Digital Spy is live blogging from Samsung's London event, which is expected to herald the arrival of the Galaxy S3. Follow the latest developments below:
20:00The screen rises and reveals a big demo area. Bit of a let down, I was hoping for some celebrities... lots of people eager to get hands on phone, though. Thanks for reading. Let's all look forward to May 29.
19:58Suzi Perry back on stage, wrapping things up. One more surprise, though...!
19:56Samsung says Galaxy S3 is its "gold medal winner". I assume that means it is the phone of the Games. Now showing inspiring video of past Olympics as the orchestra really give it the beans. Yes, it is confirmed, the Galaxy S3 is the official smartphone of the London 2012 Olympics.
19:54Samsung says it is working with "key partners" to bring on more NFC payments applications for S3, particularly for the London 2012 Olympics, of which Samsung is the communications partner. Now covering the full specs table, including that the phone will have 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options. Launching on May 29 in Europe.
19:52Back to accessories. Stylish flip cover and docking stations, along with a battery charging and wireless charging kit. This is interesting, compact MP3 player confirmed, called the S Pebble. Looks stylish, but potentially pointless. Games Hub, Video Hub and Music Hub confirmed. Each with their own content library. Music Hub has 17m songs, will sync to your own music library. S-Health deals with healthcare and personal wellbeing data.
19:48Talking about the HD Screen - even though it is 22% larger than the S3 at 4.8-inches, the unit itself is said to be "not that much bigger" than its predecessor. Wireless charger accessory confirmed, as expected. WiFi channel bonding included along with Bluetooth 4.0. Phone will be LTE, but they have tellingly skipped over this as we don't have 4G here. Will say more about this in US launch, says Samsung. Now showing first Galaxy S3 TV ad.
19:45Ahh, that's nice. Samsung is going to donate $100 to a wildlife charity for every person in the room tonight. Same for US launch.
Now talking about camera. It will have "zero" shutter lag, so what you see on screen is what you see in photo. Also takes just one second to get ready for next shot. The Burst shot takes up to 20 photos at once, while Best Photo automatically selects the 'best' photo from a Burst of eight. Camera is 8MB with LED flash. Face zoom allows you to just zoom in on one person's face. Group tag allows you to tag multiple people in snaps. The front camera is HD.
19:40The S3 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as expected, and comes with a 1.9MP front camera. Phone just 8.6mm thick, and casing features 'hyperglazes' texture technology. Phone will come in blue or a white, as revealed today. The water theme extends to the alerts, which sound like stones dropping in a pond. Screen also ripples just like water.
19:35Samsung says the S3 is "designed for humans", but the firm is talking about the phone like it is a living thing. Haven't they seen Terminator 2? Anyway, NFC confirmed, along with WiFi Direct. This enables you to choose a video or photo, and then send it to a friend's phone instantly via a 'touch'. Mirroring also confirmed for syncing content to a bigger screen, such as a connected TV. AllShare Play in phone for remote access to files, such as grabbing an image from a home PC.
19:30Moving on to Smart Alert system - the Galaxy S3 can be made to give a "small buzz" when you get missed calls or important messages. This is designed so that you instantly know when something urgent needs attending to. Social Tag in the phone allows you to tag people in photos, and then this will input a link that automatically takes you through to their social media profiles.
19:26Now talking about S-Voice, a new speech recognition system to rival Apple's Siri. You can say "Hi Galaxy", or "Hi Buddy (with up to four personalised commands available) to get it started. Then, you can ask things like, 'how's the weather in London?' and it will provide information. You can also get the phone to switch to camera by speech recognition by saying, "I want to take a picture". Let's hope it is not as annoying as Siri.
19:24Galaxy S3 is more tapered at the edges than the S2. Has a much more sleek form factor, but retains the familiar central button on the bottom. Samsung confirms Smart Stay, which keeps the screen illuminated for longer periods while, say, reading an eBook. it basically means that the phone knows when you are looking at it, and stays open rather than automatically locking.
19:21Shin says that the S3 is a "human phone that recognises you. The S3 has new technology that recognises your eye movement and then stays on as long as you are looking at it - fancy. Will launch in 145 companies and on 296 mobile operators, starting in May in Europe. 4G LTE model confirmed, but only launching in US, South Korea and Japan. Everywhere else will just get the 3G version.
19:14Shin says it is the "best in class smartphone in the world". The S3 will have a 4.8-inch high definition Super AMOLED screen. Will have an 8MP camera, same as the iPhone 4S. The 2,100 mAh battery will apparently last "longer than rivals". It will be 8.6mm and 133g weight, and its design is inspired by water and pebbles apparently.
19:11Samsung's president and head of mobile division JK Shin comes on stage. Confirms we are about to see the Galaxy S3!
19:10Perry on stage and up on two big screens now, talking about her "passion for design and technology". She introduces the "next big thing", the "next Samsung Galaxy".
19:07Video reel of generic of images as a live orchestra plays to my right. Sounds pretty nice. Lots of customer testimonials about the Galaxy S2, which was released last year and has sold more than 20m units worldwide. Voiceover says people want products with "humanity at heart", and also want "something different". That's not "think differently", kids. Suzi Perry comes on to MC the evening.
19:04So, what are we expecting? Well it's already been announced that the new Galaxy phone will have Samsung's new quad core processor. It is likely to have 4G, but after Apple's recent experiences in non-4G markets with the new iPad, it will be interesting to see how Samsung handles that. NFC is likely too. The camera remains a mystery, could be 12MP, could be 16MPB. We'll soon find out, the show is about to start.
19:01The room is packed. There must be journalists from every media source on the planet here. Weird blue mood lighting too. It's like a very prim and proper rave - complete with oddly soothing ambient music.
18:56Good evening, everyone, from London's Earl's Court for live coverage of Samsung's Mobile Unpacked 2012 event. Everyone is expecting to see the Galaxy S3 unveiled tonight. From the fanfare, you would have thought it was the formation of a new country - a 4G country, maybe.