The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the most hotly-anticipated handsets for some time, and so there's no surprise that an early release of the phone has already been put through the steps by GSM Arena. In case you don't already know, the Galaxy S3 is going to feature 1GB of RAM and a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, an 8MP camera, a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a 2,100mAh battery. In other words, it's going to be a monster powerhouse of a smartphone. But will it have the battery to match?
The S3's 2,100mAh battery has already been put to the test by GSM Arena, who found it to be more than adequate. With such a large, bright display and a quad-core processor, the Samsung's battery will have to be super powerful in order to give the phone any kind of decent life. Obviously the brains over at Samsung know this, and since the S3 is pipped to be the best phone of 2012 (bar, perhaps, the iPhone 5), they'll obviously have put a lot of thought into it. The phone has already received 9 million pre-orders and so quickly is catching up with the volume of sales for the S2 before it has even been released.
Over at GSM Arena, the phone performed well. It gave over 10 hours of talk-time, which compares favourably with the 8.5 hours you'd get out of the Galaxy S2, and also managed to play videos for just over 10 hours, compared to nine hours and 20 minutes with the S2. So it looks like, as well as outstripping its predecessor in terms of technology and gadgetry, the S3 has also got some neat tricks up its sleeve when it comes to energy consumption.
There were a few flaws reported by GSM Arena, however. The S3's battery isn't so hot when it comes to browsing the web, as it lasts just over five hours online. This still pips the four hours 30 minutes offered by the S2, but it doesn't come anywhere near the iPhone 4S's seven hours. For some reason, Samsung seem to find balancing web browsing and battery life incredibly difficult. Keeping Wi-Fi and 3G turned off on the Galaxy S3 might be a good idea for those who are desperately in need of a longer battery life.
Before you start making your pre-orders, don't forget that the handset that GSM Arena got their hands on was a pre-release model, so the S3 is likely to go through a few small changes before it actually turns up on the shelves. While battery life might not change at all, the company might be able to improve it where necessary – hopefully they'll take a leaf out of Apple's book when it comes to browsing the web. Overall, the S3 definitely seemed to perform well given its powerful specs and hi-tech features; it'll be interesting to see how other quad-core handsets, such as the iPhone 5, fare in comparison. As the number of pre-orders and Facebook followers demonstrate, the Galaxy S3 is certainly going to be a big hit this summer.