Samsung Galaxy S III launching July, four more Galaxys en route?

Samsung’s formidable Galaxy S II handset may be less than a year old, but the buzz around its unannounced successor seems to keep growing. We’ve heard reports of delays, we’ve seen speculation about its ultra-thin body, and we’ve even seen some wild form factors purporting to be the new S III – but so far, Samsung has remained tight-lipped about its next big thing.

There’s still no official confirmation from the company about when the device might arrive – but numerous mobile operators in South Africa may have just spilt the beans on that. According to a report from MyBroadBand.co.za, South Africa’s MTN network has confirmed that it will stock the Galaxy S III later this year, in place of the Galaxy Nexus, which the carrier decided not to add to its range.  

Two other operators in South Africa went further than this: Virgin Mobile confirmed that it too will offer the SIII, adding that it will do so from Q3 this year, while Cell C stated that the new Android device will launch on its network in July.

If you don't want to wait that long, but you still need a Galaxy fix before then, Samsung may be preparing to launch a range of new handsets in its vast and growing range of Galaxy devices, perhaps as soon as next week's Mobile World Congress. The Next Web reports that, last week, the company filed trademark applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office for four new devices, under the category of “mobile phones” or “smartphones”:

  • Samsung Galaxy Awaken
  • Samsung Galaxy Axiom
  • Samsung Galaxy Heir
  • Samsung Galaxy Rite

There’s no further information available on these new devices, and unlike some of Samsung’s other offerings – like the Tab and Note – their names don’t give much away about where they might slot into the Galaxy line-up.

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But once a USA carrier gets it, neuters it, blotwares it, it will limp along at a slow speed.
Unbranded carrier unlocked devices are the ONLY way to go!

wow, so 20m people thought it is a gopd idea to pay premium price for a cheap plasticy device with an iOS-ripoff ui on it... oh well :-)

Morden said,
wow, so 20m people thought it is a gopd idea to pay premium price for a cheap plasticy device with an iOS-ripoff ui on it... oh well :-)

When the device has relatively similar hardware and can be found for a lot cheaper, I dont see why this is such a surprise. I replaced my iPhone with an SGS2 and have found the build quality very sturdy and the phone very light, in spite of being made of 'cheap plasticy' materials.

Morden said,
wow, so 20m people thought it is a gopd idea to pay premium price for a cheap plasticy device with an iOS-ripoff ui on it... oh well :-)

That "cheap plastic" survives drop tests alot better than an iphone. Its common fact that the iphone cannot survive a drop. All of my galaxy devices have with only minor dents on the plastic. The screen stays in tact.

iPhones are nothing more than overpriced basic phones. Android is a much more powerful OS and the UI on touchwiz was designed to be familiar.

Beyond Godlike said,

That "cheap plastic" survives drop tests alot better than an iphone. Its common fact that the iphone cannot survive a drop. All of my galaxy devices have with only minor dents on the plastic. The screen stays in tact.

iPhones are nothing more than overpriced basic phones. Android is a much more powerful OS and the UI on touchwiz was designed to be familiar.

familiar, lol... like the chinese fake products are "designed to be familiar", of course... just becouse of the love for the customer :-)

and actually, a phone can be cheap looking plastic if it's price resembles it's materials - i don't argue with you, the iPhone IS overpriced... but not as badly as the Galaxy SII was at start

you know, if i pay premium price i want a premium product and with it comes the design, the used materials, the look and feel of the UI - everything wich in the SII's case is like the fake rolexes of a Hong Kong slum shop

So this now makes how many galaxys that samsung will produce and sell? And what makes one better than the rest and why should I buy one over the other? And what OS will they all run, will it be ICS or Gingerbread? They are all still flimsy black plastic phones...what makes them so special.....why do I need a dual core cpu in it to make android actually run? Android still lags like hell.

BlendedFrog said,
So this now makes how many galaxys that samsung will produce and sell? And what makes one better than the rest and why should I buy one over the other? And what OS will they all run, will it be ICS or Gingerbread? They are all still flimsy black plastic phones...what makes them so special.....why do I need a dual core cpu in it to make android actually run? Android still lags like hell.

No it doesn't.
Obvious troll is obvious.

Alastyr said,

No it doesn't.
Obvious troll is obvious.

No it doesn't to what? That retort doesn't answer anything. I am pointing out the obvious. Samsung is churning out sg2 variants by the dozen to compete and the best you can come back to me with is this.

Alastyr said,

No it doesn't.
Obvious troll is obvious.

It still lags. Period.
Have you seen the video of ICS alpha ROM in action on Note? Fine it's Alpha or Beta build but that thing still lags on hardware allegedly better than 4S.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f..._embedded&v=8OLPP_c5Bgs

You reserve your troll comments for time when everyone is actually convinced of lag free experience on Android and Samsung phones.

