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Samsung Unveils GSIII Complete with Own Version of Siri

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It's finally here.

After months of keeping us on the edges of our seats, Samsung has finally given the Galaxy S III an official unveiling. The company took the wraps off of the next Galaxy handset at its Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 event in London, UK at 7pm local time (2pm eastern time). So, were the rumors true? Read on to find out!

 

Specs for the Galaxy S III include a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED 1280 x 720 display; a quad-core Exynos processor; 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera on the back with a 1.9-megpixel affair up front (as opposed to the 1.3-megapixel lens that was rumored); Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top and new gesture functions to improve navigation; and HSPA+ support (Samsung is also working on an LTE model). The whole package will weigh in at 133g and measures just 8.6mm thick. Samsung says the device is supposed to mimic the 'warmth and beauty' of nature. 

As far as software is concerned, Samsung's bundled in some nifty new features, including voice capture for photos (no more reaching around to try to stab the capture button on the touchscreen!), as well as Smart Stay, which keeps your phone active when you're using it using the front-facing camera to detect your face. S Beam is an expansion of Android Beam that uses WiFi and NFC to let you share photos and videos (Samsung mentions a 1GB clip being shared in three minutes and a 10MB music file skipping across to a buddy's phone in two seconds).

S Voice is Samsung's answer to Apple's Siri, and the company is describing it as an 'advanced natural language user interface' that listens and responds to your words. You can tell S Voice to 'snooze' if your alarm goes off and you're not quite ready to leave bed, you can use it to play your favorite songs, send texts, emails, organize your schedule or, like we mentioned, take photos.

There's also Direct Call, which automatically dials the contact on screen when you lift your phone to your ear (handy if you're texting someone and decide simply to call them instead), and Smart Alert, a feature that fills you in on all you missed (calls, messages, weather alerts, etc.,) while your phone has been in your pocket/out of your hands.

Samsung plans to launch this baby in 145 countries and is partnering with 296 mobile operators around the world to do so. The 3G-only model will launch in Europe at the end of this month, and the 4G model will launch in North America, Japan, and Korea during this summer. This is a big improvement on the Galaxy S II, which launched in May of last year in some countries, but didn't arrive in the U.S. until September. No word on pricing just yet, but we'll keep you posted.

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    blakbird24 , May 3, 2012 7:34 PM
    getrealApple will...come to the rescue this fall with a REAL phone that actually innovates instead of blatantly steals!


    The irony in this statement could create a black hole large enough to swallow the entire universe.
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    doron , May 3, 2012 7:10 PM
    getrealWOW, only took Samsung 8 months to Release an inferior clone of the iPhone 4S! I'm sure this Garbage S III will be extremely expensive, too, but that won't stop the sheeple from shelling out their allowances for it!


    I truly appreciate your thorough and objective examination of this crappy piece of hardware! I look forward to seeing your next replies and thumb you down automatically. Thanks!
  • 23 Hide
    tramit , May 3, 2012 7:29 PM
    Lol, why don't you guys stop putting each other down over your own personal preferences you like in a phone. There is a world beyond smart phones.
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    blackened144 , May 3, 2012 6:59 PM
    So, will the US model with 4G have that same quadcore cpu?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Galaxy-S-III-Specs-CPU-Quad-Core-US-Dual-Core,15465.html
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    thrillhaus , May 3, 2012 7:01 PM
    Looks like a solid phone, may be my next one.
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    JMcEntegart , May 3, 2012 7:01 PM
    blackened144So, will the US model with 4G have that same quadcore cpu?http://www.tomshardware.com/news/G [...] 15465.html


    Samsung hasn't said anything about the U.S. model launching with a dual-core as opposed to a quad-core CPU... I guess we'll find out when the LTE model launches this summer.
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    awood28211 , May 3, 2012 7:03 PM
    Phone and features look good... Solid. Hope US release is sooner over later.
  • 26 Hide
    doron , May 3, 2012 7:10 PM
    getrealWOW, only took Samsung 8 months to Release an inferior clone of the iPhone 4S! I'm sure this Garbage S III will be extremely expensive, too, but that won't stop the sheeple from shelling out their allowances for it!


    I truly appreciate your thorough and objective examination of this crappy piece of hardware! I look forward to seeing your next replies and thumb you down automatically. Thanks!
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    lockhrt999 , May 3, 2012 7:16 PM
    Certainly not the best looking phone out there. But still why white?
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    del35 , May 3, 2012 7:25 PM
    Siri is irrelevant. This phone sounds like it can run circles around the cagy iPhone 4s jail, something the Samsung Galaxy S2 did with no trouble. Who cares about crappy siri? It aint for siri that I will buy this phone, but rather despite siri. Happy the trashy ritina display Samsung makes for Apple is not present in this phone; I guess Samsung new the audience for this phone was, well, smart
    and not the typical hype driven moron that flocks with Apple.
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    kronos_cornelius , May 3, 2012 7:26 PM
    I am off the market as I recently got a Samsung phone. But the way Samsung is going, the next time I upgrade I may be able to buy an actual Android !
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    tramit , May 3, 2012 7:29 PM
    Lol, why don't you guys stop putting each other down over your own personal preferences you like in a phone. There is a world beyond smart phones.
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    aracheb , May 3, 2012 7:30 PM
    Actually, first time i see true HD resolution on a phone even thou it is only 720p still is the first true hd resolution on a phone.
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    Murissokah , May 3, 2012 7:31 PM
    Samsung Unveils GSIII Complete with Own Version of Siri (otherwise know as voice recognition software, unless you need to make an Apple reference).
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    whiteodian , May 3, 2012 7:31 PM
    "the 4G model will launch in North America, Japan, and Korea during this summer. This is a big improvement on the Galaxy S II, which launched in May of last year in some countries, but didn't arrive in the U.S. until September."

    Technically, Summer lasts until September 21ish (U.S.) so we could still see a September release here in the U.S. I do hope they release it sooner (July maybe). I am contemplating HTC One X or something Windows Phone 8 (if I can hold out long enough). Or if Apple can do something amazing with the iPhone 5(?), they might keep me as a customer. Honestly, I hate iTunes and I'm bored with my 3GS so it's unlikely.
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    blakbird24 , May 3, 2012 7:34 PM
    getrealApple will...come to the rescue this fall with a REAL phone that actually innovates instead of blatantly steals!


    The irony in this statement could create a black hole large enough to swallow the entire universe.
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    derkman , May 3, 2012 7:35 PM
    I love the fact that they concentrated on software features which is very good of them. The hardware is very disappointing. Nothing very impressive compared to the HTC One X. I don't care about this voice recognition crap. You look like a complete tool talking to a phone.

    Still a great phone by Samsung. I'll still pass over this phone and just wait for the new Nexus.
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