Samsung unveiled their flagship handset, the Galaxy S III in the market and all the suspense has been broken. Before the launch, there was hardly any confirmed details of what the price of the product might be, here in India. Now that it has been launched, all of the major online stores are rushing to put up the best offers for the phone. Samsung priced the device at an MRP of Rs. 43,180, which got it all kinds of reactions from Samsung and Galaxy S II fans. Prices have plummeted through the day. It’s important to now know where the best offers lie, before shelling out the money for the phone. 

We’ve received updates from all of the major stores announcing the availability of the S III on their sites. We’ve noticed a common trend when it comes the pricing. Almost all of the online stores are selling the S III at a price of Rs. 38,900. These sites, include HomeShop18 and Flipkart. There’s also some news that the phone might be selling in the market for as low as Rs. 36,900, so it’s worth checking out your local mobile store for the best deals as well. As of now, it appears Rs. 38,900 is the standard price, if you're buying the phone online. All the sites have the phone for prebooking with shipping starting within the next week.

Available for pre-order, with shipping starting soon

Available for pre-order, with shipping starting soon

Tech2 was invited for the Samsung event in Delhi when their new flagship handset was launched. The Galaxy S III succeeds the very popular Galaxy S II, the S III ups the ante in many ways. The phone was officially announced with a MRP of Rs. 43,180, which is quite a lot. Not eveyone's happy about the Galaxy S III, though. Priced close to the iPhone 4S, it's one of the most expensive Android smartphones out there. Many users have opted for Android smartphones considering the iPhone 4S' high price tag. The dropping Rupee value hasn't helped with the pricing of the S III, either. Samsung and existing Galaxy S II fans expected more from the device.

The Samsung S III’s design is inspired by pebbles, which is obvious in the curved design of the phone. It measures just 8.6mm in thickness and weighs 133g, making it thin and light. The screen size is slightly larger than most of the smartphones today, measuring 4.8 inches – it also sports a resolution of 1280 x 720. 

If one has missed out or just wants a quick look, here are the highlighted specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S III:

  • Android 4.0 with TouchWiz
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 4212 processor
  • 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720
  • 8MP camera with AF, LED flash, BSI sensor and 1080p HD video recording
  • 1.9MP front camera with a resolution of 720p for video chat
  • 16/32/64GB Internal memory, expandable upto 64GB
  • 1GB RAM
  • NFC, Wi-Fi, DLNA, GLONASS, micro-USB 2.0, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2100 mAh battery

When it comes to software features, the Galaxy III has the Siri-esque voice recognition system, Samsung calls S Voice. There are other unique features as well, such as Smart Stay, a technique that uses the front facing camera to track your eye movement, so it keeps the screen on as long as you're looking at it. Social Tag uses face recognition that scans the faces in your gallery and maps them to your friends on Facebook as well as other social media services. S Beam lets you bond and share data instantly between two S III devices using a combination of NFC and Wi-Fi Direct. AllShare Play uses DLNA to share your photos and videos on compatible TVs. Coming to the camera, it’s an 8MP shooter in the rear with a BSI sensor and a 1.9MP front facing camera. The camera also features new modes, like Burst Mode and Best Buddy mode. The S III will have TouchWiz running on top of ICS, so extra multimedia features, like DivX playback is possible out-of-the-box.

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