Samsung’s previous Galaxy S2 held the top spot for 11 months until the iPhone 4S finally overtook it in April. Now, just one month later, the even hotter S3 has stolen Apple’s very short lived crown.
Samsung’s S3 has been the subject of hype normally reserved for iPhones, receiving 9 million pre-orders before launch and set to become the fastest selling tech gadget in history – outselling even the phenomenally successful iPhone 4S and Microsoft Kinect.
The UK version of the Galaxy S3 comes fully equipped with a 4.8” Super AMOLED screen running at 1280 x 720 and a quad core 1.4Ghz Exynos CPU.
Other features include a 2100 mAh battery, slot for microSD card, 8 megapixel camera with full HD 1080p video and, cutely, the same CMOS sensor as seen in the iPhone 4S. The front camera with 1.9 MP sensor can capture video and take a picture simultaneously.
On the software side, the Galaxy S3 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and includes the new ‘S Voice’ – similar to Apple’s Siri and probably just as annoying…
Another new feature is ‘Smart Stay’ where the front camera identifies eye motion and maintains a bright display for easy viewing – so it will never dim whilst you’re looking at it.
Samsung have already announced that different markets may receive different features.
E.g. in Canada (launch date June 20th) the standard 1GB of RAM will be increased to 2GB but the CPU will be downgraded to the 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Dual Core processor instead of the new quad core.
US features and launch date have yet to be officially released but there are widespread rumors from reputable tech sources that they will mirror Canada.
Debate about which is the ‘best’ phone will no doubt continue to rage (mostly depending if you’re a fan of iOS or Android) but, for the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S3 would appear to be an iPhone killer in the making – at least until the iPhone 5 (?) is launched.
What do you think? Does the S3 live up to the hype or will you stick with your own phone/wait for the next iPhone/try something different? Let us know in the comments.