Samsung Galaxy S III revealed

Spec pretty much as expected, with voice and motion features on board as well

May 4, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S III has finally been unveiled, and everything was much as expected.

The device is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4 processor, and has a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED 720p display.

The S III also has an 8 megapixel camera, with a zero-lag shutter and burst shooting mode, along with a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera. Both snappers are capable of recording HD video.

The handset has Ice Cream Sandwich as the operating system, and also sports NFC technology, with 16GB and 32GB models available (with a 64GB version to come for those who really need the storage).

So, the tech spec was pretty much as expected, but Samsung also went to great pains to point out the various new features the phone has in terms of voice and motion control.

Yes, Siri has indeed influenced the company, and voice control has been brought on board so you can tell your handset, for example, to ring someone, or take a photo. It’s more basic then Siri, just featuring simple commands, but with any luck, there will be less accent confusion issues as a result over in the UK.

Motion control means the phone can detect when for example you’re in the middle of a text, and you decide you want to call your friend instead. When you lift the handset to your ear, the S III will automatically dial that friend’s number.

The front-facing camera is also used to monitor your eyes, and can detect when you’re not looking at the screen any more, and intelligently power down the device.

JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung, commented: “With the GALAXY S III, Samsung has maximized the consumer benefits by integrating superior hardware with enhanced smartphone usability. Designed to be both effortlessly smart and intuitively simple, the GALAXY S III has been created with our human needs and capabilities in mind.”

“What makes me most proud is that it enables one of the most seamless, natural and human-centric mobile experiences, opening up a new horizon that allows you to live a life extraordinary.”

The Galaxy S III will be on sale at the end of the month, with a 4G version to follow in the summer.


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