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This week is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and that means almost all of Apple’s biggest competitors are getting together to show off their latest phones, tablets, and other gadgets. Yesterday was the official press day, so let’s take a look at all the devices that were announced by Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei and others…

Among the announcements were the Galaxy Tab S3 from Samsung, the LG G6 flagship smartphone from LG, the rebirth (again) of the BlackBerry brand thanks to TCL’s launch of the BlackBerry KeyOne, the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, the budget Moto G5 and G5 Plus from Lenovo, and a handful of devices from Nokia, Sony, ZTE, and Alcatel. We also saw the launch of some new wearables including the long-awaited Huawei Watch 2.

LG G6

The biggest announcement to come out of Mobile World Congress is probably the LG G6, the latest flagship smartphone from the Korean company. The G6 is perhaps most easily recognizable by its new 18:9 screen with rounded corners, which takes up a lot less real estate on the face of the device thanks to its much smaller bezels. The phone is also the first phone besides the Google Pixel to ship with the Google Assistant baked in.

LG G6 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with a microSD card expansion slot, a 32-bit Quad DAC, a rear fingerprint sensor (which also acts as its power button), and Android Nougat. You can read more about the new LG G6 at 9to5Google, and be sure to check out our hands-on with the phone thanks to 9to5Mac’s Greg Barbosa.

More LG news from MWC:

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Another Korean giant, Samsung, also had a device to show off at this year’s MWC — even though the company decided that it would launch its flagship Galaxy S series at a standalone event this year. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet is basically Samsung’s Android take on the iPad Pro formula, bringing a quad-speaker set tuned by AKG audio, and even some pins on the back for attaching accessories.

The Galaxy Tab S3 has a 9.7-inch SuperAMOLED display at a resolution of 2048×1536, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system-on-a-chip inside, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of base storage with microSD card expansion. This all powers an OS based on Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s skin over top with a plethora of added TouchWiz good/badness. Read more at 9to5Google.

More Samsung news from MWC:

BlackBerry KeyOne

BlackBerry is kind of back (again), this time in the form of a new device made by its new parent company, TCL (which also houses the Alcatel brand, for those who aren’t familiar). The BlackBerry KeyOne is a familiar phone for those who’ve had experience with BlackBerry in the past, but this one is yet another Android-based take with security and other software features.

As you can see above, the KeyOne — previously known as “Mercury” — includes a hardware keyboard below its 4.5-inch display. It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, the same IMX378 12MP sensor from the Google Pixel, an 8MP front facing sensor, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, and more, all retailing for $549 in the US. You can read more about the phone over at 9to5Google.

Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus

Lenovo-owned Motorola used Mobile World Congress this year to show off its latest budget offerings, namely the Moto G5 and G5 Plus. The Moto G line — largely due to its polished and performant stock software — has long been a favorite among those who use iOS devices primarily, and that probably isn’t changing much with these latest handsets.

As is usually the case, the Moto G5 Plus — which is the only device between the two that’s coming to the US — packs some pretty great specs for the price point. It has a 5.2-inch display, a 3,000 mAh battery, 64 GB of storage, and a 2.0 GHz Snapdragon 625. The 12 MP rear camera on the Moto G5 Plus in particular is a great value. You can read more about the new Moto G5 Plus at 9to5Google.

More Moto news from MWC:

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus & Huawei Watch 2

Huawei took the stage in Barcelona to show off its new flagship Huawei P10, but as we noted in our hands-on with the phone, it doesn’t seem to pack a feature set nor value that will appeal to the average US consumer. Besides a new palette of “on trend” colors, the P10 is a lot of the same from the Chinese company, featuring some great specs and a dual-camera set up that probably won’t disappoint.

But for iOS users, Huawei did announce something that might be somewhat interesting. The Huawei Watch 2 and Huawei Watch 2 Classic run Android Wear 2.0 — and work with iOS devices. There’s two models, and the sportier model has a LTE chip to work entirely standalone, as well. They both have NFC chips for Android Pay, if that’s your thing, and you can read more at 9to5Google.

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Best Of Mwc 2023 Awards: The Best Products From The Show

Lenovo rollable laptop concept

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Lenovo is no stranger to interesting form factors, but its rollable laptop concept is one of the coolest yet. At a touch of a button, the screen expands with a smooth motion, giving you double the workspace. It’s an interesting new direction for flexible display tech, and we can’t wait to see it hit the market. It probably won’t be cheap, but innovative new tech rarely is.

