After months of waiting and tens of rumors wandering around on the web, Samsung finally unveiled the third generation of its Galaxy S Smartphone i.e. the Samsung Galaxy SIII. The company revealed this beast in a stand-alone event that they had in London on 3rd of May. Like expected, the new Galaxy S Smartphone offers tons of features which might not necessarily make the user-experience ten times better but it’s definitely going to save Samsung several sales that otherwise might have been bagged by HTC’s quad-core Android flagship – The HTC One X.
Without wasting anymore word space, let’s dig into this new Smartphone.
Build Quality & Looks
Samsung would be selling the Galaxy SIII in two colors – Marble White and Pebble Blue; it’s got curved corners which you have already seen on the Galaxy Nexus. Front and rear of this device has been carved out of high-quality plastic; its back-panel is quite glossy and a real finger-print magnet.
The device is neither too heavy, nor too thick; it weighs 133g and measures 8.6 mm in thickness which is quite normal for a device that sports a 4.8-inch display screen, we’re going to talk about the display in real detail in the next segment.
Instead of putting all capacitive/all physical, Samsung has placed one physical home button, and two capacitive menu and back buttons at the bottom of the device, which looks pretty awesome.
On top of the screen, you’re going to find the front facing camera along with a bunch of sensor to adjust brightness in order to capture crisp photos. On the left side, there is volume rocker; on top of the device, there’s 3.5 mm audio jack along with microSD card slot. On the right side, you have the power button. At bottom of the device, you have the micro-USB port.
The 8-megapixel camera rest on the back of the device accompanied by a LED flash and the speaker grill.
On the whole, the device feels solid in the hands, with that premium touch of awesomeness.
Samsung Galaxy SIII has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display that display visuals at 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. For all the Retina Display lovers, this phone also offers a 306 ppi pixel density is good enough to challenge any Retina Display device.
Samsung is going to offer this Smartphone with TouchWiz 4.0 user interface on top of Android v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system; the new user-interface is quite impressive, the quad-core processor backing the user-interface makes the user-experience a lot smoother, you can expect to run high-definition videos without any glitches, but then that’s not something new, Galaxy SII’s dual-core processor can do the same equally well.
Samsung Galaxy SIII’s display contrast is truly amazing which makes it a great device for playing high-definition role-playing games available for Android platform. Trust me, if you’re phone’s display doesn’t offer a good contrast, you’ve invested in a real Pebble, not a phone.
Apparently, Samsung would be selling 3 variants of Galaxy SIII – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and you can also expand its storage by 64GB using a microSD card. The phone offers 1GB RAM; net usable memory available might differ.
This is a 4G LTE enabled device so if you’re on a LTE plan with Verizon, you’d be able to use this beauty with your 4G data plan. Samsung Galaxy SIII’s 1.4 GHz quad-core processor makes web browsing really fast; kinetic scrolling and pinch to zoom functions work perfect. Besides, it can be used on a 3G network, it can act like a Wi-Fi hotspot, it has Bluetooth v4.0 + A2DP + EDR and you know everything else.
Camera & Optics
Samsung Galaxy SIII hasn’t brought anything new to the table when it comes to the camera section, Android v4.0 ICS brings camera shutter lag to zilch but there’s nothing “mind-blowing” about Camera of Samsung Galaxy SIII. The new phone offers an 8-megapixel AF camera with LED flash, a 1.9-megapixel front facing camera for Skype and other video services that you might be using. Rear camera can record 1080p Full HD videos at 30 fps while the front facing camera can do 720p videos at 30 fps (this is the one thing that quite impressive about this Smartphone’s camera).
The Muscle Power
One of the most expected features of Samsung Galaxy SIII was a quad-core processor, initially I thought that Samsung won’t be putting a quad-core processor in the third-generation of its Galaxy S Smartphone because there’s nothing one can do with it, but since its rival, HTC launched One X with a quad-core processor, Samsung had to develop a device whose processor works with 4 cores and here we have the result with us, the third-gen Galaxy S phone has all its processing stuff managed by 4-cores of 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Exynos 4212 Quad processor.
All the muscle needed for running high on graphics games and editing HD videos on this device would be supplied by Mali-400MP GPU that rests inside this phone.
Samsung Galaxy SIII flaunts TouchWiz 4.0 user-interface on top of Android v4.0 ICS operating system. TouchWiz UI brings several new features to this phone, for one, you can control this device with voice commands because of S Voice, also once enabled in settings you’d be able to humanize this device, for example, in order to open camera, just touch the home screen with two fingers and rotate it. When you get your hands on this device, in a few months, you’d be able to do a lot with it.
On the whole, the new Samsung Galaxy SIII targets high-end phone lovers not just with its strong hardware specs but also with an improved version of Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. As of now, Samsung hasn’t unveiled the pricing and available of this device, but you can expected the lowest version to costs $599 (or around Rs. 34000 in India). This is quite unlikely, but Samsung might change a few things before actually moving this device to the market shelves.