Android fans can finally exhale, as Samsung’s follow-up to the wildly popular Galaxy S2 (SII) is finally here. The Samsung Galaxy S3 (SIII) is a beast of a phone, which packs a whopping 4.8-inch 720p-resolution display, quad-core processor and boasts a slick new design.
The S3 comes in 16, 32 or 64GB storage options and also a microSD card slot for you to further expand its virtual shelves. The S3 is not a phone for people with modest mobile needs or small amounts of cash to spend on a blower, but a device for people who yearn for 3D gaming, HD video streaming and intensive browsing of the web.
Samsung has ditched the rectangular look that dominated the S2, opting instead for an oval-shaped styling that’s highly reminiscent of the Galaxy Nexus, which arrived late last year.
The Galaxy S3 is 8.6mm thick and weighs 133g. That makes it ever so slightly thicker than the S2, which is 8.49mm deep, but thinner than the 8.9mm HTC One X. By comparison, the much smaller iPhone 4S is 9.3mm thick and weighs 140g. The S3′s display measures 4.8 inches on the diagonal which, as noted above, makes it one of the biggest smart phones currently available. With a 1,280×720-pixel resolution, the S3 will do justice to your high-definition footage, as well as leaving icons and text looking impressively sharp.
With all the large screen and power, the S3 gobbles battery faster than Cookie Monster omnomnoming biscuits, so a spare battery or 2 will be a welcome move since the S3 comes with a removable 2,100mAh battery.
The Galaxy S3 is running on Android, Google’s mobile operating system. Specifically, the S3 is powered by Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the latest, greatest version. It’s not quite that simple though, as Samsung’s plastered its own interface on top of Android. Called TouchWiz, this is the same colourful interface you’ll see on kit like the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note.
The S3 has an 8-megapixel camera, which is the same resolution as last year’s Galaxy S2.
With the Galaxy S3, Samsung hasn’t messed with its formula much, recognising that slick design and a gorgeous screen were the secret to the Galaxy S2′s success. The S3′s oval shape may not be an instant eyeball grabber but those pebble-like curves are made to caress the digits that are holding it. To this enticing design, Samsung has added an upgraded engine – making a phone that’s pretty much unrivalled in the speed and power stakes right now.
Catch a beautiful video introduction to the Samsung galaxy S3 below.
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