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Samsung Announces the Galaxy SIII – 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED Display, 2100mAh Battery, 8.6mm Thick, and More

It’s official! The Samsung Galaxy SIII has been announced and will be available in Europe at the end of May. The 4G version that the U.S. will get won’t be until “this summer” some time. A lot of the predictions were right in that it has a 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display (not the Plus), 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 2100mAh battery, NFC, 16/32GB on-board storage, up to 64GB of expandable storage, and is only 8.6mm thick. As you can see from the pictures, it indeed does have a physical home button. No mention of processor, but that makes sense since the processor will differ depending on the region. We know from previous announcements that at least one variation of it will have the Exynos quad-core 4412 chipset.

The live stream of the unveiling event is going on now, but we get the feeling that the focus is on the UI and software and how this phone can make your life easier. The specs are nice, but this appears to be so much more. Developing…

We have the full specs, gallery and press release for you below. 



Press release:

Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S III, the Smartphone Designed for Humans and Inspired by Nature

Effortlessly smart and intuitively simple, Samsung GALAXY S III reveals a new concept of smartphone

London, UK—May 4, 2012—Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced today the third generation GALAXY S, the GALAXY S III. Designed for humans and inspired by nature, the GALAXY S III is a smartphone that recognizes your voice, understands your intention, and lets you share a moment instantly and easily.

This sleek and innovative smartphone has the enhanced intelligence to make everyday life easier. With Samsung GALAXY S III, you can view the content like never before on the device’s 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display. An 8MP camera and a 1.9MP front camera offer users a variety of intelligent camera features and face recognition related options that ensure all moments are captured easily and instantly. Samsung GALAXY S III is powered by Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, with greatly enhanced usability and practicality to make life easier. Packed with intuitive technology, the GALAXY S III delivers a uniquely personalized mobile experience that refuses to be compromised.

“With the GALAXY S III, Samsung has maximized the consumer benefits by integrating superior hardware with enhanced smartphone usability,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “Designed to be both effortlessly smart and intuitively simple, the GALAXY S III has been created with our human needs and capabilities in mind. What makes me most proud is that it enables one of the most seamless, natural and human-centric mobile experiences, opening up a new horizon that allows you to live a life extraordinary.”
Introducing Natural Interaction

The GALAXY S III enhances the interaction experience between the device and user. Smart enough to detect your face, voice and motions, the GALAXY S III adapts to the individual user to provide a more convenient and natural experience. With the innovative ‘Smart stay’ feature, the GALAXY S III recognizes how you are using your phone – reading an e-book or browsing the web for instance – by having the front camera identify your eyes; the phone maintains a bright display for continued viewing pleasure.

The GALAXY S III features ‘S Voice,’ the advanced natural language user interface, to listen and respond to your words. In addition to allowing information search and basic device-user communication, S Voice presents powerful functions in regards to device control and commands. When your phone alarm goes off but you need a little extra rest, just tell the GALAXY S III “snooze.” You can also use S Voice to play your favorite songs, turn the volume up or down, send text messages and emails, organize your schedules, or automatically launch the camera and capture a photo.

In addition to recognizing your face and voice, the GALAXY S III understands your motions to offer maximized usability. If you are messaging someone but decide to call them instead, simply lift your phone to your ear and ‘Direct call’ will dial their number. With ‘Smart alert,’ the GALAXY S III will also save you from trouble by catching any missed messages or calls; your phone will vibrate to notify missed statuses when picked up after being idle.
Easy and Instant Sharing

The Samsung GALAXY S III is more than a personal device that can be enjoyed by one user – it wants you to share and experience smartphone benefits with family and friends, regardless of where you are. With the new ‘S Beam,’ the GALAXY S III expands upon Android™ Beam™, allowing a 1GB movie file to be shared within three minutes and a 10MB music file within two seconds by simply touching another GALAXY S III phone, even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal. The ‘Buddy photo share’ function also allows photos to be easily and simultaneously shared with all your friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery.

