Samsung has unveiled their next generation Android-based Galaxy S smartphone at a media event in London to take on Apple’s iPhone 4S, dubbed Galaxy S III.
Galaxy S III includes a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display at 720p resolution, 8-megapixel rear facing camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, 16 or 32GB of storage with microSD expansion, Bluetooth 4.0 support, GPS with GLONASS reception, high-throughput 40MHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC, and a bigger battery.
While Samsung hasn’t provided details about the processor, it is widely speculated that Galaxy S III will be powered by Samsung’s quad-core Exynos 4 system-on-chip (though Samsung could use variants of the chip for different regions just like they did with Galaxy S II). The global version will support HSPA+, but Samsung also plans to launch models that support 4G LTE networks.
Samsung has announced that Galaxy S III will include some new software improvements on top of Android 4.x.x via their Android skin – TouchWiz Nature UX such as Smart Say, S Voice, pop-up video feature, S-Beam, Direct Call etc.
Smart Say makes use of the front facing camera to identify if a user is looking at the screen to ensure that it does not lock the phone.
S Voice seems like a Siri/Voice dictation feature, which allows for SMS / email dictation, media control, calendar management. S Voice currently supports eight languages, including German, Italian, Korean, Spanish, and American and British English.
S Beam seems to be an enhanced version of Android Beam NFC file sharing feature that is available in Android 4.0, which allows large files allows a 1GB movie to be shared within 3 minutes or a 10MB music file to be shared in two seconds.
The pop-up video feature allows you to watch a video while doing other tasks.
In addition to these software improvements, Galaxy S III users also get a free 50GB Dropbox account.
Samsung Galaxy S III will be available in Europe on May 29th and in North America in June. The pricing was currently not available.
Hands-on video via CNET (unfortunately won’t work on iOS devices)
Though Samsung Galaxy S III seems like an incremental upgrade, the hardware specifications are still very impressive and along with the software improvements will give Apple’s iPhone 4S a serious run for its money.
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