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We unbox and go hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung has today released the [[artnid:423586|Galaxy S III]] smartphone in Australia. We've got our hands on a review unit, so let's take a look!
Our review unit is a Telstra model, but the phone is also available through Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Telechoice and Allphones. Yep, pretty much everywhere.
The Galaxy S III in all of its glory. This is the final Australian retail packing, so it's exactly what you get if you are purchasing one.
Samsung says a 4G model of the Galaxy S III should arrive in Down Under in the future, but for now, the Telstra model is a regular 3G version.
Unpacking the Galaxy S III box.
The sales package includes the Galaxy S III itself, documentation, an AC charger, headphones, a USB cable, the 2100mAh battery and S, M and L rubber earphone covers.
The removeable back panel means the battery is interchangeable. There's also a microSD card slot for extra storage.
Similar to the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy S III's rear cover is made from VERY flexible plastic. It may look fragile in this photo, but we can assure you once it's on secured on the back the phone feels pretty well constructed.
The white model Galaxy S III is available from today, while the "pebble blue" model should arrive in stores next week, through all carriers.
The Galaxy S III is equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel front facing camera that also shoots 720p video. The rear camera doubles as a full HD 1080p video recorder.
Samsung has made a number of software tweaks to the camera to create a better user experience. These include Best Photo, which takes 20 shots in burst mode (six photos per second) and uses software algorithms to select the best photo, Face Zoom, which recognises individual faces and zooms in to take a photo of them, Face Slideshow, which focuses on a single person in an image slideshow, and Smart Stay, which uses the Galaxy S III's front-facing camera to dim the screen when you aren't looking at the phone. The Galaxy III's camera can also take still photos while recording video, similar to the HTC One X and One XL.
Telstra's branding is prominent on the Next G version.
The Samsung Galaxy S III has a 4.8in Super AMOLED display with a HD resolution of 720x1280. It has a pixels per inch rating of 306ppi — slightly less than the market leading [[artnid:404489|iPhone 4S]] and just behind the [[artnid:421149|HTC One X]] and the [[artnid:409277|Samsung Galaxy Nexus]].
Despite the lack of 4G model in Australia, Samsung's head of marketing Arno Lenoir says he is confident the 3G model of the Galaxy S III is an enticing buy for consumers.
"This product [Galaxy S III] is already out there, if people want a 4G phone right now there are other options available, we don't have that. We are confident in the 3G model, it works brilliantly."