Samsung's long-awaited Galaxy S3 smartphone is finally available this week, and the successor to the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II certainly has its work cut out for it. It will be interesting to see whether it can equal the impressive sales numbers of its predecessors, at a moment when competitors like HTC and Sony have launched very appealing products of their own. Whether the Galaxy S3 will be the success story Samsung is hoping for is difficult to predict, although the rumours about the number of pre-orders do point in that direction. Hardware.Info tried out a test sample, and you can read about our findings in this extensive review.
Earlier this month Samsung announced the Galaxy S3 during a pretty extravagant event in London. It was interesting that Samsung used this opportunity to almost solely emphasise the software, as the hardware was mentioned only in passing. Samsung calls the Galaxy S3 a phone "developed for people". What Samsung means with this tagline is that the device has all kinds of user-friendly features, that should make it easier to communicate, start applications, take photos and share content. We examined how this works in practice. Is the Galaxy S III worth its price tag of around 599 euro (£480), or are you better off with an HTX One X or One S, or perhaps Sony's Xperia S?
Even if Samsung apparently doesn't want to shine a spotlight on the hardware, we couldn't help ourselves and spent plenty of time examining the new quad-core processor, the Super Amoled HD display, the camera and the polycarbonate case. We are, after all, called Hardware.Info.