Samsung Galaxy S III - The Tech Duel
The last time that Samsung was about to unveil a super phone I took an unashamed bash at the prospective specs of the device. Looking back on it now I think I was ever so slightly over excited about the prospect of the Korean giant coming to slay the king of smartphones that hails from Cupertino California (the iPhone).
This time around, with the help of the innumerable amount of leaked images and specs from around the world, I’m fairly certain I can make a similar bash at the specs of the new phone again.
- Processor – Samsung has already released the specs of this guy, so it’s not that big a leap to say that it will be a 1.4GHz quad-core chipset that is based on four ARM Cortex A9 cores and promises double the performance of its Exynos 4 Dual Core predecessor while using 20-percent less power, the Samsung Exynos 4 Quad uses High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power tech and a custom power-management companion chip that automatically controls the cores so as to balance grunt and efficiency. There is no information however on the GPU that will ship with it, but I would venture a guess that it will be the latest MALI mobile GPU.
- RAM – 1Gb, as the HTC One X has shown, this is now the de facto minimum for superphone status.
- Storage – Expect 16/32Gb of on board storage which will be expandable by adding a Micro SD card
- Camera – Both 8 and 12Mp snappers have been alluded to, I personally think that it will be a 12Mp but 8 would be a minimum to match up to the competition out there.
- Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC
- A polycarbonate or ceramic body to keep weight down and durability high while keeping far enough away from Apple’s design to stop the bevy of lawsuits that have plagued them over the last 2 years.
I’ll give the display its own section as it is probably the most important part of the device. The Galaxy S II was renowned for having one of the best screens on the market. The Super AMOLED Plus displays that Samsung manufactures are fantastic and I expect that they will have a brilliant display lined up for duty in the GS3.
At a bare minimum the display will be a 1280 X 720 display that we see coming out in most of the top end Android smartphones at the moment. I think however that Samsung will attempt to differentiate by utilising something a little bit higher resolution so as to keep the ppi count (pixels per square inch) close enough to Apple’s so called ‘Retina’ Display, where the human eye is unable to differentiate between the pixels at normal viewing angles.
I suspect that the siaply will not be full HD (1920 X 1080) but that they will have a 4.3 – 4.7″ display with very close to 320 ppi.
The Galaxy S III will most definitely feature a skinned version of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsung will apply their customary TouchWiz software to the phone to give it that very Samsung feel.
With Samsung having overtaken Nokia as the largest supplier of mobile phones in the world, they will be looking to hold onto their crown by releasing the best piece of hardware that they can possibly muster.
This phone will, without doubt, be THE phone to get this year and I for one cannot wait to get hold of one to review.
There are also rumours circulating that the device will have Windows Phone 8 (Apollo) put on it later this year when it is released, as Samsung looks to step in on Nokia’s new home turf of Windows Phone.
Whatever happens, all I know is that on May the 3rd 2012, we will be introduced to the Samsung Galaxy S III, and it will be a fantastic phone.