Monday, March 19, 2012

Rumor roundup: Samsung Galaxy S III

Just like what the iPhone has achieved with Apple fans, Samsung's Galaxy S range of handsets has been wildly popular with the Android crowd. The Galaxy S II in particular, did remarkably well--with over 20 million sold in just 10 months. You would expect the Korean chaebol to capitalize on its success by driving up frenzy for the next version, but instead, Samsung chose not to announce the Galaxy S III at MWC.
Perhaps it's taking a page from Apple's PR book--building hype by not revealing anything officially despite the leaks. But we doubt Apple has ever issued a statement that it would not be announcing a specific product.

Regardless, this has not stopped the rumor mill from doing its thing--here's a list of rumors on the Galaxy S III and our prediction on their accuracy.

A leaked presentation slide of the Galaxy S III? (Credit: Reddit) A presentation slide showing what looks to be the Galaxy S III debuted on sharing site Reddit over the weekend. The slide also revealed a logo of PR firm Weber Shandwick. However, as the discussion thread points out--the image looks very similar to the Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 which debuted at MWC.
We highly doubt this leak--but we are hoping that this could be true--the Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 looks quite amazing and would be a really pretty handset to own.

Eldar Murtazin weighs in on the leak and more
Also in the same post, Reddit user kennthpennington highlighted that Eldar Murtazin has tweeted the image and said that it was pretty close to the final design, which he has seen. Considering his previous track record with the supposed "Galaxy S II Plus", perhaps not. Then again, Murtazin has also tweeted a vague hint about the Galaxy S III using a ceramic case--similar to the HTC One S.
Other hints that he's been dropping include a quad-core Exynos processor and a 4.8-inch HD display (1,280 x 720 pixels). You maywant to take all of this with a pinch of salt though--especially the 4.8-inch screen. We're guessing it's likely to be similar to the Galaxy Nexus with a 4.65-inch display.
May 22 launch?
Chinese site is reporting a May 22 launch date. This is highly likely, as we understand that one of the reasons Samsung chose not to announce the Galaxy S III at MWC was so it could announce the smartphone at its own event in the first half of the year. The company also wanted to time the smartphone's debut closer to its retail availability--perhaps emulating Apple's quick announcement-to-retail strategy.

(Credit: Reddit) Another leaked image made its way to Reddit via a throwaway account, which claimed that a Samsung employee shared the picture. The phone is supposed to have both the stock Ice Cream Sandwich OS and a TouchWiz launcher, letting users pick the one they prefer. There's also talk of a 12-megapixel camera and 2GB RAM as well as the smartphone being just 8mm thin. The tipster also adds that it will have the same ceramic casing that was talked about earlier.
We highly doubt the veracity of the claims--for one the image looks like an image that was taken of a computer monitor, and the image onscreen could just be another render. Furthermore, the timing of the post seems suspicious as well, it appeared right after the previous post took off and seems like it could be someone's idea of a practical joke or just looking to enjoy the proverbial fifteen minutes of fame.

It's likely that the Samsung Galaxy S III will feature a quad-core processor, a 4.65- or 4.7-inch display. We have no doubts about this. Samsung will want the specs to equal or beat its competition when it releases the S III.

We highly doubt the rumors of the ceramic rear--Samsung has shown a remarkable preference for plastic and switching to a material that a competitor is already using (and thus not being the first) does not make sense to us.

As for the design--the Galaxy Player could be a hint of where Samsung's design is heading towards. If so, it's a design we like, but perhaps the Korean chaebol still has something up its sleeves.

As for the May 22 launch date, it sounds believable to us, especially with a promised launch event to be held before the first half of year. We'll only know for certain when Samsung announces the event date, but it's something that could happen as "leaked".

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