The Samsung Galaxy S3 was unveiled earlier last week and with it put to rest many long-running rumors of what is possibly the most anticipated Android smartphone of 2012.
Samsung Galaxy S3 features and specs: what you need to know
While many fans were ecstatic to see that Samsung did include the 4.8-inch HD resolution display, wireless charging and quad-core Exynos processor, there were a number of ‘missing’ features. This included the speculated 12-megapixel rear camera, 2GB RAM, ceramic case and being 4G LTE ready.
Now many of these features aren’t necessarily down and out. For starters, Samsung stated that due to the size of the quad-core chip they weren’t able to include LTE radios. However Samsung has said it will release an LTE-capable version of the device sometime this summer.
Secondly, while Samsung didn’t opt for a ceramic rear case, its hyperglazed design does in fact give it a premium feel that is way better than the textured plastic used on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. So while it is still plastic, it is pretty impressive.
Moving on to the camera, despite Samsung sticking with an 8-megapixel shooter instead of moving up to 12-megapixels for the Samsung Galaxy S3, it is important to note that megapixel count doesn’t matter as much as a bigger sensor and improved software, both of which the Samsung Galaxy S3 boasts.
Lastly we come down to the RAM. While the Samsung Galaxy S3 may sit at 1GB instead of the rumored 2GB, the hands on videos that have since surfaced on YouTube show us how well optimized the Samsung Galaxy S3 is with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so much so that the 1GB RAM looks sufficient to avoid any worries of lag.
So while the Samsung Galaxy S3 may have gotten some mixed reactions after seeing the official specs on paper, it isn’t as bad as it looks.