Info About: Samsung Galaxy S3 SHOW UP LONDON
prices, availability, carriers
Now the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been unveiled, let's see how it gets on in a straight spec war against its year-old sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S2.
We've also got a full Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S3 review too.
What's the point of this you may well ask? Well remember you'll probably be able to get the S2 on some mega cheap deals now the new handset has been announced - and, what's more, we know the Galaxy S3 release date is the end of May.
And, if you don't need to be quite on the bleeding edge of smartphones (and paying through the nose for it) then then Galaxy S2 may well be enough for you.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S2: ProcessorThe Galaxy S2 was one of the first handsets to featurea dual-core processor when it emerged at Mobile World Congress 2011. Inside the S2, you'll find an Exynos processor (formerly 'Orion'), rated at 1GHz. This was the dual-core follow-up to the successful single-core Hummingbird chip that appeared in the original Galaxy. The S3 by contrast ups the ante to quad-core with a new chip called the Exynos 4 Quad - it runs at 1.4GHz.
According to Samsung, there are performance improvements over the earlier Exynos processor - but that it consumes 20 per cent less power.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S2: SoftwareBoth the Galaxy S2 and the S3 run Android, albeit different versions. Samsung's phone uses Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), customised with the TouchWiz 4.0 UI overlay and Swype text input. It's upgradeable to Android 4.x -which the Galaxy S3 comes with by default - Android 4.0.4 to be precise
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S2: ScreenThe Galaxy S3 takes Super AMOLED to a new level with an HD, 1,280 x 720 screen. While it's half an inch bigger than the S2's 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 display, there's no Super AMOLED Plus tech used unlike the S2. But the S3's display has to be seen to be believed and, while the S3 seems to dial down Super AMOLED's massive colour saturation, it's a terrific screen.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S2: Storage and memoryThe Galaxy S2 comes in either 16GB or 32GB models, while the S3 also adds a 64GB model to the list. Both feature 1GB of RAM. There's also a microSD slot in the side of both.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S2: CamerasHeadlining the Samsung Galaxy S3 is an 8 Megapixel camera with extras that include: autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus functionality, face/smile detection, image stabilisation and 1080p video capture (the S2 also had a 8MP unit). The front camera actually takes a step down - you'll find a 1.2MP 720p camera in the front of the S3 for video calls or self-portraits while the S2 had a 2MP unit. The S3 is also capable of full 1080p HD playback.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S2: Location and sensorsAt this level, you'd expect most smartphones to feature GPS/A-GPS, a built-in gyroscope, digital compass, plus screen-flipping accelerometer, proximity and light sensors. You won't be disappointed with either phone - though the S3 adds a barometer.
Galaxy S3 available in UKRelease date: May 29
- Carphone Warehouse (first 1000 pre-orders (pay monthly) get a free Galaxy Tab and a free car charger)
Galaxy S3 available in GermanyRelease date: May 29
- Phone House
Galaxy S3 available in FranceRelease date: May 29
- Bouygues Télécom
Galaxy S3 available in ItalyRelease date: May 29