Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S III. If the iPhone is the manna of Apple lovers, then Samsung’s flagship handset is the equivalent for Android lovers. The numbers speak for themselves: The electronics giant has broken Nokia’s grip on the mobile market, and with 44.5 million smartphones shipped in Q1 2012 alone, the company is now the number one global smartphone maker.
At its launch event in London, Samsung finally took the wraps off its smartphone, while also finally confirming that the handset–frequently referred to in the company’s marketing materials as the “next Galaxy smartphone”–would be called the Samsung Galaxy S III.
“The Galaxy S III will be a big hit in all our markets in Southeast Asia,” Lee, director of Samsung Asia’s regional mobile business said. “I believe it will be a big winner in the market.”
The S III boasts of a quad-core Exynos processor, a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED 720p display, an 8-megapixel camera, 1GB RAM as well as up to 64GB of onboard storage. The handset will run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) with the company’s TouchWiz UI which has been upgraded with new features such as a “Pop up Play” video function as well as a beefed up Android Beam called S Beam.
The Samsung Galaxy S III will be launched in 145 countries partnering with 296 mobile operators around the world.
The handset is expected to ship sometime between late May and early June to Europe first, with Asia following after. Samsung however could not confirm an expected launch date for the US and Australia markets.
The 3G version will be launched at the end of May, starting with Europe, while the 4G version will be available in North America, Japan and Korea this summer.
The Samsung Galaxy S III features ‘Smart Stay’ technology that uses the front-facing camera to detect if you’re looking at it, so it knows whether to keep the screen awake.
It also encompasses sharing features as the ‘S Beam’, All Share Cast’, ‘Buddy Photo Share’ and ‘AllShare Play’ of which ensures you stay socially connected.
Texting Someone but decided to call them instead? Simply raise the Samsung Galaxy S III to your ear and the ‘Direct Call’ feature activates.
The Galaxy S III has a hyperglaze finish and would be available in Pebble Blue and Marble White.
The Galaxy S III display is super fast with 0.01ms response speed and is more energy efficient. However, the size of the Galaxy S III is only 22% larger than the Galaxy SII, due to a reduced bezel.
The Galaxy S III also features wireless charging and Wi-Fi Channel Bonding, which doubles the Wi-Fi Bandwidth.
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