Samsung Galaxy S3 Chosen As The Official Olympic Phone


09.05.2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 Chosen As The Official Olympic Phone

Samsung and Visa, both sponsors of the London Olympic Games 2012, have officially confirmed that the freshly-launched Samsung Galaxy S3 will be the official Olympic phone. The model will be made in a limited edition, exclusively created for athletes and certain officials.

Visa will install the payWave application on the limited edition Samsung Galaxy S3, an app that will allow the owners to make payments via NFC inside the Olympic Village and on several locations in London.

The payWave application developed for Samsung Galaxy S3 works exactly like a digital walled and will allow payments by simply bringing the phone close to the paying machine. About 140,000 NFC payment sites will be opened on England’s territory by the time the Olympic Games will officially kick off, and the payments bigger than £20 will prompt you for password, for security reasons.

We are eager to see whether the Samsung Galaxy S3 limited edition will come with design changes like color scheme and it the same time curious to see the price of the device on the auction websites once the Olympic Games come to an end.

Samsung Galaxy S3 was introduced on May 3rd at Samsung Unpacking event in London, and it’s a terminal “designed for humans” and “inspired by nature.” The Samsung flagship packs a quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos 4212 Quad chipset, 1 GB of RAM and 16/32/64 GB of internal storage. Galaxy S3 sports a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution, protected by Gorilla Glass 2 coating, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and microSD card slot with support of up to 64 GB.

The new Samsung high-end device comes pre-loaded with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and TouchWiz UI 4.0 and features an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus, simultaneous HD video and image recording and support for full HD 1080p video recording.

Besides the impressive hardware specifications, Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with some amazing features like S Voice (a personal assistant similar to Apple’s Siri), Smart Stay (the smartphone’s display will dim when you are looking at it, using eye tracking technology), Direct Call (automatically calls the person you are texting with once you hold your phone up to your ear), Pop up Play (plays videos on a window above any app), Burst Shot and Best Photo (automatically choose the best photo out of 20 stills taken in burst mode) and may other goodies.

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