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Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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The most-anticipated Android phone of the year is finally upon us. Find out whether Samsung's new flagship lives up to the hype in our definitive Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) review.

Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S II came out of nowhere to dominate a generation of Android phones, selling over 20 million units in the process. It was instrumental in securing Samsung the 2011 smartphone crown, and cementing its place as a rival not only to other Android OEMs, but to the almighty Apple. At the time, in our own review, we proclaimed it “a supremely impressive device,” and that remains true to this day -- the Galaxy S II has become a vintage Android handset.

So how do you follow up such a technological marvel? There’s been no shortage of Samsung phones since the S II’s launch in the spring of 2011, but it wasn’t until twelve months later that the wall of secrecy surrounding its true successor began to crumble. And in early May, at a glitzy (and frankly surreal) event at London’s Earl’s Court arena, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy S III (S3).

The initial reaction was a unsurprising mix of excitement and jubilation, tempered by the revelation that after all the hype, the Galaxy S3 was just another high-end smartphone with its own imperfections and compromises. Well, now the phone’s out in Europe, and enough time has passed for the initial novelty to wear off, so let’s get right down to business. Just how does the Galaxy S3 shape up in the fiercely competitive smartphone market of 2012? And can it hope to match the stratospheric success of its progenitor?

We’ve got all these answers, and so much more, in our definitive review of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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2 years ago

Corning promises flexible displays with its new Willow Glass technology

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Corning today introduced its newest display technology, a thin and flexible surface its calling "Willow Glass." The glass maker says that its latest design will support thinner backplates and color filters for OLED and LED technologies, but most importantly it will be flexible, enabling curved displays for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. Corning, the makers of the popular and durable Gorilla Glass, is using a fusion process to shrink the thickness of its glass down to that of a sheet of paper, which also translates to high performance under high temperatures. What does all the gibberish mean? Well, for Android, it means more options for phone displays, and more curved screens à la what we've seen most recently on the Galaxy Nexus. While phones that mold to the shape of your hand are probably still a way's away, Corning is making sure that its glass is ready for evolving technologies. The full presser can be found after the break.

Source: Corning

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2 years ago

AT&T's Galaxy S IIIs stick with 16GB of storage, but you can get it in red, too

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And then there was AT&T. While the likes of Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and even US Cellular dropped deets of their Samsung Galaxy S III launches this morning, AT&T's kept  us waiting with bated breath most of the day. But we've finally got half an announcement. The phone goes up for presale on June 6 (that's this Wednesday) for $199. What has us more than a little miffed is that AT&T's opted to only go with a 16-gigabyte version, whereas every other carrier that announced today will have 32-gigabyte options. Is that the end of the world? No. It's still got a microSD card slot and a 16GB card is available at an extra $39, so you can have 32GB of total storage when you proudly unbox this guy. But when your Verizon and TMo and Sprint and USCC friends are showing off that extra 16GB of storage, don't come crying to us.

Oh, but AT&T does have one other trick up its sleeve. In addition to the white and pebble blue options, AT&T will have its own red model as well later this summer. So there's that. Otherwise, we're looking at the same hardware as the other carriers.

And stay tuned for an actual availability date.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 video walkthrough

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As we put the finishing touches to our definitive Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) review, why not take a few minutes to check out our complete video walkthrough of the phone. Samsung's latest flagship is a big deal for Android, and packs some bleeding edge hardware, in addition to plenty of software new tricks from the Korean manufacturer.

Move your eyes a few pixels upwards, and you'll find the video embedded for your convenience. Be sure to check back later today for the review!

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2 years ago

Sprint inviting VIP customers to a Galaxy S III event in Boston

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The cat is well and truly out of the bag regarding the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III, and it seems they're keen to show it off to their customers. Android Central Forums member mercado79 just tipped us off to an invite to an event in Boston scheduled for June 12. Seems that Sprint are keen to let their "VIP" customers get an early hands on with the forthcoming smartphone. There's also talk of prizes, which from Samsung could be a whole array of goodies. It isn't a free-for-all though, to attend you have to register, and with the hype arround the Galaxy S III truly reaching a frenzy, if you're invited early registration is recommended.

We've had a lot of hands-on time with the Galaxy S III since its launch back in London. As we speak too, our very own Alex Dobie is working incredibly hard on bringing you the full, comprehensive review. 

Thanks mercado79!

