Without a doubt, the Samsung Galaxy S III will be one of the most exciting Android phones of the year. Since releasing the Galaxy S and S II, Samsung has solidified itself as the top Android manufacturer in the world, with quality to back that up. They look to continue that dominance with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Scheduled to be released in some global markets by the end of May, this monstrous piece of hardware will be upon us sooner than later. With devices like the HTC One X currently making waves in the Android market, will Samsung be able to maintain “king of the hill” status?
Samsung Galaxy S III Specifications:
On paper, the specifications for the S III are nothing less than cutting edge. As quickly as dual-core processor smart phones were making headlines, quad-core processors look to quickly overtake them. Samsung’s newest addition to that category, the 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad, has the power of rivaling the recently released Snapdragon S4 and Tegra-3 chipsets. When you consider the amount of memory that is included, 1GB of RAM, you have a phone that will eclipse the power of most home computers. All processes on the phone are smooth and without lag, including high-definition gaming, video streaming, web browsing, and more.
The design of the phone is also different from past Galaxy models, and again Samsung does not disappoint. The phone rivals the likes of Motorola’s Droid RAZR when it comes to thickness, registering at only 8.6mm thick. It is also unbelievably light at only 4.7 ounces. As for the display, Samsung’s trademark Super AMOLED screen spreads 1280 x 720 pixels across 4.8″ of real estate. Capable of 1080P full HD playback thanks to the aforementioned processor, the display is unmatched in terms of smart phones today. Gorilla Glass 2 also comes standard, meaning a drop here or there won’t make that display any less beautiful. The 8MP camera (also 1080P full HD capable) remains relatively unchanged from the S II model, but the front shooter (1.9MP) is now capable of 720P video itself. This will lead to crystal clear video chatting, leaving memories of blurry sub-par front cameras in the past. As far as the body itself, it is currently being produced in two colors: Pebble Blue and Marble White.
What’s good in Samsung Galaxy S III?
Samsung has made major progress on the software front as well. The Samsung Galaxy S III will ship with nothing less than Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest Android OS, which makes use of improvements implemented by Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. TouchWiz allows for greater customization of the OS to the user’s liking, allowing customizable shortcuts and “human gesture” commands for increased speed. Samsung’s biggest surprise, however, is the introduction of S Voice. Clearly S Voice is meant to be the direct competition to Apple’s Siri, bringing a virtual voice assistant to the Android world. Although it is yet to be demoed by the public, Samsung promises that you will be able to use S Voice to take photos, play music, unlock the phone, and more. Another feature, S Beam, allows file transferring to other S Beam devices through a mixture of Wifi and NFC. Although not many devices on the current market feature NFC, it will be interesting to see how this feature plays out in the future.
Various other specs include onboard storage of up to 64GB (depending on the model chosen) and a microSD slot for exandable memory, up to 64 addition GB. 4G speeds will naturally be included: HSPA+21 or LTE depending on carrier and location. Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and an accelerometer round out the package. Samsung Galaxy S III Battery life should be great, with the 2,100mAh battery hopefully eliminating the need to charge the phone multiple times daily.
Will the Galaxy S III live up to the Android legacy that Samsung has created? All signs point to yes. Packing the performance of a home computer, graphical power of a gaming console, and a display to die for, Samsung looks to wear the Android crown for days to come.