With ‘AllShare Cast’, users can wirelessly connect their GALAXY S III to their television to immediately transfer smartphone content onto a larger display. ‘AllShare Play’ can be also used to instantly share any forms of files between GALAXY S III and your tablet, PC, and televisions regardless of the distance between the devices. Under AllShare Play is also the ‘Group Cast’ feature that allows you to share your screen among multiple friends on the same Wi-Fi network; you can make comments and draw changes at the same time with your co-workers, witnessing real-time sharing on your individual device.
Human-centric Design with Uncompromised Performance

The GALAXY S III not only presents features with enhanced usability, but also provides an ergonomic and comfortable experience through its human-centric design. Its comfortable grip, gentle curves, and organic form deliver a rich human-centric feel and design. Inspired by nature, its design concept is the flow and movement of nature. The elements of wind, water and light are all evoked in the physical construct of the GALAXY S III. In its essence, the minimal organic design identity is reflected in the smooth and non-linear lines of the device. Available in Pebble Blue and Marble White at launch, Samsung will introduce a variety of additional color options.

With a 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display, the GALAXY S III offers a large and vivid viewing experience. Samsung Mobile’s heritage Super AMOLED display even enhances to HD and 16:9 wider viewing angles. To ensure faster content sharing and connectivity, the GALAXY S III offers Wi-Fi Channel Bonding which doubles the Wi-Fi bandwidth.

The GALAXY S III also sports a range of additional features that boost performance and the overall user experience in entirely new ways. It introduces ‘Pop up play,’ a feature that allows you to play a video anywhere on your screen while simultaneously running other tasks, eliminating the need to close and restart videos when checking new emails or surfing the Web. Its 8MP camera features a zero-lag shutter speed that lets you capture moving objects easily without delay – the image you see is the picture you take. With the ‘Burst shot’ function that instantly captures twenty continuous shots, and the ‘Best photo’ feature that selects the best of eight photographs for you, the GALAXY S III ensures users a more enhanced and memorable camera experience. HD video can be recorded even with the 1.9MP front-facing camera, which you can use to capture a video of yourself. Improved backside illumination further helps to eliminate blur in photos that result from shaking, even under low lights.

Mobile payment is also accessible with the device through advanced Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The gaming experience is enhanced through ‘Game Hub,’ providing access to numerous social games, while Video Hub brings users high quality TV and movies. Furthermore, Samsung Music Hub will offer a personal music streaming service. Game Hub, Video Hub and Music Hub will be introduced in select countries initially and soon rolled out to global markets.

The Samsung GALAXY S III will be available from the end of May in Europe before rolling out to other markets globally.

  • jink333

    I wonder if the phone will get on-screen or capacitive buttons in the states.

  • Anthony Semosky

    To hell with Europe. The US powers the world’s economy. Give us the device first. Yuppies and their damn croissants.

    • Anthony Semosky

      Go phone someone on the tele

    • jslafarr

      lol the dollar is worthless and we import 100000000000x more than we export. our country is worthless. why do you think the UK gets the phones before we do.
      dumb ass kid

  • Asuriyan

    Another bordering-on-comically large plastic phone with a barely-adequate battery (and probably dual-core, non-Exynos when it comes to the States). I don’t see anything to really differentiate this from the Nexus, honestly.

    • PC_Tool

      So what’s the deal here? Does everyone outside Minnesota have chicken-feet for hands, or what?

      I’ve had *zero* problems with the Galaxy Nexus as far as the size of the thing goes…this thing *could* be smaller…depending on layout/bezel. If anything, it’ll be an almost imperceptible amount larger.

      Not really seeing the whole “comically large” bit…

      • Asuriyan

        The GNex is right at the upper limit of the size I would want for a phone. I’m just concerned about the way things are trending. The Galaxy Note looks absolutely ridiculous on anyone shorter than 6’4″, and this is halfway between the Nexus and the Note in size– and given the hardware button(s?), it’s probably closer to the latter.

        • PC_Tool

          “this is halfway between the Nexus and the Note in size”

          That is an assumption. We don’t know what they’ve done, if anything, regarding the bezel or shape. Minor alterations to either in height and suddenly it’s thinner, width-wise, than the Nexus…even at 4.8″.

