This morning, Samsung sent out press invites to an announcement event on May 3rd, which it claims will be an opportunity to ‘come and meet the next Galaxy’. It’s undoubtedly going to mark the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3, but what can we expect?
We’ve been through all the rumours and supposed specs before, but we thought it’d be best to look at the current benchmarks and see what Samsung has to beat. Join us on a tour of our dream Android specs…
Build: HTC One X
Despite some isolated complaints that the screen flexes when pressed too hard, the HTC One X is a brilliantly put-together phone. Its unibody design is hewn from a single slab of polycarbonate. It feels good to hold, looks futuristic and has an air of solidity.
Rumour has it that the Galaxy S3 will be all wrapped up in ceramic casing, that’ll refuse to come apart a la the iPhone.
Hopefully it’ll knock spots off of the competition, while showing the iPhone 4S a thing or two about how to survive falls, just as the Galaxy S2 did.
Display: Sony Xperia S
We weren’t blown away by the Xperia S. The body design looks unfinished and some of the choices Sony’s made are poor. That said, its display is amazing. The reason for that is simple: Sony knows what it’s doing when it comes to screens, thanks to years spent perfecting its BRAVIA TVs.
Sony’s 4.3-inch 1280×720 HD LCD screen is imbued with BRAVIA tech to ensure that blacks are ultra black and the brightest colours are just that: bright. And very, very crisp. The Galaxy S3 has its work cut out for it, but then Samsung’s no slouch in the display stakes either: the Super AMOLED tech found on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is, to the naked eye, pretty close to the quality found on the new iPad.
Camera: Sony Xperia S
Samsung also has to beat the Xperia S for camera tech; the cam here is currently second to none in the world of Android.
The 12-MP Exmor R sensor on the back of the Xperia S is a beast. The number of Megapixels is nice, but it’s the lens that’s the star. It picks up an extraordinary amount of detail. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is reported to boast an 8-megapixel rear-facing cam, but it’ll have to cram in some serious tech to outshoot Sony and its Cyber-Shot know-how.
Operating system: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Ah. This is a thorny issue. While we like what HTC has done on the HTC One S and One X in terms of integrating the Sense UI with Android 4.0, we have to say that we prefer the undoctored Ice Cream Sandwich experience.
With that in mind, we really hope that the Galaxy S3 sticks with the stock Android 4.0 UI, as it did with the Galaxy Nexus. It won’t, of course, but it really should -Samsung’s overlay is contrived and removes some of the better features that Google’s worked to improve. Trouble is, as far as Samsung’s concerned, users who upgrade from the Galaxy S or Galaxy S2 will want a similar experience, hence the inevitable use of the TouchWiz UI. Still, Fingers crossed, ey?
Battery: Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx
The battery on Motorola’s newest handset is something of a revelation for Android, easily lasting two days under normal use. But that’s just the start. Moto claims you can take part in a 21-hour call, surf the web for seven straight hours or watch movies for 15 hours.
The Galaxy S3 needs to outdo this. We’re sick of the current smartphone battery mentality; that they’re not expected to last very long. If the Galaxy S3 wants to win our hearts, it really needs to provide something that will match Motorola’s new technology.
Any more for any more? What features and aspects do you want to see Samsung smash with its new flagship Galaxy phone? Let us know below…