Samsung’s Galaxy S series has always been considered as the premier Android Smartphone since the launch of Samsung Galaxy S (GT I-9000) launched in Singapore on June 4, 2010. The smartphone featured a 1 GHz ARM “Hummingbird” processor, 8–16 GB internal Flash memory, a 4-inch 480×800 pixel AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, Wi-Fi connectivity, a 5-megapixel camera with a maximum resolution of 2560×1920 and a front-facing 0.3 MP VGA camera (on select models). The Galaxy S II came with Android’s 2.1 (Eclair) installed with the proprietary Samsung TouchWiz 3.0 user interface. The phone is later updated to Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). However official update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is not available for this phone. The phone has been updated constantly by Samsung bringing in new hardware, features and Android OS flavors. The base version of the phone, the GT-I9000, was quickly followed by variant models like Galaxy SL (I-9003), Galaxy S Plus (I-9001) and Galaxy S Advance in India.
As of January 2011, Samsung had sold 10 million Galaxy S phones globally.
Samsung Galaxy S was succeeded by Samsung Galaxy S II, announced on on 13 February 2011 at the Mobile World Congress with a different appearance and significantly improved hardware. With a thickness of 8.49 mm, the Galaxy S II was one of the slimmest smartphones of the time, except for two small bulges which take the maximum thickness of the phone to 9.91 mm. The Galaxy S II is equipped with a 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor that uses Samsung’s own “Exynos” system on a chip (SoC), 1 GB of RAM, a 10.8 cm (4.3 in) WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen display and an 8 megapixel camera with flash and full 1080p high definition video recording. It is one of the first devices to offer a Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), which allows up to 1080p uncompressed video output to an MHL enabled TV or to an MHL to HDMI adapter, while charging the device at the same time. USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) is supported. The Galaxy S II came with Android’s 2.3 (Gingerbread) installed with the proprietary Samsung TouchWiz 4.0 user interface. Android 2.3.6 firmware update from Samsung was made globally available from 12 Dec 2011. This model is followed by a newer Samsung Galaxy S II (i9100G) uses a 1.2 GHz dual core TI OMAP 4430 processor with PowerVR SGX540 graphics. On 13 March 2012 Samsung began to roll out upgrades to Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) for Korean market. Samsung declared that Official ICS 4.0.3 update in other countries is expected to be rolled out during the 2nd quarter of 2012.
On 9 May 2011, Samsung announced that they had received pre-orders for 3 million Galaxy S II units globally. However this phone was made available in India on 8 June 2011. In October 2011, Samsung announced that it had sold 30 million Galaxy S and Galaxy S II phones globally.
Prior to the official release of Samsung’s Galaxy III there were dozens of leaked images and specifications lists floated around the internet. And each one seemed so pointedly different than the last to leave the enthusiastic users as well as tech press exhausted with confusion and anticipation.
Finally Samsung unveiled its flagship Android Smartphone “Galaxy S III” at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre on 3rd May 2012 in a special launch event. The device is expected to be released in Europe on 29 May 2012, and in the US and India in June.
Encased with a wonderful ceramic casing, comfortable grip with human-centric design that inspired by nature and has weighs only at 133 grams with measuring only at 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, Samsung Galaxy III is indeed the best Android smartphone on the market at the present.
The international version of Samsung Galaxy S III has Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad system on a chip containing a 1.4 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and an ARM Mali-400 MP GPU. The phone uses a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The glass used for the display on the Galaxy S III is Corning Gorilla Glass 2. It features a 8 megapixel main camera with autofocus & flash and simultaneous recording at full 1080p high definition video and image and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera.
It will be available in two colour options—marble white and pebble blue—along with a plethora of new software features and hardware accessories. These include:
- Smart Stay (the screen remains on when the user looks at the screen, otherwise it sleeps),
- Direct Call (which allows the user to call a person whose text message is currently on screen simply by raising the phone to the ear),
- Pop Up Play (allows a video and other activities to occupy the screen at the same time),
- S Voice (Interactive voice assistant alike Apple’s Siri),
- Buddy Photo Sharing,
- Allcast Share Dongle,
- Group Cast (documents collaboration),
- wireless charging,
- S Pebble MP3 player
- Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for secure mobile payment
- Other small but innovative hardware and software feature additions
The phone comes in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB variants, with microSDXC storage offering up to an additional 64 GB for a potential total of 128 GB. An additional 50 GB of space is offered on the Dropbox service for purchasers of the device for two years.
The Galaxy S III will come pre-installed with Android’s 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with the proprietary Samsung TouchWiz 4.0 user interface.
The new Samsung Galaxy S III is likely to be priced at Rs. 42,500 in India. However official prices are yet to be disclosed by Samsung.
It is clearly apparent that Samsung will continue to lead the Android Smartphone market with such innovative models under its Galaxy S series.