That Samsung announced their latest flagship smartphone is old news, however what has been piquing interest of the enthusiasts is when they will get their hands on it. Samsung have scheduled the unveiling of the handset at an event in Delhi today where the Galaxy S III will take centre stage and finally land on Indian shores. If a report by IBN-Live is to be believed, then the handset will be available for purchase as well across the country. Sources have informed the news daily that the price of the handset will be available for Rs. 42,500 in India, thus putting it in direct competition with its smartphone rival, the iPhone 4S.
Today is the day!
The handset has been launched a couple of days ago in Europe and it has received rave reviews with one author going as far as to say that it is light years ahead of Apple’s iPhone. Reviewers have also claimed that this handset is better than the HTC One X, which was one of the first quad-core handsets to be released in the world.
The Samsung Galaxy S III has been already been put up for preorder in India and all one needed to do is put in a booking fee of Rs. 2,000. Alternatively, one can also book the handset on online retailing website Infibeam for Rs. 1,000.
One of the main features of the S III is the Siri-esque voice recognition system called S Voice. It features 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. Pretty cool. Social Tag uses face recognition that scans the faces in your gallery and maps them to your friends on Facebook or other social media sites. 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.
For those who are interested in picking up this smartphone, here is a quick look at its highlighted features.
- 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720
- 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi with, DLNA support
- GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS,
- USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0
- 8MP camera with AF, LED flash, BSI sensor and 1080p HD video recording
- 1.9MP front facing camera with a resolution of 720p for video chat
- 16/32/64GB Internal memory, expandable up to 64GB
- HDMI out
Let us know if any of you are picking up the handset and if it was worth the wait once you get it. For our entire coverage on the Samsung Galaxy S III, click here.
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