|Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone SPH-L710|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Phones | Handheld|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 18 December 2012|
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Samsung Galaxy S3 Details
The Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone (model GT-I9300) is also available in three network carrier-specific designations: SGH-I747, SGH-T999, and SCH-I535. The phone measures 5.38" x 2.78" x 0.34" (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm), and weighs 4.70 oz (133 g) with battery. Samsung offers the Galaxy S III in several colors: Marble White, Pebble Blue, Amber Brown, Garnet Red, Sapphire Black, and Titanium Grey.
Sprint offers the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone (model SPH-L710) with an included USB data/charge cable, AC power adapter, and a stereo headset with a variety of earbud sizes. As of December 2012 the Samsung Galaxy S III (also referred to as Galaxy S3) cost $199 or less with activation through a wireless carrier, or up to $570 for unlocked versions (Newegg / Amazon).
Samsung Galaxy S III (Actual Size)
The Samsung Galaxy S III features a large 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen (measured diagonally), which renders a 1280x720 resolution on scratch-resistant glass. This is somewhat larger than the 4.65" Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone which debuted last year. By comparison the Apple iPhone 5 has a smaller 4.0" screen (1136x640) that matches the size of the Google Nexus S from 2010, and the Apple iPhone 4/4S uses an even smaller 3.5" screen (960x640).
The front panel on Galaxy S3 has at least one less button than previous Samsung phones, omitting the Search button so that only the Menu, Home, and Back button remain. The Home button is now an actual physical button, located below the screen. Volume level control is still located along the left side, with the power button situated on the opposite side. Unlike older models, Galaxy S3 has a flat level surface contour along to top and bottom of the phone. Internally, Galaxy S3 includes the following sensors: Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, and Barometer.
Main camera quality on the Samsung Galaxy S III matches up directly to the Apple iPhone 5. Situated at the backside of the phone is a 8.0 MP main camera that features a F2.6 aperture size and back-illuminated sensor. Stepping beyond the 1.2 MP front camera on the iPhone 5, Samsung incorporates an industry-leading 1.9 MP front camera capable of HD recording at 30 FPS.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone features a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 system chip, complete with 1MB L2 cache and 2GB of integrated system memory. Presently, Galaxy S III phones include 32GB of built-in storage space, but Samsung expects an updated version to offer 64GB of storage space available in 2013.
Graphics are powered by the Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU, formerly known as ATI Imageon before the acquisition, with unified shader architecture and dual channel memory. Adreno 225 supports the following APIs: Direct3D 11 feature level 9_3, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 1.1, OpenVG 1.1, EGL 1.4, Direct3D Mobile, SVGT 1.2, Direct Draw and GDI.
Although the Samsung Galaxy S3 is designed for modern 4G (forth-generation) wireless networks, this phone is backwards compatible with older 3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps) and 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) infrastructure. Most foreign vacation destinations operate compatible wireless networks, so voice connectivity is assured virtually worldwide. Wireless connections are available through the following protocols: WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0 (LE).