Samsung Officially Announces Galaxy S III
We’ve been hearing about this smartphone for months now, but Samsung has finally made things official. Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S III, the latest Android-powered beast to join the Galaxy S range that has dominated Android markets.
The S III will be sporting some impressive hardware under the hood, but before that let’s take a look at what’s on the outside. The Galaxy S III is equipped with a 4.8″ 1280×720 Super AMOLED display, and will weigh around 132 grams. That’s extremely light, which is expected if you’ve ever held a S II. The Super AMOLED display should make all your colours look more vibrant and your blacks a lot darker, but let’s hope some of the sun glare issues have been addressed.
Underneath all of this, the S III will sport either Samsung’s quad-core Exynos 4 Quad processor or a dual-core Snapdragon S4, depending on region. Apparently, regions with LTE support will have to settle for the Snapdragon dual-core, while regions without LTE should receive the more powerful quad-cores. That means we might actually get the long end of the stick for once.
A 1.9MP front facing camera will be able to record video at 720p, and the rear 8MP 1080p camera will be able to take photos with zero shutter lag. The handset will come in three variants of storage space, namely 16, 32 and 64GB, with a MicroSD slot allowing you to add onto the internal storage.
The S III will also come in two colours: Marble White and Pebble Blue. The design is a clear combination of previous Galaxy S handsets and the recently released Galaxy Nexus, giving off a more curved and rounded finish. The design is not exactly that incredible, but it’s not hideous either.
On the software side of things, the S III will ship with Android 4.0, Ice-Cream Sandwich, and will feature Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX. This iteration will include all the previous features of the older TouchWiz, as well as add enhanced voice recognition, motion detection, the ability to open up the camera app in less than a second and shoot a burst of eight photos with zero shutter lag, exclusive use of the Flipboard for Android app, and much more.
Expect the 3G HSPA+ versions to ship to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East in May, meaning that the Samsung Galaxy S III could very well be in your pocket by the end of the month. Has Samsung done enough for you to consider an upgrade?