Samsung Galaxy S III 

Released June, 2012
  • Android 4.3
  • 4G
  • 4.8"
  • Dual core 1.5 GHz
BrowserMark adds HTML to the equation - behind the scenes JavaScript computation won't do much if the web page can't update fast and smooth.
by GSM Arena (Jun, 2012)
When you combine the screen's vividness with the great contrast (black color that is completely black, not just very dark gray, as in LCD displays), multimedia consumption does get much more enjoyable, compared to the LCD experience.
by PhoneArena (May, 2012)
7.4 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung Galaxy S III

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy S III
7.6
Nexus 4
7.4
Galaxy S4
8.7
Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy S III
6.0
Nexus 4
8.4
Galaxy S4
8.7
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy S III
8.0
Nexus 4
8.8
Galaxy S4
n.d.
GLBenchmark 2.5 Battery, Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy S III
8.6
Nexus 4
8.7
Galaxy S4
8.7
Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and 2 more

7.4

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy S III
7.4
Nexus 4
8.3
Galaxy S4
8.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung Galaxy S III

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S III
455
iPhone 5s
2,523
Xperia SP
2,105

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy S III
2,559
iPhone 5s
4,906
iPhone 4s
1,482

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S III
1,192 ms
iPhone 4s
2,250 ms
Nexus 4
1,971 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S III
2,543
iPhone 5
901
iPhone 5s
3,621

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S III
3,481
Nexus 4
6,333
Galaxy S4
n.d.

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Galaxy S III
166 min
Nexus 4
208 min
iPhone 5
126 min

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung Galaxy S III


8.0
The 4.8" HD Super AMOLED display would've been really exciting a year or two ago, but these days IPS and advanced LCDs offer sharper text, wider viewing angles and better outdoor visibility.

9.3
With its giant high-resolution AMOLED screen, enjoying whatever multimedia on the phone is an awesome experience.

9.0
Google also wanted to get in on the act, enabling you to rent movies at a slightly high price from Play Movies - and the selection isn't brilliant either.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Carrier

AT&T and Verizon versions have both 3G and LTE, and both carriers have robust LTE networks with fast data speeds.
by MobileTechReview (Jun, 2012)
The app drawer has three view modes - Customizable grid (where you can rearrange icons freely), Alphabetical grid (if you think you can find apps quicker if their alphabetized) and Alphabetical list (this one makes shortcuts easy to hit, but isn't very space efficient).
by GSM Arena (Jun, 2012)
Three sound toggles have been added within the menu trigger by holding the power/lock key (once again some S III users got an OTA update with these on ICS, but some didn't).
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2012)

Screen

You can adjust video brightness, color tone and enable outdoor visibility too.
by GSM Arena (Jun, 2012)
While the Samsung Galaxy S III falls far behind the HTC One X and One S in terms of materials and aesthetics, it is a solidly built phone that's decently attractive.
by MobileTechReview (Jun, 2012)
The pretty large, sharp display with great colors makes reading a joy.
by GSM Arena (Jun, 2012)

Battery

Raw performance under Jelly Bean is quite similar to what we saw when ICS was in charge, although there are minor differences which are still worth mentioning.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2012)
The raw performance under Jelly Bean is quite similar to what we saw when ICS was in charge, although there are minor differences which are still worth mentioning.
by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)
The 3G talk time ended up the same as with the ICS-running Galaxy S III and is one of the best performers we have seen.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2012)

Apps

The Social hub we've seen before - it combines your email accounts with social networking (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn) and IM accounts (Gtalk, MSN and Yahoo)!
by GSM Arena (Jun, 2012)
Things like S Suggest give you apps you might like, and aside from the sexism of choosing apps for him (workout apps) and for her (messaging apps) does help separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to trying to know about the first things you should download to the phone.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2014)
You can find casual gaming as its own section, but the more resource intensive titles are hidden among the cutesie tower defence and stick man games.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2014)

Battery life

It manages strong battery life as well, and the Galaxy S III on T-Mobile and Sprint (neither running on LTE) had no trouble making it through a full day on a charge with moderate use.
by MobileTechReview (Jun, 2012)
6 hours and 27 minutes is still some way off the best we have seen, but the progress a single software update brought is downright impressive.
by GSM Arena (Oct, 2012)
If you use it for just a few calls and texts during the day, and maybe a quick Facebook check, it might as well be able to run for two days on a single charge.
by PhoneArena (May, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type AMOLED
Size 4.8"
Resolution 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 305 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio No

software

Operating system Android 4.3
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 133 g
Thickness 8.6 mm
Size 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Dual core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 32 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. microSD
  3. SDHC
  4. SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 1.9 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  3. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. LTE (20 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 600 min
Standby time 11,952 min
Capacity 2,100 mA·h
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Comments

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Hey Mad Hatter, there's two versions, a 3G and LTE version. But you're right, this is the LTE version. Will get this fixed up.
Your review on this and other models shows "Generation: 3G". I'm pretty sure that the SIII in my hand says "4G LTE" on the back.
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