Although yet to be officially announced, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is already getting its fair share of attention from the media. Multiple online sources are now in agreement about the specifications of the device, some of which I will look at in this article.
For starters, the Samsung Galaxy S3 will sport a Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen just like its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, the resolution will be one of the highest we have seen to date on any smartphone, with a high definition resolution of 720x 1280, which allows viewing of HD movies, and will appeal to heavy multimedia users for its gaming credentials as the screen resolution, in conjunction with the powerful new processor will allow for some amazing graphics.
The processor in question is all but confirmed to be a quad-core processor, boasting a massive 1.8GHz of computing power. If this is true, this will make the Samsung Galaxy S3 the most powerful smartphone in the world in terms of processing power. It will allow users to benefit from all areas of the smartphones spec list, with drastic improvements in the performance from everything from touchscreen responsiveness to the efficiency of multi tasking and loading times of web pages. Other quad-core devices which were recently released include the HTC One X and the LG Optimus 4X HD, both of which have 1.5GHz quad-core processors.
The pixels resolution of the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is considerably beefed up from the 8 megapixels of its predecessor. A 12 megapixel camera is likely to be included, which will instantly put the device among the top camera phones. Of course, the results of such a high pixels resolution will be as good as you would expect, and 1080p video capture will be standard. LED flash, autofocus, face & smile detection, image stabilisation etc will all be included, for the best possible results.
Like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung Galaxy S3 will ship with the new version of the Android operating system, called Ice Cream Sandwich. This gives a completely different look and feel than its previous version, and includes some innovative features such as Google Beam and Face Unlock. Because of the timing of its release, the Samsung Galaxy S3 should be completely optimised for this software allowing users to take full advantage of all the features it has to offer. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S2, you will be receiving an update to Ice Cream Sandwich shortly but due to hardware constraints it is possible that not all features will be compatible with the handset.
There is still no official word on the release date of the Samsung Galaxy S3, however it is highly likely that it will happen at some point during the London 2012 Olympic games. This is because Samsung is a sponsor of the event, and with its millions of global viewers, any advertising the phone gets during this will give it maximum exposure and therefore potentially astronomic sales.
When the phone is released, it is likely that it will be excusive to one UK network at first, with others to follow several weeks later, as is normally the case with high end smartphone releases.