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Samsung Galaxy S III - What We Know So Far

Samsung Galaxy S III - What We Know So Far



Samsung Galaxy S III - What We Know So Far (Rumor Roundup)

A New Galaxy is Coming to You Soon!

Given that the popular Samsung Galaxy S II made its grand splash at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011, we were fairly disappointed when we first heard that Samsung had decided to unveil its successor at a separate hosted event at a later date instead of at MWC 2012 in February, choosing to concentrate on its tablet efforts instead.

Fast forward to mid-April where news finally broke out that Samsung had planned for a big Mobile Unpacked event in London on the 3rd of May, heralding the appearance of "the Next Galaxy". This purportedly refers to the Samsung Galaxy S III, more or less confirmed by Senior VP, Samsung, Robert Yi at the end of a recently-concluded Q1 earnings call. Of course, tech pundits and media alike have not been resting on their laurels - rumors of the phone dated back to even late last year, with some of the recent ones claiming that the the Samsung Galaxy S III will be the official device for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which explains why the event is held in London.

Nonetheless, the speculations have caught most of us in a bind - "What does the phone look like? Will it come with a quad-core or dual-core processor? And LTE connectivity?" With the information that we have compiled over the months - amongst which is a supposed hands-on video of the device by Vietnamese website Tinhte -, we've utilized them to cross-reference its alleged specs with the existing Galaxy S devices. As always, do take the legitimacy of the Galaxy S III specs at this point of time with a pinch of salt; nothing is official until Samsung reveals its Galaxy device on the 3rd of May, London time.

 

Taking a Look at the Samsung Galaxy S Family


 

Preliminary Specs Comparison
Specifications Samsung Galaxy S Samsung Galaxy S II Samsung Galaxy S III
Operating System
  •  Google Android 2.1
  • Google Android 2.3
  • Google Android 4.0
Processor
  •  1 GHz Cortex-A8
    (Hummingbird)
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz Exynos Cortex-A9
  • Quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 4 with LTE chip (1) (2)
 GPU
  •  PowerVR SGX540
  • Mali-400MP
  • Mali-400MP
Built-in Memory
  •  512MB RAM
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1GB RAM or 2GB RAM
Display
  •  4.0-inch
     
  • 480 x 800 pixels resolution
     
  • Super AMOLED display
  • 4.3-inch
     
  • 480 x 800 pixels resolution
  • Super AMOLED display
  • 4.6 to 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD /
    Non-PenTile OLED screen display
     
  • 720 x 1280 or 1920 x 1080 pixels
     
  • Pixel density of 319ppi
     
Camera
  • 5-megapixel / Autofocus
     
  • 1.3-megapixel (front-facing)
  • 8-megapixel / Autofocus / LED flash
     
  • 2-megapixel (front-facing)
  • 8- or 12-megapixel / LED flash
     
  • 2-megapixel (front-facing)
Storage
  •  8/16GB
     
  • microSD
  • 16/32GB
     
  • microSD
  • 16/32GB
     
  • microSD
Battery
  •  1500mAh
  • 1650mAh
  • 2250mAh
Dimensions
  •  122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm
  • 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49 mm
  • ?? x ?? x 7 mm
Retail Price
At Launch
  •  S$1098
  •  S$998
  • EUR599 (S$989)

 

Rumors, however, about the Samsung Galaxy S III's appearance have been more fickle in nature. The device is said to come in two color options: blue and black, and white. Previously allegations also specify that the phone will feature a ceramic case but leaked photos of the device have attested to the fact that it may come in a brushed metal or stainless steel/plastic case. The Galaxy S III is also alleged to feature a physical home button in the middle of the device under the display, and that it would not be relying on the on-screen navigation buttons available on Android 4.0.


Other Devices and Services

Previous leaks have also pointed to the possibility of a second Galaxy device to be unveiled - the only major difference that we see is that it comes with a dual-core processor. This is hardly a new strategy: major manufacturers have had announced their smartphones in batches, take for example, the recent Sony Xperia series and the HTC One series, with one core smartphone positioned as the flagship model and the others catering to niche audiences.

Another major announcement that is purported to be made at the Samsung event is with regards to the S-Cloud, the company's very own cloud service. It is said to be similar to Apple's iCloud but comes with no restrictions to the type of content you can upload and is rumored to offer more than 5GB of initial storage. It is also expected to ship with access to entertainment - both free and paid TV shows, movies, and music - that will eventually be available across a suite of Samsung products, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. Further strengthening its ecosystem will be highly instrumental in keeping customers loyal to a brand, especially in a day and age where consumers no longer stick firmly to one.

So what can we expect? It's for certain at least ONE device will make its appearance, but we are expecting to see the possibility of new, elusive devices making their debut at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012. And of course, introducing services like the S-Cloud will certainly complement the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone and pit it even closely against its rival, the iPhone. But for now, we shall leave you with Samsung's latest teaser video (well, Android users have the extra option of downloading the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 app from Google Play). In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for our coverage direct from London!

