Samsung Galaxy S3 Released in Korea

Samsung Electronics on Monday unveiled its latest Galaxy S3 smartphone in Korea. It was first launched in London in May and later in Europe and in the U.S. The 3G version of the Galaxy S3 went on sale in Korea on Monday, while the LTE version will hit stores in July.

The Korean version differs in some aspects from the one unveiled in London.

It contains a lot of free and paid content and apps only available in Korea, such as a "video hub," which allows users to watch around 500 movies or TV dramas and a "learning hub" offering educational content.

Models show Galaxy S3 smartphones at a launch in Seoul on Monday. /Newsis Models show Galaxy S3 smartphones at a launch in Seoul on Monday. /Newsis

The 3G versions of the Galaxy S3 sold in Korea and overseas both have quad-core processors, but the Korean LTE version also uses a quad-core processor that is more than twice as fast as the dual-core processor that comes with the overseas version, the company claims. This makes it possible to run several apps at once and still enjoy fast processing speed.

The LTE version is also equipped for the Korean mobile TV protocol DMB.

The phone has various new functions like Smart Stay, a function that keeps the screen lit up as long as the user is looking at it. Direct Call allows users to call someone who has sent a message simply by holding phone up to their ear, and S-voice allows it to be activated by voice.

Samsung said around 20 functions can be voice-activated including dialing, alarm, camera, music player, Internet search and scheduling. The phone can recognize voice commands in eight languages including Korean, English and French.

The phone also features new multimedia functions such as "Live Video List" and "Chapter Preview" which allow users to easily browse or preview images and videos.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 26, 2012 09:48 KST

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