Motorola rizr rollable phone concept

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Although Motorola’s rizr rollable phone is still a concept, it’s one of the coolest things we saw at MWC 2023. It’s a 5-inch compact phone with a foldable display that rolls up and extends to reveal a full 6.5-inch panel for more immersive video and more comfortable typing. Plus, when it’s rolled away, the extra panel on the back acts like a secondary display for notifications and a viewfinder for photos.

Nokia G22 & iFixit repair kits

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The Nokia G22 budget smartphone seems like any other low-end handset when looking at the spec sheet. However, the device stands out from the pack thanks to its focus on repairability, as HMD teamed up with iFixit to offer repair kits or “Fix Kits” and replacement parts. Using the kit allows users to replace the phone’s battery, display, back cover, or charging port in roughly five minutes, giving power back to customers (literally).

HONOR Magic 5 Pro

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Eye-catching design? Check. Robust camera setup? Check. Powerhouse specs? Check. The HONOR Magic 5 Pro pulls out all the stops to compete against the industry’s best, and does it with style. With a curved glass back inspired by Antoni Gaudí and a triple 50MP rear camera setup, this flagship won’t be outshone by HONOR’s equally impressive foldable, the Magic Vs. Perhaps the only drawback: You won’t be able to buy this phone in the US.

OnePlus 45W Liquid Cooler

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What do you do when you’re in a heavy gaming session on your phone and your framerates start suffering due to an overheating CPU? Normally, your only solution would be to take a break, but not with the OnePlus 45W Liquid Cooler. Just snap the clamp on the back of your phone and watch as your temps start to drop by up to 20 degrees Celsius. Unfortunately, OnePlus had no information about pricing or availability for this device, but we thought it was (wait for it) cool.

PanzerGlass Matrix Hybrid Glass screen protector

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PanzerGlass has made a name for itself by creating ultra-durable glass screen protectors. However, in February 2023, it launched its first 100% recycled plastic screen protector. While this is great news for the environment, most people might think that plastic screen protectors just aren’t worth it. Having tried it ourselves, though, the PanzerGlass Matrix Hybrid Glass screen protector feels surprisingly good and not at all like the sticky TPU protectors you’re likely thinking of when you think of plastic protectors. The Matrix model is only currently available for the Galaxy S23 series.

Qualcomm’s on-device Stable Diffusion

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Qualcomm has managed to run an AI text-to-image generator offline, on-device, without the need for a server or a connection, and it only takes 15 seconds. The Stable Diffusion model is running on an Android phone with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which is why it can render images this quickly. Although the resulting image is only 512×512 in size, we appreciate its privacy, speed, and immediacy.

Motorola Defy Satellite Link

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More and more phone makers are announcing plans to bring satellite connectivity to their future products, but you don’t have to wait to get in on the action. The Motorola Defy Satellite Link is a compact, durable Bluetooth device that allows any Android or iOS device to send and receive text messages, share location, or contact emergency services via satellite. The service is run by Bullitt Group and costs $4.99/month, while the gear itself is $99. Not bad for something that could potentially save lives.

NuraLogix health assessment technology

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Smartwatches and other wearable devices have revolutionized consumer health tech, but you don’t need a dedicated device to get an assessment of your health. NuraLogix’s tech can analyze over 30 vitals with just a selfie video. It works on any smartphone by analyzing the user’s facial blood flow and using AI to compare it against a database of thousands of patients. The software then provides assessments for cardiovascular health, diabetes risk, and more, with a claimed 95% accuracy rate.

Xiaomi 13 Pro

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Xiaomi is serious about taking on Samsung. Its latest flagship, the Xiaomi 13 Pro, is more expensive than the S23 Ultra, but it has the hardware to back it up. You get everything you’d expect, but of course, the focus is on the camera system, which is co-branded with Leica. The triple-50MP camera setup is headlined by the 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor and features deep involvement from Leica on things like color science and lens tuning.

Xiaomi Electric Scooter 4 Ultra

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Xiaomi’s popular electric scooter lineup expanded with the powerful Electric Scooter 4 Ultra at MWC 2023. The new scooter provides better range than Xiaomi’s previous flagship model and it can go up steeper inclines thanks to the motor’s 940W peak power. The Electric Scooter 4 Ultra is also the first scooter from Xiaomi with double suspension, ensuring extra comfort. The machine will be available around the world for €1,000 (~$1,055).

