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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 Users Plagued with Problems After Jelly Bean Update

Samsung Galaxy S III Users Plagued with Problems After Jelly Bean Update

NEWS / 25 Jan 2013

Users of the Samsung Galaxy S III (non-LTE) have reported several issues such as longer charging times and sluggish performance after they have updated their devices to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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

Samsung Galaxy S III to Receive 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, with Poland being the first country to receive it.

Global Sales of Samsung Galaxy S III Reaches 30 Million

Global Sales of Samsung Galaxy S III Reaches 30 Million

NEWS / 05 Nov 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a roaring success for the Korean company as global sales hit the 30 million mark.

Samsung Galaxy S III Alpha Showcases Multi-Window Support

Samsung Galaxy S III Alpha Showcases Multi-Window Support

NEWS / 15 Oct 2012

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

Samsung Galaxy S III to be Available in Amber Brown and Titanium Grey

Samsung Galaxy S III to be Available in Amber Brown and Titanium Grey

NEWS / 28 Aug 2012

Going overboard? Samsung has officially announced a couple of new nature-inspired shades for its ever-so-popular flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, bringing the total count of shades to six.

Canada and Japan to Get Dual-core Galaxy S III with 2GB of RAM and LTE; Korea and Germany Gets Quad-core with LTE (Update)

Canada and Japan to Get Dual-core Galaxy S III with 2GB of RAM and LTE; Korea and Germany Gets Quad-core with LTE (Update)

NEWS / 27 Aug 2012

Canada will be the second country after Japan to get the Samsung Galaxy S III with 2GB of RAM but a downsized 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and LTE connectivity, Android Police reports.

Sapphire Black Samsung Galaxy S III to Launch in UK in Four to Six Weeks

Sapphire Black Samsung Galaxy S III to Launch 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 immensely popular smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S II, S III and Galaxy Note to Get Jelly Bean Update Soon? (Update)

Samsung Galaxy S II, S III and Galaxy Note to Get Jelly Bean Update Soon? (Update)

NEWS / 07 Aug 2012

According to SamMobile, insiders have said that the Korean company has already started testing Jelly Bean on their popular flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III and its predecessor, the Galaxy S II.

Samsung Alleged To Announce Galaxy Note 10.1 on August 15th According to Press Invite? (Update)

Samsung Alleged To Announce Galaxy Note 10.1 on August 15th According to Press Invite? (Update)

NEWS / 04 Aug 2012

The successor to Galaxy Note has been confirmed for an appearance at Samsung's August 29th Mobile Unpacked event, Reuters reports. On the other hand, press invites for the Samsung event in New York on the 15th tease with a picture of a tablet-like device with ink scribbles around it.

Garnet Red Samsung Galaxy S III Exclusively Available For AT&T Users

Garnet Red Samsung Galaxy S III Exclusively Available For AT&T Users

NEWS / 16 Jul 2012

AT&T customers will be getting an exclusive red-colored Galaxy S III with pre-orders starting from July 15th and in-store purchases beginning from July 29th. This will be on top of the globally available shades, Pebble Blue and Marble White.

Successor of Samsung Galaxy Note to Sport 5.5-Inch Display and Narrower Body? (Update)

Successor of Samsung Galaxy Note to Sport 5.5-Inch Display and Narrower Body? (Update)

NEWS / 12 Jul 2012

An insider source told GSMArena that the successor of 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. Its launch date is also rumored to be brought forward.

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

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

NEWS / 11 Jul 2012

SugarSync, a free cloud storage service provider, expands its partnership with Samsung and will now ship on all Samsung devices that are equipped with the AllShare Play service, starting from the Galaxy S III.

FixYa Announces First-Ever Report on Consumer Issues Across Popular Smartphones

FixYa Announces First-Ever Report on Consumer Issues Across Popular Smartphones

NEWS / 09 Jul 2012

Leading problem solving web service FixYa announces the first-ever report comparing consumer issues across the most popular smartphones including the Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, RIM BlackBerry Curve, HTC Titan II and Nokia Lumia 900.

Foxconn CEO: Apple iPhone 5 to Put Samsung Galaxy S III to Shame

Foxconn CEO: Apple iPhone 5 to Put Samsung Galaxy S III to Shame

NEWS / 25 Jun 2012

Foxconn chief Terry Gou advised consumers to wait for the release of Apple's upcoming iPhone model as it will "put Samsung Galaxy S III to shame".

The Samsung Pebble Blue Galaxy S III Delayed Due to Manufacturing Issues (Update)

The Samsung Pebble Blue Galaxy S III Delayed Due to Manufacturing Issues (Update)

NEWS / 01 Jun 2012

Samsung is delaying the Pebble Blue variant of its flagship Galaxy S III due to manufacturing issues regarding the paintjob and the panels' material, GSMArena reports.