Feeds

Samsung shows 'designed for humans' handset

Galaxy S III offers 'whole new experience like never before'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Samsung has unwrapped the Galaxy S III, a handset it boasted is "best smartphone in the world" thanks to its "nature-inspired" design, voice recognition and eye-tracking.

The handset is based around a 4.8in, 1280 x 720 OLED display and Samsung's quad-core Exynos processor. It'll provide LTE and 3G HSPA+ connectivity. It will run Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich. It'll have a choice of 16, 32 and 64GB of Flash storage, plus a Micro SD part.

There's 2.4GHz / 5GHz 802.11n on board, plus Bluetooth 4.0.

Samsung Galaxy S III

The S III has 2100mAh battery built into its gently curved 8.6mm thick frame, which will come with a glossy "marble white" or "pebble blue" back panel

The 1.9Mp front camera scans the user's eyes to ensure the screen stays lit when your watching. The rear, 8Mp, zero shutter lag camera has an eight-shot automatic burst mode which presents the best pic of the set, a feature first seen years ago on Sony Ericsson - as it was then - CyberShot phones.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung claimed the S III is the first mobile phone with built-in wireless induction charging, forgetting - ahem - that Palm did this ages past with the Pré.

Meanwhile, the S III's "S Voice" system provides Siri-style natural language recognition - complete with a ping after it has sampled your voice. You can add five custom wake-up commands - no more swiping - and S Voice supports eight languages, including British English.

Samsung Galaxy S III

The S III monitors what you're doing to make guesses about what you'll do next. Write a text and then put the S III up to your ear and it'll dial the person you were texting, figuring that if you want someone else, you'll go to the dialler.

There's the inevitable social network integration, including auto photo sharing with chums. MirrorLink support means the S III can communicate with compatible in-car display units which will operate as a remote touchscreen.

Samsung Galaxy S III

S Beam combines NFC with Wi-Fi Direct to provide touch-to-connect wireless data sharing. The handset also uses Wi-Fi for WiDi-style video streaming as an HDMI replacement. It'll work on future Samsung tellies, and the company will offer a dongle that feeds streams into other sets through their HDMI ports.

And "nature inspired"? Yes, that's all the real-world sound samples, like water drips, used by the S III for user feedback.

Samsung said the S III will launch in 145 countries through 296 network operators. It's coming to Europe first, on 29 May. It comes to North America in June. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras
Time to ditch that heavy DSLR? Maybe in a year, year and a half
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad
Will iPad Air evolve into iPad Helium?
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.