          We’ll find out eventually, but I really don’t think it’s something we should be freaking out about quite yet…(or ever…)

  • RegKilla

    Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2

    • angermeans

      More like galaxy nexus.02 they have almost matching specs and don’t have software keys and vanilla software. I would much rather have he galaxy nexus than this device anyday. Not to mention how much uglier this phone is than the gnexus

  • yatman60

    Not as impressive as it was all hyped. Some of the “sneak” images actually looked better than the official launch. 4.8″ screen for a phone; are we talking a tablet or a phone here? I have mixed feelings about the physical button; for taking pictures it’s actually cool but for any other purpose, it’s a waste.

    • PC_Tool

      4.8″ is the screen-size, not the size of the device. They could shrink the bezel on top/bottom and still get a 4/8″ screen on a smaller device than the Galaxy Nexus.

      Physical buttons will probably be nixed on the US/North American variants.

  • Saynt

    Looks alright… but I think imma still get the HTC EVO 4G LTE :]

  • jpfrasier

    I really don’t understand the prevalent “meh” attitude out there. Does any phone unveiling ever live up to the hype anymore? It’s an amazing device, the HTC One X is an incredible device as well. I really don’t know what people were expecting with this device.

    And for anyone complaining about the later release date in the US, feel free to place the blame squarely on our big 4 carriers here.

  • Come on now, just make a thicker phone with a 4,000MaH battery. Being tied to a power outlet sucks.

    • jpfrasier

      does wireless charging make you feel better?

  • jzwerlz43

    love the design. this phone has me sold. as good as my droid x has been to me i cant wait to get rid of it!!! this will be a perfect replacement for my purposes

  • duke69111

    samsung still has not figured out how to make a slim phone with a large mah battery… kind of disappointed in that regard. Everything else is pleasing.

    The London Metropolitan Orchestra was awesome addition.

  • feztheforeigner

    The pictures make it look like its running gingerbread…

    • Aaron Offenberger

      That’s TouchWiz for ya….cartoon looking icons/menus and it really hasn’t changed for the SG3. That’s one complaint I have about Samsung phones… I feel like I’m using a phone made for preschoolers. Maybe I’m just used to Motorola’s software..but Samsung’s just looks childish to me.

      • jpfrasier

        install Nova Launcher and it’ll be all good.

  • Sean Livingston

    Is there a system dump of this phone yet?

  • NoMoreHUGEphones

    Why must they keep making phones bigger and bigger? I was hoping this wouldn’t be so big. My hopes were up, and now they are down.
    Since i don’t want a huge phone, should I go for the HTC Droid Incredible 4G?

  • Aaron Offenberger

    I also think all the S-Shares, S-Music etc is so cheesy… the last thing we need is 4000 different S’s. This phone just sounds so corny. Nice screen and camera..that’s about all it has going for it. The phone looks like a cheap prepaid phone from 2008 (the back anyways). TouchWiz basically looks the same as it did back in 2009…nothing new here. Such a letdown for a phone that was supposed to “change the smartphone, again”. I like Moto’s ICS and my RAZR better than this phone. It’s still a great phone but not really worth upgrading to if you’ve bought a phone in the past 2 years.

    • MooleyBooleyTroll

      Blame KDE 🙂

  • Well I called it a while back. Welcome to the next Bionic. I see nothing that is making me go “holy crap”. It’ll be just another smartphone a month after release. Glad I pulled the trigger on my Rezound. At least I have a removable extended battery.

    • Diablo81588

      Bionic has a removable extended battery as well 😛

    • iceman23

      Galaxy S III does in fact have a removable battery 🙂

  • Larizard

    The only thing that impressed me of all this is how well they were able to keep this phone under wraps and off from the prying eyes bloggers.

    Minimal upgrade to the Nexus. It’s coming down to the camera quality, stock ICS, and Verizon availability for me.

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    Sammys Bionic?

  • Wah wah wah…

  • Oh wow, he didn’t bitch about the home button…

  • Joshua Dudash

    Ugh.. Its kind of ugly.
    So much happier with the GNex.
    If the note had 4g and a tegra 3 or exynos quad core id be even more for it than I already am.

  • JMonkeYJ

    wow….super disappointing

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  • cb3ck

    I have mixed feelings about this. Disappointed in the looks, interested in the new features.

