Samsung Galaxy S III touches down at last

Samsung Galaxy S III touches down at lastWell, it's finally here. Whaddaya mean, “what is?” The Samsung Galaxy S III, obviously. The smartphone that's out of this world – out of this Galaxy, even.

Samsung has finally given the world its latest mobile creation, and it's pretty much exactly what we were expecting, even down to the name.

For those looking to soak up the Earls Court launch in all its pomp and ceremony, the live blog (or attending the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in person) delivered the expected fanfare. For everyone else, the cold hard specs of the official press release did the same job while everyone was still taking their seats at the official launch event.

So, the headline stuff: 4.8in HD Super AMOLED display? Check – and running at 720p as expected. It looks fantastic. 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad-Core processor? Yup, backed up by 1GB of RAM. 8-megapixel or 12-megapixel camera? Only 8, unfortunately – but there are a few new software tricks to choose from.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been covered in TouchWiz sauce, and the Galaxy S III arrives with HSPA+ goodness rolled in, while LTE will be on board in other markets. A 2,100mAh battery should keep you ticking over nicely for a while no matter what your needs are.

That's all fine and well, but after such a protracted build-up it's fair to ask: where's the magic? The design is... well, decent enough. It measures just 8.6mm thick at its chubbiest point, no mean feat considering the screen size, and it certainly looks neat and business-like.

We were informed that the Galaxy S III was “inspired by nature” and “designed for humans”, which sounds nice enough, but in truth is utterly meaningless and ultimately is part of the same marketing game that has kept us waiting so long for the S3 in the first place.

Let's not forget – this is a handset we were expecting to launch at Mobile World Congress in February. Today is the 3rd of May. The fact that we've all been willing to wait that long probably says more than any of Samsung's attempts to glam up the launch event.

We'll be taking a closer look at some of the Galaxy S III's outstanding features in the next day or two, but until then we'll allow Samsung its moment in the spotlight. The important news is that the Samsung Galaxy S III is here, and PR waffle aside (the launch event is still ongoing at the time of writing) it looks to be a worthy successor to the most successful Android handset we've seen so far. That's not a bad start, surely.

So when will the Galaxy S III be going on sale in the UK? End of the month, since you asked, which is just round the corner considering how long we've been waiting for the announcement itself.

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Treab  May. 3, 2012 at 20:03

MARTIN. how dare you not mock 'DESIGNED FOR HUMANS' its shockingly bad.

Joey2cool  May. 3, 2012 at 20:07

I must admit the marketing is typical apple esque waffle, but it looks like a solid smart phone, and im looking forward to when i can get my hands on one!

matt101101 / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 20:12

It's average. The S2 was an unexpected hit, this year Samsung have tried to use that to their own advantage and hype up the S3 and I have no qualms in saying it's just not that special. Good, yes. Unbelievable, no.

Pondlife  May. 3, 2012 at 20:16

Poor matt.

Joey2cool  May. 3, 2012 at 20:17

True, but its the little invoations that we use each day (the smart stay for example) that might just give it the edge. There is nothing massively better than the s2 here, but its all the little things added together that is its key feature

matt101101 / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 20:20

You mean pointless, gimmicky features that nobody ever uses after they've owned the phone for more than a week? Yeah, the S3 seems full of those...unfortunately. Also, the new version of TW is still way uglier than Sense 4.0.

blizzard7  May. 3, 2012 at 20:24

I can hear Apple and HTC laughing already.

jmarcelino  May. 3, 2012 at 20:25

The Verge is claiming this will be initially released as a Vodafone exclusive

"There's no word on carriers or pricing, but Samsung says that Europeans can look for the Galaxy S III to launch on May 29th with the 32GB model as a Vodafone exclusive; "

Any news on that?

Pondlife  May. 3, 2012 at 20:26

That only claims one version is exclusive

Pondlife  May. 3, 2012 at 20:27

Damn matt really has taken this pentile screen hard.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 20:28

The 16gb model is the one to go for (if you want one), surely? As it's then expandable to 80gb.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 20:29

Damn matt really has taken this pentile screen hard.
More bothered about the fact it looks like a girls phone (or a horrid blue colour).

Pondlife  May. 3, 2012 at 20:30

JanSt / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 21:42

What's the case and frame made from?
Battery not removable I suppose - seeing how they had to follow the skinny trend.... Microsim?

Well... white and blue? Seems the HTC One S will be my next phone...

bettsy  May. 3, 2012 at 21:49

Very underwhelming given the hype around it.

SpeedyG  May. 3, 2012 at 21:50

The looks and screen size :(

I really hope manufacturers are going to stop with the huge phone screens now. How the hell can you fit that in your pocket?!

Spec wise it's brilliant, but as expected, its underwhelming.

Pondlife  May. 3, 2012 at 21:51

AhmadCentral pointed out on other thread that battery is removable

matt101101 / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 21:57

What's the case and frame made from?
Battery not removable I suppose - seeing how they had to follow the skinny trend.... Microsim?

Well... white and blue? Seems the HTC One S will be my next phone...

1) Plastic
2) No, the battery is a 2100mah removable unit
3) No, it takes a regular (or mini, to give it its proper name) SIM card
4) I agree, the colours are a choice between looking gay and looking just awful (white and blue, respectively).

matt101101 / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 21:57

The looks and screen size :(

I really hope manufacturers are going to stop with the huge phone screens now. How the hell can you fit that in your pocket?!

Spec wise it's brilliant, but as expected, its underwhelming.

To be fair, it's 16-17% bigger than the S2 and 0.1mm thicker. You must wear very, very tight jeans if this won't fit in your pocket.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 21:58

Very underwhelming given the hype around it.
+1

Treab  May. 3, 2012 at 22:00

I was pleasantly surprised... makes me happier about sticking with my sgs2. it was a massive disappointment for it being designed for a human....

JanSt / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 22:09

Hello, iPhone 5!

Treab  May. 3, 2012 at 22:11

Hello, iPhone 5!

but will it be worth it? depends on what it brings / price...

SpeedyG  May. 3, 2012 at 22:15

Hello, iPhone 5!

Wishing for a bigger screen on it?! oO

Anything other than a 3.5 inch screen will make me spit in my coffee and sit up.

I think the world is ready for a 4 inch model.

Doubt it'll be quad core tho. I'm guessing a nippy 1.4-1.6 dual core with quad core graphics like its bigger brother the Ipad 3.

2gb RAM and Removable battery is just a pipe dream I guess.

JanSt / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 22:16

Hello, iPhone 5!

but will it be worth it? depends on what it brings / price...


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