Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S III coming in February?

The first two versions of the Galaxy S smartphones from Samsung have been huge hits for the company, selling tens of millions of units worldwide. Now a new rumor claims that Samsung is close to launching the third version of the Galaxy S with plans to announce the smartphone sometime in February.

PCWorld.com reports that a Korean-based web site claims to have info about the hardware inside the Galaxy S III and it does sound impressive. The site says the smartphone will run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and it will also have a quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 12 megapixel camera, and a large Super AMOLED Plus HD display with a resolution of 1280x720. There's no word on what the actual screen size of the smartphone, in terms of inches, will be like.

Pocketnow.com claims to have a picture taken from the Samsung Galaxy S III, although the picture's quality has been reduced down to just five megapixels.

The article points out that even if the Samsung Galaxy S III is officially announced in February it may take a while for the phone itself to make it to the US. In 2011, Samsung launched the Galaxy S II smartphone in other parts of the world in May before it made its US debut, with some minor hardware changes, in September.

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^ What are you on about? The iPhone UI wasn't juddery on the 3GS let alone the 4! It has always been smooth and they are single core.

I judge by US release as im in Canada. the SGSII made it to canada in Sept, and Telus/T-Mobile(the one i have) didnt get it till November. My phone has a year in it id say before i upgrade.

iphone 5 will be LTE speed, have a 720P retina display, two rear 3D cameras and one front facing HD camera with LED. On top of that it will have no external buttons and be completely voice/touch controlled....

With the launch of the galaxy nexus, I can't see something like that being available for at least a year to north america.. all features the GN should have tho.. with an SD card slot and.. We get the oldest technology at the highest prices!

srbeen said,
iphone 5 will be LTE speed, have a 720P retina display, two rear 3D cameras and one front facing HD camera with LED. On top of that it will have no external buttons and be completely voice/touch controlled....

iPhone 5 will have a quad-core cpu the same as in iPad 3.

ACTIONpack said,
wish windows phone 7 was on it.

Yeah, while it's impressive hardware and Samsung generally puts out a good product, I hope Microsoft gets WP7 to support the latest hardware, as long as the battery life is still good. Even if WP7 doesn't need quad core right now, it's good for future-proofing the hardware.

ACTIONpack said,
wish windows phone 7 was on it.
It probally will, Samsung announced [in around July this year] they are releasing a varient of the Galaxy S2 running WP7.5 at some point, not sure what happened to it? did it ever get released? so if that ever saw the light of day, good chance an S3 based version might follow (sales of the S2 version permitting of cause).

FMH said,
Makes me wonder, what iPhone 5 will be like.

Probably another rehash of previous phones with a minor spec bump, and a minor redesign of the case. Possible even a slightly bigger screen bringing it into line with other phones. In other words, disappointing.

I've had two iPhones in the past, and I just got bored with the interface on them. A 4x4 array of square boxes gets very dull after a while. I mean it took them to version 3 or something to let you change the wallpaper behind the buttons.

I owned an iPod Touch for a number of years, and that put me off buying an iPhone. It was the same interface! I wanted something different, without this whole Jail-breaking palaver.

TCLN Ryster said,

Probably another rehash of previous phones with a minor spec bump, and a minor redesign of the case. Possible even a slightly bigger screen bringing it into line with other phones. In other words, disappointing.

No, in other words, Magical and Revolutionary.

TCLN Ryster said,

Probably another rehash of previous phones with a minor spec bump, and a minor redesign of the case. Possible even a slightly bigger screen bringing it into line with other phones. In other words, disappointing.

I've had two iPhones in the past, and I just got bored with the interface on them. A 4x4 array of square boxes gets very dull after a while. I mean it took them to version 3 or something to let you change the wallpaper behind the buttons.

Not likely, going by previous iPhone releases they have a major release every 2 years and minor in between. The 4S was their minor release with the 5 being the next major update. Apple need it to be a major update to appease the dissappointed fans (who despite their vocal dissappointment made the 4S the fastest selling device of all time! - how does that work? me confused!). That is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

Xerxes said,
Apple need it to be a major update to appease the dissappointed fans (who despite their vocal dissappointment made the 4S the fastest selling device of all time! - how does that work? me confused!)

What you saw was a very vocal minority? That or a lot of pre-iPhone 4 users finally decided to upgraded, possibly a bit of both.

Xerxes said,
Not likely, going by previous iPhone releases they have a major release every 2 years and minor in between. The 4S was their minor release with the 5 being the next major update. Apple need it to be a major update to appease the dissappointed fans (who despite their vocal dissappointment made the 4S the fastest selling device of all time! - how does that work? me confused!). That is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

How this works is simple. It was all the iPhone 3gs owners upgrading to the latest phone, plus the hardcore fans that always upgrade to whatever the newest Apple tech toy is.

sam232 said,

Smoothing out the Android UI.


They shouldn't need a quadcore for that, they should be able to solve that on the OS level, just throwing hardware at it and hope for the best is a very lazy approach...

9 months since galaxy s2 seems reasonable to me, especially when android 4.0 will be out on phones around then. Doesn't make sense for samsung to ship it several months after other phones getting android 4.0.

Lets hope samsung announce their plans soon.

I see this as too soon to be viable. While the international variant has been out from last May the Galaxy S was released around the same time a year prior. Cutting this down to 8-9 months seems a little much.

Hollow.Droid said,
I see this as too soon to be viable. While the international variant has been out from last May the Galaxy S was released around the same time a year prior. Cutting this down to 8-9 months seems a little much.

As long as the jump in specs justifies a new model, then why not?

Hollow.Droid said,
I see this as too soon to be viable. While the international variant has been out from last May the Galaxy S was released around the same time a year prior. Cutting this down to 8-9 months seems a little much.
Nah, the mobile market is very fast paced, companies like HTC are known for having as little as 6 months between new phones and Apple is acually considered slow with their 1 year release cycle. I mean it's annoying, particularly when you get locked into a 24 month contract (I had my HTC Desire since it was new, now it's at least 2 generations behind and considered ancient...I'm only just over half way through my 24 month contract too) but is the way the industry works

Xerxes said,
I mean it's annoying, particularly when you get locked into a 24 month contract (I had my HTC Desire since it was new, now it's at least 2 generations behind and considered ancient...I'm only just over half way through my 24 month contract too) but is the way the industry works

That's why I came out of contracts that were over 12 months. Now I just stick to my 12-month sim only deal and purchase a new unlocked phone whenever I like, selling on the old one to recoup some of the money (usually about half of what I bought it for).