Samsung Unveils Galaxy S3, Coming May 29 (Specs, Video)

May 3, 2012

Samsung finally (I repeat, finally!) announced and unveiled the Galaxy S III Android smartphone at a press event in London today. So what’s one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year packing?

For starters, it’s rocking a gigantic 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1280×720). That’s much larger than what we’ve seen on the Google-backed Galaxy Nexus, but if you notice it’s not designated with the “Plus” distinction of improvement that most expected – meaning, it’s likely pentile technology with some visible pixelation. Moving on, the Galaxy S3 also sports a 1.4GHz quad-core processor (Exynos 4 Quad) with Mali 400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture and zero shutter lag, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 16/32 GB of internal storage (64GB said to be coming soon), expandable storage via microSD card slot, 2100mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi Direct, NFC, DLNA, and an MHL-micro-USB port. Like the previous leaks revealed, the device has a physical home button near the bottom with two capacitive touch buttons on each side. All that wrapped in an 8.6mm thin body and weighing just 133 grams.

On the software-side, we’re looking at Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz. Like Samsung’s newer Smart TVs, the Galaxy S3 can detect your face, voice and motions in an effort to provide the user with a more convenient and natural experience. The “Smart Stay” feature uses the front-facing camera to recognize how you’re using the handset, whether it’s reading an e-book or browsing the web. The “S Voice” feature allows the device to listen and respond to your words – think of it as Samsung’s Siri. With your voice, you can check whether, play music, turn up/down volume, send texts/emails, organize schedules, launch the camera and automatically take a photo, and even tell the phone to “snooze” when your alarm goes off. To round-out the Smart controlling options, the Galaxy S III apparently understands your motions. If you’re sending a text to a friend, but decide to call them instead, lifting the GS3 to your face will enable the “Direct Call” feature to dial their number. “Smart Alert” will reveal how many missed alerts you have once the device is picked up, too. Finally, Samsung will ofer Game Hub, Video Hub and Music Hub services.

As for accessories, Samsung announced a flip cover, desktop dock with metallic finish, vehicle/car dock, battery charging stand, extra battery kit, HDMI adaptor, AllShare Cast wireless streaming dongle, and a wireless charging kit. There was also a brief mention of an MP3 player music companion, called the S Pebble.

The Galaxy S III will be available on May 29 in Pebble Blue and Marble White color options (sorry, no traditional black for now) in Europe, followed by a global release in Asia, the US (June) and other parts of the world. After the break, we’ve posted some more images, a promo ad, and walk-through/hands-on video of the device.

(Samsung Galaxy S III Press Release)

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