Samsung’s Galaxy S III Is Official and Ready to Innovate
For the last three years Samsung has been on a roll pumping out quality handset after quality handset and they all had one thing in common (at least the important ones), a Galaxy Sir name. Yesterday in a highly anticipated unveiling Samsung pulled the covers off of their next Galaxy S iteration, the Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S III did not take any extreme turns in regard to its external design but rather took a more 4S approach to its next generation. For the most part the external design of the device has stayed the same with a slate styled build that is rounded off on the corners. The design seems very familiar when compared to Samsung’s history of smart phones. But just as the 4S did not provide a revolutionary new build, it is what is inside of the Samsung Galaxy S III that should count…at least this time around.
“Inspired by water, wind, leaves and pebbles” the new Galaxy S III’s plastic build was ironically “inspired by nature”. It seems however, that the focus of this new Galaxy was not necessarily in build quality or exterior design, but more about specs and TouchWiz improvements. The rumors that flew surrounding this new device were sometimes out of hand and others spot on! So the new Samsung flagship device starts with a HyperGlazed plastic build that has a special place in its natural heart for a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD touch screen that measures in at a 720×1280 pixel resolution with 306 pixels per inch. With a screen like that is surely off to a good start and it only gets better. The Galaxy S III runs with a Samsung made Exynos 4412 Quad core 1.4 GHz A9 processor that is backed by an ARM Mali-400/MP4 graphics processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage options. When you combine these internal storage options with expandable micro SD memory up to 32GB and 50GB of free storage with Dropbox, end users will surely have a hard time filling up the space with multi media. The Galaxy S III has a front facing camera that uses a 1.9 mega pixel sensor and will track your eye movement to know when you are no longer looking at the device, ultimately putting itself to sleep when you’re finished using it. Around back an 8 mega pixel sensor has a few software based tricks up its sleeve as well and uses an F2.6 aperture that can record video in full 1080p HD at 30 frames per second. Additionally the camera has an HDR, panorama, multi shot, Geo tagging, white balance, exposure, face detection, ISO, video stabilization and auto focus controls and or modes. The Galaxy S III runs with the latest and greatest Android version 4.0 and is skinned with Samsung’s revised “for humans” TouchWiz UX UI. Connectivity for the Galaxy S III is also pretty much perfect with the likes of Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, a, micro USB, HDMI via micro USB, NFC, DLNA and MHL.
Now that sounds like a well rounded piece of hardware. However Samsung’s focus this time around was saturated in some really cool things that the ever hated TouchWiz UI can pull off. Take PopUp Play for example. This amazing new feature will allow you to watch saved videos anywhere within the phone. If a new message comes in during your video, no problem a simple touch will allow you to keep viewing the video as you respond to the message. Other new features like Direct Call will use embedded sensors to allow you to call a contact by simply putting the phone to your ear when viewing their messages and or contact page. S Voice has taken at least one leap and bound with the GSIII allowing its users to verbally tell the device what needs to happen. With S Voice you can wake your Galaxy from a deep sleep by simply asking it. Then there is Smart Stay. This new feature takes advantage of the 1.9 mega pixel front facing camera and allows users to stay active on their phones without it going into sleep mode due to inactivity. If you’re looking at the GSIII then your most likely using it, look away or close your eyes and the GSIII puts itself to sleep.
Designed for humans…by humans. With this new Galaxy S III it looks like Samsung is interested in perpetuating seamless human interaction with the handset and I for one raise my glass to such initiatives. The future of smart handsets is not in the spec wars that we have seen in the past few years, but rather with the I/O, ins and outs. How you get the information you need and how it is relayed after the query is the future of mobile innovation and it looks like Samsung is on the right path.
No pricing has been stamped on the new Galaxy S III but is scheduled to launch across Europe May 29th and make its way state side in June with LTE versions in tow.
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