Sunday, May 6, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 Revealed

The much awaited next generation Samsung Galaxy was recently launched and from my observations, there seemed to be mixed feedback. Some thinks that the Galaxy S3 doesn't really have much improvements and some likes the new outlook. My personal opinion, the Samsung Galaxy S3 looks curvy on the edge if you compare to the S2 or Galaxy Note but other than that, the updates are all internal. This brings us to similar scenario that we are familiar with when Apple launches iPhone 4S after the iPhone 4. At least Samsung did something to the outlook. The S3 is only 8.6mm thick.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is powered by 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. I guess the most disappointed part of the S3 would be the display. The S3 has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with screen resolution of 1280 x 720 with 306dpi which packs slightly lesser dpi than the HTC One X (HTC One X has 4.7-inch display) or the previous Galaxy Nexus. It was confirmed that the S3 display is the PenTile display technology, similar to the Galaxy Note. For screen resolution as high as the S3, PenTile or RGB display does not make too much of a difference. In fact PenTile technology was said to consume lesser power. The S3 has a battery capacity of 2100mAh.

As for the camera, it has 8MP and 1.9MP on the front-facing. At a quick glance, there are no difference in terms of the camera hardware when compared to previous S2 or Galaxy Note. Samsung on the other hand concentrated to develop on the software part of the camera instead. With much hype over the new HTC One X camera capabilities, the S3 new camera software enhancements will give HTC a run for its money. S3 camera is now capable of Burst-Mode which captures 20 pictures at one go. On top of that, there is a feature called "Select Best Shot" which takes 8 shots at a single capture and automatically select the best picture out of the 8 shots taken earlier. It is also capable of 1080p video capturing with still picture capturing simultaneously. Though the still picture would only be a max of 6MP.
As for the front-facing camera, Samsung built-in a new feature call "Smart Stay" which will prevent the device from dimming the screen when a video call is being carried out.

Other notable new feature would be NFC capabilities as well as Samsung's new S Voice. If you ask me, that's the competition for Siri in iOS. Video below shows capabilities of the S Voice.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 2 color, namely Pebble Blue and Marble White. It has internal memory capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. All models are microSD expendable up to 64GB. On top of that, Samsung provides free 50GB dropbox storage for up to 2 years.

Source: Samsung Mobile

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