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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 Receive GALAXY Note II Features in Android 4.1.2 Update

Samsung GALAXY S III to Receive GALAXY Note II Features in Android 4.1.2 Update

NEWS / 06 Dec 2012

Samsung's Android 4.1.2 update includes the Multi-View multi-tasking feature for the GALAXY S III, with Poland being the first country to receive it.

Samsung GALAXY S III Achieves 30 Million Global Sales

Samsung GALAXY S III Achieves 30 Million Global Sales

NEWS / 05 Nov 2012

Despite the launch of the iPhone 5, the Samsung GALAXY S III is going on strong, with global sales hitting the 30 million mark.

Samsung GALAXY S III Alpha to Feature Multi-Window Support

Samsung GALAXY S III Alpha to Feature Multi-Window Support

NEWS / 15 Oct 2012

NTT DoCoMo's version of the Samsung GALAXY S III will arrive with the multi-window feature that was first shown on its bigger cousins, the GALAXY Note II and GALAXY Note 10.1.

Samsung GALAXY S III Gets Amber Brown and Titanium Grey Variants (Update)

Samsung GALAXY S III Gets Amber Brown and Titanium Grey Variants (Update)

NEWS / 13 Sep 2012

Samsung has officially announced two new nature-inspired shades for its massively popular GALAXY S III smartphone. Garnet Red is readily available, while Titanium Grey will see release on September 24.

Dual-core Samsung GALAXY S III with 2GB of RAM Set for Canada and Japan, Quad-core and LTE for Korea and Germany (Update)

Dual-core Samsung GALAXY S III with 2GB of RAM Set for Canada and Japan, Quad-core and LTE for Korea and Germany (Update)

NEWS / 27 Aug 2012

Japan and Canada will both receive the Samsung GALAXY S III with 2GB of RAM but a downsized 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and LTE connectivity.

Samsung GALAXY S II, S III to Receive Jelly Bean Update? (Update)

Samsung GALAXY S II, S III to Receive Jelly Bean Update? (Update)

NEWS / 07 Aug 2012

According to SamMobile, insiders revealed that Samsung has already started testing Jelly Bean on its popular flagship smartphone, Samsung GALAXY S III, and its predecessor, the GALAXY S II.

Samsung Likely to Announce GALAXY Note 10.1 on August 15th (Update)

Samsung Likely to Announce GALAXY Note 10.1 on August 15th (Update)

NEWS / 04 Aug 2012

The successor to the GALAXY Note is poised to appear at Samsung's August 29th Mobile Unpacked event, as reported by Reuters, with press invites for the Samsung event in New York on the 15th teasing a picture of a tablet-like device with ink scribbles around it.

Samsung Rumored to Unveil 5.5-inch GALAXY Note II or GALAXY Note 10.1 on August 15

Samsung Rumored to Unveil 5.5-inch GALAXY Note II or GALAXY Note 10.1 on August 15

NEWS / 24 Jul 2012

The 5.5-inch successor to the GALAXY Note or the long-delayed GALAXY Note 10.1 may make an official appearance at a Samsung press event on August 15, 2012.

GALAXY Note Successor to Sport 5.5-inch Display and Narrower Body? (Update)

GALAXY Note Successor to Sport 5.5-inch Display and Narrower Body? (Update)

NEWS / 12 Jul 2012

The successor of the Samsung GALAXY Note will allegedly be equipped with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, while the width of the device is said to be reduced. Its launch date is also rumored to be brought forward, according to an inside source of GSMArena.

Samsung, SugarSync Expands Partnership, Ships on AllShare Play-Enabled Devices

Samsung, SugarSync Expands Partnership, Ships on AllShare Play-Enabled Devices

NEWS / 12 Jul 2012

Free cloud storage service, SugarSync will be preloaded on all Samsung Devices that are equipped with AllShare Play, starting with the GALAXY S III.

FixYa Identifies Top Smartphone Issues Faced by Consumers

FixYa Identifies Top Smartphone Issues Faced by Consumers

NEWS / 09 Jul 2012

Leading problem solving service provider, FixYa announces the findings from a report that compares consumer issues across popular smartphones including the Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung GALAXY S III, Samsung GALAXY Nexus, BlackBerry Curve, HTC Titan II and Nokia Lumia 900.

GALAXY Note Successor to Sport 5.5-Inch Display and Narrower Body?

GALAXY Note Successor to Sport 5.5-Inch Display and Narrower Body?

NEWS / 29 Jun 2012

An inside source whispered that the successor to the Samsung GALAXY Note will be equipped with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display. Despite the increase in screen size, the width of the device is said to be reduced.

Pebble Blue GALAXY S III Delayed Due to Manufacturing Issues

Pebble Blue GALAXY S III Delayed Due to Manufacturing Issues

NEWS / 30 May 2012

The Pebble Blue variant of the Samsung GALAXY S III is delayed due to manufacturing issues regarding the shades of blue in the front and back panels.

Samsung Galaxy S III review

Samsung GALAXY S III - The Third Coming

REVIEW / 23 May 2012

Samsung's much-anticipated GALAXY S III smartphone has finally landed in our labs. How did the Android 4.0, quad-core juggernaut with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen fare? We packed our extensive test findings in this review!

Want Flipboard on Your Android Phone?

Want Flipboard on Your Android Phone?

NEWS / 10 May 2012

It looks like someone has found a mean to install Flipboard for Android through an extracted APK file. Seeing that this is an unofficial version, do download and install at your own risk.