Updated: what we know about the Samsung Galaxy S III so far

If you haven't been following the Android scene as thoroughly as we have, then you might want to know some of the rumors and things we have learned about Samsung's new flagship device. The first thing we have learned is that the device's supposed design (pictured below) was outed about two days ago.

Phone Arena received an anonymous tip that contained the above high-resolution render of the supposed Galaxy S III. However, due to no other sources or anything to compare the device to - it could just potentially be a leaked Galaxy S II Plus render. Nevertheless, it seems to boast similar touch-buttons to the Galaxy Nexus and the design is similar to designs of past Samsung smartphones.

The latest speculation for the device's release seems to point to June. However, Samsung has said it will happen at a separate Samsung-hosted event and not at a trade show like CTIA Wireless.

Rumored specs of the Galaxy S III include:

  • Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Quad-core 1.5-1.8 GHz Exynos 4412 processor
  • 12 MP rear camera, HD front camera
  • Only 7 millimeters thick
  • Ceramic casing

Contrary to all the rumors we've been hearing, Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin also tweeted that the designing phase of the device was complete and that the device was already heading towards production. He also emphasizes how pre-orders from retailers are at an all-time high. Mirtazin also ends the tweet by mentioning the ceramic casing that we listed above.

Today a picture was spotted on Picasa from a device with the model number GT-I9300 – which is very likely to be the Galaxy S III model number. From what we can understand, the resolution of the picture is 3264 × 2448, which suggests an 8.1 megapixel camera. The picture was quickly removed from the site but luckily for you guys, we grabbed it.

Update: Someone from Weber Shandwick, one of the worlds largest PR companies has accidently leaked what appears to be an early advertisment poster for the Galaxy S III. From the image, we can now confirm that the device will finally have a camera shutter button. The design does match previous rumours, however, the previous image of the device we posted may still well be a more recent design for the device. This poster is apparently just a mock-up.

The news feeds and comments over various websites are going crazy over this device and from our information; we have learned that retailers are frantically following suit. Are you guys interested in the rumors so far and if they happen to be true; will you buy it?

Image credits: AllAboutSamsung

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the top photo looks great. in fact, galaxy nexus looks great, but not marketed well. if siii can borrow the ideas from that, it'll be a great looking phone.

the bottom photo just isn't good looking. same old boring design.

Both of these devices are fake. Samsung has openly denied that the galaxy s3 is being launched on march 22, yet both of these images refer to an even on march 22.

Clearly fake!

I have the HTC sensation. I love. The phone, but when the contract is up I will most likely be getting the SIii. I bought the Sammy 10.1 and I like the interface. I'm not worried about innovation for the sake of it. I don't want it to make toast. Personally j think the galaxy beam is gimicky.

My HTC Desire comes to the end of its 2 year contract in May and Ive been pretty much set on the SII. The one thing that worried me about the SII was the screen size but after playing around with it I was happy it will fit in my pocket.

The idea of of the SIII is very appealing, the camera and battery is usually what sells it for me as I think those two things can get better. Id ideally like to see the SIII with the same screen size as the SII so its not too big, Im happy with the camera MP but would like to see even sharper images.

I love android, but the thought of buying the next iPhone and having everything in sync between my desktop, phone and iPad is getting very tempting..someone needs to pull something special out the bag!

Hardcore Til I Die said,
I love android, but the thought of buying the next iPhone and having everything in sync between my desktop, phone and iPad is getting very tempting..someone needs to pull something special out the bag!

Pssssst: you forgot to mention a certain government agency.........… be reassured they will be the first one to get synced.................

Maybe im alone on this, but i think smartphones are fast enough and the cameras are adequete also, maybe all companies should focus on batterylife.
I have owned both iphone4 and gs2, and with my normal usage say about 60min of calls, an hours worth of browsing on 3g and about and an hours worth of gaming i have found i have about only 30-40% battery remaining, and have to recharge every night.

Sony come out with a nice design in their new Xperia line. I've picked up the S, while the specs don't match up to this or the HTC One with their quad core processors the dual core seems more than enough right now.

ACTIONpack said,
What's up with every phone maker, making a bigger and bigger screen? 4 inches is the sweet spot!

Some people like it big.

ACTIONpack said,
What's up with every phone maker, making a bigger and bigger screen? 4 inches is the sweet spot!

Well, it is quite a matter of personal preferences I guess; personally my sweet spot is 4.3 inches as my HD2 and HD7. Now I have a Lumia 800 and while the screen, and unfortunately only the screen, is by far better than the HD7 one I miss the bigger screen.

ACTIONpack said,
What's up with every phone maker, making a bigger and bigger screen? 4 inches is the sweet spot!

yes, but there is no good phone being developed around 4 inches...
Ahh yes, the next apple thing and possibly a couple of apollo nokias.
i had a sgs2 and i dont want a phone that big anymore, many people does not like big.

Nashy said,
lolwut?

I upgrade every 3 - 6 months.


... why? I have a 2 year old HTC Desire and it still runs beautifully. Save yourself some money dude!

Majesticmerc said,


... why? I have a 2 year old HTC Desire and it still runs beautifully. Save yourself some money dude!

I have two mobile contracts, which when renewed for 24 months, I get a free phone. During the period I add 2 mobile payment plans to the accounts. Which adds usually about an extra $80 each month to my account to pay for the devices.

