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Galaxy S III debuts: quad-core 1.4GHz chip, 4.8-inch screen

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Thu May 3, 2012

Galaxy S III coming to the US in June with 4.8-inch touchscreen, more

After months of rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S III was officially unveiled at the currently ongoing Mobile Unpacked event in London. As expected, the Super AMOLED touchscreen is 4.8 inches in size and has 1280x720 resolution, while the processor is Samsung's own Exynos quad-core unit clocked at 1.4GHz and paired with 1GB of RAM. The phone weighs in at 4.7oz (133g) and its thinnest point measures in at 8.6mm.

The main, rear camera gets an eight-megapixel sensor while the one facing the user has a 1.9-megapixel sensor. Like the Galaxy Nexus, a Zero Shutter Lag has been incorporated, and a flash is integrated. That front camera is also instrumental in reading users' gesture controls, which the handset supports.

Android 4.0 will be preloaded, though it will be overlaid with Samsung's TouchWiz interface, unlike in the Galaxy Nexus.

There will be both 16GB and 32GB versions, and a 64GB version will eventually join the lineup too. All will have a microSD memory card slot for adding storage space too. NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, a GPS sensor, and Wi-Fi are all integrated. The battery has a 2,100mAh capacity.

An HSPA+ version will be out before the end of May in Europe, though Americans will have to wait until June, with Samsung Canada also promising to release it this summer. A model with 4G LTE is said to be coming as well sometime this year. Pricing for all variations is yet to be determined and will be forthcoming from carriers. Check out our hands-on impressions on the handset from the event.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ASathin8R

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Galaxy Nexus on steroids

    This is just a Galaxy Nexus on steroids. PenTile display and ridiculously large size may put off a lot of users. Bigger is not always better.

  1. aSevie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All hail the Samsung Galaxy 4S

    Marginal upgrade, terrible design. I was hoping this would be the one to inspire me to make the jump to Android, time to check out HTC.

  1. fractaledge

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A phablet?

    Too large for a phone, too small for a tablet.

    A tabletphone? No, a phablet!

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