While it wasn’t the biggest secret around, Samsung took the stage and officially announced the next Galaxy handset, the Galaxy S III. The handset is just as powerful as it is sleek and we’re impatiently awaiting its arrival in the states, which shouldn’t be that long.
Rocking the rumored 4.8 inch 720p HD display, the Galaxy S III sports one of the largest displays that we’ve seen on a phone before, with the exception of the Galaxy Note, of course. As you’d expect, the display itself is gorgeous but also the same display tech that’s found on the Galaxy Nexus – Super AMOLED HD.
Inside the handset is the new quad-core Exynos 4 processor, which is one of these fastest CPU’s we’ve come across. The previous Exynos CPU found in the Galaxy S II put most other processors to shame and it looks like Samsung is doing the same thing, yet again. That said, processors like the Tegra 3 and Snapdragon S4 aren’t as far behind as last time, and we wouldn’t be surprised if we found the US variants of the Galaxy S III rocking Qualcomm’s chip to support LTE.
Other specs of the Galaxy S III include 1GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 16/32GB versions, with 64GB coming soon, along with a micro SD card slot that supports up to another 64GB of storage. Rounding out the specs, you’ll find a 2,100 mAh battery inside of a 8.6mm shell. You will find a dedicated home button on the device but we can imagine that it might go missing by the time it hits US markets.
As far as US availability is concerned, here’s all we have:
Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version of Galaxy S III, optimized for the fastest LTE and HSPA+ networks in the U.S., which will be available in the summer of 2012. Exact timing and retail channel availability is not being announced at this time. We believe the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated product in the 20-year history of Samsung Mobile; therefore, we will continue to share information as it becomes available.
The Galaxy S III is a welcomed evolution of the uber-popular handset family and it will undoubtedly sell much better than previous versions.
Stay tuned for more Galaxy S III news!
Press release below:
|2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz|
3G (HSPA? 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G (Dependent on market)
|4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED (1280×720) display|
|Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
Main(Rear): 8 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark
Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC?/eAAC?, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X
S Beam, Buddy photo share, Share shot
AllShare Play, AllShare Cast
Smart stay, Social tag, Group tag, Face zoom, Face slide show
|Direct call, Smart alert, Tap to top, Camera quick access|
Pop up play
Burst shot & Best photo, Recording snapshot, HDR
Google™ Mobile Services
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
16/ 32GB User memory (64GB available soon) ? microSD slot (up to 64GB)
136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, 133g