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Samsung Galaxy S3 wows in three Autumn colours: Red, black and grey

Samsung has announced it is launching its flagship Galaxy S3 smartphone in several new mineral and gemstone-themed colours ready for autumn.

The device will now be available in "amber brown" (pictured above), "garnet red" (below), titanium grey" (middle), and sapphire black (bottom). The phone maker stressed that availability of these colours will vary, depending on your country and carrier or retailer of choice.

Some of the new colour choices aren't exactly surprising. AT&T has already begun selling the red model. Also, there have been rumblings about a black version of the smartphone ever since a leaked screenshot from Samsung's product database showed a listing for a "Samsung Galaxy S3 Black."

Samsung said in a blog post Tuesday that it took its inspiration for the new colours from some of "Earth's richest materials." The brown model was inspired by amber, an organic gemstone sometimes containing fossils that "was believed to sustain the secrets of the earth inside it." The red model is the colour of garnet, which "was worn as an amulet by the ancient Egyptians who believed the stone contained protective powers."

The black version suggests "the stones used by the ancient people of India and Persia for protection, with the belief they strengthened one's willpower," Samsung said. Gray, meanwhile, is a symbol for "intelligence, insight, and curiosity," and the new colour option brings a "futuristic element" to the handset.

The new colours will join the existing "pebble blue" and "marble white" options for the device. The Galaxy S3 boasts a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 1280-by-720 display, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.