The Samsung Galaxy S III is finally here! After months of rumors and speculations Samsung has unveiled its 2012 Android flagship, aiming to combing beautiful hardware with top notch software and here is the final result.
The Galaxy S III spec highlights include:
- a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display
- a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor
- Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
- an 8MP camera with flash and no shutter lag
- a 1.9MP front camera recording HD video
- 16GB/32GB/64GB versions, memory expandable via microSD card slots (up to 64GB)
- 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, 133g
The first letdown when we think about the earlier expectations is the lack of a Super AMOLED Plus display. Instead, Samsung opted for the good old PenTile matrix in a Super AMOLED HD screen. You can see how it fares against the competition in a screen comparison here.
Under the hood, the SGS III is powered by a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.4GHz. There's also a reworked GPU that Samsung says is 65% faster than the one in the Galaxy S II. We also know that the SGS III will support 4G LTE depending on markets, and the States, Japan and Korea are the ones getting the LTE Galaxy S III. This might mean that we have two hardware platforms in the handset - one for non-4G S IIIs and one for those with LTE on board.
The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available in Pebble Blue and Marble White initially. It packs a relatively big 2,100mAh battery.
But it's not just about the hardware, Samsung is trying to steal the show in software with some "natural interaction" additions as the company calls them. In a nutshell, Samsung wants to know what you're doing to tweak the experience accordingly. For example, it uses the built-in front facing camera to check whether your eyes are on the screen and keeps it bright.
Samsung has also responded to Apple's Siri with its own S Voice natural language processing application. We don't know the full extent of its functions, but what Samsung gives as an example is that when your alarm sounds off you can say "Snooze" to have the phone try to wake you up later on.
In terms of connectivity, there's NFC on board for both mobile payments and beaming up files short distance. For instance, Samsung has improved the Android Beam in its own S Beam app, which functions similarly.
The Galaxy S III release date is May 29th globally, and the summer for the US. Check out the official press release below for all the tiny details and let us know how you like what you see!