Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S III, a smartphone that received a rare amount of attention and speculation ahead of its launch. In fact, we’ve only seen this type of entusiasm around Apple product launches. We finally know just what the phone offers, which rumors were true and which weren’t and when it will launch (this month in Europe and this summer in the U.S.). Let’s take a quick dive into the top five features of the Samsung Galaxy S III now.
1. Quad-core Exynos Processor
The performance of Samsung’s hardware paired with its quad-core Exynos processor, which is based on the ARM Cortex A9 processor, remains to be seen, so we’re pumped to see how this 32nm chip’s power performance stacks up against Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip and NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor once the phone lands. Samsung says the chip is ready for 3D games and video editing, but that it will still suck 20% less power than its predecessor, the 45nm Exynos 4 Dual.
2. S Voice
S Voice sounds like one of the cooler features of the Galaxy S III, although it’s pretty apparent it’s a rip-off of Apple’s Siri voice-engine, too. It lets you search for information and control your phone with your voice. Samsung gave this example: If you’re sleeping and your alarm goes off, you can just say “snooze” to turn it off (If you wake me up too early I’m just going to yell snooze, Samsung). S Voice can also be used to automatically launch the camera, send a text message or control songs and audio volumes.
3. HD 4.8-inch Super AMOLED Display
Samsung’s Super AMOLED displays have blown us away in the past. The colors are insanely beautiful and the contrast ratios are usually killer. We’ll need to stack this up against the HTC One X before we draw conclusions, it is a PenTile display after all, but we’re guessing the AMOLED should mean you’ll get much inkier blacks on the Galaxy S III than you do on the HTC One X. HTC’s tighter pixels, however, will likely provide a sharper image overall.
4. Intelligent Camera with Face Recognition
The Galaxy S III supports Samsung’s new “Natural Interaction” technology, which includes voice commands through S Voice and an intelligent camera that can be used for face recognition. It’s more than just about using your face to unlock a device, however. Samsung’s intelligent camera can tell if you’re in front of the phone and, if you are, will keep the screen activated. If you’re browsing the web and reading a long article, for example, the screen won’t power down. A “Direct Call” feature will automatically dial a contact if you’re using your phone to write a text message and then suddenly decide that calling might be a better option.
5. 4G LTE Support
Samsung announced that its Galaxy S III will support 4G LTE networks. It’s still unclear if the U.S. version of the phone will still run its Quad-Core Exynos processor, however, or if carriers will take the same approach as they did with the One X and toss in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip instead. The One X runs on a quad-core Tegra 3 chip in international markets and, even though Tegra 3 does support 4G LTE networks, AT&T opted to include Qualcomm’s processor instead. Still, 4G LTE support means we’ll see blazing fast data speeds on Verizon and AT&T from the get-go.
I guess I could continue on. I love that the Galaxy S III will launch with a wireless charging adapter, the Buddy Photo Share software seems awesome and I love that its S Beam technology allows you to share a 1GB file in 3 minutes with another device, even without a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection. We can’t wait to get our hands on a review unit of the Galaxy S III, so stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.