Samsung Galaxy SIII / S3: Product Overview, Specs and Pricing
Matt - May 4th, 2012 12:53 PM
Now, if you’re all following the current events, you’ll have known that Samsung unveiled the long awaited Galaxy SIII in London yesterday. However, after all of the rumours over the past few months, were you left amazed or a little disappointed?
If you were slightly disappointed then it’s understandable, because if you remember back to October when the Apple iPhone 4S was released everyone was very disappoined about that too. The main cause of this? That’s right, rumours!
Basically, in my opinion, whilst rumours are great to read about, they ultimately get you all excited about features that most likely won’t make the final cut, or designs that probably never existed in the first place. However, the Samsung Galaxy S3 looks like one hell of a power house and you can check out why that is in the product overview below.
First off, we’ve got the design of the Samsung Galaxy S3. It comes in two colour choices; either “Pebble Blue” or “Marble White”. We personally prefer the white version, but the blue version looks pretty good as well. The shape of the Galaxy S3 has somewhat split Samsung fans, some are saying that it’s not much of a design change, but some are praising Samsung for creating something that they know they’ll love from the moment they pick it up. It’s a tough decision, but ultimately we feel that a completely new design, or shape, would have been a much better option.
The casing itself if made from a similar plastic to the rest of the Galaxy range, so it should feel fairly familiar. Perhaps metal would have been more ideal for the casing? We’ll soon see once we’ve got one in our hands though.
Processor, RAM and Storage
Now, the feature that has been documented and talked about online is the quad-core processor, well it’s here in what is most likely one of the most anticipated devices of the year. The 1.4GHz quad-core processor should provide more than enough power for all of those CPU hungry applications available to Android smartphones, as well as a few new software features that look like they use a decent amount of power (more about those later).
It has also been confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is sporting 1GB of RAM; more than enough to make sure you receive an experience you won’t be forgetting any time soon! We’re also loving the fact that, specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has more power than some basic netbooks and laptops that are available!
The storage options for the S3 are also very impressive. As well as coming in a 16GB, 32GB or 64GB option you can also expand this by another 64GB by using a microSD card, giving the S3 a total storage capacity of 128GB! That’s definitely a decent amount of storage to store all your music, apps, videos and photos!
With a Samsung product you always know the screen’s going to be great no matter what seen as though they make a majority of the worlds’ displays, and the Galaxy S3 is no different! With, what some people are saying is too big, a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a beautiful 1280 x 720p resolution, all of your multimedia content should look like it’s popping out of the screen because it’s so vibrant. Some are also saying that the screen on the S3 is essentially the Galaxy Note screen, but down-sized slightly. Whether that’s correct or not, we’ll have to wait and see.
The pixels per inch (ppi) are slightly lower than the iPhone 4 / 4S at 306ppi (compared with the iPhone’s 326ppi), but with most Samsung Galaxy smartphones that doesn’t seem to matter too much due to the fact that their screens always look great.
With so much power, we’d have thought that Samsung would introduce perhaps a 12-megapixel camera to one of their phones, but it appears we’re still suck with 8-megapixels on the rear. However, 1080p video recording is now standard and the front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera is capable of recording in 720p HD as well! We’ve seen this (front-facing HD video recording capabilities) on a few phones now, but it’s still pretty impressive if you ask me.
Now, I know what you’re all thinking. “If there’s a quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, a HD Super AMOLED display and CPU-hungry software features, how is the battery going to last even a few hours?!”
Well, with a 2100mAH battery you should be able to use the Samsung Galaxy S3 for a good day or so before needing to charge it up again. Just to compare, the Galaxy Note has a 2500mAH battery and can last for a good few days so we should see some impressive battery life performance.
Obviously, with Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Samsung Galaxy S3, we’re going to see some really impressive stuff with the Galaxy S3. And thanks to the inclusion of some custom software features, the Galaxy S3 features “S Voice”, which is Samsung’s Siri killer, which has the ability to understand commands such as playing music, opening applications and a whole range of advanced features. People are saying that it’s much more impressive than Siri, which is still in th beta stages and doesn’t include some of it’s features in various parts around the world.
Also, Samsung have included Flipboard, which has only been available on iOS before now, and somewhat confirms that it will be coming to Android some time in the near future. Flipboard is a digital magazine that shows content from your favourite web sources and social network feeds, and has won a variety of awards whilst it has been on iOS.
Obviously with it being early days at the moment we don’t have many definite prices, but many companies are saying that they will be stocking the Samsung Galaxy S3 when it’s available.
The handset-only cost has not been unveiled yet, but if the Galaxy S2 is anything to go by we’re probably looking at around the £500 mark.
Carphone Warehouse have announced that they’ll be offering the Galaxy S3 on Three, Vodafone, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile free of charge, but on a £36 per month contract.
As well as this enticing deal, they’re also offering the first 1000 customers who pre-order the device a whole range of freebies worth over £400; which includes a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, as well as a whole range of other smallers products!
Phones4u will also offer the Galaxy S3 for free on a £36+ contract, and you’ll also receive £50 of S3 accessories.
Vodafone appear to only be offering the 32GB version to begin with, but it’s going to be exclusive to Vodafone, so for those of you looking to purchase the mid-range model you’ll have to either switch networks or storage options.
Orange have confirmed that they’ll be stocking the device, but no pricing is currently available.
The same goes for T-Mobile; no pricing available yet, but they will be stocking the device.
It also appears to be the same story for O2 as well, who are yet to announce any pricing or promotions.
The release date for the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been confirmed as being May 30th here in the UK, so you all better get saving if you’re looking to purchase the new Galaxy smartphone.
Keep checking the site for more pricing information. Most other networks should be announcing their plans within the next few weeks.
Are you going to be purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S3? Let us know in the comments below.