reported on this earlier this month that it would possibly land around November but now some sources claim that to be the official time frame.
LG Optimus LTE2 with 2GB of RAM that was announced the same day as the Galaxy S III didn't pose a threat we might beg to differ. New details today appear to show that at least the Japan model will be getting an increase to 2GB of internal RAM to compete with the LG smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S III or the HTC One X is top dog in the smartphone world. The Galaxy S III is, without exaggeration, the most rumored, leaked, faked and anticipated Android phone yet, so we figured we'd do a roundup of what we're likely to see at Samsung's London even tomorrow. Form Factor: Basically identical to the Galaxy S II, only bigger. Numerous leaks point to a device similar in size and feel to the Galaxy Nexus. Screen: Somewhere between 4.6 and 4.8 inches. This leaked screen protector, when compared to the 4.7-inch HTC One X, shows that it's likely to be just a tiny bit bigger. There's no doubt that it'll be a Samsung-made 720p Super AMOLED panel, and probably a non-Pentile Super AMOLED HD+ one at that. Processor: Samsung itself has said that they'll be using the brand new Exynos 4 Quad in "the next Galaxy". That's certainly the case for international models, but we've heard tell that at least some American versions will go with the popular Snapdragon S4 from Qualcomm instead. Today's look into a Verizon user agent string seems to confirm that - perhaps the latest Exynos isn't quite ready for LTE networks, or at least those in the US. Operating system: Ice Cream Sandwich and the latest version of TouchWiz, without a doubt. One of the later leaks shows version 4.0.4 running, but it's still possible that the final hardware will still be on 4.0.3 when it's announced tomorrow. Body: Like HTC, Samsung seems to be sticking with physical buttons despite Ice Cream Sandwich's virtual nav button functionality. The same leak showed a layout similar to the previous Galaxy phones with a slimmer and more angular Home button. According to a retail listing, the phone will come in white and blue initially. Camera: We've heard rumors that Samsung was going with a 12 megapixel rear camera on the Galaxy S III, and this AnTuTu benchmark listing seems to bear that out. Other leaks seem to indicate a more conventional 8MP sensor. Connection: European versions of the Galaxy S III will almost certainly run with HSPA+ bands to start with - LTE simply isn't widespread enough yet to justify the expansion. American versions for Verizon, AT&T and/or The Now Network will probably include LTE, as will at least one version in Samsung's home territory of South Korea. Carriers: Those of you in Europe or Asia probably won't have to much to worry about - Samsung and other manufacturers tend to play nice with everybody, since unlocked models are so readily available. Here in the States it's a different matter. While all four major carriers got a crack at the original Galaxy S, and only Verizon sat out for the Galaxy S II (for an early shot at the Galaxy Nexus) we're not sure what the situation for the Galaxy S III is. Verizon seems to have the phone up its sleeve, or at least something very similar: the "SCH-I535" was spotted earlier today in a user agent string. Name: Now here's one thing we're not sure of. Continuing the Roman numeral scheme with "Galaxy S III" seems most likely, but we've seen Samsung's official Kies program call the phone "Galaxy S3" and a few other outlets label it as "Galaxy SIII" (no space). But who really cares - we'd be just as excited if they called it the Galaxy S Cauliflower. There's still a few things we'll be looking out for at Samsung's announcement; the more far fetched early rumors of a waterproof ceramic case are probably duds, but we want to know about battery capacity, MicroSD card options and storage capacity. And, of course, price. Join us tomorrow afternoon as we lie blog the Samsung Unpacked event from London - and place your bets now. [timeline]
Galaxy S III. It shows a simple blue back ground with 12.05.03-20.00 in white lettering and a conspicuous imprint of a phone pressed from behind. Subtle yet tantalizing at the same time.
Samsung Galaxy S III. With press invitations sent to a May 3rd event, speculation has hit a fever pitch, but at least one news source advises caution. Cnet quotes an anonymous insider saying that Samsung's update won't be anywhere near as monumental as some rumors indicate - in fact, it'll be positively minor. "It'll be like the iPhone 4S was to the 4," said the insider, bringing up memories of mild dissatisfaction among eager Apple customers.
The Next Galaxy" would be the end of the speculation? Hardly. BGR quotes an anonymous source (for what it's worth) saying that the Samsung Galaxy S III will be getting multiple launch events in London, New York City, Seoul and Dubai. The source says that the main event will be in London to commemorate the Galaxy S III as the official smartphone of the 2012 Summer Olympics, something we'd heard before. The source also claims that it'll come in a blue/black color scheme as well as white, with 16GB and 64GB models.
Galaxy Nexus is Google's current flagship device, not because of the hardware but because of the software. Being the first to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has made it incredibly popular. While many are using it on AT&T, T-Mobile and others unofficially with the unlocked version, new reports are claiming AT&T is in the final stages of releasing an LTE edition themselves.
AsiaE that the device has entered the testing phase in Samsung's home territory of South Korea. The standard testing regimen apparently takes two months, but Samsung wants it done faster than that - perhaps to get it good and ready for a pre-Olympics rollout. There's also news out of Korean site DDaily that the GSIII uses a 4.65-inch 720p Super AMOLED screen. That sounds identical to the panel found on the Galaxy Nexus, with one important difference: it doesn't use the Pentile pixel layout.