The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been named the best smartphone of the last 12 months, as Samsung’s virtual mantelpiece becomes more and more crowded with trophies.
The tech giant picked up the award for the year’s finest high-end handset at the Global Mobile Awards, held this week at the Mobile World Congress gadget expo in Barcelona.
According to the GSM Association, which sponsors the award, the 40 million-selling S3 merited its win for the “world beating smartphone experience” if offers, as well as its “uncompromised performance”.
The S3 also scooped the prize for best smartphone at uSwitch Tech’s 2012 mobile awards while T3 magazine garlanded the handset with the title of ‘Phone of the Year’ at the tail end of 2012.
JK Shin, Head of IT and Mobile Communications at Samsung, said: “2012 was a defining year for Samsung that saw us set new records in the mobile industry.
“The judges have recognised Samsung’s innovation across multiple categories. At Samsung we are committed to changing the way customers around the world experience mobile technology, in all categories and markets.”
Next month is set to see the launch of the S3’s successor at a press event in New York. Informally dubbed the Galaxy S4, the handset is expected to feature a larger, five-inch Super AMOLED fHD display and eye motion-sensitive controls.
It’s also rumoured to sport an eight-core processor - in select territories at least. That’s double the core count of its predecessor and would make the S4 the world's most powerful smartphone by some distance.