THE WAIT is finally over as Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S III, the official smartphone of the London 2012 Olympics.
As speculation suggested, the third-generation Samsung Galaxy, which promises to feature mobile payments functionality in time for the Olympic games, packs a 4.8in Super AMOLED HD touchscreen powered by Samsung's own 1.4GHz quad-core processor. In terms of design there's a curved "pebble-like" casing that's available in both blue and white, and the phone measures 8.9mm thick.
As you would expect from a smartphone that has attracted this much pre-release hype, the Galaxy S III comes running the most up to date version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), enabling the handset with Face Unlock, Android Beam near field communications (NFC) and the usual set of pre-loaded apps.
Samsung has also given the Galaxy S III some nifty functionality of its own, including S Beam NFC sharing, social hub and a cool new feature named Smart Stay, which means that the phone stays awake as long as you are looking at it.
On its rear is an 8MP HD camera, which like the HTC One X enables users to take snapshots while recording video. There's also a 1.9MP front-facing camera capable of shooting HD video, Siri-esque voice recognition software and a 2100mAh battery that we're hoping lives up to Samsung's promise of lasting two days.
The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available in the UK on 29 May, although pricing details are still to be announced. µ