Smart to offer Samsung Galaxy S III in PH

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Samsung?s flagship smartphone will be available from Smart bundled with Unli Data Plans that come with unlimited mobile Internet, plus free SMS and call minutes. The device will also be available under Smart?s All-In Plans. Pre-orders will be accepted starting May 23, 2012, via www.smart.com.ph/galaxys3. ?We are very excited that Smart subscribers will be among the first to enjoy our flagship device Samsung Galaxy S III, and benefit greatly from its superior hardware and enhanced smartphone usability,? Michael Cheon, business advisor for Samsung Electronics Philippines, said in a statement. Samsung, which moved 42.2 million smartphones and made a new record for the most number of smartphones shipped in a single quarter according to the IDC report, upgraded Galaxy S III?s hardware with intuitive technology. It features a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, an 8MP camera, and a 1.9MP front camera, and a host of other features, powered by a quad-core processor and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) for its OS. Among its unique features are ?Smart Stay?, which tracks the user?s eyes, so as long as they are looking at it, the display won?t dim or turn off. Another feature is called ?Pop Up Play?, which allows the user to play stored videos in a window on any homescreen, while they are writing a text message, email, playing games or while using virtually any other mobile application. Meanwhile, Smart said it expects the new Samsung unit to further propel mobile Internet as a bright spot for the company. According to Smart chief wireless advisor Orlando B. Vea, the explosive increase in mobile Internet usage among Smart?s subscribers was driven in the first quarter mainly by a ?solid portfolio of postpaid data plans bundled with best-in-class smartphones?. Smart launched in the first quarter its limited-edition Data Plan 1000, which bundled free calls, SMS, and mobile Internet, with a choice from a slew of ?power? smartphones from all the top manufacturers, at discounted and amortized prices. These developments follow the rapid growth of the worldwide smartphone market. According to IDC?s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker released last week, the worldwide smartphone market grew 42.5 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012. The report also cited manufacturers such as Samsung, Apple, Nokia, Research in Motion, and HTC shipping an estimated 144.9 million smartphones just within the period. ]]>

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