Is this the Samsung Galaxy SIII?

Samsung’s Galaxy series of phones and tablets has been one of the most successful consumer product ranges of all time. The Galaxy S II smartphone alone sold over 10 million units in its first five months on sale, following its launch less than a year ago at Mobile World Congress 2011.

Its successor has been eagerly anticipated ever since J K Shin, president of Samsung Mobile Communications, confirmed in May last year that the Galaxy S III was in development and would be unveiled in the first half of 2012. But a video that Samsung used at its CES press conference may have actually revealed the new device prematurely.

The video highlights many of Samsung’s latest products, including its stunning 55” OLED TV, updated Series 9 Windows 7 notebooks, and Galaxy Note handheld. But tucked in there, in something of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, another device was spotted by GSM Arena, sporting a remarkably thin bezel.

It bears a resemblance to the Galaxy Note, but the bezel is visibly narrower. The placement of the front-facing camera doesn’t match that of the Note either, and the body of the mystery device also appears thinner than the Note’s. Of course, it could just be a device mock-up for the purposes of the video, but hey, it’s nice to dream.

Assuming that this might just be the real deal, what can we expect from the S III when it arrives? Just after Christmas, BGR reported that the new handset’s specs had apparently been leaked to Korea’s ETNews, and if they’re correct, we could be in for quite a treat. The S III will reportedly have a quad-core Exynos chipset (which gels with earlier reports suggesting a 2GHz quad-core processor), along with 2GB of RAM and LTE connectivity.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) runs the show here, and there’s a Super AMOLED Plus display with 1280x720px resolution (other reports have also hinted at a 4.65” 720p display). Interestingly, Phandroid also hints at a separate model with a 3D display, that would also feature some form of integrated functionality with Samsung’s range of 3D TVs.

As ever, with unsubstantiated reports, we must of course take these with pinches and fistfuls of salt, but there’s a good chance that we won’t have long to wait until the Galaxy S III makes its debut. One thing that the majority of reports and rumours seem to be universally agreed upon is that the new handset will be unveiled at next month’s Mobile World Congress. It can’t come soon enough.
 

You can view the Samsung video below:

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That's fake. Looks like an alteration of the images of what the iphone 5 might look like a few months back. They just tweaked the picture a little.

Do not want.

I don't want my thumbs slipping off when I'm using it. It's friggin annoying enough with these stupid bloody soft buttons on the GNex.

Honestly i am sick to fricken death of Apple fans. With a touch screen device it is obvious that firstly it will be squarish in shape given how all things we read off usually are. Secondly, with a touch screen device its going to have to have as much of this square shape as possible as screen so that the user dosent have trouble controlling their device. Hence, most touch screen phones will look similar due to rational requirement. Now go and jump off a bridge.

KingCrimson said,
Looks fugly and a desperate attempt to preempt the super thin iPhone 5.

There is nothing currently known as the iPhone 5 (even at Apple; Most products are codenamed)

ShareShiz said,
You know technology is moving too fast when your dualcore laptop is slower than your quadcore phone

Different technologies dude. Just because it got more megahertz, doesn't mean it's actually faster.

ShareShiz said,
You know technology is moving too fast when your dualcore laptop is slower than your quadcore phone

Also these cores are only 1.5Ghz.. your Laptop is probably a 2.2Ghz or thereabouts.. the bus speed, graphics and other improvements make your laptop faster.. since the phones are optimized for mobile data not desktop data.. BIG difference there.

ShareShiz said,
You know technology is moving too fast when your dualcore laptop is slower than your quadcore phone

Also these cores are only 1.5Ghz.. your Laptop is probably a 2.2Ghz or thereabouts.. the bus speed, graphics and other improvements make your laptop faster.. since the phones are optimized for mobile data not desktop data.. BIG difference there.

Muhammad Farrukh said,
NOPE

Exactly, it's just the larger 4G variant of the SII. Check it out when Wikipedia goes back up. If it were the SIII with ICS out-of-the-gate, I seriously doubt there'd be a physical hardware button on it.

Thin bezels are horrible for a handheld device. While holding it you're constantly accidentally touching the edges. If Samsung is ever stupid enough to release a device like that it'll be a usability nightmare.