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2 years ago

T-Mobile USA announces the Samsung Galaxy S III

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III with dual-core ​Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM and HSPA+42 connectivity, coming June 21

We already knew it, but T-Mobile USA has officially confirmed that it'll be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S III from June 21. Like the other U.S. versions of Samsung's new flagship phone, T-Mobile's Galaxy S III is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. And it'll run on T-Mo's "4G" HSPA+42 network, allowing for faster data speeds than the international version, which tops out at 21Mbps.

T-Mobile will sell the Galaxy S III in pebble blue and marble white, just like the other U.S. carriers, and it'll offer the phone with 16 and 32GB of internal storage, in addition to that microSD card slot. Other specs are identical to the international version -- a 4.8-inch HD SuperAMOLED screen, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear shooter and 2100mAh battery. (And TouchWiz-topped ICS, of course)

The network says it'll begin selling the Galaxy S III from June 21, and there's a sign-up page where prospective customers can leave their details. No word on any pre-order date just yet.

Check past the break for today's full press release from T-Mobile.

More: Android Central Forums; T-Mobile USA

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2 years ago

U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S III pre-orders start June 12

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The news may have just dropped last night about five US carriers all getting the Samsung Galaxy S III, but today the news train keeps on rolling. U.S. Cellular have announced their own set of dates for the release of the new Samsung flagship device. 

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S III will begin on June 12, and will be available in stores in July. The Marble White and Pebble blue variants will be available in 16GB guise, and the 32GB will be available in white. Prices for the LTE enabled device will be available on June 12 when pre-orders begin. Customers are able to sign up for updates from US Cellular from tomorrow, June 5, by heading over to their website. 

Click on past the break for the full presser.

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S III preorders start June 6

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Now that the cat's out of the bag on the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III, it's time for some carrier-specific announcements. First out of the gate is Verizon, which says its GSIII will be available for preorder at 7 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 6; no actual release date was given. It'll run $199 on contract for a 16GB model, and $249 for a 32GB model. (Pretty sure we know which one we're leaning toward.)

Verizon also says that it'll be available in white or the very excellent Pebble Blue, so there's that. Peep the full presser after the break, and be sure to dive into our Galaxy S III forums for the whole skinny. 

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III officially the UK's most popular smartphone, good showing for HTC One line as well

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It's been a good news kind of weekend for the Samsung Galaxy S III. Not only have we seen a five-pronged attack about to launch on the US market, but news from the UK puts the Galaxy S III at the top as the UK's most popular smartphone. And it's been on sale less than a week, which puts into perspective just how massive the latest Samsung flagship device is going to be. 

All this comes despite it only being widely available in only one color, and one storage size. Nevertheless, the latest results from the uSwitch Mobile Tracker sees Samsung reclaim the top spot from the white iPhone 4S, amid a storm of marketing, pre-orders and eventual sales this last week.

The iPhone finds itself in a full on Samsung sandwich too, with the predecessor to the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S II still holding strong in third place. The Galaxy S II had been top of the tree in the UK for an incredible 11 consecutive months, before last month finally surrendering to the iPhone. Chances are that the impending arrival of its successor might have had a little something to do with it.

Taking a look further down the list, it's an all out Android onslaught. The HTC One X sits fourth, with the Samsung Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Note inhabiting positions five and six respectively.

The black iPhone 4S appears way down in seventh position, with the remaining HTC One devices, the One S and One V taking places eight and nine. Rounding out the top 10 is the Sony Xperia S. Interestingly enough given the apparent popularity of BlackBerry smartphones in the UK, especially with the younger crowd -- they really seem to be everywhere you look -- there is no mention of a single RIM handset in the Mobile Tracker's top ten. What it does do is reaffirm what we already know -- the UK loves some Android.

Source: uSwitch

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular starting this month

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And just like that, Samsung has ended a lot of speculation surrounding the U.S. release of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Arriving at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular this month the Samsung Galaxy S III will have a starting price of $199 though exact pricing and release dates are still forthcoming for each.

When it comes to specs, Samsung took the time to highlight the fact the U.S. versions will be getting the S4 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 2GB of internal RAM, which is exactly the same as the Japanese and Canadian releases of the device. In other words, as speculated, the device will have the same iconic look across the board, which even Samsung has noted as being an industry first. For those of you waiting, the wait is almost over now. Jump below for the full press release.

More: Galaxy S III photo gallery; Galaxy S III forums; specs

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