Samsung Galaxy S III on sale

But whispers of stock shortages abound
Darren Allan

May 29, 2012

The latest and greatest Android handset has officially gone on sale in the UK, and nearly 30 countries across Europe.

The Samsung Galaxy S III was revealed at the start of this month. It has a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4 processor, and a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED 720p display.

The S III also benefits from an 8 megapixel camera, with a zero-lag shutter, along with a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera. Both cameras can record HD video, too.

Motion control and voice features are on board, and the device is capable of monitoring your eyes, so it can tell when you’re using it, and power itself down intelligently when you’re not.

Pre-orders have apparently been massive, as early as the week before last, 9 million pre-orders had apparently been stacked up for the device. Vodafone has claimed that it has been the most pre-ordered Android handset the network has ever sold, and analysts reckon the S III will oustrip the S II in terms of sales.

And the Galaxy S II has helped make Samsung the top smartphone vendor, displacing Nokia at the top of the tree.

Rumour has it, though, that a manufacturing error may lead to shortages of the smartphone in its first month on sale, which could trip up those initial sales figures slightly. Indeed, it would seem that the pebble blue version might not go on sale until early next month, with only the marble white S III offered to begin with.

There’s also some doubt over whether the 32GB version will be sold, too. We shall just have to see, but the whispers are growing over shortages, so it would seem the launch might not be a perfect one for Samsung.


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