    It looks like a galaxy s that’s been flattened out a bit. Too much bezel for my taste and the back of the phone doesn’t really suit me either…The camera and led’s look like they were lifted from a $50 prepaid phone…I was really hoping for a slimmed down, ceramic version of the G-Nex…sigh

    • kidtronic

      I was practically begging Samsung to stick with the Gnex design cues and use a ceramic frame. Ugh.

  • asdfasdg

    seeing that my gnex is awesome, it can’t do phone calls very well and so i don’t think i’ll ever buy another samsung product again. it would be great if motoogle can come out with a nexus device 🙁

    • angermeans

      I’ll slit m throat if moto does the next nexus. Look what they did with the Xoom. Moto needs to be sold and killed off and google is shopping it around now. You’d have to be crazy to buy any product made by Motorola right now plus he are the ugliest devices on the market and have horrible screens. Why anyone would buy moto over day the GNexus, iPhone 4s, HTC one, and now this is beyond me

  • Destroythanet

    Why doesn’t Sammy or anyone else make a sleek phone with a huge battery like the RAZR Maxx? It’s about the only thing Motorola has done right lately. 2100 mah is only mediocre for a phone with a 4.8 HD screen.

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    Not much for all the hype this thing got.

  • shdowman

    Not as impressed as the hype led us to believe. This thing will lose the home button when it comes to states and there will be 4 bastardized versions of this phone leading to a development nightmare for the hackers in the audience (similar to the GS). I refuse to go through that again. I think I was expecting just a bit more out of this…

    • Me again

      I’m sorta worried what it will look like after it loses the home button. This is the first Samsung phone I thought looked good and I actually like that button.

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  • But did they fix their radios because Samsung sucks on CDMA/LTE carriers so far. So much in fact I kind of want to sell my Galaxy nexus.

  • WizWoz

    Get rid of that stupid hardware home button. Looks so out of place on an otherwise nice looking phone. Hopefully the U.S. version won’t have it, otherwise… pass and wait for better phones to come out.

  • Dan

    I agree! why doesn’t an HD phone come out with an HD screen a tad bit smaller. That is why I was excited about the Blackberry developers unit. It’s HD and not a monstrous size like 4.3 i believe?

  • Detonation

    Nominal upgrade from the Galaxy Nexus…microSD slot, better camera, and better processor in trade for hardware buttons and touchwiz. Pass.

    • If you already bought a Nexus, this phone wasn’t marketed to you in the first place, the Nexus hasn’t even been out for one year and cellular contracts are 2 years. Plus the 2 phones being released so close together OBVIOUSLY the technological improvements would be fairly miniscule.

      • Detonation

        Well other than the processor, the other things aren’t even new technological improvements. I guess this is what the Galaxy Nexus should have been (less the hardware button and touchwiz obviously)

        • C-Law

          I agree. I feel like it’s what the gnex should have been. I wanted to upgrade my gnex to this but I don’t want pentile again. I was really hoping for an hd amoled plus. I wanted a bigger battery too and better radios but we won’t know about the radios for a while. Guess I’ll be waiting for the next nexus

          • Detonation

            dude.. the goddamn fcking pentile screen doesnt suck. Go suck a chode. Ass

    • PC_Tool

      Almost certain the buttons will be gone in the US/North American variants.

      Though VZW will probably only get S4/16GB…

      • angermeans

        Everyone that wants LTE (which will be every carrier this year) will have the s4. Qualcomm makes the LTE chips and they will be damned if they work with anyone until hey hav a quad core chip. Did you think HTC did it cause they wanted too? We won’t see the quad core expos in the gs3 here in te states mark my words

        • PC_Tool

          “Did you think HTC did it cause they wanted too? ”

          I have simply got to know what the hell it was I said that would give you slightest impression that this was the case.

  • hunter1968

    i’m better it releases the day BEFORE the new iphone 5!!

  • Beautiful phone, but not a huge step up from the Gnex (if you’re not a person obsessed with internal specs). I actually prefer the Gnex’s clean logo-less, buttonless face.

    • Art Holguin

      after being on the gnex and with that size screen they should have kept buttonless face for sure.

