Samsung Galaxy S III on sale from May 30


Follow-up to the popular Galaxy S II unveiled in front of around 1,000 people at a launch event in London earlier tonight

Samsung launched its Galaxy S III smartphone tonight in front of a global audience at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.

The handset is powered by a quad-core processor and runs off the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

It has a 4.8 inch HD ‘Super AMOLED’ touchscreen and eight megapixel autofocus camera that features zero-lag shutter speed to capture moving objects without delay.

The ‘Burst shot’ function captures 20 continuous shots and the ‘Best photo’ feature selects the best of eight photographs.

There is also a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera that can also be used to capture HD videos.

The Galaxy S III features ‘S Voice’, a voice recognition service that listens and responds to commands, whether that be using a function on the handset, searching for information, playing favourite songs, controlling the volume or organising schedules.

The new ‘S Beam’ feature allows a 1GB movie file to be shared within three moinutes and a 10MB music file within two seconds by touching another Galaxy S III phone. This can be done without Wi-Fi or a network signal.

The ‘Buddy photo share’ function lets users share photos simultaneously with friends pictured in an image, directly from the camera or photo gallery.

Users can wirelessly connect the smartphone to their television to transfer content onto a larger screen. ‘AllShare Play’ can be used to share any forms of files between a Galaxy S III and a tablet, PC and television regardless of the distance between the devices.

Under AllShare Play is ‘Group Cast’, which allows users to share their screen among multiple people on the same Wi-Fi network.

The ‘Pop up play feature enables users to play a video anywhere on the wscreen while running other tasks.

They will have access to Samsung’s range of ‘Hubs’. ‘Game Hub’ provides access to social games, ‘Video Hub’ provides users with television shows and films and ‘Music Hub’ offers a personal music streaming service. All three ‘Hubs’ will be introduced into select countries initially and rolled out to global markets.

The handset is also NFC-compatible and comes with internal memory of either 16 or 32GB, which can be expanded up to 64GB with a microSD card.

Samsung UK and Ireland managing director Andy Griffiths said: “Our aim with the Galaxy S III was to develop the best smartphone ever made, and by focusing on creating a unique user experience through superior hardware and enhanced usability we believe we have done just that.

The Galaxy S III will be available in dark blue and white from May 30. Samsung will add a number of other colours at later dates.