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S3 comes to Malaysia, pricing to be revealed 'very soon'

May 25, 2012
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus

25 May 2012 – Malaysians will finally get a taste of the 4.8-inch S3, but will have to wait for the official announcement for the price at the end of May (with Celcom’s ROI pointing towards May 31). Samsung will also be offering the 16GB S3 initially, with the 32GB coming at an unconfirmed date.  

Samsung confirmed that the smartphone will be carried by Digi, Celcom and Maxis, so expect contract bundles as well. We've also heard rumours where the device might be priced at RM 2199, but we’d take that with a pinch of salt.

As for the S3 itself, it is very much the same phone from London's Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 and will be available in two colours - Pebble Blue and Marble White.  It is a quad-core device coupled with 1GB of RAM.

We finally saw the hands-on of the TouchWiz Nature UX, and there are a few impressive features like the "Smart Stay" which uses the front facing camera to 'sense' whether or not the user is still looking at the screen. If not then Smart Stay will turn it off.  The Nature UX also put a twist to multitasking and calls it pop-up play which lets you keep a small, moveable video player when you are doing something else.

There is more, the UX is intuitive enough to know when you want to respond to a call. There is also the S Voice, voice assistant.    

 Also, the S3’s S Beam combines both NFC and WiFi Direct technologies and is reportedly able to transfer 1GB of data within 3 minutes.

The 8-megapixel rear camera is also 'smart' enough to select the best picture out of eight continuous shots, and does 3.3 shots per seconds. 



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