TCL NXTPAPER 11

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TCL’s NXTPAPER 11 seems like any other unspectacular, low-end Android tablet when looking at the spec sheet. But the company’s big selling point here is the use of so-called NXTPAPER 2.0 technology, effectively being a fancy term for a matte display. The end result is a glare-free screen, making for a viewing experience that’s easy on the eyes. The addition of a $249 price tag only sweetens the deal for those who value a great screen above all else.

HONOR Magic Vs

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Shopping for a large foldable phone? Now you have more choice with the arrival of the HONOR Magic Vs. The new foldable looks impressive and feels even better in the hand. It packs a folding screen with a minimal crease and a snappy hinge, a flexible triple rear camera system, and a thin profile that remains usable with one hand even when the display is folded.

Ossia wireless power transmission

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After many years of teasing, we’re finally on the cusp of commercially available wireless power transmission. Ossia, a long-time developer of wireless power tech, partnered with ARCHOS to release what’s claimed to be the first wirelessly powered product that customers can actually buy. The selling point is clear: no longer are you limited by access to outlets and ugly cables; instead, power is delivered to the security cameras wirelessly, much like Wi-Fi works for data.

TECNO Megabook S1

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Chinese manufacturer TECNO is beginning to make a name for itself in more markets around the world. Its catalog now includes a range of sleek laptops, and the pinnacle of that range is the Megabook S1. This laptop definitely punches above its weight when it comes to looks, and its spec sheet is just as impressive. You get a beautiful 3.2K screen, a 12th gen Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of SSD storage, and a beefy 70W battery.

Prophesee Metavision

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Blurry pictures are the curse of every smartphone photographer, but not for long. Prophesee has partnered with Qualcomm to bring its “event-based” Metavision technology to future smartphones. In a nutshell, Prophesee’s sensor exclusively tracks motion, which is paired with a traditional image sensor to turn smudged images into crisp masterpieces. No phones yet, but watch this space.

Folding Iphone Time? Motorola Says 20% Of Razr Owners Switching From Apple

But with Motorola pointing to growing numbers of iPhone users abandoning Apple to buy its foldable phones, and our sister site concluding that the Motorola Razr finally nails the form factor, the pressure is now starting to build …

Folding iPhone is expected in 2025

Folding iPhone patents date back to at least 2023, with further ones showing that Apple is working on some of the problems that have hit existing foldables: preventing folding screen damage, a double-fold design, self-healing display, an exposed notifications strip, and more.

Most of the patents point to a bendable display, but we have also seen patents for a dual-screen hinged iPhone along the lines of the Microsoft Duo.

Both Bloomberg and Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo have confirmed that the Cupertino company is actively working on the development of a folding iPhone – not just playing vaguely with the idea.

Timing estimates have varied from this year (which is clearly not happening, as there would have been leaks by now) to 2025. Both Kuo and display analyst Ross Young now point to a 2025 launch, with the former expecting a folding iPad to launch first, sometime next year. Some pretty insane pricing has been suggested!

iPhone owners switching to Motorola

CNET reports that Motorola has seen growing numbers of iPhone users buying its Razr folding phones.

Motorola has seen 20% of new Razr users coming from Apple products. That data point is from 2023 following the launch of the previous-generation Razr.

“This is definitely the family that we have the most amount of iPhone users switching to us,” Allison Yi, Motorola’s head of North America product operations, said to CNET ahead of the company’s Razr Plus launch.

Motorola Razr (2023) finally nails it

Our sister site 9to5Google hasn’t been greatly impressed by folding phones in the past. It found that even Samsung’s fourth attempt still hasn’t solved the biggest problem with its very first folding phone: its fragility. Dust still works its way underneath the screen, causing bumps, and the ultra-thin glass still cracks along the crease.

But Ben Schoon says that Motorola’s latest Razr models finally cracked it – and not in the way that Samsung did!

After countless leaks lately, the Motorola Razr (2023) and Motorola Razr+ have arrived, with new hardware, impressive features, and more. After spending some time with both phones this week, I feel they’re the foldable flip phones that finally nail the vision of what this form factor should be […]

The Motorola Razr+ with its 3.6-inch outer display is finally the first foldable flip phone I can see myself using for an extended period.

