Sticking to its current smartphone nomenclature, Samsung Mobile officially unveiled the follow-up to Samsung Galaxy S2 in an exclusive Unpacked event in London just a few hours ago.
Finally, after a Google phone and a phablet hybrid, Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 has arrived to serve as the true follow-up to last year's best-selling flagship.
Measuring only 8.6 millimeters at its thickest point and weighing just 133 grams, the Korean company's top-of-the-line Android handset this year not only flaunts a bigger 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a re-imagined contoured-and-glazed design compared to its predecessor but also comes with key enhancements to its innards; Most notable of which is the new quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Exynos 4212 chipset processor, which promises to deliver the fastest and most power-efficient mobile performance from Samsung yet.
Interestingly, in the imaging department, Samsung merely kept the 8 MegaPixel camera resolution of both SGS2 and SGNote on Samsung Galaxy S3. Nonetheless, the company introduced several new features to the camera interface including Burst Shooting and Best Photo mode, which - while not particularly unique to this handset as frankly the HTC One series got them first - are still a welcome addition to SGS3's strong multimedia offerings. Also, it's worth noting that users will now be able to record videos - 720p HD 30 frames per second clips, to be exact - using Samsung Galaxy S3's front-facing camera; Something that's currently not possible using SGS2 or even SGNote's default camera application.
Available in two colors, namely Marble White and Pebble Blue, Samsung Galaxy S3 runs the latest version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (4.0.4) skinned by Samsung's very own refreshed TouchWiz user interface.
If anything, it appears that software has been the primary focus of Samsung in molding SGS3. As an actual representation of the company's new smartphone design philosophy, "Inspired by Nature, Designed for Humans", the 2012 flagship handset not only comes replete with a lot of nature-inspired graphics and sound effects but also has several intelligent features like gesture control and voice 'interaction' that recognize the very nature of the smartphone user. There's Smart Stay, for example, which automatically detects if a user is trying to look at the phone's screen and automatically turns on or turns off the display. Likewise, users can employ on-screen gestures to launch the camera; You can do it by tapping and holding the screen, and rotating the phone horizontally.
Overall, I think Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 is a strong flagship release that's worthy of superseding Samsung Galaxy S2. It is by no means perfect - for one, I think there's much to improve on in terms of build and materials, the amount of RAM (there's never enough of it anyway), the battery, and the optics for the camera - but the software enhancement, the massive Super AMOLED display, as well as the quad-core CPU with the geek-favorite Exynos chipset - combined - will be enough to make SGS3 a best-seller.
Here's what I tweeted Samsung Mobile Philippines while Samsung Galaxy S3 was being announced in London,
To which they replied,
@techpinas Be careful what you wish for :)— Samsung Mobile PH (@PHSamsungMobile) May 3, 2012
Wow! What a tease! So does that mean the Philippines will be one of the first to get SGS3?! I guess we'll know for sure within the next few weeks. But right now, I want to know which color you prefer; White Marble or Pebble Blue?
|Name||Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Price Category||High-End (2012 Flagship)|
|Dimensions||136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm|
|Available Colors||Marble White, Pebble Blue|
|Operating System||Android OS 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|Display||4.8 inches (~306 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, HD Super AMOLED, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Mali-400MP GPU Exynos 4212 Quad chipset|
|RAM/ROM||1 GB RAM|
|Camera||8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash, 1.9 MegaPixels front camera|
|Video Capture||Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second, 720p 30 frames per second front-facing camera|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player|
|Ports||microUSB (MHL) v2.0, USB On-The-Go, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, (4G LTE Version will follow in select regions)|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G LTE (select territories)|
|Internal Storage||16/32/64 GB options, expandable via microSD, supports up to 64GB|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyro, Proximity, Barometer|
|Battery||Li-Ion 2100 mAh|
|Value-Added Features||Flagship Release, Quad Core Processor, SNS integration, Google Services Suite, 50GB of Dropbox Storage, Gorilla Glass touchscreen, New Imaging Features and Refreshed User Interface|
|Announcement||Worldwide: May 2012|
|Availability||Europe: May 29, 2012|
|Price||TP Guesstimate: Php 30,000 - Php 33,000|