Flashback: Samsung Galaxy S III had each brains and brawn

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The Samsung Galaxy S III was a rousing success, however the years since its launch in 2012 and now have brought on reminiscences of its revolutionary design to fade.


Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III official photographs

The Galaxy S III (the final within the sequence to make use of Roman numerals) was unveiled in London in early Could 2012. Samsung raked in 9 million pre-orders from 100 carriers worldwide earlier than the cellphone was launched a month later. It bought 20 million units within the first 100 days of availability, then reached 30 million bought in November. By the point the S III was relegated to the historical past books, it reportedly bought 70 million.

Through the early days of gross sales, Samsung couldn’t ship Galaxy S III items to shops and carriers quick sufficient, which brought on a scarcity. This led to individuals re-selling their S III telephones on eBay at a 20% premium over a brand new unit. “That is the primary time something apart from an Apple product has sparked such a promoting frenzy,” mentioned an eBay spokesperson again then.

Samsung Galaxy S III Review
Samsung Galaxy S III Review
Samsung Galaxy S III Review
Samsung Galaxy S III Review

The S III seems to be extra like a Nexus cellphone than an S II successor

The design was impressed by nature and featured a clean, rounded exterior. The plastic exterior had a delicate texture to it, like wooden grain. Nevertheless, the floor was shiny and clean as a result of a coating Samsung referred to as Hyperglaze. We expect this design wouldn’t be misplaced at the moment with all of the “texture beneath glass” telephones.

The character theme carried over to the TouchWiz UI, constructed on high of Android four.zero Ice Cream Sandwich. By default, water ripples moved throughout the homescreen every time you touched it. However issues prolonged past mere metaphors.


Samsung Galaxy S III Review
Samsung Galaxy S III Review
Samsung Galaxy S III Review
Samsung Galaxy S III Review

TouchWiz on Android four.zero Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung wished to allow pure interactions with the cellphone, bringing the S Voice digital assistant. This was years earlier than the Google Assistant, the AI to beat again then was Siri – take a look at our head-to-head battle of the best digital assistants of 2012:

The Galaxy S III had one other intelligent trick – Good Keep. Pixel four house owners would possibly acknowledge it because the “Display Consideration” function on their cellphone. Each use the front-facing digital camera to maintain the show on if you are taking a look at it.

Samsung would push additional in 2013 with Air Gestures on the Galaxy S4 – a movement detector was used to will let you transfer between photographs and alter songs by waving your hand over the cellphone. However that’s a narrative for an additional day.






Air Gestures turns the S4 right into a mini-Kinect

The rationale the Galaxy S III might do face monitoring in actual time and be all the time listening for the “Hello Galaxy” wake phrase was the Exynos 4412 Quad chipset. It featured twice as many CPU cores because the chip within the Galaxy S II, plus it clocked its Mali-400 MP4 GPU a lot greater, delivering 60% extra efficiency. There was additionally devoted hardware for wake phrase detection.

The Samsung Galaxy S III was the primary cellphone to function an HD Tremendous AMOLED show – an enormous for the time four.eight” panel. It went again to a PenTile association (the S II display had the complete RGB stripe), however the elevated decision nonetheless made the show sharper.

Samsung Galaxy S III Review
Samsung Galaxy S III Review

The Samsung Galaxy S III show vs the Galaxy Word and Galaxy S II screens

With a big display and highly effective chipset, Samsung determined to allow a pop-up video participant. It allowed you to make use of different apps whereas nonetheless watching your video. It was a step in direction of the split-screen multitasking, which might be launched first on the Galaxy Word three. Truly, this was later added to the S III as a part of the replace Android four.1 Jelly Bean.

The 8MP digital camera with 1080p video recording didn’t improve the decision of stills of movies, nevertheless it did enhance the picture high quality of each. Samsung additionally enabled zero shutter lag capturing, the cellphone might seize 20 images in about 6 seconds.





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The Galaxy S III was a success for Samsung, bettering on nearly ever function of the S II (together with the variety of items bought). It was the primary Galaxy to high iPhone gross sales, beating the 4S on its house turf. It even stood strong in opposition to the iPhone 5, which launched months after the S III (the most recent Apple cellphone solely overtook it in gross sales in February 2013).