Announced earlier this month at its own event in London, the Samsung Galaxy S III/GT-I9300 is Samsung's latest flagship Android smartphone and the successor of the Galaxy S II. Running on Android 4.0.4/Ice Cream Sandwich, which is enhanced with Samsung's own TouchWiz 4.0 UI, the Galaxy S III is powered by Samsung's own Exynos 4212 quad-core Cortex A9 CPU at 1.4 GHz which is backed-up by a Mali-400MP GPU. The S III supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quadband UMTS/HSDPA (up to 21 Mbps)/HSUPA (up to 5.76 Mpbs) at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz as well as WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, aGPS/GLONASS and the typical FM radio. Also onboard are an accelerometer, gyroscope, RGB and proximity sensor as well as a digital compass and a barometer.
The Galaxy S III sports a 4.8" Gorilla Glass 2 protected Super AMOLED HD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixel. The 8 megapixel autofocus camera on the back comes with a supporting flash LED and features simultaneous HD video and image recording, burst shot and best photo, HDR, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization. Videos can be recoded in 1080p HD with up to 30 fps. The front-facing camera has a resolution of 1.9 megapixel which allows to record 720p HD videos up to 30 fps.
The S III comes with 1 GB RAM and either 16, 32 or 64 GB of flash memory which can be expanded with micro SD memory cards up to 64 GB. In addition to the inbuilt memory, Samsung provides 50 GB or free Dropbox storage for two years. The device accepts micro SIM cards only. Unlike other Android 4.0 devices, the Galaxy S III is featuring the more or less old Android button layout. Left and right from the physical home button are the touch-sensitive menu key and the back key. The most recently used apps are opened by pressing and holding the center button.
At a size of 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, the Galaxy S III weights 133 g, including the 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery.
The Galaxy S III will be available in "pebble blue" and "marble white" and will launch on 29 May 2012. The LTE enabled version will be launched later this summer.
Cheers ~ Arne