 

Samsung Galaxy S III: The News We Have Gathered So Far
Samsung Galaxy S III to Get Galaxy Note II Software Features in Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update

Samsung Galaxy S III to Get Galaxy Note II Software Features in Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update

NEWS / 06 Dec 2012

Samsung is currently seeding the Android 4.1.2 update, which includes the Multi-View multi-tasking feature, over-the-air for its popular S III device. Poland will be the first country to receive it.

Galaxy S3 Alpha Runs Jelly Bean, Includes Multi-window Support

Galaxy S3 Alpha Runs Jelly Bean, Includes Multi-window Support

NEWS / 15 Oct 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S III Alpha, an updated version offered by NTT DoCoMo, will include the multi-window feature, one that was first shown on its bigger cousins, the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note 10.1.

Black Samsung Galaxy S III Set to Debut in UK in Four to Six Weeks

Black Samsung Galaxy S III Set to Debut in UK in Four to Six Weeks

NEWS / 14 Aug 2012

UK smartphone retailer MobileFun has launched a pre-order page for a black edition of the Samsung Galaxy S III, adding another to an existing palette of three colors for the popular smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S III - The New Star on the Block (Updated with Video!)

Samsung Galaxy S III - The New Star on the Block (Updated with Video!)

FEATURE / 04 May 2012

We managed to get our paws all over the Samsung Galaxy S III in an exclusive, albeit short, hands-on session. So let's cut to the chase; check out our preview on the highly anticipated gadget after the jump.

Korean Screen Protector Hints at 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S III

Korean Screen Protector Hints at 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S III

NEWS / 02 May 2012

A screen guard by manufacturer Colorant reveals that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III will come with a 4.8-inch display. In addition, comparisons with the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S II hint of a chassis that is slightly longer and has a dedicated menu button.

Samsung Galaxy S III's Alleged 4.8-inch Screen in Leaked Photo

Samsung Galaxy S III's Alleged 4.8-inch Screen in Leaked Photo

NEWS / 30 Apr 2012

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III will allegedly come with a 4.8-inch screen size and measures 130mm, KnowYourMobile reports.

Samsung Exec Let Slips Galaxy S III Namesake

Samsung Exec Let Slips Galaxy S III Namesake

NEWS / 27 Apr 2012

Senior VP, Samsung, Robert Yi let one slip about the official name of the upcoming Galaxy phone, the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Verge reports.

Samsung announces 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad Processor for Next Galaxy Phone

Samsung announces 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad Processor for Next Galaxy Phone

NEWS / 26 Apr 2012

The Samsung 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor has been announced and is scheduled to be part of the next Galaxy smartphone's hardware specifications.

Samsung Galaxy S III Specs Leaked

Samsung Galaxy S III Specs Leaked

NEWS / 26 Apr 2012

The specs of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III were leaked in the AnTuTu benchmark. Besides running on Android 4.0, the Galaxy S III will be powered by the Exynos 4212 dual-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. It also has a 4.7-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels and a whopping 12-megapixel rear camera.

Leaked Galaxy S III Prototype Showcases Custom Menu Button

Leaked Galaxy S III Prototype Showcases Custom Menu Button

NEWS / 25 Apr 2012

Photos of another "dummy box" for the alleged ICS-flavored Samsung Galaxy S III (Samsung GT-I9300) have been leaked, featuring a larger virtual menu button than the one found on the Android 4.0 stock software.

'Leaked' Samsung Galaxy S III GPU Benchmark Results Top Charts

'Leaked' Samsung Galaxy S III GPU Benchmark Results Top Charts

NEWS / 24 Apr 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S III benchmark results were accidentally hosted for some time on GLBenchmark with a screenshot promptly taken, Phone Arena reports.

May 3rd Galaxy Event: S-Cloud Service As Well?

May 3rd Galaxy Event: S-Cloud Service As Well?

NEWS / 23 Apr 2012

Samsung's own cloud service, the S-Cloud, is said to be unveiled alongside the Samsung Galaxy S III on the 3rd of May in London, according to The Verge and MK.

Samsung Launches Teaser Site for Galaxy S III

Samsung Launches Teaser Site for Galaxy S III

NEWS / 23 Apr 2012

To drum up more hype for its upcoming Galaxy S III flagship phone, Samsung launched a teaser site with a countdown ending in about 10 hours. What will be revealed then still remains a mystery.

Video of Samsung Galaxy S III Surfaces

Video of Samsung Galaxy S III Surfaces

NEWS / 20 Apr 2012

A sneak peek video at the Samsung Galaxy S III has been making its round on the Internet, a few weeks before its official May 3rd unveiling, Engadget reports.

Samsung's Exynos Quad-Core CPU with LTE Rumored for Galaxy S III

Samsung's Exynos Quad-Core CPU with LTE Rumored for Galaxy S III

NEWS / 19 Apr 2012

An unnamed Samsung executive mentioned that the company's upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III will be powered by Samsung's very own Exynos quad-core CPU with an on-chip LTE, adding on to the list of rumors surrounding Samsung's next Android smartphone.