Samsung Galaxy S III vs. Galaxy S II: We compare Samsung's Android phones

How does the Galaxy S III stack up against its predecessor?

Samsung has finally lifted the lid on its much anticipated Galaxy S III Android phone. How much of an improvement is it over its predecessor, the Galaxy S II?

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The key features of the Samsung Galaxy S III centre around software, but a 4.8in Super AMOLED display with a HD resolution of 720x1280, a quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera are not specifications that should be scoffed at. Let's compare!

Samsung Galaxy S III vs. Samsung Galaxy S II: Specifications

Feature Samsung Galaxy S III Samsung Galaxy S II
Operating system Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread (ICS upgradeable)
Display size 4.8in 4.3in
Display technology Super AMOLED HD Super AMOLED
Display resolution 720x1280 480x800
Pixel density 306 ppi 217 ppi
Front camera 1.9-megapixels 2-megapixels
Rear camera 8 megapixels w/single-LED flash 8 megapixels w/single-LED flash
Camera features Simultaneous HD video and image recording, Autofocus, geotagging, touch focus, face and smile detection Autofocus, geotagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilisation
Video recording 1080p HD @ 30fps (720p HD front camera) 1080p HD @ 30fps
FM radio Yes Yes
Internal memory 16GB/32GB/64GB 16GB
Expandable memory Yes, microSD Yes, microSD
Dimensions 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm
Weight 133g 116g
Processor Samsung Exynos Quad (Cortex A9) quad-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos (Cortex A9) dual-core 1.2GHz
RAM 1GB 1GB
Australian 3G networks HSDPA 850/900/2100 HSDPA 850/900/2100
Australian 4G networks Unknown No
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 3.0 with A2DP
HDMI-out No (Yes with MHL adapter) No (Yes with MHL adapter)
Quoted battery life Not quoted Up to 8 hrs 40 min
Battery -capacity 2100 mAh 1650 mAh
Adobe Flash support Yes Yes
Major carriers Unknown Telstra, Optus, Vodafone

What do you think about the new Samsung Galaxy S III? Does it offer enough new features over the Galaxy S II to entice you to upgrade? Let us know in the comments below!

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