  • DoctorOta

    Beautiful looking phone, very sleek and sexy if you will. Glad I still have my Razr Maxx and don’t feel jealous over this phone but it does look great and I’m sure it’ll perform the same way.

  • Elijellibelli

    Battery is ajoke. Maybe I am just too spoiled after my RAZY MAXX

    • You mean your Razr Fatt?

      • Diablo81588

        8.9mm is fat?

    • kidtronic

      You are. lol

  • PowersUSA

    Simply put, not “Plus” = fail

  • jdrch

    Nice specs, but the looks are pretty underwhelming. Also: a 4.8″ screen with that thick of a bezel? I love big screens but I’m not sure how the phone won’t be ridiculously huge

  • LiterofCola

    Sounds like a really good phone, but I think I’m good till next year.

  • blackguy101

    when will we know if verizon will get it?

  • this phone is gonna make the biggest patent wars with its siri clone, prob wont even get to u.s. if apple has anything todo with it

  • ManiDePrico

    gingerbread notification bar? really? why u no render image with ICS?

    • Aaron

      Might just be touchwiz, they seem to favor the green over ICS blue.

      • ManiDePrico

        good point. perhaps it is.

      • which is bs… ics looks way better than shitwiz

        • PC_Tool

          Stay classy, bro.

  • schoat333

    Its a truly good looking phone. Too bad it will never come to Verizon.

    • Mike

      Not with that attitude…

    • Snowcrash

      Why do you say that? They carried the original GS1 (aka the Fascinate). They only passed on the GSII because they got the Nexus.

      • schoat333

        Verizon uses CDMA for 3g. Do you see that listed?

    • Eddy

      Personally I think the design isn’t that great. It’s not bad, but it’s not great. I guess from all the hype and rumors about the phone, my expectations were high. I would much rather have the HTC One X.

  • Destroythanet

    No word yet on whether Verizon’s getting it?

    • michael arazan

      it said gsm, hspa+, lte, but not cdma. Verizon will probably pass on this because of the Droid Razr Hd

  • Sqube

    I really hope the software and camera are spectacular on that thing. I can’t help but feel a little disappointed.

    I thought the SGS3 was going to blow my GNex out of the water. The Exynos proc is great, but (AFAIK) nothing plays well with LTE except Snapdragon, so it’s immaterial.

    Well… GG, HTC. You’ve won this round.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      LTE is still brand new, how can anyone say (on these boards at least) what plays well and what doesn’t. You know what plays well with what as much as I do, and I know nothing about it.

      • The fact that there is mostly if not only Snapdragon LTE devices. Look at all the troubles the Tegra line had, read XOOM. The number of devices proves Snapdragons just play better. HTC One is a great example look how it shipped with 2 different CPUs. Samsung also went Snapdragon in the GNex because Exynos cannot run LTE.

        • Also LTE is actually not brand new it has been around for longer than most people realize it just wasn’t rolled out until recently here it was being rolled out in 2009 in other countries.

        • onDroid

          The Gnex has a OMAP processor not a snapdragon

      • Sqube

        HTC One X — Tegra for the world, Snapdragon for us.
        Samsung already had an Exynos proc by the time the GNex came around, but they didn’t use it.

        Snapdragon and OMAP seem to be the only chipsets that play nicely with VZW’s LTE. I’m not taking shots. Hell, I’m using a GNex right now. I’m just saying… the proc is great, but it probably won’t make it to VZW.

      • Alpha_Axl

        LTE is brand new…just like my brand new HTC Thunderbolt.

  • adam

    can we get a version that’s 4 – 4.3 inches please?…..(and pre-loaded with cm9)

    • kidtronic

      I think you know the answer to that

    • Droidzilla

      That would be the HTC One S.

      • angermeans

        Now that is a sexy phone. To bad it doesn’t have the one x screen. That and the one x are the sexiet pones out

  • Butters619

    8MP camera and a SAMOLED pentile display….wish I could find that comment where I bet that’s what it would have!

    It is an awesome looking phone, but between a release date of “summer” and HTC’s SLCD2, I will stick with my One X pre order.

  • Will it have onscreen buttons as well?

  • Andrew

    Finally. I was beginning to think this thing was fake.