Is Samsung Galaxy S3 The ‘iPhone killer’ ?

The smartphone market moves on once more, with the hi-tech voice-controlled Galaxy S3 likely to becomes a standard-bearer for Google’s Android operating system – and a device for the Apple refuseniks.

The phone’s most innovative feature is built-in face-tracking and voice control – allowing, Samsung claims, for a more ‘natural’ control system.Other innovations include what Samsung claims is a ‘more intelligent’ lock system, that keeps the screen ‘awake’ when the phone’s camera senses eyes watching it, rather than turning it off.

The voice control system is called S Voice – and allows access to weather forecasts, web searches and scheduling, similar to iPhone’s Siri system.

Saying ‘I want to take a picture’ launches the camera application – and will work in eight languages at launch.S Voice can also reply out loud – which Samsung claims will allow the system to be used while driving.

Available in blue and white, the phone will be launched at the end of May, starting in Europe, with other regions following.Samsung played on its expertise in screens with a large 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen running a resolution of 1280 x 720p – far bigger than Apple’s iPhone, and close in size to the smaller end of the tablet market.

Samsung pointed out that while the screen is 22 per cent larger than the previous S2, the ‘bezel’ around it has been slimmed down, so that the gadget is barely bigger than its predecessor.

The gadget will launch on May 29 in Europe, and in 10 other cities worldwide including Tokyo and Dubai.

The gadget also has some features clearly aimed at the business market once dominated by BlackBerry.

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