I also doubt we'll be seeing quadcore handsets. Fast dualcore: yes. Quadcores would just drain the battery TOO fast under load, and the performance simply isn't necessary at all. In fact, in most situations a dualcore of two fast processors would probably beat a quadcore with four slightly less good processors.

Ambroos said,
Thin bezels are horrible for a handheld device. While holding it you're constantly accidentally touching the edges. If Samsung is ever stupid enough to release a device like that it'll be a usability nightmare.

I also doubt we'll be seeing quadcore handsets. Fast dualcore: yes. Quadcores would just drain the battery TOO fast under load, and the performance simply isn't necessary at all. In fact, in most situations a dualcore of two fast processors would probably beat a quadcore with four slightly less good processors.

HTC already has some coming soon. The thing with these cores, is they stay off until needed. My SII's 2nd core stays off most of the time until im gaming or doing some mad multitasking. Battery life is ~21 hours of regular use.

Ambroos said,
Thin bezels are horrible for a handheld device. While holding it you're constantly accidentally touching the edges. If Samsung is ever stupid enough to release a device like that it'll be a usability nightmare.

I also doubt we'll be seeing quadcore handsets. Fast dualcore: yes. Quadcores would just drain the battery TOO fast under load, and the performance simply isn't necessary at all. In fact, in most situations a dualcore of two fast processors would probably beat a quadcore with four slightly less good processors.

1) you're holding it wrong

2) you're discounting advances in battery capacity, more efficient cpus, more efficient OS, etc. This is the reason why battery life did NOT decrease going from single core to dual core mobile devices and why it still won't when going from dual core tablets to quad core ones (I think Tegra 3 quad core tablets will be a prime example)

Ambroos said,
Thin bezels are horrible for a handheld device. While holding it you're constantly accidentally touching the edges. If Samsung is ever stupid enough to release a device like that it'll be a usability nightmare.

I also doubt we'll be seeing quadcore handsets. Fast dualcore: yes. Quadcores would just drain the battery TOO fast under load, and the performance simply isn't necessary at all. In fact, in most situations a dualcore of two fast processors would probably beat a quadcore with four slightly less good processors.

You are right about the bezels. But you are wrong about quad-core. Specifically the Tegra 3. The Tegra 3 actually has 5-cores. That 5th Core is a under clocked core used for standby mode only which is an innovative use of the cores.

UndergroundWire said,
You are right about the bezels. But you are wrong about quad-core. Specifically the Tegra 3. The Tegra 3 actually has 5-cores. That 5th Core is a under clocked core used for standby mode only which is an innovative use of the cores.

Ninja Core to the rescue!!!!!

UndergroundWire said,

You are right about the bezels. But you are wrong about quad-core. Specifically the Tegra 3. The Tegra 3 actually has 5-cores. That 5th Core is a under clocked core used for standby mode only which is an innovative use of the cores.

Umm.. no *YOU* are wrong about the core, it's OFFICIALLY a QUAD (meaning 4, not 5) processors.

Go look up nVidia show me ANY documentation or white paper that even mentions a "5th" phantom processor.. there is NONE.

Therefore it's a QUAD, you must be hitting the bottle while you are drooling on your tablet looking up info.. because it's only 4 processors.

rijp said,

Umm.. no *YOU* are wrong about the core, it's OFFICIALLY a QUAD (meaning 4, not 5) processors.

Go look up nVidia show me ANY documentation or white paper that even mentions a "5th" phantom processor.. there is NONE.

Therefore it's a QUAD, you must be hitting the bottle while you are drooling on your tablet looking up info.. because it's only 4 processors.

Dear Moron,
You are indeed right that the Tegra 3 includes a quad-core chip. However, this will usually mean that it has ONE processor with four CORES. But again you are wrong.

The Tegra 3 platform does include a fifth so called "companion core" which is a very weak core that runs all of the small and non-requiring tasks in the system, hence it's still called a quad-core.

