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Samsung Rolls Out Its Quad-Core Galaxy S III

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Last May 3, Samsung took wraps off its much-awaited Galaxy S III smartphone. The handset features a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 4.8-inch AMOLED screen, and Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Meet the Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III has a 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos quad-core processor. It also features 1 GB of RAM and internal capacities of 16, 32, and 64 GB. As AMOG reported last month, the processor has four ARM Cortex A9 cores. Thus, the chip enables the device to be “twice as powerful while using 20% less power.”

The handset has a 4.8-inch AMOLED screen, which contributes to its slightly larger size: 136.6 x 70.6 millimeters. However, with a thickness of 8.6 millimeters, it is slightly thinner than the iPhone 4S. Just like other Samsung smartphones, the latest handset sports the manufacturer’s TouchWiz user interface and runs on the Android 4.0.4 mobile operating system.

Instead of making the phone stand out with design, the company decided to focus on adding new software such as additional gestures and quick application launch. In a hands-on review conducted by Engadget’s Mat Smith before the Galaxy S III unveiling in the United Kingdom, he stated:

“Once enabled in settings, you can tap and hold the screen, rotate the phone horizontally and you’ll be sent to the camera app. Using the same accelerometers, a new calling function will dial whoever’s contact details you have displayed when you raise the phone to your ear.”

Smart Additions

In relation with new software addition, Samsung incorporated new smart features such as SmartStay, Smart Alert, and S Voice. SmartStay switches the front display on or off depending on whether someone is looking at the screen or not. Smart Alert, on the other hand, will display missed calls or notifications once the device is picked up using a built-in accelerometer.

Meanwhile, S Voice offers voice interaction with the Galaxy S III. As promised by the company, users will be able to use voice commands to unlock the smartphone, control the music player and capture images. However, this feature is not yet available when the handset was demonstrated to the press last Thursday.

 

Set to go on sale later this month, Samsung’s new flagship Android phone is likely to be a major competitor of Apple’s iPhone 4S. The Galaxy S III carries the slogan “designed for humans,” since the phone manufacturer believes that its software aspects will make the device more functional and user-friendly.

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