The Samsung Galaxy S3 will be launching in the U.S on schedule, after Apple lost a bid to impose a court ban on the phone.
The ban was denied by California district Judge Lucy Koh, on Wednesday, but Apple will seek to defend its mobile patents for the iPhone at an upcoming case scheduled to begin on the June 21, Slash Gear reported.
Initially Apple made its complaint about the Galaxy Nexus, but when the Galaxy S3 was unveiled with two of the same infringing features, Apple initiated a ban, according to PC magazine.
If the ban had been put into place, the original case date would be delayed considerably. "If Apple seeks to file a motion to enjoin sales of the Samsung Galaxy S III, Apple will have to request a new hearing date from the Court," Judge Koh wrote.
Samsung opposes Apple's claim and says it will demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S3 is innovative and distinctive, PC Magazine reports.
The Galaxy S3 will start shipping on all major U.S carriers in the next couple of weeks. Pre-orders are already underway.
The Galaxy S3 will be available in pebble blue and white on most carriers, but AT&T will exclusively be launching a red version of the phone this summer. Unfortunately pictures of the red phone have not been leaked yet.
"The addition of the Samsung Galaxy S3 to our portfolio of 4G-LTE devices gives our customers another truly cutting-edge Smartphone to choose from," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, devices, AT&T Mobility.
"With an exclusive red color this summer and the power of the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T delivers the best wireless experience for Galaxy S3 fans."
The S3 heralds a 4.8-inch screen, Qualcomm S4 processor, voice control and face recognition. The new Super AMOLED display is 22 percent larger than its predecessor, bringing the phone into the Galaxy Note's phone/tablet hybrid category.
Samsung launched a "face recognition" feature on its latest phone in an effort to the make the smartphone experience more "natural." The phone uses its front camera to identify the user's eye movement and ensures it never goes dark or switches off, while the user is looking at the phone.
Samsung has also improved its voice control feature with a sophisticated, "Siri-like" voice recognition system dubbed "S voice." The service allows users to make verbal demands to control their phone. Texts and emails can be dictated and photographs can be taken through voice commands using the feature.
The S3 also includes an NFC chip, which enables content sharing -- including video -- through tapping two phones together. The chip can also be used to make mobile payments.
The new "Pop up Play" feature on the phone enables multitasking, allowing users to open a video in a window on screen, and then use other apps with the rest of the screen.
Screen size: 4.8 inch
Processor: Qualcomm S4 processor Memory size: Up to 32gb (+64gb with card)
Operating system: Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Camera: Eight megapixelWeight: 133 grams
Dimensions: Height - 136mm
Width - 70mm
Depth - 8.5mm
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