The most important news on technology, developments and trends with insightful analysis. Coverage includes hardware, software, networking, wireless computing, personal technology, security and cutting-edge technology from the developer world to the consumer world.
The London's Earl's court was filled with enthusiasts and eager press restlessly waiting to get the first take on Samsung Galaxy S3 superphone. But, all that's done now and the phone itself is very much official. So, let's take a look at what cosmic diversities Samsung has packed inside its newest Galaxy phone.
To begin with, Samsung Galaxy S3 features a 4.8" HD Super AMOLED display, an amazing 8 megapixel primary camera, a 1.9 megapixels front-facing camera, advanced face recognition, incredible storage options, a quad-core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and much more. More incredible details after the break.
The Galaxy S3 smartphone is almost entirely made up of plastic. It has narrower bezel than its predecessor which fairly compensates for the overall size of the device mostly contributed by the large Pentile Matrix display. Interestingly, it's just 8.6mm thin and weighs only 133 grams.
The Pentile Matrix display uses a combination of Red, Green and Blue subpixels to form a pixel on the screen instead of the regual pixels. This causes the screen to generate more brighter, crisper and clearer colors while the HD Super AMOLED takes care of energy efficiency.
Under the hood, driving smoothly all the graphical aesthetics and super fast performance is the EXYNOS Quad, the successor the Exynos 2. It has a ARM Mali-400/MP4 GPU. The EXYNOS Quad Processor has 4 cores, each with its own dynamic range and voltage.
Now, the big questions is where does the Galaxy S3 stand against the competition? To be frank (even if that's too early to say), the Galaxy S3 outdoes almost every other smartphone in existence in terms of hardware specifications. The build quality doesn't seem quite praise worthy (blame Samsung's choice of plastic for that), but then we are yet to try our hands-on with the device.
On the software front, the Galaxy S3 does outperform the rest of the Android phones. Samsung's has blessed it with a bunch of Galaxy S3 specific fetaures like 'S Beam', 'Direct Call' and so on. Besides that, the very fact that it runs Android 4.0 out of the box makes it considerably distinct.
Now the 8 megapixel camera may sound a little underpowered against the 12 megapixel found in other smartphones, but in reality, it is not. The camera is equipped with burst mode capabilities that allow it to shoot as much as 20 photos in one go. It also has zero shutter lag which practically gives you no delay or wait time between clicking shots.
The superphone will come in three storage variants – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB while at launch only the first two variants will be available and the 64GB will be eventually released to the market. Furthermore, the device supports up to 64GB of SDXC storage which makes the maximum storage space of the device as 128GB in the top-notch variant.
Under the hood, there's Android 4.0 OS with all its awesomeness, integrated Google services, advanced Face Recognition support, an extension of the NFC-based Android Beam feature called S Beam which allows you to share as much as 1 GB in just 3 minutes, Direct Call feature that enables lift-to-call and such more pleasantries.
It will be available in two colors including Marble White and Pebble Blue and will come with a 2100mAh powerful battery to power it all through the day and hopefully, even more.
The anticipated Galaxy S3 launch does bring solace to all those die-hard fanatics who were impatiently waiting for this day, however, we are unsure (yet) if the magnitude of that wait is justified. But that, we will find out soon.
As far as other phones are concerned, early test results seem to be favoring the GSIII, but the real competition is with the upcoming iPhone, which Apple is due to announce shortly. In the European markets, the device will be available from 29th May onwards and should soon make it to other markets too.
There's nary a word with us on pricing and global availability yet, but we will be sure to hit back with an update as soon as it develops. Stay tuned!
Click here to know more about Samsung Galaxy S3 specs, features and everything you'd care about.