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Samsung unveils new superphone, the Galaxy S III

The launch of the successor to the Samsung Galaxy SII was highly anticipated worldwide that it rivals Apple’s product announcements. Anyway, after all the rumors and speculations, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was officially revealed, finally.

Samsung didn’t focus much on the Galaxy S3’s aesthetics as it looks like your usual phone from the Korean company. Actually, it looks like the Galaxy Nexus with the rounded edges but without the chin. It has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen with a 1280 x 720 resolution on a thin bezel, all covered with a Gorilla Glass 2 panel.

samsung galaxy S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in either white or Pebble Blue color having a polycarbonate material with a brushed-metal look (on the Blue variant only) which Samsung calls hyper-glazed. Unlike other polycarbonate phones though, this one has a glossy plastic coating all over for that shiny effect.

What I find odd here is that Samsung didn’t follow the typical Android 4.0 button configuration. Beside the lone physical home button at bottom are Menu and Back. If you’ve been using new Ice Cream Sandwich phones, the Menu button became a part of the UI and is replaced with a dedicated button for recemt apps. Samsung decided to stick with what people are used to here and I prefer having it that way.

Powering this superphone is Samsung’s new 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor with 1GB RAM. It also gets a minimum of 16GB RAM and a microSD slot, something that is not seen on the HTC’s quad-core phone. A 1.9-megapixel camera powers the front which is capable of broadcasting 720p videos, while an 8-megapixel lens is at the rear which can do Full HD video recording.

samsung galaxy SIII

Samsung loaded the phone with new gesture features and better voice controls they call S voice, which also requires the cloud to function. What’s different with S Voice is that Samsung is working with third party apps to also make use of this feature.

The accelerometer also plays a role in the phone’s overall functionality. Tap screen, hold and rotate horizontally will bring up the camera app. Viewing a contact’s details and putting the phone to your ear will automatically dial that person’s number. Detecting a face from its front camera will keep the display on preventing that screen for timing out while you’re thinking what to write.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is shaping up to be a smarter smartphone despite looking like Samsung’s other phones but we’ll temper our expectations until we get a unit to hold and review.

According to Yugatech, who was on location during the unveiling, the local launch is slated to be on May 22 or May 24. No word on SRP yet so it’s still anyone’s guess.

Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 Specs:
4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen @ 1280×720 pixels (306ppi)
1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4 Quad processor
Android 4.0 ICS with TouchWiz UX
16GB, 32GB, 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
HSPA+ up to 21Mbps
8MP rear camera with LED flash
1080p @ 30fps video recording
1.9-megapixel front camera
802.11 b/g/n with Channel Bonding
Bluetooth 4.0 Low-energy
136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
133 gram
2,100mAh Li-Ion battery
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  • Primon

    Whew! Hello beautiful!
    Of course beauty comes with a price. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    my guess is P30k+

    Pero grabe aanhin mo Quadcore na Phone.

    • Griswold

      hehe siguro pwede na maging PC. kabit mo sa monitor, tapos kabitan mo rin ng keyboard ayun pwede ka na magtype, surf, facebook.

      pero di pa rin talaga ako bilib sa phone design ng samsung. hindi mukhang mahal eh.

      • mx

        agree ako sayo sir, i was waiting for this phone nga eh dahil eto sana ang gusto ko kapalit nang phone ko, this or sony xperia s, ok sana ang specs. what’s bothering me is the 8mp camera and pentile display, sabi sa ibang sites kita mo daw yung pixels sa malapitan.. guess ill have to wait and see personally. sana not above 30k or better yet ka price cya nang htc one x,

      • StratoSpHere

        Yan din exactly ang inisip ko eh. 1.4 Ghz quad core is good and all in writing, but what do you need it for aside from gaming? Ako since cad operator ako malamang gamitin ko pa yan sa Autocad WS. Pero for the common people na they only use their phone for calls and texts, this is not the phone for them.

        • wiz

          as is naman madaling magcad sa touchscreen. lol

      • Anonymous

        Gusto mo mukang mahal? Lagyan mo mansanas sa likod. Jk

        • S5360

          hahaha tama!

  • Casey

    Hndi ko na talaga gusto Android. 😐 mataas ang requirements para gumana ng ayos. Like that phone and the others. Kailangan pa nila ng 4 cores para maging super smooth. Buti pa Windows Phone or iPhone di nila kailangan ng maraming cores para gumana ng ayos. Pati Android’s too fragmented. Kaya nagkakaproblema devs sa mga apps.

    • Griswold

      ganyan talaga problema ng android. pero yan din naging advantage nila. dahil sa fragmentation dumadami ang choices para sa consumers.

  • Casey

    Well I have to admit maganda talaga Android devices. Yun lang. =)) sari sarili din namang taste and preference. Sinabi ko lang yung sakin. 😀 no harm done

    • Noodles

      Sinabi mo pa, iba iba naman kasi preferences ng mga consumer like us. As long as na ma achieve mo or like mo yung phone is enough.

  • jerald

    Mas maganda ang design ng HTC One X compare dito, pero performance and feature wise mas maganda to.

    Now I am thinking which of the two to buy

    • as with the htc sensation and galaxy s2 last year, it’s design vs specs.

      • jerald

        Hoping hindi mahal ang S3…If same price with HTC..I’ll go with S3.

      • Carl

        if design is a concern, try buying a cool case to go with it. 😉

        • jerald

          yes sir. will consider on buying a supeeerrr cool case 🙂