After many months of speculations and anticipation, Samsung has finally released the newest and the most powerful member of its Galaxy smartphone family – the 3rd generation Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III – on Thursday, in an event hosted in London. Samsung claims that it is the biggest announcement of the year, and it has promised that this new smartphone will please its owners in terms of both hardware and software.
The rumors about the Galaxy S III that circulated for quite a while, always hinted towards a very powerful smartphone, which after witnessing the launch ceremony, can be termed as true.
Galaxy S III is an Android (Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0) powered beast. Under the hood it is packed with:
- 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor (200% faster & 20% more power efficient than Galaxy S II)
- 1 GB of RAM
- 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with a pixel resolution of 1280×720
- 8 megapixel rear camera
- 1.9 megapixel front camera
- Face and gesture recognition
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB internal storage space
- Micro SD card slot
- 4G LTE technology
- Available in two colors; Pebble Blue and Marble White
Galaxy S III’s rear camera sports several enhancements which include:
- Zero lag from the time you tap the screen to the capture of the image
- The ability to take a photo and be ready to take another in less than 1 second
- Ability to record HD video and capture the photographs at the same time
- A special feature, called as burst mode, which allows the user to take 20 photos at once
Galaxy S III is also empowered with a voice control feature known as “S Voice“. It listens and responds to your words, and provides Siri-like search and voice control. Other than that, Galaxy S III also features another incredible function called “S beam”, which allows you to share a 1 GB data file under 3 minutes, or transfer a 10 MB music file in just 2 seconds with another Galaxy S III.
Further, much similar to Apple’s iCloud, Galaxy S III features “AllShare Cast“, which allows wireless connectivity with television, file transfer between tablet, PC or any other Galaxy S III.
When compared to the iPhone 4S, despite Galaxy S III’s larger screen, it is quite thinner than the iPhone 4S (8.6mm vs. 9.33mm) and is slightly lighter as well (133 grams vs. 140 grams). Although it is little heavier than Galaxy S II (which weighs 116g).
Galaxy S III will be available by the end of May in Europe, and globally till mid-summer.