So it’s finally here, after doing an Apple and keeping their next Galaxy smartphone a secret, it’s here. It was so secret that until the announcement, even the name wasn’t mentioned; except for that small blip during the earnings call). However, everything was revealed in London (2am local time, yawn). and Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy S III smartphone.
The Galaxy S III comes with the latest Android OS, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box. Hardware specs include a quad-core processor using Samsung’s own Exynos processors running at 1.4GHz. The smartphone itself is a 4.8”, 720p (1280×720) HD Super AMOLED display. The display itself features thinner side bezels which makes the phone slimmer despite having a large display.
The new Galaxy will have an 8MP BIS sensor, rear-facing autofocus camera with flash and also features zero shutter lag. Zero shutter lag offers close to instantaneous captures similar to the Galaxy Nexus phone. It also has a 1.9MP BIS sensor front-facing camera capable of HD recording at 30fps.
Other specs are Bluetooth 4.0, high throughput WiFi-N connectivity, GPS with GLONASS, NFC, and a large 2,100mAh battery. The Galaxy S III will come in 16GB and 32GB variants with the 64GB variant coming at a later date. The Galaxy S III also has a microSD slot which can handle up to 64GB.
The specs of the new Galaxy smartphone is all well and good but what makes the phone standout is the features Samsung has put into the Galaxy S III especially in the way people will interact with it.
Samsung features Smart Stay where the front-facing camera tracks your eyes. When you are looking at the phone, it will prevent itself from turning off the display. On the other hand, when it detects that you are not looking at the display, it will automatically turn off the display to conserve battery. Another function is that when a SMS arrives and you want to call the person instead of reply, all you need to do is place the Galaxy S III to your ear and it will automatically call that person.
Borrowing functions from the company’s own TVs, S Voice in the Galaxy S III uses Voice Commands in a similar manner as Samsung’s Smart TVs. It also has face recognition that will associate faces from photos to people on your contact. AllShare Play connects with other devices with the function so that they can share content between one another.
S Beam combines the NFC on the Galaxy S III with WiFi Direct so that you can share content whether contact info or music between devices with S Beam.
Samsung has also revamped its TouchWiz interface that gives a more natural design called Nature UX.
Popup Play is another function that allows another app popup in front of another app. This is basically a picture-in-picture function on the phone.
There are two colors available for the Samsung Galaxy S III, Marble White and Pebble Blue. It should be out this month. Unfortunately, price hasn’t been announced.