Samsung introduced the world to the Samsung Galaxy S III this morning in London and it looks like the device will be taking on the fantastic HTC One X head-to-head this summer on U.S. wireless carriers. The Galaxy S II is an excellent smartphone that has pleased many consumers and the Galaxy S III will likely continue to please with advances in both hardware and software.
The hardware doesn't look to be revolutionary when compared to the Galaxy Nexus, but launching with a much better camera alone makes me want to replace my Galaxy Nexus already.
Specifications for the Galaxy S III include:
- 4.8 inch HD (1280x720) Super AMOLED display
- Quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos processor
- 8 megapixel camera
- 1.9 megapixel front facing camera
- Android 4.0 (ICS) with TouchWiz
- Support for HSPA+ and LTE (varies by market and carrier)
- WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS
- 2100 mAh battery
- 16/32/64 GB memory with microSD slot (supports up to 64GB)
There is no pricing or solid availability dates for the U.S., we just hear that it is coming sometime this summer. It will go for sale in Europe on 29 May. Samsung also stated they are bringing wireless charging support, something done years ago by Palm with the Pre. I also had it on my Samsung Droid Charge with the special back cover.
More than just the specifications though is what we see about the experience that Samsung is advertising, such as natural interaction through face detection, motions, language, and more. This is the kind of stuff we have been looking for from these smart mobile devices and I am very interested in trying out the experience.
You can check out some hands-on coverage of the Galaxy S III at these sites:
- Android Central software hands-on
- Android Central hardware hands-on
- The Verge post on natural interaction
- The Verge post on new Android 4.0 software features
This summer will be quite exciting, don't you think?