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One of the most anticipated smartphones of the year was officially launched in South Africa last night, the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Director of mobile communications for Samsung South Africa, Craige Fleischer, says that with the Galaxy S III, Samsung has maximised the consumer benefits by integrating superior hardware with enhanced smartphone usability.

"Designed to be both effortlessly smart and intuitively simple, the Galaxy S III has been created with our human needs and capabilities in mind – enabling one of the most seamless, natural and human-centric mobile experiences."

The Galaxy S III has been available on the Vodacom network prior to launch, and is now available on MTN. It will be coming soon to the Cell C network.

The handset features a 4.8-inch AMOLED display, with a 1280x720 resolution, has a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera with HD recording capabilities. It runs on the latest Android operating system 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor.

The Galaxy S III adapts to the individual user by detecting face, voice and motions, to offer a natural experience. The 'smart stay' feature recognises how you are using your phone, example, if you are reading an e-book, the front-facing camera will detect this and will then maintain a bright display.

The S Voice feature listens and responds to you, similar to rival Siri, Apple's AI personal assistant. S Voice lets you play songs, adjust the volume, send messages and emails, organise your calendar as well as automatically launch the camera and take photos.

The S Beam feature allows you to share files within close proximity (without WiFi or 3G) within seconds. A 10MB file can be transferred within two seconds, while a 1GB movie file can be shared within three minutes.

The AllShare Cast feature lets users share content wirelessly from phone to either TV, tablet or PC, regardless of distance between devices. The Group Cast feature found under AllShare Cast lets you share your screen between multiple friends or family on the same WiFi network with option to add comments and make changes real-time.

Game Hub offers users access to social games, while Video Hub offers high quality TV and movies. According to Samsung, South Africa is one of seven countries to go live with Video Hub and HD movies can be rented or bought from as a little as R10.

The handset is available at a recommended retail price of R7,999.

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