The Razr+ will sell for $999, and the lower-cost variant is expected to come in at about $799. If other Android smartphone makers are able to create similarly appealing devices for the same kind of price, that could put a lot of pressure on Apple – not just to launch a folding iPhone, but to do so at a palatable price.

Personally, an iPhone Pro Max folding down to half the length, at a halfway sensible price, would be an instant sale for me – how about you?

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Mwc 2023: Everything Announced At The Show

Announcements

Many companies, including Samsung, Xiaomi, and vivo didn’t wait for the official beginning of Mobile World Congress 2023 to start showing off the goods. These were announced just before the show and for most of them, we had full reviews prepared in time for the start of MWC. We’ve updated this post to include all of the major announcements at MWC, with a full list of links to everything else at the very bottom.

Samsung at MWC 2023

HMD Global announced nearly half a dozen phones just prior to MWC 2023. The Nokia 9 PureView has an astonishing five camera sensors on the back of the phone, the first phone in the world to have that feature. In addition, there were four mid-range, budget phones to help fill out the lineup. The four other devices include the Nokia 1 Plus, the Nokia 4.2, the Nokia 3.2, and the Nokia 210. The Nokia 210 is a feature phone and the others have potential to make a splash in the mid-range market. However, the Nokia 9 PureView is the big story here.

Nokia 9 PureView price, availability, and release date

Everything we know about the other four Nokia phones that were announced

HUAWEI at MWC 2023

HUAWEI also made quite the splash just before MWC 2023 with its own folding phone. The HUAWEI Mate X features a folding display while also remaining surprisingly thin when folded out to its full screen. It also comes with a 4,500mAh battery, an 8-inch display, and a neat little grip to tuck the fold into when folded closed. It’s going to retail for around $2,600, giving it the distinction of the most expensive smartphone announced so far at MWC 2023. It’s a strong player in the market, even if its plastic screen will never be protected from the elements, as is par for the course with Chinese foldables right now.

Hands-on with the HUAWEI Mate X

Sony at MWC 2023

Sony Xperia 1, 10, and 10 Plus hands-on: embracing the super tall display

Sony Xperia 1, 10 and 10 Plus specs: a whole new Sony

Xiaomi at MWC 2023

Xiaomi was among the first to announce new devices just ahead of MWC 2023. That’s a bit unfortunate for them because the phones they announced are quite good, but have been overshadowed a bit by huge folding phone announcements from Samsung and HUAWEI. The Xiaomi Mi 9 is an above average phone with high-end specs at a decent price. Meanwhile, the Mi Mix 3 5G represents Xiaomi’s first jump in to the 5G world. Not one phone in any of its iterations cost more than $629. That’s pretty impressive. We actually got our hands on the Xiaomi Mi 9 much earlier than its announcement, so we went ahead and just did a full review of that phone. You can find the video linked above and the article below.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G announcement and specs

Xiaomi Mi 9 review

vivo at MWC 2023

vivo also hit the ground running by announcing a new phone before MWC 2023. The vivo V15 Pro includes a pop-up selfie camera, eye-catching (and nearly no bezel) design, an in-display fingerprint reader, and some decent specs and features. We were able to procure this one before its official announcement so we went ahead and reviewed the phone. It did pretty well. The camera could have been a little better and the phone inexplicably uses a micro USB charging port instead of a USB-C. We have our review video linked up at the top and the written version linked just below.

vivo V15 Pro review

nubia at MWC 2023

While other companies are focused on introducing standard-looking handsets with flexible displays, nubia has announced a smartwatch-phone called the nubia Alpha. The wearable is equipped with cellular capabilities, a 5MP camera, comes running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, and features a flexible OLED display.

A Bluetooth-only model will be available in Europe and North America in April for 449 euros (~$510), while an eSIM version will start at 549 euros (~$623) when it becomes available in Q3 2023.

nubia Alpha announcement

Hands-on: The nubia Alpha is so weird it’s cool

OnePlus at MWC 2023

It seems every company is releasing either a foldable phone or a 5G phone (or both) at MWC. OnePlus isn’t one to be left out in the cold, as the company just (sort of) revealed the OnePlus 5G smartphone for the first time.

OnePlus has confirmed that the 5G smartphone will launch “before the end of May,” and will initially be available in the U.K., exclusively via the wireless carrier EE.

