Arriving in late June in the United States on the 4G LTE AT&T wireless network, the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G Android smartphone arrived in your choice of either a Pebble Blue or Marble White chassis. On July 29 all outlets selling the AT&T Galaxy S III will also offer a Garnet Red choice, and the handset delivers the most RAM system memory built-in to any current smartphone. The handset was also much-anticipated because the skinny profile and lightweight design contains such features as Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system, Near Field Communications (NFC) support out-of-the-box for applications like Google Wallet and Android Beam, and a fast dual core processor.
Currently the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III is available starting at $149 at select online retailers.
ICS 4.0.4 is present out-of-the-box, and works with the Samsung TouchWiz UX UI Android overlay to accept multitouch gestures when navigating the handset. Measuring 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm) and weighing 4.73 ounces (134 g) the GS III for AT&T is skinny and light. The 4.80 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen is one of the largest found on any smartphone, and the 306 pixels per inch pixel density is also one of the highest offerings on any mobile handset. That creates an overall screen resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels, and visuals are rendered in 16 million colors. A protective layer of scratch resistant and glare reducing second generation Corning Gorilla Glass 2 overlays the screen.
Talk time on the Galaxy S III runs approximately 8.0 hours on a single charge of the 2,100 mA battery on board, and standby time runs roughly 8.3 days. The Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon microchip package on board the GS III centers around a dual core 1.5 GHz central processor, and also includes a separate graphics dedicated Adreno 225 GPU. The handset includes 16 GB of built-in storage and a microSD slot which also provides support for microSDHC and microSDXC cards up to 64 GB in size. The 2.0 GB of RAM system memory is the most found on any 4G handset.
Facebook, YouTube, Picasa and Twitter applications have been pre-installed, and the built-in music player comes with a preset equalizer and supports all major audio file formats. The AT&T GS III was recently dropped to $189 on contract at select retailers, and is one of only a handful of smartphones which deliver simultaneous HD video and image capture. The rear facing 8.0 megapixel camcorder also offers a Burst Mode which capture still pictures at a rate of three images per second with zero shutter lag, and the Best Shot feature recommends the best pictures for you to keep. A front facing VGA quality chat cam is also present in the camera combo. You can purchase the Samsung Galaxy S III starting at $149.