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Samsung Galaxy S3 To Launch Tonight

Andrew Williams


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The launch of the "Next Galaxy" happens tonight. Samsung is holding an event in London to celebrate the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S3, unless all this hoo-ha is about a new 8.756in Galaxy tablet.

More a heads-up than a brand-spanking new piece of hot-off-the-press news, we thought we'd give you a heads-up that the Samsung Galaxy S3 launch is happening tonight. We'll be there will all the latest news and comment, as it's released.

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is expected to feature a 4.7in or 4.8in screen with a 720p AMOLED resolution display. This is a different screen type to that seen in the rival HTC One X and iPhone 4S. They use variations of the IPS screen type, which doesn't have quite as deep black levels as OLED but often supplies a more natural-looking image. Other near-dead-cert features include the quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 4420, which should significantly outperform the Tegra 3 chip seen in several other current tablets and smartphones. What are you looking forward to finding out? Let us know in the comments.

Samsung's launch event kicks off at 7pm this evening. Grab yourself a cup of tea and a bag of popcorn and we'll see you then.


May 3, 2012, 4:56 pm

It just better have an SD slot

Hamish Campbell

May 3, 2012, 5:59 pm

I've recently bought a Galaxy S2, which I'm very pleased with. But even that I find is *slightly* larger than I would prefer.

I'm a bit concerned that it won't be possible to get a top-of-the-range handset with a screen size of 4 or less inches. It seems anything in that size is classed as a mid-range or budge model and gets a low grade cpu and other components.


May 3, 2012, 8:11 pm

I'm with you there, I suppose the HTC One S is the closest you can get to a high-spec phone that isn't jumbo sized, though it's still pretty large.

Unlike your S2, most of the new generation phones have wider 16:9 screens, which makes them a bit easier to handle. Of course, when they're a massive 4.7 inches across, that's still a big phone...

You bought an S2 when the S3 was right around the corner?!? I hope you got one hell of a deal.


May 3, 2012, 8:13 pm

Totally agree with you - I have an SGS2 and I think the ideal size would be 4". The 4.3 just doesn't quite sit comfortably in the hand and is slightly awkward to use, even for bigger hands. No one seems to want to make a top end phone in this size.


May 3, 2012, 8:53 pm

Even the "mid-range" HTC One-S has a 4.3 inch screen now. I suspect that in a year, two at the most, you won't even be able to even get a budget model with a smaller screen.

A big part of that is going to be due to LTE though. The extra aerial (and bigger battery) this requires means you need more space, so the body has to get bigger. If you make the screen bigger you achieve this without adding depth (or "bulk" as manufactorers seem to see it).

While LTE isn't available here in the UK yet it is big business in many big markets (US, Germany, Canada, Australia) and sooner rather than later a phone will be expected to have it. Just like they're expected to have 3g now. And for simplicity manufactorers like to keep the body the same worldwide...reduces the number of stock keeping items.

4.3 seems to be the minimum size necessary to fit it all in so 4.3 will be the minimum you'll get.


May 3, 2012, 9:18 pm

I've used both an S2 and a One S, and the One S is noticeably easier to handle. It's slightly narrower than the S2 and a little slimmer.


May 3, 2012, 9:34 pm

It's still possible to get LTE in a smaller phone. The Nexus S 4G was a 4 inch device, and the rumoured US-only Droid Incredible LTE is also a 4 inch device.

I'm sure it's true that LTE requires a larger battery - the bloated 4G version of the Galaxy Nexus is proof of this. However, the rest of the components don't add nearly as much to the bulk. I just think that up till now, LTE has been reserved for high-end handsets, and what do high-end handsets tend to have in common? Large screens.


May 3, 2012, 11:41 pm

It has microSD; I've seen it confirmed on CNET and the Telegraph's sites so far.

Looks like this might be the one for me then; without the microSD slot I'd probably have gone for the HTC One X as overall it's likely to be a better phone (especially the US version with the Qualcomm S4).


May 4, 2012, 1:26 am

The battery's no longer an issue for phones using the Qualcomm S4, which has LTE built-in. It's based on a 28nm process and gives amazing battery life.

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