Galaxy S III specs outed in benchmarking app [Update]

Samsung this week officially commenced the countdown to “the next Galaxy”, shortly before disappointing us all with nothing more than a couple of video teasers for its new high-end Android handset. But the company also contacted media outlets last week, offering an invitation to “come and meet the next Galaxy” on 3 May, while a leak just a few days ago appeared to show a working prototype of the new handset, albeit in disguise.

But while there have been any number of rumours and reports hinting about the device in recent weeks and months, there’s still relatively little concrete info about it. Now, SlashGear claims to have some got its hands on data from the AnTuTu benchmarking app, which confirm key specs of the new handset.

Frankly, there are few surprises in the spec list (left pane, above). Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is running the show, and the 1.4GHz processor won't be raising many eyebrows. While it does contradict some earlier wild reports that claimed 2GB of RAM and a 2GHz quad-core processor would be under the hood, the new Galaxy will make do with a gig of RAM and a dual-core Exynos 4212 CPU, a step up from the Exynos 4210 found in the Galaxy S II.

The 4.7” display is also as expected, as is its HD resolution (1280x720px). There’ll be a 2MP front-facing camera, while around the back, there’s an impressive-sounding 12MP shooter. Of course, megapixels aren’t everything, so we’ll have to wait and see it in action before we get too excited.

On the subject of performance though, the Galaxy S III apparently spanked the other devices that were benchmarked (right pane, above), including Samsung’s own Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note, and rival devices such as Motorola's Droid RAZR and the Asus Transformer Prime tablet, with its quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

We’ll find out everything we need to know about the Galaxy S III next week, but between now and then, there’s plenty more opportunity for speculation, discussion and general banter about what looks set to be another strong addition to Samsung’s Android handset line-up. Are you excited about the S III? Are you thinking of buying one, or would you rather hold out for a new iPhone, a Windows Phone 8 device, or even an Android 5.0 handset? Tell us what you think below!


Update: Well, it looks like at least one aspect of SlashGear's report wasn't quite accurate. As The Verge picked up, Samsung has revealed (via Korea NewsWire) that the 1.4GHz processor in its new handset will be a QUAD-core Exynos 4, not an Exynos 4 Dual. Since there isn't a quad-core Exynos 4212 (the quad-core version of the 4212 is the 4412), this appears to cast doubt on the veracity of claims that the benchmarks above are from the Galaxy S III.

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cant wait for the lumia 1000(maybe) with windows 8.....here we have a dual core SIII beating the quad core tegra 3 asus transformer.....now consider the lumia with say a 2 GHZ S4 qualcomm processor, 1 gb ram and windows 8....id say it could be par with the updated tegra 3 expected to come later this year......that surely will put the lumia up with the big guns ....

King Mustard said,
As Apple have shown many times, it's software that makes a phone, not hardware.

Ok retina display.

On the other hand, the newcomer to the game is proving that time and time again, lowering the minimum spec to something affordable while offering very little compromise on experience.

Yeah. Big specs. woo hoo.
I'm done.
My 2 yr old meager wp7 phone is still all I ever want in a device.
Maybe once I'm off contract and paying more reasonable fees, then I'll look seriously at something worth the outright price to avoid contracts for the next big shiny.

nominak said,
Well... you'd have to be dumb to buy the SIII when the Nexus is $399 unlocked.

Better CPU performance
Much better GPU Performance
Less power requirements
Rumored similar design, bigger capacity battery, MicroSD slot.

Only thing i can say speaks against it would be that it's not stock Android, but that can probably be fixed

FISKER_Q said,

Better CPU performance
Much better GPU Performance
Less power requirements
Rumored similar design, bigger capacity battery, MicroSD slot.

Only thing i can say speaks against it would be that it's not stock Android, but that can probably be fixed

gorilla glass

Renvy said,
Like that it's dual core, quad core would make it a battery drainer.

current quad cores use less energy than older dual cores

Sonne said,

current quad cores use less energy than older dual cores

Yeah and a current dual-core probably uses even less power than a current quad-core...

