Samsung's eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Galaxy S II was unveiled at a showpiece event in London tonight (3 May). The flagship device boasts improved photography features, voice recognition software and NFC and will launch in Europe later this month.
The Galaxy S III was revealed at Samsung's 'Unpacked' event in London's Earls Court. It features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen (1280x720-pixel) display. The handset runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich and is being marketed with the strapline 'designed for humans and inspired by nature'. Samsung said the device 'recognises your voice, understands your intention, and lets you share a moment instantly and easily'.
The smartphone has an eight-megapixel sensor and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls. It also has a burst shooting mode, which means you can capture six frames per second for up to 20 continuous shots. Another notable feature is the 'Best Photo' mode, which takes eight images in a row of the same scene and highlights what it considers as the best frame.
The Galaxy S III is NFC-enabled, with the S Beam feature allowing owners to transfer content using Wi-Fi Direct when touched together.
Samsung president and head of IT and mobile communications JK Shin said: 'With the Galaxy S III, Samsung has maximised the consumer benefits by integrating superior hardware with enhanced smartphone usability. Designed to be both effortlessly smart and intuitively simple, the Galaxy S III has been created with our human needs and capabilities in mind. What makes me most proud is that it enables one of the most seamless, natural and human-centric mobile experiences, opening up a new horizon that allows you to live a life extraordinary.'
You can read Mobile Choice's live blog of the Samsung event here.
Editor: Graeme Neill