The Hardware (CPU and GPU)
At heart of Samsung Galaxy S3 there is a very powerful Samsung Exynos 4 Quad SoC CPU. The CPU is built on Samsung’s 32nm HKMG process and consists of 4 ARM Cortex A9s running at up to 1.4 GHz. Samsung claims this processor gives the maximum performance but consumes 20% lower power than its previous Exynos 4 Dual (4210) processor.
Samsung Exynos 4 Quad SoC CPU
Apart from the super power processor Galaxy S III has ARM Mali-400MP GPU, which is widely used in smartphones. This GPU is the world’s first OpenGL ES 2.0 conformant multi-core GPU provides that 2D and 3D acceleration with performance scalable up to 1080p resolutions.
Combination of these two takes Galaxy S3 to a new level of performance in both graphics and gaming as well as Web browsing and photography.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS
Latest OS from Android, Ice Cream Sandwich is running on Samsung Galaxy S III. Some cool features in Ice Cream Sandwich OS are like Resizable widgets, New lock screen actions, Improved text input and spell-checking, Powerful voice input engine, Richer camera options, Live Effects for transforming video and many more. Read more about it.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Shiny cutting edge Look and Feel
Samsung Galaxy S III will be available in two unique colors with super shiny brushed metal effect. The Pebble blue color is very unique and never seen before on any mobile handset. Whole plastic body finished with perfection and metal effect will give you the premium feel when you hold it. Because of its plastic body, the handset is very light and weights just 133 grams where iPhone 4S weights 140 grams with a much smaller volume than Galaxy S3.
Samsung Galaxy S III Pebble blue and Marble white version
4.8 inch HD Display
The 4.8 HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display is simply awesome! It is capable of 720 x 1080 pixels resolution and is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 – TouchWiz UI v4.0 technology. The screen provides clear and sharp pictures even in the brightest Sunlight.
Camera with Burst Shot
A powerful 8 Mega Pixels rear facing camera with auto-focus, LED flash, touch focus, Geo-tagging, face detection, smile detection and even image stabilization, what else you want from a device that is build for making phone calls?
The camera in Galaxy S III has something even more to make you wow. It can take more that 3 high resolution (3264 X 2448 pixels) shots per second. Even some entry level digital cameras can’t do this. That is not enough, it has a burst shot mode which takes 8 continuous shots and automatically picks the best one.
For video recording, Samsung Galaxy S3 easily beats most of its competitors. The device can record HD footage of 1080p @ 30 frames per second. With S3 you can take still photos while shooting a video, without effecting or stopping the video recoding.
The front facing 1.9 MP camera is made for video calls, face recognition and many other similar jobs. It also can record videos with 720p at 30 frames per second.
Galaxy S III 8 MP rear camera with LED flash
Connectivity with S Beam
Again Samsung is at its best, Galaxy S III comes with all latest inbuilt connectivity solutions like, GPRS, EDGE, DLNA, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth v4.0, microUSB v2.0 and USB On-the-go. You can get HDMI output from this device using MHL adaptor.
Galaxy’s NFC with S Beam service gives you the opportunity to transfer large files in seconds. As Samsung claimed it can send 1GB movies in 3 minutes and 10MB music files in 2 seconds using S Beam.
Battery Backup and wireless Charging
Samsung Galaxy S III comes with Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery and the company claims that it will give 21 hrs 40 min on talktime 2G network and 11 hrs 40 min talktime on 3G networks. Battery backup of this device is quite impressive. As a test done by gsmarena.com, the battery backup of Samsung Galaxy S III is quite good and it runs 43 hrs in a single charge with moderate usages.
Samsung Galaxy S III battery test by GSMAreana
Pop up play
Samsung Galaxy S III is taking multitasking to a new level. Now you can watch HD movies while writing an email on your mobile. Drag and resize the video anywhere in the screen and do whatever you want like web-browsing or chatting.
Pop up and play on Galaxy S III
Samsung has introduces some rally cool features to enhance the user experience as well as the battery life. Galaxy S III usages its front facing camera with SmartStay to decide when to dim/turn off the display. It simply detects your eye movement and decides whether to turn off the display or not. It won’t dim the display as long as you are looking at it. This feature is very good for reading books or like that on it. That is why Samsung says “the Galaxy S3 knows when you’re awake“.
Smart Stay feature to track your eye movement
Now you can talk to your phone and it will answer you. If you ask your phone “Do I need an umbrella?” it will start checking the weather for you. Impressive? that is because Galaxy S III comes with an app named S Voice that makes it possible. The app is somehow like Siri on iPhone that does almost the same things. At this time S Voice understands languages like English, French, Italian, and German. There are fairly enough chances that it will understand many more languages very soon.
S Voice in action on Galaxy S III
Buddy Photo Share
Automatically tags photos using face renegotiation technology for you. It can even send those photos to the identified person or display the person’s social media profile. There is a group tag option that can tag multiple people at once. This feature allows to call the person in the image or visit his/her social networking site profile.
Buddy Photo Share on Galaxy S III
Third party services like Dropbox and FlipBoard
Galaxy S III is full of surprises. There are some exclusive apps that is available on S III only. Flipboard – the social media aggregation that was exclusively available on iOS in past is now available exclusively for Samsung Galaxy S III on Android. Another surprise is you get a 50 GB free for 2 years Dropbox account to store your files with Galaxy S III. Use this to store your files on the cloud and access them from anywhere in the world.
Now you don’t have to press the call button to make a call, just take the phone to wards your face or ear with the “contact” selected and it will automatically dial the number. It is not necessary that you have to open and select the person from phonebook, it works with text messages also. Cool! isn’t?
Your phone will now tell you what happened while you were not listening to it. Galaxy S III will inform you about missed calls or new messages when you pick it up again.