Samsung Galaxy S III Officially Unveiled + My thoughts!

On Thursday 3rd May 2012, Samsung unveiled their “Next Galaxy” device to the world, was it worth the wait and what new features did it bring? Read on to find out.

Samsung Galaxy S III Front

Samsung Galaxy S III Front (Image Credit: Samsung)

Well it finally happened, on Thursday 3rd May 2012 at 7 pm GMT, after months and months of speculation and rumours, Samsung took center stage at Earls Court, London to unveil the sucessor to their highly selling Galaxy S II smartphone, the Galaxy S III, their flagship device for 2012.

At the beginning of the event, JK Shin, president of Samsung Mobile made the statement “There were a lot of rumours and speculation – some were right, and some were wrong”.

Let’s start with the display. The Galaxy S III has a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD display with a 720p resolution, this might be a bit big for some people but the ergonomic design that Samsung touted should mean it feels good in the hand. The device doesn’t have much of a bezel around the screen, Samsung minimized the space to the sides as well above and below the device so the screen can be the main focus. One negative about the display, that didn’t receive very much publicity is the fact that it’s a pentile display. Explaining what this means exactly is a bit difficult, but look at the image below.

HTC One X vs HTC One S display comparison

HTC One X vs HTC One S display comparison (Image Credit: The Verge)

Simply put, the HTC One S is the device with a Pentile Super AMOLED display and you can clearly see the lack of definition in the GMail logo compared to the RGB stripe Super LCD 2 found on the One X. Samsung probably went for a Pentile display as opposed to an RGB Striped one because it consumes less power and that it can be used to achieve a HD resolution on an AMOLED screen. This doesn’t necessarily mean the display is bad, and most people, probably won’t even notice it, it’s only if you’re a “screenophile” or someone that likes to take Macro shots of the display that you will notice this minor technical detail. As always don’t judge a book by it’s cover, so try one out for yourself before you make the decision.

GALAXY SIII Back

GALAXY SIII Back (Image Credit: Samsung)

Moving on from the display, the Galaxy S III packs a Samsung Exynos Quad 4 processor with a clock speed of 1.4 GHZ, (Samsung already confirmed this prior to the event) Camera wise, it comes with a 8.0 Megapixel shooter on the back, capable of recording full 1080p HD footage at 30 frames per second and a 1.9 Megapixel front facing camera, capable of taking 720p video. The Galaxy S III is only 8.6 mm thin and only weighs 133 grams, making it quite light indeed.

GALAXY SIII

GALAXY SIII (Image Credit: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy S III - S Voice

Samsung Galaxy S III – S Voice (Image Credit: Pocket-Lint)

Samsung’s motif for the Galaxy S III was “Designed for humans” and they showed off some pretty impressive features in regards to how the phone can interact with humans in an intelligent way. The first of these being S Voice, which people would most likely compare to Apple’s Siri. However S voice goes beyond Siri, because you can say commands like “I would like to take a picture” and it will open up the camera application straight away, also there are five customizable wake up commands such as “Hi Galaxy”. Moving on from S Voice, there’s a “Stay awake” feature which some users may find a bit creepy on initial thought, the Galaxy S III uses the front facing camera to judge if you’re looking at the display or not, if you are it will stay on, so gone are the days of touching the display to undim the screen or stop auto locking. Direct call is another feature which shows the Galaxy S III’s intelligence, suppose you’re texting someone and you raise the phone to your head, the Galaxy S III will rightly assume that you’re trying to call the person and will begin the call.

JK shin said “The Galaxy S III design mimics the warmth and beauty of nature” and this was further emphasized by Samsung’s second motif “Inspired by Nature”. This is really evident, starting with the lock screen which now has a live wallpaper with real water droplets sound effects, the general Touchwiz UI has been given an ocean blue theme and the design of the Galaxy S III was inspired by pebbles according to Samsung. While on the subject of pebbles, the Galaxy S III comes in two colours, marble white and pebble blue. The Galaxy S III has a 2100 mAH battery and internal storage wise there are 16,32 and 64 GB models available and you can expand this using a micro SD card as well. It packs 1 GB of Ram and NFC is built into the device.

Samsung pioneered their “Galaxy beam” feature with the Galaxy Nexus launch in November 2011 but now they’ve developed it into S Beam which uses NFC and Wifi Direct to allow users to beam content from one Galaxy S III to the other by simply putting them next to each other and then touching the content on screen one wishes to send.

Samsung Galaxy S III Pop Up Play (Image Credit: Pocket-lint) Samsung showed a feature which one could argue defines true multitasking. This feature, dubbed Pop Up Play, allows a user to continue watching a video while browsing the internet, because the video goes almost picture in picture and the best part is the user can move this video around to where it’s out of the way of whatever else the user is trying to do. There are a plethora of features with this new Touchwiz Nature UX user interface and Pocket-Lint has explored them detail and included a whole host of screenshots so check that out if you need more information.

The Galaxy S III is coming out in Europe on May 29th and in America sometime in June and as mentioned above, it will come in two colours, Marble White and Pebble Blue.

Samsung GALAXY S III White Front

Samsung GALAXY S III White Front (Image Credit: Samsung)

Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy S III is a great device. It’s the second quad core device to reach the market after the HTC One X, the 4.8 inch Super HD AMOLED display should bring some vibrant colours and with the revamp to Touchwiz with a nature theme as well as intelligent “Stay awake” and “Direct call” features, making it a powerful and feature packed phone. I’m reserving full judgement till I get one in the hands but overall I was impressed, I wasn’t blown away nor did I see anything groundbreaking but on the surface, it’s still a great device. We’ll bring you a full review of the device soon after it’s released so stay tuned for that.

So what do you guys think of the Samsung Galaxy S III? Were you disappointed, do you think it will prove a worthy competitor for Apple’s next generation iPhone or not? We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments in the section below.

Source: The Verge

Written by Purav, PDTechHD (My personal account is PDTalkinTech)

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  • Great Article, shame it’s a Samsung! Aha 😛

  • Awesome Post !

  • Jesus Chris Purav! AMAZING article! 

  • nuclearmix

    htc ones review pls 

  • Awesome article as usual =]

    I did love the Samsung event as they really pulled out the stops for the announcement on the Galaxy S3. I am still not sure about if I am impressed or not with the phone for several reasons. Even though there are a few good and new features to the phone. The phone is still a basic Android phone and it’s similar to the old device. It does have some awesome specs and the phone looks amazing. The problem is that they have to be within the limits of the Android operating system, which means that they have a limit to what they can add to it. I do think that it’s my personal favourite out of all of the 2012 Android phones so far.

  • Awesome article PD, keep up the awesome articles 🙂

  • nice Article PD keep it up

  • Amazing article Purav! I like the HTC One X more, but the SGSIII seems to be a very nice device!

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