Samsung launched its Galaxy S III last night in London and the phone is causing a huge buzz all over the Internet. Thanks to the hype before its launch and the excitement after there are a few things we all know about the phone. We all know for instance, that it has a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera with flash and a 1.9 megapixel front camera.
We are also fairly certain that the device is super light as it weighs 133g and is only 8.6 mm thick. And finally we know that it runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, and is powered by Samsung’s quad-core microprocessor and has 1GB RAM.
But now we have some more details of some other cool and lesser known features of the phone that seem to have wowed tech pundits.
It seems that Samsung has done some serious work on it’s rear end cameras. The camera is 8 megapixel which matches up to both the iPhone 4S and HTC One X. As CNET points, Samsung has taken some inspiration from HTC One X which lets users choose their best shot from a bunch of shots. However it seems that Samsung has outdone HTC as CNET points out:
The implementation is different, though; the Samsung smartphone will automatically suggest the best image for you based on a few factors including smile detection and facial recognition.
Samsung has also launched the device with Siri like voice command program called S Voice. Now Siri is iPhone 4S’s popular voice command app that has gained quite a lot of popularity. Will S Voice manage the same level of interest?
The Samsung Galaxy S III. Reuters
In terms of appearance, it would seem that new phone looks bulky but is way lighter and this seems to have impressed several tech gurus.
The Verge’s Vlad Savov writes,The main takeaway when you first pick up the Galaxy S III is that it’s surprisingly light…the sensation of holding it is one of weightlessness. It almost feels hollow. We’re not huge fans of this, we appreciate a bit more of a reassuring heft.”
The one thing that seems to have got some criticism is the plastic rear body of the phone. Tech websites had been buzzing with rumours of a ceramic or metallic finished rear but Samsung has continued with plastic and it hasn’t gotten them rave reviews.
The Galaxy S III also boasts of a cool feature called the S beam which allows users to transport files upto 1GB to another S III without using Wi-fi or data Internet. This seems to be an expansion on Android’s Beam, an app which allows data to be transferred for those users who have Ice-Cream Sandwich on their phone by just touching.
And if all this was not enough incentive to buy the phone, the latest reports are that Samsung has announced that that every consumer that buys and registers a Galaxy S III smartphone will get free 50GB cloud storage from Dropbox.
This is double of what Dropbox is giving HTC One series owners, however just like HTC, the free storage will only be valid for two years.
And in another piece of exciting news for fans of the device, it turns out that the popular iPhone app Flipboard will be available on Android as well.
AllThingsD reports that Previewed on Samsung S III today, Flipboard is coming to Android phones soon,” the company said on Twitter, pointing users to a page where they could provide their email to get further updates.
Flipboard is an article, and news aggregation app that is quite popular on Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. But hopefully Flipboard will won’t be restricted to Android devices which only run on Ice-Cream Sandwich.
The phone will be available on 29 May in the UK, and is scheduled for a summer release in the US. The release date for India has not been announced. Fingers crossed that Indian consumers won’t be short changed with this phone like in the case of the Nexus!