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Mystery surrounds Samsung's hot upcoming smartphone.  (Source: Samsung (text removed))
Blogs are uncertain what core and screen the phone will end up with when it launches later this week

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930)  -- the world's largest or second largest phonemaker depending on which analysts' numbers you trust -- will shake the global smartphone market later this week when it releases its latest and greatest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3.  Samsung has hinted that the S3 may pack a second-generation Exynos 4 processor -- a 32 nm quad-core.  Most believe the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone will be near the front of the pack in CPU performance.

I. Hardware Rumors Recap

Leaks regarding the processor speed were largely in line with the Exynos 4's (model 4412) announced 1.4 GHz clock speed, though a handful of sites, such as PC Advisor claimed that the phone might launch with a 1.5 GHz clock.

Curiously Phandroid is pointing to early benchmarks posted to AnTuTu as indicating that a dual-core Exynos 4 (model 4212) may also be in the works.  The benchmark showed this dual-core processor trading blows with the hefty quad-core Tegra 3 from NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA), while leaving the rest of the pack behind.

The benchmark also hints at 1 GB of DRAM, a 12 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a 4.7 inch 720p display.  Other sites have reported that it will sport a 4.6-inch AMOLED display; while yet others have reported that a 4.8-inch AMOLED display will be onboard.

Almost all seem to agree that the new display will be 720p.  Well, everyone except for Boy Genius Report, who claims to have insider info that the screen will actually be a 1920x1080 (1080p) design.

Reports indicate HSPA+ and LTE will be supported, as one might expect.

While it's possibly these blogs are entirely wrong, it's also possible that there may be multiple models, given that this was the approach that Samsung took with the Galaxy S II.  In other words, the May 3 London launch event may bring a smaller 4.7-inch or 4.6-inch 720p, dual-core model, while a later mid-summer refresh could add the quad-core, larger screen (4.8-inch), and higher resolution (1080p).

Rumor has it that the Mali 400 GPU core, while unchanged from a model perspective (versus the Galaxy S II), will receive some modest upclocking into the 450-550 MHz range, to help power that higher resolution display.

II. Software Rumors and "Leaks" Multimedia

Rumor has it that Samsung will be running a new version of its TouchWiz user interface gloss over an Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 build.  Like HTC Corp.'s (TPE:2498) Sense UI, TouchWiz offers users extra out-of-the-box visual flair and widgets that can be added to your screens.

Galaxy S3
Supposedly the Galaxy S3 will pack a new version of Samsung's TouchWiz UI gloss
[Image Source: PhoneArena]

The model number of the new phone will reportedly be GT-i9300.

There are plenty of supposed leaked photos.

Samsung Galaxy S3
[Image Source: PhoneArena]

And there's even a supposed leaked video, too.

 

We'll bring you official details later this week, as they become available.

Sources: PhanDroid, TechRadar, The Next Web



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Prediction
By bug77 on 4/30/2012 1:53:03 PM , Rating: 4
After all the hype surrounding this phone, it can only disappoint when it hits the market. Everyone will find something that falls short of their expectations.




RE: Prediction
By Boze on 4/30/2012 2:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
The only thing disappointing me is the amount of times "rumor" is used in this article.

How about we just wait until the damn thing's released, then write up an article on it?

I was hoping to get some actual, factual information here, not "RUMOR HAS IT!" "RUMORS ABOUND" and "RUMOR IS..."


RE: Prediction
By Sazabi19 on 4/30/2012 3:24:26 PM , Rating: 3
Weird, after reading the title I wasn't expecting anything concrete. I think you got a wire crossed somewhere.


RE: Prediction
By retrospooty on 4/30/2012 4:01:01 PM , Rating: 2
"After all the hype surrounding this phone, it can only disappoint when it hits the market. "

Only by the negative crowd that is disappointed with every gadget out there. Its pretty obviosly going to have a 4.6-4.7 inch 1280x720 screen, Either dual or quad core Exynos, 4G, an 8mpx camera, Android 4, and all the std bell and whistles... What could possibly Disappoint?

I cant wait to have it in my hands.


RE: Prediction
By rubbahbandman on 4/30/2012 4:04:59 PM , Rating: 2
Glad you mentioned hands plural because that's what it's going to take to hold this thing lol. Otherwise it's a great product!


RE: Prediction
By retrospooty on 4/30/2012 4:18:02 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... It will be the same size as the Galaxy Nexus or HTC One X. I have no issue with it. It fits in my pocket and has a nice big high res screen to play with. What could be better?

Its all about preference though. There are plenty of smaller models available as well.


RE: Prediction
By nikon133 on 4/30/2012 5:02:10 PM , Rating: 2
That never hurt iPhone(s)...


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