just 8.6mm at its thickest point and weighs 133g (4.7-ounces). Two colors will be available at launch: Pebble Blue and Marble White.

The Galaxy S III will launch in Europe on May 29 but there was no solid date given for a US launch outside of “this summer.”

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Guest said:

Supreeeeeme victory........or.......Flawless Victory....Samsung Wins!!!....PERFECT!!!! (Coins sound)

Guest said:

No, replaceable battery or MiSDHC slot?

I think that is the worst news yet if this is indeed true, 64GB fills quite fast and a handset that is supposed to be for convenience could well be a laborious (Showing obvious signs of effort and lacking in fluency.) situation for those who are already using multiple SD cards on their devices who only now have to swap those SD cards over yet if the user cannot do this with the S3 I would hazard to guess that it means one would need to sit down at a laptop for eg and copy data from to the device instead of just swapping out a SD card.

This is one reason my household all have S2 devices and not apple, if this decision is true I don't see why I won't just go and stick with my S2 or later when I upgrade goto another vendor.

Guest said:

for the one above...battery is replaceable and the micro SD slot should accept up to 32GB and SDHC Cards.

Guest said:

I smell a lawsuit for having the same RGB color similar to Apple products...

Guest said:

Wow nice phone. It will be a uber upgrade from my iphone 3gs.

Guest said:

With those specs, the SGS3 will definitely be one of the, if not the best phone to get for a long time, just as the SGS2 was (and still is).

I shall be first in line as soon as it hits Canada. Hopefully this guy will have as large a dev community as other Samsung devices do.

Guest said:

why is it so big? the sgs2 I think was just the perfect size.

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