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.

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

Somehow it looks like Galaxy Nexus to me.

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.

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.

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.

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 :

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?

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

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...

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.

FalseAgent said,
I don't know, i'm not impressed. The HTC One X blew me away, together with Sense 4.0, but this....

Hardware wise its tons better than the One X. Sense is Meh, i rather stock android..IE custom roms.

Sense is Meh? Seriously? Have you even used touchwiz? It's god awful, boring and restrictive, its the reason so many people want a custom rom on their devices. Its the one thing (with bundled samsung crapware of course) that let's their devices down imo. Sense UI as far as custom UIs go is rather nice to use I found and it wasn't boring either, but I do agree that I would rather stock android.

The Nexus with it's stock version of Android is far more pleasant to use and that's a Samsung device. I wish Samsung would just use stock Android i really do. Their rubbish adds nothing of value for me personally and actually takes away from the experience of using what is otherwise a great product.

christopherCN said,
Is this better than apple's retina display?

Considering it has a bigger screen than the nexus which was 316PPI (lower than retina), I do not think it's better in that respect.

SharpGreen said,

Considering it has a bigger screen than the nexus which was 316PPI (lower than retina), I do not think it's better in that respect.
it's only something like 306PPI. A whopping 30PPI lower than the retina display - oh boy.

Besides, if Samsung made a display with as many or more PPI, Apple would sue them.

KCRic said,
it's only something like 306PPI. A whopping 30PPI lower than the retina display - oh boy.

Besides, if Samsung made a display with as many or more PPI, Apple would sue them.


Apple won't, because they does not make display sensors. They just buy them from LG (and possibly Samsung).

Coming from an S2 user I would choose an AMOLED screen over an LCD any day. The vibrancy, depth of colour and brightness are just better. I'm not an apple hater, I do get the IT with apple but man they don't half push their marketing brainwashing BS on to people and that's exactly what 'retina display' is; Marketing Hypabol.

random_ said,
may 29th cant come soon enough! super excited

glad that they are moving away from iphone look

Agreed, it looks more like a larger Galaxy Nexus.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
So they're rushing out in Europe, but waiting for LTE in the US? Does that mean it's only a 3G phone in Europe, or is Samsung blowing smoke?

I don't believe Europe has any 4G networks running. No reason for it to have 4G there.

mrp04 said,

I don't believe Europe has any 4G networks running. No reason for it to have 4G there.


lol what, no 4G networks?
What are you smoking?

GS:mac

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
So they're rushing out in Europe, but waiting for LTE in the US? Does that mean it's only a 3G phone in Europe, or is Samsung blowing smoke?

In the UK it will be GSM only as we don't have any LTE networks in this country yet. O2-UK is supposedly testing an LTE network but only in certain areas.

Not loving its looks. Good tech inside but its like the casing was an after thought. After the SII I was hoping for something as refreshing in looks and camera but i don't feel they have pushed themselves from the competition this time. Now looking back to HTC and possible One X. Im dissapointed

From the build up and increasingly likely to be true speculation about the S3, I've thought for a while that the HTC One X would be a better all round phone.

ir0nw0lf said,
I thought the US was only getting a dual-core version and everyone else was getting the quad-core?

That's the trick HTC pulled with the One X. But seeing as this uses the Exynos 4 processor and not Tegra 3 then it should be Quad Core everywhere.

neo158 said,

This

LOL

Cheap plastic? Check
****ty screen (worse than One X)? Check
****ty optics? Check
****ty design? Check
Ugly OS? Check

Just wait for Windows Phone 8 and iPhone5

FoxieFoxie said,

LOL

Cheap plastic? Check
****ty screen (worse than One X)? Check
****ty optics? Check
****ty design? Check
Ugly OS? Check

Just wait for Windows Phone 8 and iPhone5

Troll harder.

The OS is the best mobile OS available. The other arguments you placed are valid but really, lets wait and see what other will bring. IMO only the OS invalidates everything.

One more argument could be the limited memory. 1GB today is not enough.

FoxieFoxie said,

LOL

Cheap plastic? Check
****ty screen (worse than One X)? Check
****ty optics? Check
****ty design? Check
Ugly OS? Check

Just wait for Windows Phone 8 and iPhone5

Your opinion? Check

You even have the nerve to compare the SGSIII to the One X, the One X was bug filled on release and is still bug filled now because HTC CBA to release updates quick enough to fix the issues.

Couple that with the fact that we still don't know when the iPhone 5 will be released and that current Windows Phones probably won't get the update to WP8 anyway and this makes the SGSIII the better option.

Dead'Soul said,
that dont impress me much

So you got the looks but have you got the touch
Don't get me wrong, yeah I think you're alright
But that won't keep me warm on the long, cold, lonely night