And it’s finally here! Samsung has finally unveiled the highly-anticipated successor to its 2011 flagship, the Galaxy S3. As rumors had suggested, the Galaxy S3 will come with a 4.8-inch Super-AMOLED HD screen with 1280*720 (720p) resolution. Inside the 8.6mm thin body of the handset is a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.4GHz, an ARM Mali-400MP GPU, and a gig of RAM. There is also 16GB/32GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot and a 2100mAh battery to ensure that the handset lasts a full day of heavy usage. Unlike the Galaxy Nexus though, the Galaxy S3 comes with a wider physical home button as found in the previous Galaxy S handsets, and two capactive keys on each side which bizarre-ingly includes a menu key.
Like the Galaxy S2, the S3 comes with an 8MP snapper in the back and a 1.9MP camera in the front. The camera features a bigger and better sensor, so picture quality will be better than the SGS2. The camera also features Burst Shot, Best Photo and Buddy photo. Samsung also loaded TouchWIZ 5 on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to spoil the stock Android experience. However, the company has added some interesting gesture based options to the handset to differentiate the SGS3 from other Android handsets. The usual bunch of connectivity features like NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, and a MHL port are also present. There is also Wireless (Inductive) charging feature present on the handset.
The ‘Smart Stay’ feature of the phone will automatically adjust the brightness of the screen when a user is reading some content on the screen via the front camera. It will also make sure that the screen of the phone does not turn off while a user is looking at it. The ‘S Voice’ feature will allow users to dictate their SMS, email, control media playback and say “Snooze” to make an alarm snooze. The “S Beam” feature will allow users to share music and videos via Wi-Fi Direct with other phones by simply tapping their phones. Samsung has also made sure to make its own copy of the Siri, which at least from the demo looks pretty cool. How effective it will be in real life is something which only time can tell.
Samsung has also gone one up on HTC, and will be offering 50GB of free space for all Galaxy S III owners on Dropbox. The Galaxy S3 will be available by the end of this month in Europe, and other regions will follow soon with the 4G version of the handset coming soon to the United States sometime in “summer”.