When the Samsung Galaxy S3 arrived in June of last year, it was a virtual lock to sell well and be a popular handset. That was because the original Galaxy S, followed by the Galaxy S II, laid the framework for a successful launch. The Galaxy S III performed as expected, and currently stands with lifetime global sales of more than 60 million, making it one of the most popular handsets of all time. Samsung recently announced the smartphone roll-out lineup of handsets which would be receiving an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, and the Galaxy S III made the cut.
The smartphone and consumer electronics manufacturer announced recently that the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and Note II smartphones would all receive a bump up to Android’s 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, and Samsung dedicated website Sammobile also reported news along the same lines. Sammobile says that Samsung has been testing Android 4.3 on the above mentioned smartphones, and is ready to deliver to the S4. Google announced the particulars surrounding Android 4.3 earlier this summer, at a press event where they showcased the updated Nexus 7.
Samsung would not give a hard delivery date for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S3, only pointing to late October or November as the latest possible arrival date in the United States. This Android operating system road map for Samsung is the most recent good news for the Galaxy S III smartphone, as Samsung also announced that the handset would be receiving support for their intelligent Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the coming months. At 0.34 inches (8.6 mm) in thickness, the Galaxy S III is slim in stature, and only weighs 4.70 ounces (133 g).
Corning has added a scratch resistant layer of Gorilla Glass 2 for display protection, and the large 4.0 inch screen on the Galaxy S III offers a True HD resolution of 720 by 1,280 pixels. That Super AMOLED display boasts more than 16 million individual colors, and special light and proximity sensors which automate certain tasks that help conserve battery power. This leads to up to 15.0 hours of talk time after a single charge, and the front facing 2.0 megapixel chat cam joins a rear snapper with an 8.0 megapixel sensor in the handset’s camera package.
That rear facing shooter is capable of simultaneous HD video and image capture, presents a high dynamic range mode (HDR), extra-wide panorama mode and self timer, as well as an extensive special effects package. Video is recorded in 1,080P HD resolution, and a built-in LED flash joins a back illuminated sensor (BSI) to offer excellent low light camera performance. The front facing chat cam also provides Skype and video call support, and the phone runs on a dual core 1.5 GHz CPU. 2.0 GB of RAM memory is built-in, an Adreno 225 GPU handles all graphics processing, and a microSD slot provides storage expansion for external memory cards up to 64 GB in size.