Let me quote Nvidia themselves:
"You've already heard about the five CPU cores in Tegra 3 - four high-performance cores and one low-power companion core - so we thought it's about time we showed you a demo of the fifth “Ninja Core” in action."
(http://blogs.nvidia.com/2011/1...2%80%99s-low-power-prowess/)

Yours sincerely

rijp said,

Umm.. no *YOU* are wrong about the core, it's OFFICIALLY a QUAD (meaning 4, not 5) processors.

Go look up nVidia show me ANY documentation or white paper that even mentions a "5th" phantom processor.. there is NONE.

Therefore it's a QUAD, you must be hitting the bottle while you are drooling on your tablet looking up info.. because it's only 4 processors.

Wow, and you really thought you were right? You are a the winner of the EPIC FAIL POST on this thread. How does it feel to be wrong? Maybe you should hit the bottle to cover up your shame. Oh you were going by the name alone and didn't bother educating yourself on the technology. Go read something and NEVER OPEN YOUR MOUTH AGAIN until you research it first. I'm sorry, I'm a tech junkie. I KNOW MORE THAN YOU! I read and follow up on all technology I want to buy. End of story.

Good day sir.

UndergroundWire said,

Wow, and you really thought you were right? You are a the winner of the EPIC FAIL POST on this thread. How does it feel to be wrong? Maybe you should hit the bottle to cover up your shame. Oh you were going by the name alone and didn't bother educating yourself on the technology. Go read something and NEVER OPEN YOUR MOUTH AGAIN until you research it first. I'm sorry, I'm a tech junkie. I KNOW MORE THAN YOU! I read and follow up on all technology I want to buy. End of story.

Good day sir.

rofl epic!

rijp said,

Umm.. no *YOU* are wrong about the core, it's OFFICIALLY a QUAD (meaning 4, not 5) processors.

Go look up nVidia show me ANY documentation or white paper that even mentions a "5th" phantom processor.. there is NONE.

Therefore it's a QUAD, you must be hitting the bottle while you are drooling on your tablet looking up info.. because it's only 4 processors.

Even if you were right (which you aren`t) your post is a classic example of Internet trash. Just from your post i get the flavour that your not a very nice person!

Not sure, but I am sure Apple thinks so and is getting the lawsuit ready...

To early to say if this is the SIII. I am voting for a just something they used for the video until more proof/pics emerge.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Insecure much?


Not at all. Apple is currently in many disputes with Samsung over how similar their devices look.

schubb2003 said,
So you don't think the 10 more phones they are trying to ban in the EU include their new flagship?

One would imagine not, since it's not been announced yet.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Insecure much?

No, but I am secure in knowing that Samsung is the #1 phone manufacturer and Android is the #1 mobile OS.

techbeck said,

No, but I am secure in knowing that Samsung is the #1 phone manufacturer and Android is the #1 mobile OS.

So? And Apple has the #1 selling smart phone. It also owns the #2 and #3 spots on carriers that have the 4 and 3GS. Apple also pockets most of the mobile revenue out there. Finally, according to the last batch of official numbers from Apple and Google, there have been 250 million iOS devices sold, and only 200 million Android devices. (Results may change for Q4)

Basically, my dad can beat up your dad.

omgben said,

So? And Apple has the #1 selling smart phone. It also owns the #2 and #3 spots on carriers that have the 4 and 3GS. Apple also pockets most of the mobile revenue out there. Finally, according to the last batch of official numbers from Apple and Google, there have been 250 million iOS devices sold, and only 200 million Android devices. (Results may change for Q4)

Basically, my dad can beat up your dad.

Google stated on November they 200 million activations...thats not units sold since many tablets dont need to be activated or on a carrier/network. So that number is much higher than that probably. Apple stated in October they had 250 million SOLD.

I really don't understand where apple sees the similarities between the two products. I upgraded from an iPhone 4 to a Samsung Galaxy S2 and the phones look, feel and act completely different to me.

Kirkburn said,

One would imagine not, since it's not been announced yet.

You can't be serious, with the pictures all over the web, Apple is just going to go away?

They sued over the Tab 8.9 last time, and that wasn't released...but this time they wont? RDF at full strength...

For those just joining us, here is a recap of the previous events:
" judge ordered Samsung to hand over pre-production samples of the Droid Charge, Infuse 4G, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 so Apple could determine if those products should also be part of the lawsuit"