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In summary, the technical specs of the Samsung Galaxy S III are as follows:
- 4.8-inch Super HD AMOLED screen @ 1280×720 pixels (306ppi)
- 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4 Quad processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB, 32GB, 64GB internal storage
- HSPA+ up to 21Mbps
- 8MP rear camera
- 1080p @ 30fps video recording
- 1.9MP front-facing camera with HD video recording
- Bluetooth 4.0
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with WiFi Bonding
- 2,100mAh Li-Ion battery
- Android 4.0 ICS with TouchWiz
[3:03am] Aaaaand we’re done here! Thanks for staying tuned to our live blog. How do you like the Galaxy S III? Chime in through the comments section below.
[2:55am] On May 29, the Galaxy S III will go on sale in Europe. “We’re taking it global with a ten-city world tour.” Samsung Philippines confirms that yes, it will come to the Philippines by end-May, too!
[2:50am] Now here’s a shocker: The Samsung Galaxy S III will come with a wireless charger. Look ma, no cables! The Wireless Charger is available optionally. It uses resonance technology, and Samsung claims it is the 1st to make it available on a phone.
[2:45am] We’re now getting into the innards that power the entire phone. The design, executives said, is inspired mainly by nature. It has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen; an 8-megapixel camera that has zero shutter lag, starts up in 990 milliseconds, and has a feature that chooses the best photo in a batch during burst mode.
[2:38am] Samsung demoes the social sharing features of the phone, which include: S Beam, the NFC- and WiFi Direct-powered technology that only requires a tap with another phone to share content; the AllShare Cast, which mirrors the phone’s screen with AllShare-capable devices such as TVs and tablets; and Buddy Photo Share, which gives you the power to instantly share a photo to your friends as soon as his/her face has been recognized by the phone.
[2:31am] Direct Call, on the other hand, detects if the phone is near your ear using motion and proximity sensors, and would call the person you’re texting right away. “You don’t even have to press a button!”
[2:26am] A Samsung executive demoes some new features: Smart Stay, which uses the front-facing camera to detect if you are looking at the screen and would stay awake; S Voice, a Siri-like voice recognition feature, which allows the user to wake the phone up just by saying, “Hi, Galaxy!”
[2:18am] Shin holds up his own Samsung Galaxy S III, the 3G version of which he said will be launching in Europe and Asia by the end of May.
[2:15am] Samsung President and Head of IT and Mobile Comm JK Shin takes the stage and tells us that yes, it will be called the Samsung Galaxy S III; it has a 4.8-inch HD Super Amoled Display. It’s 8.6mm thin and weighs 133 grams, and will feature an 8-megapixel camera.
[1:54am] Aaaand we’re live from London. Folks, please welcome our correspondent on the ground: Mr. Yugatech himself, Abe Olandres! Abe will be our new content partner here at InfoTEK, so watch this section for gadget reviews and updates from Abe himself.
Abe says the gates have been opened right now, and members of the media have begun filing in to the venue.
[1:41am] Here’s a peek at the entrance to the venue via a photo from our London correspondent. Do you still need more clues as to who it is? The announcement will begin in a few minutes, so do stick with us!
[12:58am] Our correspondent in London just said he has arrived at the venue, which is at Earl’s Court. Can you guess who it is?
[12:12am] Korean electronics firm Samsung is finally peeling the wraps off of its new flagship phone–dubbed only as “The Next Galaxy”–at an event in London today at 2AM (Manila time). Watch this space for the latest updates straight from our correspondent on the ground in UK, who will be bringing us all the details about Samsung’s new Android-powered smartphone.
For rapid-fire updates, please follow @InterAksyon on Twitter, where we’ll be live-tweeting the events as they happen.
To keep you up to speed with today’s announcement, you can read up on past Samsung Galaxy stories we’ve posted below: