Samsung Galaxy S3 news round-up: everything you need to know

The new Galaxy S3 is finally here, putting a satisfying end to all the speculation and leaked photos that have been circulating for months on end. We were very excited to finally lay our eyes on the new phone and have tried to cover its launch as extensively as possible. To help you find out what you need to know, let me give you a brief roundup.

Naturally, the first thing you’re going to want to know about is the phone itself. For that, you should head over to our hands on preview by my excellent colleague Luke Westaway. He’ll take you through the S3’s 4.8-inch 720p screen, which promises to be be bold and bright, and of course the phone’s monstrous quad-core processor.

To get a proper look at the S3’s sleek curved design then check out our photo gallery. We’ve gone hands on with both the white and blue versions so you can mull over which colour you prefer before it goes on sale. you should also watch our hands-on video in which CNET UK Godfather Jason Jenkins demonstrates some of the key features of the new blower.

Of course, one of the key questions is, when are you going to be able to get it into your own hands? I’ve been speaking to all the major UK networks who’ve all confirmed that they’ll be offering the phone from 30 May, although none have been able to tell me how much they’re going to charge for it. Phones 4 U will have the phone in stock too, so you can pop over to one of its stores for a quick play.

Let’s keep in mind that despite all the excitement surrounding the S3, it isn’t the only phone in the world. I’ve pit the newbie against the veteran iPhone 4S and the goliath HTC One X to debate which phone might be most suited for you. I also take a look at what things we didn’t get on the S3 that we’d hoped for — are there any omissions that really put you off?

It’s not just about the phone though — it’ll also be available with a whole host of extras including a stylus, speaker docks, desktop chargers, various styles of covers, a car dock and a wireless charging mat. Samsung has also borrowed from the S3’s distinctive design for a new iPod Nano-style Mp3 player which can connect directly to the S3 to transfer music.

How’s that for a bumper crop of info? We’ll be updating the hands-on preview with more information when we get the phone in for a full review, as well as keeping you up-to-date with the latest prices, so make sure to keep it CNET UK.