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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 Mini review

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini - The Flagship's Little Brother

REVIEW / 07 Feb 2013

After releasing Samsung's flaghsip model, the Korean giant now introduces a smaller version with lower specs and a lower price tag. The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini runs on a 1GHz dual-core processor that operates on the same Android Jelly Bean platform as its bigger brother. Read our full review here.

Smaller Sibling - Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Arrives

Smaller Sibling - Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Arrives

FEATURE / 24 Jan 2013

Last night, Samsung launched the smaller sibling of the Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S III Mini features the same "designed for humans" philosophy and promises the same powerful performance and function at a new sense of form and style. Read on for the full event coverage.

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini to Hit Philippine Shores

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini to Hit Philippine Shores

NEWS / 16 Jan 2013

Samsung Galaxy S III mini is finally coming to the Philippines and will be officially introduced on January 26, 2013. Let's take a quick look at what the Galaxy S III's younger brother will be bringing on our local shores.

La Fleur Embellishes Samsung Limited Edition Phones

La Fleur Embellishes Samsung Limited Edition Phones

NEWS / 20 Nov 2012

La Fleur decorates another series of limited edition Samsung smartphones made specifically for the ladies. These embellished Samsung Android phones include the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S Duos, Galaxy Ace Duos, and Galaxy Ace 2.

Samsung Galaxy S III to be Enhanced with Multi-View Feature

Samsung Galaxy S III to be Enhanced with Multi-View Feature

NEWS / 19 Nov 2012

New things are on the way for the Samsung Galaxy S III such as the multi-view and smart rotation features. Though there is no specified date for the release, Samsung Galaxy S III may be seeing these new features by late December.

Samsung Galaxy S III Becomes Best-Selling Smartphone, Beats iPhone

Samsung Galaxy S III Becomes Best-Selling Smartphone, Beats iPhone

NEWS / 09 Nov 2012

For the first time, Samsung Galaxy S III has overtaken Apple iPhone 4S in terms of worldwide sales. But with the coming of iPhone 5, until when can Samsung hold the lead?

Globe Delivers First Lineup of LTE Smartphones

Globe Delivers First Lineup of LTE Smartphones

NEWS / 23 Oct 2012

Globe brings out the latest lineup of LTE-enabled smartphones that are exclusively supported by this telecommunication network. These LTE smartphones include the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE, HTC One XL, ZTE T81, and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE.

Samsung Galaxy S III Now Available in Four More Colors

Samsung Galaxy S III Now Available in Four More Colors

NEWS / 29 Aug 2012

Originally available in Pebble Blue and Marble White only, Samsung is going to widen the Galaxy S III color availability with Amber Brown, Garnet Red, Sapphire Black and Titanium Grey. Whatever color it comes, Galaxy S III is expected to rock it.

Five Samsung Galaxy S IIIs At Stake in Samsung's Latest Promo

Five Samsung Galaxy S IIIs At Stake in Samsung's Latest Promo

NEWS / 17 Aug 2012

'The Samsung Galaxy S III Logo Hunt: Catch It, It’s Yours' promo gives participants a chance to bring home one of the five Samsung Galaxy S III at stake. Read to find out more about the exciting contest.

Samsung Galaxy S III Has QWERTY Sibling, Photo Leaked

Samsung Galaxy S III Has QWERTY Sibling, Photo Leaked

NEWS / 13 Aug 2012

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q, though named quite oddly, might be the QWERTY sibling of Samsung Galaxy S III. Photo of this smartphone has been leaked as it is expected to hit the stands soon.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to Have 5.5-inch Flexible Display, Alleged Photo Appears

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to Have 5.5-inch Flexible Display, Alleged Photo Appears

NEWS / 09 Aug 2012

KoreaTimes reports that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will come with a 5.5-inch flexible AMOLED display. The official fan page of Samsung Pakistan, on the other hand, posted a fake photo of the next-generation 'phablet'.

Jelly Bean Coming to Samsung Galaxy S III and II?

Jelly Bean Coming to Samsung Galaxy S III and II?

NEWS / 24 Jul 2012

SamMobile says that Samsung has already begun testing Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) on its flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III, and its predecessor, the Galaxy S II.

Samsung to Announce New Galaxy Note on August 15?

Samsung to Announce New Galaxy Note on August 15?

NEWS / 24 Jul 2012

The successor to the Galaxy Note is now rumored to be released on August 15 instead of August 30. More details on its possible specifications can be found inside.

New Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Inspired by the Galaxy S III

New Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Inspired by the Galaxy S III

NEWS / 29 Jun 2012

Another entry from the rumor mill: Samsung Galaxy Note's successor is said to have a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display. Although with the increase of the screen size, the width is rumored to be narrower Along with the launch date expected to be pushed towards the latter part of the year.

Foxconn CEO Says iPhone 5 Will Put to Shame Samsung Galaxy S III

Foxconn CEO Says iPhone 5 Will Put to Shame Samsung Galaxy S III

NEWS / 21 Jun 2012

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou made some bold remarks against Korean giant Samsung Electronics. Most noteworthy among these was Gou's statement that Apple's future iPhone 5 will humiliate Samsung's current flagship, the Galaxy S III.