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So, one of the most awaited smartphones is finally out in the market. Yes, we are talking about Samsung Galaxy SIII. The so-called “Made for Humans” gadget got released on May 31, 2012. People across the globe have been waiting to lay their hands on this flagship device from the manufacturer.
The phone is touted to have high-end features that match the needs of humans. Presently, the manufacturer claims that no other smartphone has features to match the goodness and richness of Galaxy SIII.
Not to anyone’s surprise, Galaxy SIII comes loaded with the latest version of Android operating system – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0). However, the phone was eagerly anticipated, the initial price has somewhat failed to woo the customers. According to the experts, the phone has been priced too high, at least for the Indian market.
As a flagship device, it competes directly with HTC’s One X and Sony’s Xperia, both of which are priced quite less than Galaxy SIII. However, some experts are even saying that the smartphone manufacturer like Samsung cannot go wrong on pricing its product; let us have a look at some of its features to see if it is worth its “high price”.
Features Of Samsung Galaxy S III
Form, Design And Display
Samsung has preferred to stick to its candy-bar form with its Galaxy range of phones. Where Galaxy S and SII were introduced with candy-bar form factor, SIII could not have been introduced with anything else.
However, Samsung seems to have worked a lot on its looks this time. We do not say that the older versions looked ugly, but this one is really, really beautiful. Galaxy SIII has the looks to mesmerize any gadget lover.
The look, however, remains largely metallic, but the feel is more kind of plasticky. The 4.8-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen supporting 16 million colors has the pixel density of 306 pixels per inch; quite high as compared to the predecessors.
Galaxy SIII is a lot bigger than the older cousins, measuring 136.6 mm in length, 70.6 mm in breadth, and just 8.6 mm in thickness, making it one of the slimmest Android phones available in the market.
Galaxy SIII is a device you would love to flaunt in your social circle. The attention-seeking design catches more eyes than you would expect. Coming back to features, phone’s multi-touch Corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, again making it one of the best displays available in the market.
As expected, the device features Samsung’s latest TouchWiz v4.0 user interface. Thanks to the plastic back-lid, the manufacturer has been successful in keeping down the device’s weight within normal limits; it weighs just 133 grams.
Operating System And Central Processing Unit
As anticipated, Samsung Galaxy SIII comes with the latest version of Android operating system – Ice Cream Sandwich, a.k.a., Android 4.0. Obviously, the phone can be upgraded to the higher versions of Android, whenever available.
The Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 processor along with Exynos 4212 Quad chipset forms the core. Definitely, this combination of processors is bound to give flawless, hiccup-free experience to the users.
We can be sure that at no point in time the phone would gasp or feel tired even with heaviest of games or multitasking. Graphics come live with help of Mali-400MP graphics processor unit. The dedicated GPU gives amazingly pleasant experience to your retina and brain.
Seeing the core, we can say that with this combination of hardware, the phone can easily overpass even the performances of flagship phones from Nokia, HTC, Apple, Sony, etc. All in all, Galaxy SIII has come up with truly flying colors with regard to its central processing unit and operating system.
Now, camera is something that has become very major integrated device in smartphones. Frankly saying, we anticipated a bit more from Galaxy SIII in this department. Galaxy SIII features an 8-megapixel primary and a 1.9-megapixel secondary camera.
The camera has a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels along with features like autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, etc. One of the latest and amazing features is its ability to capture snapshots while recording HD videos – the same that you will find in HTC’s One range of smartphones.
The camera has capability to record HD videos at 1080p at 30 frames per second. The secondary (front-facing) camera has capability to record videos at 720p at 30 frames per second. All in all, in the camera department, we were expecting at least a higher megapixel camera, at least 12.
As Galaxy SII also features an 8 megapixel camera, a step up would have been definitely appreciated. For front-facing camera, it could have been rounded off to 2 megapixels. Here, we would say that SIII fell a little short of our expectations.
Here, Samsung has given us a reason to be happy. The phone is available in three internal memory denominations – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. Thanks to different denominations, users will be able to select their device according to their usage. Moreover, this strategy gives the device a larger and wider scope, straightaway.
The gadget can support micro SD card of up to 64 GB. Now, this is what we call a step up and ahead. Will all the phones in the market supporting maximum of 32 GB micro SD, Samsung has provided something extra. The phone has a random access memory (RAM) of 1 GB, which is enough to give it speedy operability.
Samsung Galaxy SIII is equipped with a standard 2,100 mAh Li-Ion battery. Per manufacturer, it will be able to provide stand-by time of 590 hours and 790 hours on 2G and 3G networks, respectively. For talk-time, the battery should be able to deliver around 22 hours on 2G and around 11 hours on 3G networks.
Price And Availability
In India, the phone was introduced on May 31, 2012 at $778.467. Surprisingly, it came down by $72.11 on day one. The phone is available in the market presently at $701.386.
Some of the critics anticipate a further fall in its price, which they say, will stabilize around 36,000. Rightly, the phone has been given a price tag higher than anyone’s expectations.
One thing is for sure, if the price drops further and comes in range of 35,000, it will give a strong competition to HTC’s One X, which is presently the hottest Android device available in the market. Presently, we suggest that you wait until the prices drop further.
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