Samsung Galaxy SIII reaches SA

2012-06-07 20:09

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.

  • godfrey.moremi - 2012-06-07 20:16

    This fone is exceptional... I love the Samsung Galaxy trend and now this s3 is so on point. >Dankie Samsung<

  • Konanani - 2012-06-07 20:28

    I like it but i wil stick with my nokia simply because i cant afford lol

  • Francois R Nel - 2012-06-07 20:29

    The first three moths of 2012 is te wurzt

  • Twentyfivemay - 2012-06-07 20:50

    6months later samsung s4 w,6ghz @ R9 999, these people r ripping consumers off

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-07 20:59

      That sounds a lot more like iPhone criticism

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-07 20:57

    This phone will be remembered for decades to come. The iPhone 5 won't quite match it. Proud Samsung fan

  • Kolobe - 2012-06-07 21:10

    value for money...thats what android has done to the market. blackberry and iphone just too overprised

      Teri - 2012-06-11 09:25

      Concentrate on your spelling dude!

  • Dominic - 2012-06-07 21:14

    While the S3 intrigues me, I am still sold on the Note as my next upgrade. Just torn between whether to go for a 7'' or a 10.1''...

  • madelein.delange2 - 2012-06-07 21:21

    The Galaxy is the best phone on the market. Full stop. Apple should rather focus on the guys below them on the ladder, they can not match the Galaxy.....

      David Skea - 2012-06-07 21:25

      That's counter productive. Without a competitive market driven by apple and windows phone 7/8, samsung have no need to innovate the product and have price wars or product differentiation. You need apple even if you don't like them.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-07 23:40

    Sorry but I'll have my apple a day

  • Jaun - 2012-06-08 07:02

    I have bought a S2...a great phone....if you want a phone that is still one of the best on the market. Comparing it to the new HTC range, nokia Lumia an iPhone 4S, then go for the S2. There is great specials at Cell C. On contracts you get the iPhone for over R500 pm....sorry but iPhone does the same thing as the Samsung and is not the best like it was a few year ago!

  • dean.langkilde - 2012-06-08 08:57

    I can not wait to get my hands on this!

  • lucas.coetzer - 2012-06-08 09:40

    Picking up my Samsung S3 Today...Cant wait to get my hands on that phone

  • Poaul Zwarts - 2012-06-08 11:06

    Samsung employees all eat dogs!

  • Vaughan - 2012-06-08 13:31

    My SIII arrived today. Absolutely love the hardware, now to get rid of this touchwiz stuff and load stock ICS...

      BrianSuntrax - 2012-06-09 10:18

      We have an S2 , please elaborate Vaughan?

  • xolani.nkomo - 2012-11-19 05:55

    I must say I'm not really a sumsung fan! For the past years my favorite smart phone to use had always been HTC. However sumsung took me by surprise with this new galaxy siii and this is what I call technology on its best big up! To sumsung for being so innovative!!!

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