OnePlus 5G smartphone first look

HTC at MWC 2023

Just like almost every other company at MWC, HTCdecided to jump into the 5G market. But instead of announcing a new smartphone, it unveiled a 5G Hub / smart display.

The 5G Hub is a weird cross between a chunkier Google Home Hub and a boring old Wi-Fi hotspot. HTCsays the “first-of-its-kind” 5G Hub will bring 4K video streaming, low-latency gaming, and 5G mobile hotspot functionality to the home, at work, and on-the-go.

The 5G Hub is scheduled for launch in early Q2 2023 through U.S. carrier Sprint, as well as global network partners including EE and Three (U.K.), Telstra (Australia), Deutsche Telekom (Germany), and Sunrise (Switzerland). There is currently no word on pricing.

HTC 5G Hub announcement 

Sprint and Google Fi at MWC 2023

As expected, Sprint used MWC to announce its plans for 5G in 2023. While some of its competition is focusing on MMwave, Sprint will utilize the 2.5GHz spectrum to build its 5G network. This is different than what T-Mobile and Verizon are doing, but it does allow Sprint to reach speeds much faster than LTE.

Sprint plans to cover over 1,000 square miles with its 5G network. Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City will see 5G starting in May. Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. will follow later this year. Currently, the devices that will work on the network are the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and LG V50 ThinQ 5G. Additionally, it will offer a 5G hub/hotspot from HTC.

As an MVNO of Sprint, Google Fi will be gaining 5G capabilities as soon as the network is rolled out. There has been no word on when or what 5G-capable phones will be sold through Fi, but at least it’s good to hear that Sprint will share the new service.

Sprint and Google Fi announcement

Latest Macbook Pro From $1,199 Headlines Today’s Best Deals, Plus Airpods At $110, More

Today’s best deals include the latest MacBook Pro with M1 chipset, Apple AirPods at $110, and a new Anker sale. Head below for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro with M1 chipset

Amazon is currently taking $100 off Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro. B&H is currently price matching as well with deals starting at $1,199. Today’s deal matches our previous mention and marks a new Amazon all-time, as well.

Apple’s new MacBook Pros feature the brand’s first silicon chips, which promises a “giant leap in CPU, GPU, and machine learning performance.” This model offers up to 20-hours of battery life, the best ever for a MacBook Pro, 8GB worth of RAM, and 256GB (or more) worth of solid-state storage. You’ll also find two Thunderbolt 3 ports on this model. 

Last chance to lock-in Apple AirPods at $110

Amazon offers Apple’s AirPods with Wired Charging Case for $110. Price reflected at checkout. That’s a $49 savings from the regular going rate, matching our Black Friday mention, and the second-best offer we’ve tracked all-time. Apple’s AirPods feature the H1 chip for fast wireless pairing, along with access to Hey Siri, and more. AirPods are arguably the best earbuds in this price range, and even more so at today’s price drop, making it a great time to dive in.

Anker 2-day sale from $17

Anker’s Amazon storefront is back with a fresh batch of deals this morning headlined by its PowerHouse II 400 Portable Power Station at $300. That’s a $100 savings from the regular going rate and $20 under our previous mention. Anker includes a 300W AC outlet, 60W USB-C port, three USB-A ports, a car socket, and two DC ports. High-speed charging is available on the USB-C port, which makes it a suitable pairing with most MacBooks on the market today. If you’re an avid drone flyer or camper, this is essential for your on-the-go setup. 

Save $100 on Sony’s 7-inch CarPlay receiver

Best Buy offers the Sony 6.95-inch CarPlay and Android Auto Receiver (XAVAX7000) for $500. Down from $600, you’re saving $100 here with today’s offer beating our previous mention by $50 and marks a new all-time low. Featuring a 6.95-inch touchscreen display, Sony’s in-dash receiver upgrades your ride with both CarPlay and Android Auto. On top of being able to keep an eye on navigation directions, Sony’s receiver also makes it easy for your copilot to play a new album or podcast without having to fiddle with your phone.

Apple Watch SE returns to $250

Walmart currently offers the Apple Watch SE GPS 44mm for $250. Usually fetching $309, today’s offer is good for a 20% discount, matches our previous mention for the Amazon all-time low, and is still one of the first times at this price. Apple Watch SE arrives with a more affordable design than the flagship Series 6, but still packs many of the most popular features. There’s a Retina OLED display that’s complemented by a swim-proof design, heart rate monitoring, and other fitness tracking functionality. Though you will miss out on the blood/oxygen sensor here. Head below for more.

