Samsung has confirmed the Galaxy S3 will feature DC HSPA support to give users some of the fastest mobile internet browsing speeds around, as phone shops clear their shelves ahead of the handset’s launch on May 30th.
The Galaxy S3 shuns High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technology that features in most top-end smartphones in favour of the newer standard. The result? Download speeds of up to 42Mb per second instead of HSPA’s top connection speed of 21Mb.
Before you get too excited, though, there is a catch. O2 is currently the sole carrier that offers that kind of speed with its DC HSPA network. And even then, that's only in major cities. Vodafone has DC HSPA technology, but of an older stripe that means that headline speeds are pegged at 28Mb.
However, according to CNET, Three is set to launch a comparable network in the summer, while T-Mobile and Orange will have one in place by the end of the year.
The addition of faster web browsing over 3G for the S3 burnishes what was already a stellar spec sheet, that takes in a gym-buffed 1.4GHz quad-core processor and a vast 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen.
Sammy’s 2012 flagship smartphone, which has purportedly racked up pre-orders of around nine million units from networks worldwide, also rocks an eight-megapixel camera and a secondary 1.9-megapixel front-facing snapper.
But the phone’s real USP is the revamped version of Samsung’s TouchWiz Android custom skin that adds a Siri-style voice controlled digital assistant and some smart new, so-called intelligent camera features.
Not least of which is SmartStay, which uses the phone’s front camera to detect owners facial movements, with the result that that the handset will not go into sleep mode if the screen is not touched for a few minutes. A boon when watching movies on the go, for sure.
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