Samsung Galaxy S III officially announced [Update]

It's been the worst kept secret in the smartphone industry, but today Samsung officially revealed the Galaxy S III, the next entry in its best selling smartphone series. The announcement was made at a press event in London that was streamed live to the rest of the world.

The Galaxy S III will come with a 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 quad processor that Samsung announced a few days ago. It also will have 1 GB of RAM and a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED touch screen with 1280 x 720 resolution. Look for an eight megapixel rear camera along with a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera. It will also have Android 4.0 running out of the box but it will also have Samsung's own TouchWiz user interface.

Europe will get the smartphone first later in May and it will be released in other parts of the world later this year. It may be a while before a version of the phone makes it to the US. News.com report that the Galaxy S III with LTE support may not be released until sometime in December. (Update - News.com now says it is due out sometime this summer in the US) Samsung said during the press event that the smartphone will be released in 145 different countries and 296 wireless providers.

Image via Samsung

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

IE 9 silent update helps boost its market share

Next Story

Has Company of Heroes 2 been revealed?

64 Comments

View more comments

Absolutely hate the design. Ill be sticking with the SII this time around

Its too much like the SI, which had the same rounded design.

htcz said,
Will there be a physical QWERTY keyboard version like the Galaxy S III but worldwide?

you don't need physical keyboard with 4,8'' screen...

I don't mind the design but this phone has not lived up to the hype, though it has pretty good specs. Still prefer ther HTC One X

Mohitster said,
This phone looks dated!

How exactly. Only 4-core phones on international market are HTC One S and X. But those are available just for a few weeks. Huawei is nowhere near to be seen, no Sony, no Apple, no LG etc. Lots of dead announcements, but nothing on the market.

So how exactly it's dated?

coth said,
So how exactly it's dated?

It _looks_ dated, which doesn't say anything about the hardware in it.

And I agree, I'm not keen on the design either. I was hoping for it to have capacitive buttons instead of that central physical one, too bad.

KaoDome said,

It _looks_ dated, which doesn't say anything about the hardware in it.

And I agree, I'm not keen on the design either. I was hoping for it to have capacitive buttons instead of that central physical one, too bad.


well, yes, designwise it's ugly. but as smartphone device it's not outdated. it's most modern and most powerful. as bechmarks shows exynos 4212 is more powerful than tegra 3.

coth said,

How exactly. Only 4-core phones on international market are HTC One S and X. But those are available just for a few weeks. Huawei is nowhere near to be seen, no Sony, no Apple, no LG etc. Lots of dead announcements, but nothing on the market.

So how exactly it's dated?


Hardware design?

Flae_qui said,
anyone else impressed with the zero lag shutter and burst on the camera?

I am, zero shutter lag on the camera debuted on the Galaxy Nexus AFAIK.

Edited by neo158, May 4 2012, 2:06am :

The US variant will feature an S4 instead of the Exynos SoC, That's pathetic, It's about time you oh-so-smart Americans quit that BS your carriers put you through. Waiting a lot longer than all the rest of the world to have a phone launched just because the stupid carriers require specific hardware customizations for them? Then a software update is released and you have to wait up to a YEAR before your carrier releases some crap-ridden crippled piece of software? Now your so-beloved carriers will not only delay the launch of the best phone in the world, but also cripple its major hardware feature?? Oh, c'mon...

The sad truth is we can't do anything about it because not everyone is willing to shut off their service in protest. The carriers have TONS of money and politicians in all levels of government in their pockets... and it's only getting worse. Sucks, I know.

yowanvista said,
The US variant will feature an S4 instead of the Exynos SoC, That's pathetic, It's about time you oh-so-smart Americans quit that BS your carriers put you through. Waiting a lot longer than all the rest of the world to have a phone launched just because the stupid carriers require specific hardware customizations for them? Then a software update is released and you have to wait up to a YEAR before your carrier releases some crap-ridden crippled piece of software? Now your so-beloved carriers will not only delay the launch of the best phone in the world, but also cripple its major hardware feature?? Oh, c'mon...

You're thinking about the HTC One X, the Tegra 3 processor doesn't support LTE so that's why the US One X has the S4 processor. The Exynos 4 processor is more than capable of connecting to LTE networks, Samsung created the LTE hardware for the US Galaxy Nexus, which might explain why the US version of the GSIII is delayed.

I was thinking of trading in my nexus to get this as I'm out of contract, but I think I'll stick it out for now.

Chica Ami said,
Looks like a Samsung Galaxy SIII to me, only difference a bigger screen and better specs. =D

Bigger screen, better specs and lots of changes to the software.

Just switched to SGS2 a few days ago
Does SGS3 come with notification LED?

Somehow it looks like Galaxy Nexus to me.

Commenting is disabled on this article.