Sometimes I payout the remainder of the phone to get an earlier upgrade.

I just really like mobile phones.

Brandon said,

Seriously? The GN is like three months old

Yeah, really. I'm still rocking the Nexus One. Recently injected new life with a Ice Cream Sandwich goodness Can't wait for a new phone worthy.

Brandon said,
Seriously? The GN is like three months old

That's the problem with Android smartphones. They become obsolete after only a few months!

Xenosion said,

Yeah, really. I'm still rocking the Nexus One. Recently injected new life with a Ice Cream Sandwich goodness Can't wait for a new phone worthy.

I am still on it as well but I want to update. Where did you get ICS for the Nexus One and did it use any more space compared to GB? thanks!!! Sending you a PM

i'm sorry but this just looks like any other Samsung phone, no innovation, and quad core, really??? what is the point of that. if they started to show some style and creativity in the phone designs maybe I could get a bit more excited about the device

korupt_one said,
i'm sorry but this just looks like any other Samsung phone, no innovation, and quad core, really??? what is the point of that. if they started to show some style and creativity in the phone designs maybe I could get a bit more excited about the device

If they can get in a quad core without losing on battery life, then why not?
Is getting a thinner profile not innovative? I admit that the phone isn't "revolutionary" but innovation comes in many ways. Two being processing power and a thinner profile.
Get off the hater-aid. It's going to be a fantastic phone it seems.
I'm sure there's more impressive specs to come even.

Xenosion said,

If they can get in a quad core without losing on battery life, then why not?
Is getting a thinner profile not innovative? I admit that the phone isn't "revolutionary" but innovation comes in many ways. Two being processing power and a thinner profile.

sorry im not hating just stating it looks like any other Samsung device even if it is thinner and does have a quad core. Samsung, htc and other manufacturers have become lazy I think, is the same I see on android devices and on wp7 devices from these folks, there will be a wp7 device that will look similar to this device probably a few months after Samsung release it on android.
Get off the hater-aid. It's going to be a fantastic phone it seems.
I'm sure there's more impressive specs to come even.

korupt_one said,
if they started to show some style and creativity in the phone designs maybe I could get a bit more excited about the device

I would agree with this. Outside looks matter for a device.

korupt_one said,
if they started to show some style and creativity in the phone designs maybe I could get a bit more excited about the device

HAHAHA Samsung are the market leader in hardware aesthetics .. and have been for a couple of years now .. even old n' tired apple have given up trying to compete with Samsung so they are just throwing money at lawyers trying to suppress Samsung's continued innovation as much as they can. apple aren't even in the top 4 most aesthetically pleasing smartphones on the market.

sam232 said,

HAHAHA Samsung are the market leader in hardware aesthetics .. and have been for a couple of years now .. even old n' tired apple have given up trying to compete with Samsung so they are just throwing money at lawyers trying to suppress Samsung's continued innovation as much as they can. apple aren't even in the top 4 most aesthetically pleasing smartphones on the market.

HAHAHA OPINION PAST OFF AS FACT

sam232 said,

HAHAHA Samsung are the market leader in hardware aesthetics .. and have been for a couple of years now .. even old n' tired apple have given up trying to compete with Samsung so they are just throwing money at lawyers trying to suppress Samsung's continued innovation as much as they can. apple aren't even in the top 4 most aesthetically pleasing smartphones on the market.


if u repeat it twice it will be true

Xenosion said,

Is getting a thinner profile not innovative?

Very thin phone would be ridiculous to hold. As for an example iPod Touch (4G). It slips from hands.

korupt_one said,
if they started to show some style and creativity in the phone designs maybe I could get a bit more excited about the device

There's really only so much you can do with a phone's design where the almost the entire front is covered by a large touch screen...

omgben said,

HAHAHA OPINION PAST OFF AS FACT

*Passed.

I love it, Apple fanboys love to pass off opinion as fact, how hypocritical of you.

iguanas said,

if u repeat it twice it will be true

if u read the entire post it wont make u look stupid.

korupt_one said,
i'm sorry but this just looks like any other Samsung phone, no innovation, and quad core, really??? what is the point of that. if they started to show some style and creativity in the phone designs maybe I could get a bit more excited about the device

first all the image are not real and everything is a rumors for now... so before you judge wait for the device to land.

DevilsNotDead said,

true... all of wp7 phones looks crap too... they are the ugliest ever....

You think so? Have you seen Dell Venue Pro and Nokia Lumia, I think they are one of the best designs phones. Especially the Dell one.

korupt_one said,
i'm sorry but this just looks like any other Samsung phone, no innovation, and quad core, really??? what is the point of that. if they started to show some style and creativity in the phone designs maybe I could get a bit more excited about the device

At least it is different from the S II. Unlike the iphone 4S...

FMH said,

You think so? Have you seen Dell Venue Pro and Nokia Lumia, I think they are one of the best designs phones. Especially the Dell one.


what happened?? when i talked about WP7 being ugly its hurts but u have no problem talking about android looking bad... yeah thats called fanboy... i am no fanboy but yeah WP7 look ugly as hell to me... Nokia Lumia looks **** to me... design do matter and Lumia look like an old radio made of cheap plastic.