Samsung Galaxy S3 Shrouded in Mystery, Debate, Ahead of Thursday Launch
April 30, 2012 12:55 PM
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Mystery surrounds Samsung's hot upcoming smartphone.
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Blogs are uncertain what core and screen the phone will end up with when it launches later this week
Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) -- 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
-- 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
's (model 4412) announced 1.4 GHz clock speed, though a handful of sites,
claimed that the phone might launch with a 1.5 GHz clock.
is pointing to
posted to AnTuTu as indicating that a dual-core
(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
to have insider info that the screen will
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 (
) Sense UI, TouchWiz offers users extra out-of-the-box visual flair and widgets that can be added to your screens.
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.
[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.
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RE: Why 1080p?
4/30/2012 7:23:30 PM
There are use cases for these where the GPU is actually underpowered. Drawing UIs are a walk in the park, even with all the fancy 3d animations and transparency, the performance goal they're pushing for however is console quality graphics for gaming and animation. It will still be a bit before we can achieve that image quality at 720p or 1080p.
RE: Why 1080p?
4/30/2012 9:12:13 PM
I think most of us would settle for mediocre 3D graphics with great battery life, than great 3D graphics with mediocre battery life.
The only people I know who regularly play 3D games on their phone are little kids. Most anyone older has a console or laptop or desktop for their 3D gaming hit. OTOH, I really like using my phone's GPS in my car (it's a lot smoother than the dedicated car GPS units). But the 3D graphics drop the battery life to like 3-4 hours. I would kill for an option to throttle the GPU so I get like half the framerate but a lot longer battery life.
RE: Why 1080p?
4/30/2012 11:43:42 PM
3d graphics on GPS.. what????????
It's the sorry GPS that is sucking the life out of your battery, not the map. Apple and anything Android have not addressed this yet. I'm guessing it is the same with everyone. I don't think it can really be addressed until we get a new GPS system.
Also, GPS on a phone can royaly suck at times. I just love the "searching for gps satellites" forever ever ever until I reset my phones. I also really enjoy hooking up my phone to a charger while running GPS and getting 1-2% battery recharge every hour.
GPS on a phone is terrible, but probably better than some of the dedicated crap. Next time I look to buying a phone, I will have to evaluate the GPS module on these suckers. It is really that sad.
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