Samsung has unveiled the big brother to their Galaxy S2 Smartphone with the roll out in London overnight of a new Galaxy 4G S3 which has a 22% larger Super AMOLED display screen.
The new phone which will go on sale in Australia shortly has a 4.8 inch (12.2cm) screen which is 22% larger than the 4.3 inch screen of its predecessor. it will be be available in two colours, pebble blue and marble white, other colours will be available at a later date.
Samsung is describing the new phone the best smartphone in the world today, a model that will hurt brands like HTC who are seeing consumers desert their brand in the millions in favour of a Samsung product. It can wirelessly connect to Samsung television screen to be used as a remote control.
Analysts say the popularity of the previous Galaxy – the S2 – was a major factor in the firm overtaking Nokia to become the world’s best-selling mobile phone maker.
The new device is not much wider than the current model S2 as Samsung has shrunk the size of the bezel.
The development allows Samsung to boast it has a slightly larger screen than the 4.7 inch HTC One X, the top of the range model from its Taiwanese rival.
It is also significantly bigger than the 3.5 inch display of Apple’s iPhone 4S and the 4.3 inch screen of Nokia’s Lumia 900.
A new feature is the introduction of “intelligent camera technology” that delivers face recognition for users from a front facing camera. All you have to do is point the camera at a person and it will automatically identify the user’s eyes and not go dark or lock so long as they are looking at it.
The S3 include an 8 megapixel camera on the rear, and a 1.9 megapixel front camera for video calls.
The new Smartphone has up to 64GB of internal memory and an SD slot as well as a “natural language user interface” dubbed S Voice.
Samsung claims that it delivers a major improvement on the voice control features it included on earlier models.
“It is more like a good friend and listens intently and responds effectively to you,” a spokesman said at the launch event in London.
The facility can be used to command the phone to play songs, adjust the volume, send texts or emails and take photographs.
The function is likely to be compared to Apple’s Siri software.
Samsung’s enhanced notifications centre tells you what’s happened since you last looked at your phone in order of importance.
The 8MP camera now offers a 20-shot burst mode and will choose the best photo for you. It’s now possible to capture photos at the same time as video filming.
Other features include:
Face Zoom and Slide Show
Double tap a face to zoom in; automatic slide show generation zooms in on faces as individual pictures.
Social network and camera integration
Automatic tagging of pictures, and the option to send images directly to those identified in them, called Buddy Photo Share, or display social media profile information on screen.
50GB of free Dropbox storage for two years.
That’s S for Samsung, not Siri. This feature allows you to control your phone through voice, eg to turn up the volume, and to ask it questions.
High speed file transfer via NFC and WiFi Direct, between two phones touched together, operating at up to 300Mbps.
Pop Up Play
Play video in a window on any homescreen.
4.8″ Super Amoled HD display
16/32/64GB depending on model, plus expandable MicroSD card
50GB Dropbox for two years
Pebble blue or marble white
2,100mAh (wireless charging optional extra)
8MP rear; 1.9 MP front
720 x 1280 px (306ppi)
136.6 x 70.6 x 8.55 mm
Exynos 4 Quad (1.4GHz)