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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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BIG Phone
By Connoisseur on 4/30/2012 2:46:44 PM , Rating: 2
I recently went by the AT&T store and tried out some of these android phones. They are MASSIVE width and height wise. I have big hands and they feel too big for me.

i can't help feeling that the right phone size is somewhere between Iphone's and SGSII. Maybe around 4" tops. Anything much larger and it just feels silly.

RE: BIG Phone
By retrospooty on 4/30/2012 4:04:25 PM , Rating: 2
I thought that too until I got to play with a 5.3 inch Galaxy note a few weeks back... I thought it was way too big until I held it and put it in my pocket. The only thing I came away with was wishing it was released on Verizon so I can grab it immediately. The 1280x800 res is just phenominal. Highly useful, and a perfect combo of smartphone and small tablet.

RE: BIG Phone
By ChronoReverse on 4/30/2012 6:31:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I've owned a Galaxy Note for two week now. Held a G2 (3.7") in my hand lasts night and it was the cutest little thing ever haha.

RE: BIG Phone
By 1ceTr0n on 4/30/2012 6:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, even my now retired Droid X looked small in comparison to my Galaxy Note. I gave up on Verizon and dropped em and went with AT&T, I wanted a Note that bad and I don't regret it

RE: BIG Phone
By sigmatau on 4/30/12, Rating: 0
RE: BIG Phone
By The0ne on 4/30/2012 4:13:22 PM , Rating: 2
The S2 Skyrocket fits well for my stubby short hand/fingers but I think anything larger would feel and look strange. Take the Note for example. Still, while they are larger I am in the process of upgrading to them. The sole reason being that I can watch video and more importantly read all my ebooks on the go! The Note is perfect for my needs since I had a chance to try it out but I'm holding off for the next releases to see what's new :)

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