Samsung Galaxy S3 pre-orders are underway in the US. Korean tech giant has just announced to begin shipping the new version of its flagship Android handset, the Galaxy S3 to more markets. The company launched the device in May in several countries in Europe, Middle East and Asia. As of now, Sammy is preparing to launch the S3 in the U.S and many other countries. Of course, the U.S. market is set to get the Galaxy S III through all its major carriers including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and others. Well, the S III is expected to be one of the most sought after Android handsets ever thanks to its advanced features and impressive look.
Form factor: The new Galaxy S III has a superb look. Along with its 8.6mm body, the device is very light weight with just 133 grams. The handset comes in a set of impressive colors like pebble blue and marble white. Other dimensions are 136.6 x 70.6 mm.
Display screen: A large 4.8-inch Super AMOLED capacitive screen is one of the major attractions of the handset. Well, the S III is Samsung’s second largest handset in display size. The Galaxy Note phablet has a 5.3-inch display; meanwhile, the new Galaxy Nexus falls short with a 4.65-inch display. The S III delivers a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels at 306 ppi. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 against scratches and it has Samsung’s new Android UI TouchWiz 4.0.
Processor, RAM & GPU: The Galaxy S III is a highly powerful machine with an Exynos 4212 Quad-based 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and 1GB of RAM. Samsung introduced its Exynos quad core chip on this handset. It is a great rival to Nvidia Tegra 3 and other quad core chips, Samsung claims. For graphical performance, the handset mounts Mali-400MP, which can ensure better multimedia performance.
Operating System: Needles to mention, the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is yet another brilliant thing with the Galaxy S III. It is the second handset from Samsung after Nexus to preload Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the mobile OS from Google. The firmware is rich with many new features and applications.
Storage: To make it competitive, Samsung has launched three memory versions for its new Galaxy S phone. They are; 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Plus, the handset sports a microSD slot that can support external memory sticks up to 64GB.
Connectivity: For data and network connectivity, the handset features a set of capabilities. It includes GPRS (Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps), EDGE (Class 12), HSDPA (21 Mbps), HSUPA (5.76 Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR. In addition, the device supports NFC, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot. The device also sports microUSB 2.0 slot and USB On-the-go.
Camera: When it comes to the camera of the new phone, Samsung has not made any changes from its S II. The device mounts the same 8-megapixel 3264 x 2448 rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and others. You further have simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo tagging and face and smile detection on the handset, which can shoot video at 1080p@30fps. But, Samsung has fitted a 1.9-megapixel secondary camera with 720p@30fps on the handset for video chatting.
What makes it special?
Put it simply, the most special features with the new Galaxy S III are its larger dippy, quad core processor, gorgeous design and high speed connectivity options. The successor to the S II looks a great product with many advanced features that make it a wonderful handset out in stores. You also have Ice Cream Sandwich as one another major peculiarity of the handset.
What makes it not so great?
As per CNET reviewer, the TouchWiz interface of the new Galaxy S III is confusing so that users feel uncomfortable with the handset. High price is yet another noted shortfall of the handset.
By the end of June, most curriers in the U.S. will begin selling the handset. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and others have already announced the handset officially. Different from its predecessor, Samsung is to launch a single hardware for the handset on all carriers with a single name, of course.