Here we go again. Device makers get complacent and we see the HTC desire fiasco being repeated for second time.

Samsung. You have the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II. Why would you add another boring device with nothing new to the pile with a different name. There's nothing compelling in any of the above which makes anyone go wow this is new and breath of fresh air the the HTC One X is doing. Just stop go back and make a proper upgrade and not this half-ass re-roll of the same garbage.

Digitalx said,
Here we go again. Device makers get complacent and we see the HTC desire fiasco being repeated for second time.

Samsung. You have the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II. Why would you add another boring device with nothing new to the pile with a different name. There's nothing compelling in any of the above which makes anyone go wow this is new and breath of fresh air the the HTC One X is doing. Just stop go back and make a proper upgrade and not this half-ass re-roll of the same garbage.

None of this is official... :roll eyes:

Digitalx said,

Even with a quad core... snore.

Thanks for proving my point. Samsung has announced that the S3 (or "next Galaxy") will have a quad core Exynos processor, which will most likely be the 4412. The 4212 is a dual core processor.

So none of what is shown in this image is official and Samsung have just proved me right!

Currently have an HTC Sensation, thinking about going the GSIII when my contract is up later this year.

I know people with an GSII and it's very impressive, i can only imagine the GSIII will be better.

Happy_Camel said,
Currently have an HTC Sensation, thinking about going the GSIII when my contract is up later this year.

I know people with an GSII and it's very impressive, i can only imagine the GSIII will be better.

SGS2 is indeed impressive... however it's Achilles heel is battery life. I've just bought an extended life 2000 mah battery for it, which unfortunately means it makes the phone fatter... oh well

Manish said,

The beauty of WP is that it doesn't need such ridiculous hardware.

Of course not. No apps on the platform takes advantage of that. But it also helps if they get some more apps as well.

Non-Active-Account said,

Troll much?


It's not trolling if it's the truth It's widely accepted that the WP7 OS needs less hardware to operate smoothly than Android does. This is why most Windows phones don't have (or at least didn't the last time I checked) dual core processors. They just aren't needed to provide the same experience. This coming from somebody who uses a Galaxy S2

Martin5000 said,

I hate how the definition of a troll has become "someone I disagree with".

Considering this article is about Android, why mention WP? That's a TROLL.

Manish said,

The beauty of WP is that it doesn't need such ridiculous hardware.

Your argument falls down when you realise many game studios can't bring their high-end mobiles games to WP because the mediocre specs won't support them

More like the are not capable to produce properly optimized code, relying on the brute force of overpowered devices to hide their shortcomings in coding

thealexweb said,

Your argument falls down when you realise many game studios can't bring their high-end mobiles games to WP because the mediocre specs won't support them


High-end mobile games? That's funny.

UndergroundWire said,

Considering this article is about Android, why mention WP? That's a TROLL.


Or just a personal opinion/comment which has been badly misunderstood.

ffMathy said,

High-end mobile games? That's funny.

Why? Please explain. He worded that correctly. High-end MOBILE games. He said nothing about Console type games.

UndergroundWire said,

Considering this article is about Android, why mention WP? That's a TROLL.


Except that I wasn't the first one to bring it up. Even if I had, comparing WP to Android devices would not be off-topic and is hardly trolling. Notice that I did not actually state that WP doesn't need ridiculous hardware to run smoothly whereas Android does. Oh well, perhaps this is a touchy matter for some.

thealexweb said,

Your argument falls down when you realise many game studios can't bring their high-end mobiles games to WP because the mediocre specs won't support them


I said the platform doesn't need such ridiculous hardware, not any upgrades whatsoever. Is there nothing between mediocre specs and a quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM? The latter is hardly the minimum requirement for high-end mobile gaming. Also, it's important to note that what I made was a statement, not an argument.