Today, Samsung Electronics Co. starts the sale of Galaxy S III in 28 countries in Europe and the Middle East. It is believed that nearly 300 mobile operators around the world will ship the device before July.
The latest Galaxy phone features a larger screen than its predecessor while having a thinner body. It has more computing power that supports voice commands and an eye-movement tracking feature to keep the screen from dimming.
The device runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and it is equipped with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, a quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and either 16GB or 32GB storage. Some special features include the Siri-like S Voice, NFC capabilities, motion detection and more.
Samsung introduced its first Galaxy in 2010, three years after the iPhone’s debut, to counter Apple’s roaring success in smartphones at a time when other rivals such as Nokia were struggling to make much impact.
According the research of Strategy Analytics, Samsung overtook Apple in smartphone sales for the first time in the first three months of this year. Samsung sold 44.5 million smartphones in January-March – giving it 30.6 per cent market share. Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones, taking 24.1 percent market share.