Best trade-in deals

9to5Mac also keeps tabs on all the best trade-in deals on iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Apple Watch, and more every month. Be sure to check out this month’s best trade-in deals when you decide it’s time to upgrade your device. Or simply head over to our trade-in partner directly if you want to recycle, trade, or sell your used devices for cash and support 9to5Mac along the way!

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Latest Twrp Recovery For Samsung Galaxy S3 Gt

The international variant being, of course, the most widely used variant of the Galaxy S3, has a large development base.

Recently, Team Win has pushed out on update for GT-I9300 which promises to be void of the recovery in-compatibility issue with KitKat ROMs, which was due to ‘set metadata recursive’ error.

Now, all the Android 4.4 ROMs available for International Galaxy S3 like CyanogenMod 11, ParanoidAndroid, SlimKat, etc will be fully functional with this latest version of TWRP Recovery.

At the time of posting, the latest version of TWRP recovery for the International Variant of Galaxy S3 is 2.6.3.1.

WARNING!

Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page!

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.

To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be GT-I9300!

Please know that this page is meant only for Samsung Galaxy S3, model no. GT-I9300. Please DO NOT try the procedures given here on other variants of the Galaxy S3: GT-I9305/GT-I9305T, or the S4 sets at US Cellular, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and others who have different model no.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN..

You must do this pre-installation stuff before attempting to install TWRP Recovery on your International Galaxy S3 in order to avoid any complications later, and have a smooth and successful process.

BACK UP YOUR DEVICE

Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on sd card, too.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.

► ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS

INSTALL GALAXY S3 DRIVER

You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully flash TWRP Recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S3. In case you’re not sure, follow the link below for a definitive guide for installing driver for your Galaxy S3 on your computer.

► SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 DRIVERS INSTALLATION GUIDE

CHARGE YOUR DEVICES

If your android device, or PC, powers off due to lack of battery while the process is underway, it could damage the device.

So, make sure both of them are adequately charged and that no power interruption takes place when the process is undergoing — at least 50% battery of the device and laptop is what we would recommend.

OTHER THINGS TO TAKE CARE OF:

└ Use original USB cable to connect your phone to PC.

└ Do not use the procedures given below on Mac (using VMWare) as it works best on proper Windows PC only.

EXAMPLE VIDEO

If you haven’t used Odin software to install a recovery on a Samsung galaxy device before, we suggest you first watch a video of that, given right below, to get familiar with the process.

Btw, the video below shows installing the the CWM (Yes, not TWRP) recovery on Samsung Galaxy S3, but as the process is exactly same, it doesn’t matter.

GUIDE: SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 TWRP RECOVERY

DOWNLOADS

Download the file given below and save them in a separate folder on your computer (just to keep things tidy, that is).

File name: samsung-galaxy-s3-i9300-twrp-odin.zip (8.2 MB)

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Extract/Unzip the TWRP Recovery file, samsung-galaxy-s3-i9300-twrp-odin.zip on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably). You’ll get the following files:

Odin3 v3.09.exe

Odin3.ini

openrecovery-twrp-2.6.3.1-i9300.tar

Disconnect the Galaxy S3 from PC if it is connected.

Boot your International Galaxy S3 into Download Mode: (The image below of Galaxy Note 2 would help)

Power off your phone first and wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off.

Press and hold these 3 buttons together until you see Warning! screen: Volume Down + Power + Home.

If you don’t get the Added! message, here are some 

troubleshooting tips

:

Make sure you have installed driver for Galaxy S3 as said above in ‘Before you begin..’ section.

If you have already installed driver, then uninstall them and reinstall back.

Connect using a different USB port on your PC.

Try a different USB cable. The original cable that came with your phone should work best, if not, try any other cable that’s new and of good quality.

Reboot phone and PC and then try again.

Load the recovery file (extracted in Step 1) into Odin as instructed below:

Now in the Option section of Odin, make sure that Re-Partition box is unchecked. (Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes remain checked, while all other boxes remain unchecked.)

Double check the above two steps.

If you see FAIL message instead of the RESET in Odin’s top left box, that a problem. Try this now: disconnect your Galaxy S3 from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 3 of this guide again.

Also, If device is Stuck at setup connection or on any other process, then too, try this: disconnect your Galaxy S3 from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 3 of this guide again.

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