Friday, May 4, 2012

Samsung to Announce Galaxy S III

 
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes to Europe later this month, though you almost certainly won't see it in the U.S. until December.
Samsung to launch ‘Next Galaxy S’, Samsung is unveiling the Galaxy S III today. Samsung will take the wraps off its latest Samsung Galaxy S smartphone today in jolly ol' England.
The new Samsung Galaxy S III is set for launch in London at 11 a.m. PT/ 2 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. UK time.
The Galaxy S III is expected to be one of the hottest Google Android Smartphones of the year. It's the third generation of device in a popular series that started with the Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Galaxy S II. And even though little is known about the details of the Samsung Galaxy S III ahead of the launch, it's expected to be a hot seller too.
That said, the rumor mill has been churning, and some blogs report that the new smartphone could have a quad-core processor and a large screen in the 4.7-inch to 4.8-inch range. Fans are also hoping the display will be Super AMOLED or even Super AMOLED Plus.
It's unclear whether Samsung will announce U.S. carriers today for the new phone at the event. If not, it's likely the company will talk about its U.S. debut next week at the CTIA trade show in New Orleans.
In among those things is a new sensor that tracks your eyes – so long as you’re looking at the S3’s screen, it won’t dim or lock itself. Yes, you could just set the screen timer to longer, but “Smart Stay” means you don’t have to. In use, the feature seemed to work very well, with a little icon indicating the phone is watching your eyes.
On a similar note, if you’re looking at a contact, or a message from a contact, the S3 automatically dials that person when you put the phone to your face. It’s one less button to press.
An improvement to voice control, called S-Voice, that lets users control their phone using normal, natural language. So it’s like Siri, only it does more – you can say volume up, for instance, and the phone will filter out the noise of the song it’s playing so it can hear you. The S, we assume, stands for Samsung.
Elsewhere, the phone adds useful features that, for instance, can automatically share a photograph you take with people whose faces are recognised, called ‘Buddy Photo Share, or display social media profiles directly on a photograph when those face are recognised. These are features that are useful rather than revolutionary, but they feel like they will be obvious standards in the near future. Tagging groups and offering an automatic slideshow zooming into the faces in a picture are also useful additions. Samsung, unless the patent wars cause further upset, is setting new standards.
When it comes to features such as S-Beam, which transfers files quickly between devices by touching them together, or sharing the phone’s screen content with other devices, these are increasingly becoming more widespread industry standards, as indicated on the new Motorola Razr, which offers similar concepts. The Samsung processor is fast enough to allow crystal clear video to play in a window on your homescreens, which again is nifty, but not vital.
Are there areas where the phone disappoints? The camera is just 8MP it has been upgraded to offer a 20-shot burst mode and the automatic selection of a best picture. The firm insists on pre-loading apps which I don’t see much use for – while Dropbox (including a remarkable 50GB of storage for two years) and Flipboard are useful, the Music, Game and Video Hubs will have to offer remarkable content to outplay the entirety of the app store, Google Play.
Overall, the device is in many ways much like its predecessor: does it feel as solid or heavy in the hand as the iPhone? No, although it’s certainly a lot bigger. Is it a different, superb product in its own right? Absolutely. On spending just a short time with the S3, I’m confident in saying that it’s a worthy successor to the globally popular S2. But I also want to see how much all those new features make a real difference in everyday use to form a fuller opinion. Sources : TelegraphCnet
Specifications:
Screen: 

4.8” Super Amoled HD display

Storage: 
16/32/64GB depending on model, plus expandable MicroSD card

Cloud storage: 
50GB Dropbox for two years
Colour: 
Pebble blue or marble white
Battery: 
2,100mAh (wireless charging optional extra)
Camera: 
8MP rear; 1.9 MP front
Resolution: 
720 x 1280 px (306ppi)
RAM: 
1GB
Dimensions: 
136.6 x 70.6 x 8.55 mm
Weight: 
133g
Operating System: 
Android 4.0.4
Processor: 
Exynos 4 Quad (1.4GHz)
                              
Sid Goswami
Besides being an avid Android fan and blogger, Sid wants to be a photographer and an designer. He can usually be found reading through blogs, taking photos. He's a student and a PHP web developer.