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by Desire Athow
, 30 Apr 2012News

*** The event has now ended. Check our article about the Galaxy S III to find out more about the specs and the features the smartphone offers ****

ITProPortal.com will be live-blogging the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 from London, covering the buzz happening over the next 72 hours and the launch on Thursday 3rd at 1800 UK time. After the event, we will publish a number of pieces from our man on the ground, Rob Kerr as well as our team of news writers.

You can follow ITProPortal.com coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S3 over the past 12 months . Don't forget that you can follow us on Twitter and visit bookmark this page to get the latest updates for what promises to be the biggest Samsung announcement of 2012.

So don't forget to follow us live for the coverage of the Samsung event on when the Galaxy S3 is widely tipped to be launched (or perhaps the Next Galaxy or the Galaxy Next) with, perhaps, a surprise "one more thing" announcement - like the follow up to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - more than likely.

Here are some of the latest articles

20:13 - 03 May

We're wrapping up this live blog. Thanks for staying with us. Here are some more pictures. 

19:59 - 03 May

Off to get some hands on the Samsung Galaxy S III

19:59 - 03 May

Carphone Warehouse is giving a free Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet worth £399 to the first 1000 preorders for the Galaxy S3 on pay monthly contracts. Only Nag. You can only register to be on preorder for now.

19:57 - 03 May

Suzi Perry back on stage, wrapping things up

19:57 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III - comes with 3G, 21Mbps access, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, eight-megapixel camera, 1.9 front facing camera - with HD video recording, in 16, 32 and 64GB models - plus a microSD slot

19:54 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III - arrives on 29th of May, in Europe

19:52 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III will have a music steaming service, health care app, and a car feature too

19:50 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III has as a range of accessories, from a flip cover, to a desktop changer, mp3 player and dongle for the AllShare feature, for other devices

19:47 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III has Wi-Fi channel bonding, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and GLONAS abilities

19:46 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III has a wireless charger, extra, of course 

19:44 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III - 8MB camera, has a zero camera lag - starts up in just 990ms, 20 shots in burst model, with an automatic best shot section, face zoom, group tagging, HD self video - from the front facing camera, with capture of a still show

19:41 - 03 May

Samsung are giving 100 dollars to the WWF, for every person at the launch event 

19:40 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III has been designed with the nature curves of nature, with a hyperglaze design - and in the colours of pebble blue and marble white

19:40 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III has been designed with the nature curves of nature, with a hyperglaze design - and in the colours of pebble blue and marble white

19:37 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III - comes with mirroring of the device to a compatible screen; face recognition, where the phone knows and tags the people in a picture, then offers to mms the pic to them; there's also an update to AllShare and a Motorola Cast app - for sharing media at home, with the device

19:32 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III - comes with S-Beam, combining NFC and Wi-Fi direct, for media sharing between devices - with one click

19:30 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III - recognises friends and family from pictures, where if you click on a picture of them - the phone goes straight to their social networking page

19:28 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III - has motion recognition and proximity sensor, where the phone knows you want to call the person you've just been texting - as it dials the number, when you raise the phone to your ear

19:26 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III - voice recognition, recognises 8 languages

19:25 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III - has voice activation, much like Apples Siri, just not that advanced

19:25 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III - comes with smart stay, which is a screen tech that keeps the screen alive - as it sees you, thru the front facing camera. when you are not there, the screen goes dead 

19:22 - 03 May

Samsung Galaxy S III video being demoed 

19:22 - 03 May

The Galaxy S3 - designed for humans

19:19 - 03 May

JK Shin - Samsung Galaxy S II - 3G HSPA+ coming end of May, 4G LTE, this Summer 

19:17 - 03 May

JK Shin - Samsung Galaxy S II launches in May, in 145 countries, with 296 operators

19:14 - 03 May

JK Shin - 2,100 mAh battery, 8.6mm thin and with a weigh of 133g

19:13 - 03 May

The event has started with Rob Kerr on the ground

19:13 - 03 May

JK Shin - 8 megapixel camera 

19:12 - 03 May

JK Shin - 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED screen

19:11 - 03 May

A big difference between Apple and Samsung when it comes to event preparation and execution. Apple launches press releases and everything else AFTER the event. Samsung opened its Kimono BEFORE the event.

19:11 - 03 May

JK Shin takes to the stage - President of Samsung

19:10 - 03 May

Suzi Perry - "the next big thing, the next galaxy"

19:09 - 03 May

Suzi Perry - "this is the biggest launch event of the year"

19:08 - 03 May

Suzi Perry (from the gadget show) has just taken to the stage 

19:07 - 03 May

Rob Kerr here

19:00 - 03 May

More pictures of the audience and the floor

18:53 - 03 May

Check where the phone will be unveiled in a few minutes. Very Apple-esque

18:50 - 03 May

My oh my. One retailer has put the Samsung Galaxy S3 on preorder with the official specs (no disclaimer) and Carphone Warehouse staff is telling potential iPhone 4S customers to wait for the launch of the follow up to the Galaxy S2.

18:50 - 03 May

My oh my. One retailer has put the Samsung Galaxy S3 on preorder with the official specs (no disclaimer) and Carphone Warehouse staff is telling potential iPhone 4S customers to wait for the launch of the follow up to the Galaxy S2.

18:12 - 03 May

The place is starting to fill up slowly but surely with journalists coming from all over the world.

17:56 - 03 May

Another picture just outside Earl's Court. Samsung has booked the whole place. 60 more minutes to go.

17:42 - 03 May

Samsung may get rid of Bada OS completely by the end of the year as it moves to Tizen. A Tizen version of the Galaxy S3? Also, we've noticed that the price of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has started to fall down significantly, which could well mean that a new tablet is coming soon at tonight's event.

17:40 - 03 May

And we have the first picture from the event in Earls Court.. Look at that massive banner! The next big thing is coming...

15:36 - 03 May

Not long to wait now. Rob will be off to the event location in 90 minutes. Starts at 1800. In the meantime, this is what we published about the S3.

09:31 - 03 May

As we approach the launch event, here are some of the articles we published about the S3 over the last 24 hours.

11:35 - 02 May

The contract price of the HTC One X is flirting with £20 per month. You can get it for £21.50 on O2. So here you have it, a proper rival to the Galaxy S3, already in the bargain bin.

11:29 - 02 May

Check that BlackBerry developer phone from RIM. The Canadian manufacturer looks like it is working hard to come back in the game. The phone itself appears to be a draft of a decent competitor to the Galaxy S3.

16:04 - 01 May

Antutu confirms the specifications of the Galaxy S3, which means that we are almost, almost there.

10:46 - 01 May

Heads up. Samsung Galaxy S2 down to £365! Would still recommend the Galaxy Note though at £355.

23:00 - 30 April

A big dollop of news before the end of the day.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Press Shot Is Old Leak 

Samsung May Release Windows Phone Version Of Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S3 To Be 5in Long? 

Samsung Galaxy S3 To Use Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 In US?

Oh and why not check our review of the Huawei Ascend G300 which is basically has the same configuration of the original Samsung Galaxy S but costs only £100.

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