Samsung Galaxy S3

So the best phone on the market (yes you iPhone lovers I said it!) just got better! The only thing that I thought was better on an iPhone was the screen resolution but now the SGS3 has a 1280×720 screen which has a 306dpi resolution, which is basically the same dpi as the iPhone 4’s 326dpi, but the SGS3 has a much brighter screen, uses less power and has a better contrast ratio.

Engadget has, as always, great coverage of the phone and its specs, as well as comparisons to its main rivals. So here is a summary of the bits that caught my eye:

The Galaxy S III is Samsung’s new flagship smartphone and it’s finally broken cover at the company’s stand-alone Mobile Unpacked event here in London. With a steady stream of fakes, outright leaks and even event rescheduling, Samsung’s claimed almost crazy levels of interest for its new smartphone. Weighing in at 133g (4.7 ounces) and whittled to 8.6mm at its thickest, the rounded-off design has more than a little bit in common with its Galaxy Nexus cousin. Of course, it’s Samsung’s new 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor doing the legwork, and there’s 1GB of RAM to help it out. The display has been bumped up in size to a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED affair, sporting a 1280 x 720 pixel count. Happy snappers will have an 8-megapixel rear shooter to play with, and a 1.9-megapixel eye on the front will take care of those video calls. If you were wondering about radios, it’s launching with HSPA+, but there’s an LTE version in the cards. As for the interface, it’s TouchWiz on top of Android 4.0 again, and there’s new gesture functions to help you get around. So, there it is, the phone we’ve all been waiting for (until the next one) but that’s not all, be sure to check our hands-on coverage and additional features for the in-depth breakdown.

Galaxy S III
iPhone 4S
Lumia 900
Platform Android 4 with TouchWiz iOS 5 Android 4 with HTC Sense 4 Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Processor Quad-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos Dual-core Apple A5 Dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2
RAM 1GB 512MB 1GB 512MB
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB internal, microSD expandable 16GB / 32GB / 64GB internal 16GB internal 16GB internal
Cellular HSPA+ 21, LTE model expected HSPA+ 14.4, CDMA / EDVO Rev. A LTE and HSPA+ LTE and HSPA+
Display size 4.8 inches 3.5 inches 4.7 inches 4.3 inches
Pixels per inch 306 326 316 217
Display resolution 1280 x 720 960 x 640 1280 x 720 800 x 480
Display technology HD Super AMOLED (PenTile) IPS LCD Super LCD 2 AMOLED (non-PenTile)
Integrated TV-out MHL & DLNA Dock & AirPlay MHL & DLNA DLNA
Primary camera 8-megapixel, unknown aperture 8-megapixel, f/2.4 8-megapixel, f/2.0 8-megapixel, f/2.2
Secondary camera 1.9-megapixel VGA 1.3-megapixel VGA
Video recording 1080p 1080p 1080p 720p
Location / orientation sensors AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope
SIM standard SIM micro-SIM micro-SIM micro-SIM
Battery 2,100mAh removable 1420mAh fixed 1800mAh, fixed 1,840mAh, fixed
Weight 133 grams / 4.7 oz. 140 grams / 4.9 oz. to 130 grams / 4.6 oz. 130 grams / 4.6 oz. 159 grams / 5.6 oz.
Dimensions 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 134.6 x 69.9 x 8.9mm 128 x 69 x 12mm
Galaxy SImage Galaxy S IIImage Galaxy S IIIImage
OS Android 2.1 Android 2.3.4 (Now 4.0) Android 4.0
Skin TouchWiz 3.0 TouchWiz 4.0 TouchWiz
Display 4-inch 4.3 / 4.5-inch 4.8-inch
Resolution 400 x 800 800 x 480 720 x 1280
Glass Gorilla Glass Gorilla Glass Gorilla Glass 2
CPU 1GHz Single-Core 1.2GHz / 1.5GHz Dual-Core 1.4GHz Quad-Core
Graphics Super AMOLED Super AMOLED Plus HD Super AMOLED
Memory 512MB RAM 1GB RAM 1GB RAM
Storage 8 / 16GB 16 / 32GB + microSD 16/32/64GB + microSD
Front Camera VGA 2-megapixel 1.9-megapixel
Rear Camera 5-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel AF + HDR
Cellular GSM / 3G HSPA+21/42, EV-DO Rev. A / WiMax HSPA+21 / LTE (Regions)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n with Channel Bonding, HT40
Bluetooth 3.0 + A2DP 3.0+HS 4.0 Low-energy
Orientation GPS, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass GPS, GLONASS, Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Barometer
Dimensions 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.4mm or129.8 x 69.6 x 9.65mm 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
Weight 119 grams 116 grams 133 gram
NFC? No Optional Yes
Multimedia DLNA MHL MHL / DLNA
Battery 1,500mAh 1,560mAh 2,100mAh

By now you should already know that the brand-spanking-new Samsung Galaxy S III sports a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display. That’s right: no “plus” here, which means this 720p panel is featuring the same old PenTile RBGB pixel arrangement — just like the 4.65-inch version on the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S II HD LTE. Needless to say, this is again pure ammunition for the folks over at LG; but as we’ve mentioned before, HD Super AMOLED’s superb contrast and higher-than-before pixel density outweigh its shortcomings in most cases.

For now though, let’s examine these sub-pixels with a 230x zoom USB microscope and compare them with other phones that we have in hand.

And finally, we put the Galaxy S III up against its main siblings from over the last two years: Galaxy S (4-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED), Galaxy S II (4.3-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED Plus) and Galaxy S II LTE (4.5-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED Plus). It’s rather interesting to see PenTile floating in and out of each generation, but we sure hope an HD Super AMOLED Plus phone will materialize before the “Galaxy S IV” next year.

Check out the full coverage over on Engadget for many more images, details and opinions on the phone: Samsung Game Hub, Video Hub hands-on.

About 2minutes and 25 seconds in they show a feature of the phone which lets you play videos in a window on the phone whilst you do other things- like you can do on a computer. Now that is a very useful feature!