It was the Galaxy S III after all.
Samsung has just announced its newest flagship superphone, the Galaxy S III. And it is official, the name is “Samsung Galaxy S III” and not the “Samsung Galaxy S3”.
Samsung touts the Galaxy S III as the “next big thing”, an obvious dig at Apple and its iPhone.
“Good evening, everyone! Today I am very excited to finally introduce the next Galaxy, the Galaxy S III,” Samsung Mobile President JK Shin said at the launch of the newest and most powerful Samsung smartphone.
“The Samsung Galaxy S III is the best-in-class smartphone in the world,” he added.
As of writing, these are the features of the new phone:
The Galaxy S III will have a quad-core processor which we’re assuming is an Exynos unit and we’ll have more details about its speed later.
It also has a 4.8-inch Super HD AMOLED display although there is no word yet on the official resolution. It is described, however, as HD but HD could be 720p or full-HD 1080p.
Samsung thinned the bezel of the Galaxy S III to accommodate the larger screen while not making the device too huge.
The Galaxy S III will also pack a massive 2,100mAh battery.
Samsung also showed off the 8MP rear-facing camera of the Galaxy S III. They said it takes just a mere 990 milliseconds to start up while having zero lag in between pictures.
The back camera also takes burst shots at a rate of 3.3 shots per second and will have video stabilization.
The Galaxy S III front-facing camera is no sissy too, as it is said to be capable of taking HD videos.
As for availability, the Galaxy S III will launch in 145 countries with 296 mobile carriers partnering with Samsung, JK Shin said.
A 3G HSPA+ model will come out by the end of May, Samsung said, while a 4G version will be released this summer.
Availability of the Galaxy S III superphone will start in Europe, followed by Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Europe gets it first on May 29 while no mention was made yet when it will be released in North America.
The Galaxy S III will also have a memory slot for MicroSD cards up which will complement the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models Samsung will release.
As for connectivity, the Galaxy S III will have Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Wi-Fi HT40, GPS and GLONASS, Near Field Communication and Bluetooth 4.0.
No mention of the price was made but we expect it to be pretty much up there, given this is Samsung’s newest flagship phone. It also packs a lot of features not just on the hardware side.
We’ll have more details on these features Samsung boasted about later. For now, enjoy your fantasy about the Galaxy S III.
AS PROMISED: Here’s a more in-depth look at the Galaxy S III, it’s hardware and the many features Samsung announced.