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Samsung Galaxy S III officially arrives in the Philippines

Yesterday, the much awaited Samsung Galaxy SIII was finally launched and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it. Luckily, we were part of the company’s global launch in over 28 countries where the phone is expected to be released this coming June. Now on to the details.


We're part of the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III

The Galaxy SIII comes in blue pebble and white colors. It seems that the standard of today’s phones have to come in alternate colors to cater to a wider market. The pebble blue has a brushed metal finish while the marble white has a glossy one. Which one would you go for?


You'll get a big 4.8" Super AMOLED screen on the Samsung Galaxy S III

Expect the phone to have a bigger screen size of 4.8″ which still feels like a phone rather than the Galaxy Note which is a cross between a phone and tablet. Even with the big screen, the Galaxy SIII still manages to maintain a slim fit to the hand (unless you’re a small girl) with ample weight and still feels pretty solid, another true flagship phone from Samsung.


The pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S III has a brushed metal finish

As for the hardware, the Galaxy SIII comes packed with a whopping 1.4GHz quad core processor, 1GB Ram with choices of 16, 32 or 64GB of storage and is also expandable with micro SD slot. Now it may surprise you or if you already knew it, the Galaxy SIII does have a micro SIM slot so you’ll need to think twice if you’re going to have your SIM card trimmed for this. This makes it the first Samsung phone to utilize a micro SIM card from the likes of iPhone and Nokia’s Lumia.

The camera is an 8MP shooter with autofocus and LED flash and can record 1080p videos at 30fps. Like the Galaxy Nexus, it also has the burst shooting feature.


Not the thinnest but still thin nevertheless, only 8.6mm

The Galaxy SIII comes with the latest Android ICS and inherits the features of the Galaxy Nexus like the S-Beam, Face unlock, Smart Voice and the such but more features were added to make this phone step up. It has the Smart Stay in which the phone detects the user’s eyelid movements and the screen will close when you close your eyes and opens when the eyes are exposed. This comes in very handy when reading e-books or long emails especially now that you have a bigger screen in your hands. Also, it has a gesture feature in which you’ll only have to put the phone in your ear in order to answer a call and put the phone downwards to end a call. How nifty is that?


I only had a brief run through with the phone and all seems to be running smoothly. The phone promises a better battery life so we’ll be looking out for that once we get a review unit. It was a fun launch event well-attended by celebrities where 10 lucky people went home with a Samsung Galaxy S III of their own.

This is an exciting time once again for Samsung and even before the Galaxy SIII was released, there are over 9 million pre-orders already so this is a very hot item you don’t want to miss. The Samsung Galaxy S III (16GB) will have a retail price of Php32,990.

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  • start price is P33K with 16GB internal memory lang, mas mahal pa ung 32GB at 64GB. Ang maganda may card slot pa kaya another 64GB pa pede ilagay.

  • Griswold

    The design looks rather plain pa rin. i still prefer the htc one x for overall design and feel, kahit walang microSD slot ok lang.

    • rpmaverick

      I find it weird why you prefer a phone that looks great over a phone that work amazing. Htc One X customers have even returned several units because of defects until finding and getting one that is not defective. Well that’s just me, I’d prefer the phone that works better than any other phone on the market rather than the good-looking defective one.

      • Griswold

        Samsung phones aren’t prone to defects as well. the Note suffered from banding among other defects and the Galaxy S 2 has it fair share of problem as well. A lot of people returned their SGS2 until they found one that works. how can you say the SGS3 works amazing if it hasn’t found its way to the market yet. I won’t be surprised if SGS3 will be flawless once people get their hands on it.

        • rpmaverick

          Well we’ll just have to wait and see

  • gboy

    arghhhhh…32k? hoohhhh…ipon2x muna.ahaha.. parang gustong gusto ko mag htc one X para maiba naman.haha..kasi 24k lang sa widget city eh..hahaha..

    pero i want this phone..huhu..sobrang mahal .. budget muna..

    yung features talaga nito is outstanding talaga.. lalo na yung pop up play.WTF!

  • wreek888

    I will save na lang for iphone 5.

  • ding

    I have plan already to buy this Samsung G SIII even before it was not launch yet in the Philippines. I like the design it looks like clean and not bulky to bring..:-)

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