Samsung Galaxy SIII reaches SA

2012-06-07 20:09
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Johannesburg - Samsung launched the highly anticipated Galaxy SIII in South Africa on Thursday.

The latest version of the South Korean-based manufacturer goes on sale in SA, joining over 145 countries by July, but Apple has gone to court to try to prevent the device from being sold in the US.

The Galaxy SIII has a 1.4GHz quad core processor and features Google's Android 4.0 operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich).

The device has a large 12cm high definition screen with Gorilla glass and includes an 8 megapixel primary and 1.9 megapixel secondary camera. On board is up to 64GB of memory which can be expanded with a micro-SD card.

Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in legal wrangling over intellectual property in several countries. The South Korean manufacturer leads the Android market in overall sales.

Samsung said that it has received nearly 50 000 orders for the device as the company moves to cement its dominance of smartphones based on the Android operating system.

"In South Africa, and I'm going out on a limb here by quoting a number, before this phone was even shown to people, the orders that we received were very close to 50 000," Samsung SA managing director Deon Liebenberg told News24.

Samsung has outsold Apple, shipping over 44 million versus Apple's 35 million, in the first three moths of 2012.

The Galaxy SIII has a recommended retail price of R7 999.
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