After a roller coaster of rumors and photos that leaked, the cat finally came out. The latest flagship of the Korean company Samsung named the Galaxy S III was finally revealed at the Samsung Unpacked event held in London. After the success of the Galaxy S II, Samsung is feeling the pressure of matching or overcoming its achievements with the new flagship.
The S III boasts a quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex A9 processor with an Exynos 4212 Quad chipset and a Mali-400 MP graphics chip. It is running an Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with a new version of TouchWiz. It has a 4.8” HD (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen protected by Gorilla Glass 2.
It is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera capable of 1080p video recording as well a 1.9 MP front camera. It is packed with 1 GB of RAM and will be shipped in 16/32/64 internal storage options.
The new design is uninspiring for me. But I guess it’s still early to judge since I haven’t seen it in person yet. The S III has a curvy design and is thinner by a 0.1 mm than its predecessor and the camera bump was removed. The back is covered by a glossy plastic made through a process called Hyperglaze by Samsung. It has a new version of TouchWiz with nature inspired notifications and ringtones. It has S Voice, a Siri competitor, which has multiple language support. The camera has zero shutter lag and can take photos while video recording similar to the HTC One X.
The S III has some cool new tricks up its sleeves to outdone its competitors. One of them is Smart Stay which tracks the movements of your eyes and turns the display on and off depending if you are looking at the screen. It also has Smart alert which makes the phone vibrate if you pick it up and missed an event. My favorite so far is the Pop-up Play which allows for the user to minimize the video into a window and enable the user to do other stuff while watching the video. Also, Samsung gave the S III a notification LED which is for me a very useful tool.
The international version will be released on May 29 and the LTE-enabled version will ship from the US in June. The S III comes in ‘Pebble Blue‘ and ‘Marble White‘ colors.