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Successor to Samsung's popular Galaxy S II, the Galaxy S III adds in 4G LTE connectivity and a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED (Pentile) display, as well as 2GB of RAM. The Galaxy S III runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung's new version of TouchWiz, which takes cues from nature.

Description

Nokia's smartphone, the Lumia 920, comes with a significant spec increase over the previous generation. While the Lumia 920 predictably bumped the display size up to 4.5-inches and runs Windows Phone 8, it also adds in some more unique tweaks like wireless charging and an 8.7 megapixel "PureView" camera.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II, successor to the famously huge Galaxy Note, ups the ante with an even larger 5.5 inch screen. Like other Samsung Note products, it's built with stylus use in mind, with several OS enhancements to support it. Additionally, the Note II's hardware has been redesigned to resemble that of the Galaxy S III.

The LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus is exclusive to Verizon Wireless in the United States. In terms of hardware, the Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display, 32GB of on-board storage, 1GB of RAM, LTE 4G connectivity, and Near Field Communications technology.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jul. 12, 2012
  • Price at launch: $199.99

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 9, 2012
  • Price at launch: $99.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: October 2012
  • Price at launch: $299.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Dec. 15, 2011
  • Price at launch: $299.99
  • Height: 5.38 inches
  • Width: 2.78 inches
  • Thickness: 0.34 inches
  • Weight: 0.29 pounds
  • Form factor: Slab
  • Color: White / Silver, Blue / Silver
  • Loudspeaker: Yes

Hardware

  • Height: 5.11 inches
  • Width: 2.79 inches
  • Thickness: 0.42 inches
  • Weight: 0.41 pounds
  • Form factor: Slab
  • Color: White, Black, Yellow, Red, Gray
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Noise cancellation: Hardware (multi-mic)
  • Height: 5.9 inches
  • Width: 3.2 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 0.4 pounds
  • Form factor: Slab
  • Color: White, Grey
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Height: 5.33 inches
  • Width: 2.67 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 0.33 pounds
  • Form factor: Slab
  • Color: Black
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Noise cancellation: Hardware (multi-mic)
  • Screen size (diagonal): 4.8 inches
  • Technology: Super AMOLED HD
  • Pixel arrangement: PenTile
  • Resolution (Y): 1280 px
  • Resolution (X): 720 px
  • PPI: 306
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 4.5 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Pixel arrangement: RGB
  • Resolution (Y): 1280 px
  • Resolution (X): 768 px
  • PPI: 332
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Screen size (diagonal): 5.5 inches
  • Technology: Super AMOLED HD
  • Resolution (Y): 1280 px
  • Resolution (X): 720 px
  • PPI: 267
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Screen size (diagonal): 4.65 inches
  • Technology: Super AMOLED HD
  • Pixel arrangement: RGBG (PenTile)
  • Resolution (Y): 1280 px
  • Resolution (X): 720 px
  • PPI: 316
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Carriers: Verizon Wireless
  • CDMA: Yes
  • CDMA frequencies supported: 1900, 800 / 850, 2100
  • GSM: Yes
  • GSM frequencies supported: 1900, 1800, 900, 850
  • UMTS / HSPA: Yes
  • UMTS frequencies supported: 900, 2100, 1900, 850
  • LTE: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC support: Yes
  • Tethering / mobile hotspot: Yes
  • Media streaming: AllShare

Connectivity

  • Carriers: AT&T
  • GSM: Yes
  • GSM frequencies supported: 1900, 1800, 900, 850
  • UMTS / HSPA: Yes
  • UMTS frequencies supported: 900, 2100, 1900, 850
  • LTE: Yes
  • Max WWAN downlink speed: 100 Mbps
  • Max WWAN uplink speed: 50 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 3.0
  • NFC support: Yes
  • Tethering / mobile hotspot: Yes
  • Carriers: Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, US Cellular
  • LTE: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC support: Yes
  • Media streaming: DLNA, AllShare
  • Carriers: Verizon Wireless
  • CDMA: Yes
  • LTE: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 3.0
  • NFC support: Yes
  • Tethering / mobile hotspot: Yes
  • Media streaming: DLNA
  • Manufacturer: Qualcomm
  • Brand / family: Snapdragon S4
  • Clock speed: 1.5 GHz
  • Number of cores: 2

Processor

  • Manufacturer: Qualcomm
  • Brand / family: Snapdragon S4
  • Clock speed: 1.5 GHz
  • Number of cores: 2
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Brand / family: Exynos
  • Clock speed: 1.6 GHz
  • Number of cores: 4
  • Manufacturer: TI
  • Brand / family: OMAP 4
  • Model: OMAP4460
  • Clock speed: 1.2 GHz
  • Number of cores: 2
  • Manufacturer: Qualcomm
  • Model: Adreno 220

GPU

  • Model: PowerVR SGX540
  • RAM size: 2 GB

Memory

  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 32 GB
  • External: Yes
  • Max external size: 64 GB
  • External type: microSD

Storage

  • Internal size: 32 GB
  • External: No
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 64 GB, 32 GB
  • External: Yes
  • Max external size: 64 GB
  • External type: microSD
  • Internal size: 32 GB
  • External: No
  • Resolution: 1.9 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video framerate: 30

Front Camera

  • Resolution: 1.2 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video framerate: 30
  • Resolution: 1.9 megapixels
  • Resolution: 1.3 megapixels
  • Resolution: 8 megapixels
  • Flash: LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p

Rear Camera

  • Resolution: 8.7 megapixels
  • Flash: LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Video framerate: 30
  • Resolution: 8 megapixels
  • Flash: LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Resolution: 5 megapixels
  • Flash: LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Video framerate: 30
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: TouchWiz
  • Launch OS version: 4.0
  • Notable apps: Flipboard

Software

  • Operating system: Windows Phone
  • Launch OS version: 8
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: TouchWiz
  • Launch OS version: 4.1
  • Operating system: Android
  • Launch OS version: 4.0.1
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Other ports: Micro USB

Interface

  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Other ports: Micro USB
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Other ports: Micro USB, MHL
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Other ports: Micro USB
Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer

Sensors

Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer
Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer
  • Capacity: 2100 mAh
  • Removable: Yes
  • Wireless charging: Yes

Battery

  • Capacity: 2000 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Wireless charging: Yes
  • Capacity: 3100 mAh
  • Removable: Yes
  • Capacity: 1850 mAh
  • Removable: Yes
  • Quadrant: 5321
  • Vellamo: 2296
  • GLBenchmark 720p: 55 FPS
  • GLBenchmark 1080p: 28 FPS
  • AnTuTu: 6753

Benchmarks

  • Quadrant: 2002
  • Vellamo: 1065
  • GLBenchmark 720p: 28 FPS
  • GLBenchmark 1080p: 14 FPS
  • AnTuTu: 6079
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