The event venue
The Samsung Galaxy S III was finally revealed at the Unpacked 2012 event in London and, boy, it sure looks promising. We know you're after the official deets so, we wont keep you waiting anymore.
Looks and innards
The Galaxy S III comes with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display that's just gorgeous. The imaging department is taken cared of by the combo of an 8-megapixel main camera and a 1.9-megapixel secondary camera up front. Running the show for this the Galaxy S II's successor is a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Cortex-A9 processor (just as we expected) that's paired with 1GB RAM. Internal real estate comes in either 16 or 32GB internal storage. It also comes with a suite of new features running on Ice Cream Sandwich. In terms of design, the Galaxy S III also has a more rounded frame compared to its predecessor and measures a mere 8.6mm at its thickest point.
We were able to play around a bit with the camera and we found out that it has zero lag time, the ability to take burst shots (up to 20 shots at a time), and the capability to choose the best photo (from 8 burst shots) based on factors like the smile, blur and blink. It's also worth mentioning that you can take photos while filming and group tag your photos. Another notable feature is PopUp Play which lets you view the videos anywhere in the screen as a thumbnail while you use other features such as messaging or web browsing.
We're told that the device is 'designed for humans' so it packs intelligent features including Smart Stay, which allows the device to dim when you're not looking to save battery, Direct Call, which calls the user you're texting instantly the moment you bring the phone close to your ear, and Smart Alert, which, well, alerts you of missed calls via vibrations and LED flashes when you pick up the phone. Finally, a Siri-like feature called the S Voice is also part of the package. Now, for those who don't believe it works, we actually tested it out and we can testify to Samsung's claim that it is the best voice recognition feature that the Korean-titan has ever released.
And, that's not all. To make the device even more enticing, Sammy decided to add social features like the S beam, which allows media sharing via NFC + WiFi Direct to other Galaxy S IIIs, AllShare Cast, which allows your the screen to be mirrored to TVs, laptops and tablets, and SocialTag, which uses facial recognition to link pictures of friends to their social networks.
Pricing and availability
There are no official details yet in terms of pricing although Samsung says the Galaxy S III will first be available in Europe on May 29 before rolling out to Southeast Asian markets shortly after. That means we could expect the device to arrive on local shores in June or July although, of course, we're hoping it will come sooner.
Check out the gallery below for press photos