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First Look: Samsung Galaxy S III

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First Look: Samsung Galaxy S III

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CNET goes hands-on with Samsung's flagship Android 4.0 smartphone, which boasts a larger 4.8-inch screen and a speedy quad-core processor.

Hi. I'm Jason Jenkins on CNET and I'm in London with the sounds and new (flex?) phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in white and blue. Let's take a look. Let's start with this biggest feature, the 4.8-inch screen. This is 1/2 inch bigger than the screen on it's predecessor, the S2. The resolution is 1280 X 720 and it looks really bright colorful and the fonts are really really crisp. It's running Android Ice Cream Sandwich which I've usually been heavily customized at Samsung's touch with interface. Now, one of the things Samsung is pushing here is the camera. The real one is 8 megapixels and it's super quick to take a picture. Samsung says the camera will automatically tag your friends and share the photo with them providing you have the picture stored with a contact details. Although this feature wasn't finished on the (cell parietal?). What was working was the burst mode which lets you take up to 20 photos in one go and something called select best shot which takes 8 photos and recommends the best one. Elsewhere you can record 1080p videos and takes still pictures simultaneously with that only at 6 megapixel here. At the front is a 2 megapixel camera which works to something called Smart Stay to keep the screen from dimming while you're looking at the phone. Inside, the Samsung's own quad core chip running at 1.4 Gigahertz, Samsungs says that uses a lot less power than the dual core processor in the S2. Now combined that with a high-capacity battery and that means the S3 will last longer away from the mains in the S2, also Samsung says anyway. There's no final figure for battery life but I'm told to expect roughly 13 hours. The S3 feels really good in the hand, nice and light and it's just 8.6 mm thick. There's a physical home button on the front and a couple of touch sensitive keys and a little close to the edge of my liking is I kept hitting them by mistake but I think I'll get used to it. Other core features include a video player that you can move around the screen so you can browse the internet or text, not breaking off from the video you're watching and something called S Voice which is basically Samsung's version Apple's Siri so you can what's the weather like today and the phone will go away and find out. With S3, you can share files at the wifi with another Galaxy by tapping the phones together and you get a free 50 gigabyte drop box account with every S3 which impress me. It will come in 16, 32 and 64 Giga versions and there's also a microSD slot for a further 64 Gig of memory if you need it. But the best thing of all for me is the removable battery. So if it dies, you can replace it with a new one, unlike many other high-end phone at the moment. The HSPA version of the S3 is going to be available in Europe first towards the end of May then in the other countries that use a GSM standard afterwards. An LTE version for America will follow but not until December. Sorry folks. Overall, my first impressions have many many positive but make sure you come out to CNET in a few weeks for a full review. Lots of sounds on going for the S3. I'm Jason Jenkins for CNET. See you next time.

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