The low-down on the new Samsung Galaxy S III

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Samsung has released more details about its new Galaxy S III, and so far it’s looking pretty flash.

It’s thinner, lighter, and much faster than the Galaxy S II, with some interesting little add-ons thrown in to make owning one of these rather nice.

With a 4.8 inch, HD Super AMOLED screen, you have a wide working space in which to operate. Sending texts won’t be such a pain anymore, as you’re far more likely to hit the key you wanted, first time, giving the backspace button a breather.

The Galaxy S III is powered by a quad core processor, making its graphics run 65% faster than the S II. It has an 8 megapixel camera, flash, and loudspeaker, as well as a microSD slot to save and remove data.

Depending on the model, you can store 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of memory, giving you plenty of space to load movies, music, and documents to the phone.

This year, Samsung has added a new, free, Scan and Match feature into its media service. Designed to compete with iTunes Match, Scan and Match scans the songs on your hard drive and suggests similar tracks that are in your library.

Connection options for the Galaxy S III include Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi Direct, DLNA, and MHL-compatible micro-USB port and headphone socket, with NFC connected to the battery unit. The phone’s battery is removable, and wireless recharging is currently in development by Samsung.

The 8-megapixel camera has face-detection and tagging options, and is able to take 6 photos in one second.

When watching a video, there is the option to minimise it, and perform other functions, like texting or browsing the net, whilst it plays in the corner.

The most interesting feature of the Galaxy S III is its facial and verbal recognition technology. Now you can program S III to recognise your voice and commands. For example, you can set it turn on by simply saying, “Galaxy, on.” The phone can also be programmed to unlock itself when it sees your face and hears your voice. Verbal commands can also be used to control the music player and take photos.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy S III will be available in the USA this June. No details have been released regarding price or New Zealand release dates.

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