Samsung Galaxy S III Goes Official

The next-generation flagship Android smartphone will arrive on shelves in May

By on May 3rd, 2012 18:32 GMT

Galaxy S III, the latest flagship Android device from South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung has just been officially announced in London.

Following months of expectation, in which a wide range of leaks and rumors on have been spotted around the web, the successor of Samsung's best-selling Galaxy S II smartphone has been fully unveiled.

Just as expected, the device is powered by a fast 1.4GHz quad-core application processor, complemented by 1GB of RAM to aid in delivering high-end performance.

The smartphone was packed with a large 4.8-inch touchscreen display, a Super AMOLED panel capable of delivering an HD resolution.

Samsung has announced 16GB and 32GB flavors of the high-end device, which should be followed by a 64GB variant in the not too distant future. The handset also comes with a MicroSD memory card slot.

On the back, Galaxy S III sports an 8-megapixel photo snapper, capable of recording videos in full HD resolution. It also features a 1.9MP camera on the front, to enable video calling.

Other specifications of this smartphone include 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, and NFC (Near Field Communications) capabilities.

Its Exynos 4 Quad CPU also offers support for 4G LTE connectivity, but there will also be variants featuring 21Mbps HSPA+. The LTE variant will be released only in June.

Galaxy S III is powered by a 2,100mAh battery and is only 8.6mm thick, while weighing 133g (4.7 ounces). It sports a curved chassis with rounded edges, and resembles the design of Galaxy Nexus.

Samnsung Galaxy S III is powered by Google's Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and also features a new version of the company's TouchWiz UX.

Samsung has announced that the new mobile phone will become available for purchase towards the end of this month, and that it will be released worldwide through a variety of carriers. Galaxy S III was named the official phone of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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