BlendedFrog said,

No it doesn't to what? That retort doesn't answer anything. I am pointing out the obvious. Samsung is churning out sg2 variants by the dozen to compete and the best you can come back to me with is this.

I use my gf's SGS2 regularly and in my opinion the "lagging" does not affect the experience which, overall, is very good. Honestly I haven't noticed any lagging. However, when comparing to the iPhone 4S I do see a more consistant smoothness on the latter. It wouldn't affect my future purchases though.

As for the "churning out" galaxy variants comments, I totally agree. Samsung have a great device in the SGS2, yet their strategy seems to be to flood the market, which confuses the hell out of everyone. In my eyes the "galaxy" brand is going down the pan, simply due to confusion.

sanke1 said,

It still lags. Period.
Have you seen the video of ICS alpha ROM in action on Note? Fine it's Alpha or Beta build but that thing still lags on hardware allegedly better than 4S.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f..._embedded&v=8OLPP_c5Bgs

You reserve your troll comments for time when everyone is actually convinced of lag free experience on Android and Samsung phones.

You said it yourself, it's Alpha even at that it's hacked together by developers. How could you use that as a benchmark for performance. As far as flooding the market goes, I actually find the Galaxy naming convention pretty simple.

http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsu...models-and-see-if-it-works/

The only point at which things become very messy is when looking at the US market. Outside of it every carrier uses the same name, if you've anyone to blame look towards the carriers.

sanke1 said,

It still lags. Period.
Have you seen the video of ICS alpha ROM in action on Note? Fine it's Alpha or Beta build but that thing still lags on hardware allegedly better than 4S.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f..._embedded&v=8OLPP_c5Bgs

You reserve your troll comments for time when everyone is actually convinced of lag free experience on Android and Samsung phones.

Put alpha/beta software on a super computer and it'll more than likely lag.. if you're going to criticise, criticise the device when it's running a stable release.

Hardcore Til I Die said,

Put alpha/beta software on a super computer and it'll more than likely lag.. if you're going to criticise, criticise the device when it's running a stable release.

I am commenting on current situation. Am I prohibited to express my views? I will shower praises when Samsung indeed releases official final version which is lag free. Which I don't see happening because of their crappy TouchWiz UI layer.

For me, If it lags, it lags. Loads of work needs to be done on it. FYI, I am trying out Galaxy Nexus right now and there is still a micro stutter as far as I am concerned.

I sincerely hope that the SGS3 looks just like the pic and is the first Android phone to offer truly Amazing zero lag experience!

sanke1 said,

I am commenting on current situation. Am I prohibited to express my views? I will shower praises when Samsung indeed releases official final version which is lag free. Which I don't see happening because of their crappy TouchWiz UI layer.

For me, If it lags, it lags. Loads of work needs to be done on it. FYI, I am trying out Galaxy Nexus right now and there is still a micro stutter as far as I am concerned.

I sincerely hope that the SGS3 looks just like the pic and is the first Android phone to offer truly Amazing zero lag experience!

Complaining about bugs in beta software is redundant. Beta software is being put out by the devs because they know it has bugs and are trying to find and fix them, so saying that the beta software is laggy is kinda pointless.

pretty silly heading?

anyways, the sg3 will have to be special to go against the iphone 5,.. i dont think even if all this that is rumored , quad core 2.0ghz 1gb ram, will be enough to well and truley bury the iphone 4s let alone 5.......

T1OOO said,
pretty silly heading?

anyways, the sg3 will have to be special to go against the iphone 5,.. i dont think even if all this that is rumored , quad core 2.0ghz 1gb ram, will be enough to well and truley bury the iphone 4s let alone 5.......


Performance wise the S2 burns the 4S so I don't see any reason why the S3 will be any different.

aww i hate hearing news like this. makes me want to wait for the new shinny toy.... didn't skyrocket just come out?

still1 said,
I have a huge expectation for SG S3 and I am sure Samsung will not disappoint..

It better not, if it hits T-Mobile it will replace my aging Vibrant

z0phi3l said,

It better not, if it hits T-Mobile it will replace my aging Vibrant


1.7~2.0 Ghz Quad core processor, HD display,ICS, 1.5/2 Gb ram.. thinner
I cant wait to see the spec.... its their flagship product so they wont screw up... hopefully...

still1 said,

1.7~2.0 Ghz Quad core processor, HD display,ICS, 1.5/2 Gb ram.. thinner
I cant wait to see the spec.... its their flagship product so they wont screw up... hopefully...

Hell I'd take an extra mm or two on my current SGS2 for at least a 2000MaH battery in its successor.