Samsung announces the new Galaxy, Samsung Galaxy SIII yesterday in a soothing event in London they called the Samsung Mobile Unpacked Event 2012.The event is held around 2am local time in a big hall with a huge stage, too huge for a mobile event we would say. And the whole event was accompanied by an amazing orchestra which makes the evening just so cozy and warm while Samsung introduces us to their new flagship smartphone.
We think that it is the best smartphone by Samsung to date. In the hardware side, the new Galaxy get an usual, normal upgrades from the SII but in software wise, the SIII is remarkable. Samsung is officially in the human like interactive smartphone business now. And that is just awesome.
Here is all you have to know about the new Samsung Galaxy SIII and little bit about the other announcements made in the event.
Screen: 4.8” Super Amoled HD display
Storage: 16/32/64GB(coming soon) depending on model, plus expandable MicroSD card
Cloud storage: 50GB Dropbox for two years
Colour: Pebble blue or marble white (White is my personal fav)
Camera: 8MP rear; 1.9 MP front (capable of HD recording)
Resolution: 720 x 1280 px (306ppi, around 20ppi lesser than the iPhone but with a much bigger screen)
Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.55 mm
Operating System: Android 4.0.4
Processor: Exynos 4 Quad (1.4GHz) Awesome Awesome processor
Samsung says that their new Galaxy SIII can see, listen and response to our normal human behavior and predicts what we want to do. This is an amazing stuffs we have there in a smartphone which we use in our daily life. “It is designed for Humans” they said. Lets see what are the great software tweaks we have here.
To prevent the Galaxy SIII’s screen to turn off or black out by itself after a certain time frame, it has a new feature called the Smart Stay which will keep the device’s screen awake as long as you are. It uses the front-facing camera to “see” you and detect whether you are opening your eyes or not. If you close your eyes, the screen will automatically dim off. That is one great feature seeing that most of us are really annoyed when our smartphone’s screen turns off while you are reading a website or ebook. Especially for those who sets the screen to dim off every 5 seconds, this is for you.
Here is a Siri competition and we would say that it is really similar to Siri with the human like interaction and how it can understand human speech. We have to do more hands-on on this to see how well it works. But it certainly looked great. One thing the S Voice have that Siri don’t is that, S Voice can be activated by just saying “Wake up” or any other command you like to set. No physical touch is needed to activate the S Voice(AWESOME). The device is always ready for your command and once you say “Wake up, Galaxy” or “Wake up, Buddy”, it will automatically wake up and wait for your next command. This is really useful while you are driving or when both your hands are occupied. =)
So you are messaging a friend and you think the message will be really long. Well, just raise your phone to your ears like how you speak on a phone and a phone call will be made to the friend of yours. Simple but not really so useful. But it is definitely something good to have on your phone.
This is another great feature in the new Galaxy SIII. Lets say you are really busy and u did not have the time to event turn on your phone to check for any notifications, missed calls or messages. But this new features will give you a small buzz if you have any notifications when you pick your phone up. There is no need to turn it on, just pick it up and you will know if you missed anything while you were away. Smart.
By using NFC and Direct WiFi, the Galaxy SIII can be used to send media or any file just by touching it’s back on another SIII. And Samsung claims that this is the fastest file transfer available now.
Buddy Photo Share
Take a group photo, SIII detects the faces, tagged them based on contact list images, prompt if you want to send the photo to people in the photo. You can also tap on a face in a photo to make a call or message that person. Hmm, not bad.
Pop Up Play
This feature actually lets you watch a video in a smaller window while you do something else like browse the web, etc. I personally don’t see how this is useful. Maybe Samsung made this feature to boast how good the quad-core processor is.
Ok, the camera is pretty amazing. 8MP with LED flash. And it can now take 20 or 8 burst-shots and automatically chooses the best one for you. Although in the demo of this in Mobile Unpacked event, the “best” photo it chooses is not so well “best”. Or maybe we should say, it chooses the clearest, not the best.
Apart from that, you can also snap picture will recording a video now. Which is really useful at times.
Samsung announces that there is an optional wireless charger for the SIII. Just leave the device on the charging slot and it will charge wirelessly. And they also announce that they will have their own version of Apple Store called the Samsung Mobile Pin which have the same concept with the Apple store where people can experience and touch and feel everything. Lastly, The Galaxy SIII will be available in the end of May. 29th May 2012 to be exact. And we expect it to be available locally around Mid June or the end of June.
That’s about all you have to know about the event and the all new Samsung Galaxy SIII. So what do you think? It is awesome? Tell us what do you think at the comment section. Come on, tell us how excited you are, or you think this is just another regular smartphone?
UPDATE: The Galaxy SIII will be priced in the bracket of RM1800-2100 to keep the market competitive. Just all hope it will be RM1799! You WISH!!
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