Samsung announces Galaxy S3 with enterprise features

Samsung's latest foray into the smartphone field is the Galaxy S3. Here's a first look at the features that will benefit the enterprise.

Today, after an enormous amount of hype, Samsung in London unveiled its Samsung Galaxy S3. This is a next generation smartphone based, of course, on Android 4.X Ice Cream Sandwich.

Amidst the specs and hoopla, it was interesting that the Samsung execs spoke directly to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) issues facing tech pros. Broadly, the company said the phone, to be available in Europe the end of this month and this fall in the U.S. in an LTE version, will include such enterprise features as: mobile remote wipe and other mobile device management features for syncing and securing data, mobile virtualization, and a number of encryption features.

That's good news for tech pros and CTOs who see an increasing number of Android phones in the workplace.

As we dig into the exact BYOD features Samsung expects, here's a run down on what the company announced.

The new smartphone, as expected, is based on a quadcore Samsung-made Exynos 1.4GHz processor, a gigantic 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1080P video recording from a rear-facing camera and a 1.9mp camera on the front for face recognition and video chatting.

As expected, Samsung is bringing an Apple Siri like technology to the table. It's called S Voice. As demoed on stage in London, this allows you to also control the camera.

The camera and camera software, by the way, is heavily optimized for sharing over social networks. Using the facial recognition in the software, Samsung execs said, the software will automatically spot faces in your photos for near-instant sharing.

But it's the S-Beam technology that really interests the Android geeks among us, which undoubtedly includes tech pros and tech-savvy users. It uses NFC and WiFi Direct to transfer data at up to 400 Mbps via NFC (300 Mbps on WiFi).

Sprint, Verizon and AT&T are all expected to sell versions and plans for the phone in the U.S, but Samsung neither confirms nor denies that. And pricing is still not announced.

Watch for more details on the enterprise features ....