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Samsung Galaxy S3: Hands-on

We’ve just come back from Earl’s Court after what can only be described as Samsung Galaxy S3 day. It’s felt like forever in the coming after the announcement was pushed back from an expected MWC reveal, that said, the delay has done a stirling job of building anticipation up and filling up Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre in London like you wouldn’t believe. There were literally people everywhere, this doesn’t feel like just another phone launch – instead, Samsung have managed to turn this into a something of an iProduct in terms of spectacle and scale.

The source of all the commotion, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has had its specs laid bare and will ship with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel camera. You’ll also get 16GB / 32GB / 64GB of memory on board, depending on the model you go for. Expandable by an additional 32GB thanks to a microSD card slot, that means you can get a whopping 96GB of memory in your pocket – mind-blowing.

What’s more, the Samsung Galaxy S3 also rocks TouchWiz Nature UX, the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy UI which we may well see rolled out in some capacity on upcoming Samsung Galaxy phones over the 2012.

There are also features that extended beyond TouchWiz that do very cool things like stay awake as long as you’re looking at your phone, or make a call without you having to press the call button. To activate the latter, simply select a contact and put the phone to your ear to dial through to your chosen recipient automatically.

In addition to the phone itself will support a whole host of accessories. A portable music controler dubbed the Pebble was present, as was an HTC Media Link-esque wireless streaming device. Perhaps the coolest however was the wireless charging dock.

We’re in no position to sit around and self-indulge further over what we saw today however, we’ve got shed loads of videos to get up. We’ve compared the Samasung Galaxy S3 with an S2 and a Samsung Galaxy Note, so keep an eye on our YouTube channel as those should be live shortly. Until then we’ll leave you with hands on photos of the long awaited flagship itself, the Samsung Galaxy S3.



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