Samsung Galaxy S III to ship late May
Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S III. If the iPhone is the manna of Apple lovers, then Samsung's flagship handset is the equivalent for Android lovers. The numbers speak for themselves: the electronics giant has broken Nokia's grip on the mobile market, and, with 44.5 million smartphones shipped in Q1 2012 alone, the company is now the number one global smartphone maker.
The Galaxy S III
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At its launch event in London, Samsung finally took the wraps off its smartphone, while also confirming that the handset — frequently referred to, in the company's marketing materials, as the "next Galaxy smartphone" — will be called the Samsung Galaxy S III.
The S III will boast a quad-core Exynos processor, a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED 720p display, an 8-megapixel camera and 1GB of RAM, as well as up to 64GB of on-board storage. The handset will run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) with the company's TouchWiz user interface, which has been upgraded with new features such as a "Pop-up Play" video function, as well as a beefed-up Android Beam called S Beam.
The handset is expected to ship sometime between late May and early June to Europe first, with Asia following after. Samsung could not confirm an expected launch date for the US and Australian markets.
Lee Jui Siang, director of Samsung Asia's regional mobile business, told CNET Asia in an earlier interview that there was no "deliberate intent to change the name of the handset".
He was also very confident about the S III doing well in the Southeast Asian markets, thanks to the company's earlier success with its previous flagship models — the Samsung Galaxy S and S II.
"The Galaxy S III will be a big hit in all our markets in Southeast Asia," Lee said. "I believe it will be a big winner in the market."
Apart from the handset, accessories meant for the S III also made an appearance — we'll update this article with more information, once the event is over.
Via CNET Asia