We're just one day out from the Samsung's big Mobile Unpacked 2012
announcement and the rate of leaks seems to be increasing, like a dam that can’t hold up to rising flood waters. In the last 24 hours alone we've seen confirmations on colors, carriers, and who will get which chipsets.
With all the headlines, leaks, and general chatter ahead of the launch of Samsung’s next flagship device(s), what can we say with certainty about Samsung's new flagship phone(s)? We've done the scut work of looking through them all for you, so why don't you join us for a whirlwind tour of all things Galaxy S III.
Galaxy S III Rumor Round-up
Galaxy S III Rumor Round-up
1. Samsung worked really hard on security
Samsung went all out to try and make the Galaxy S III a big surprise. Almost all the test units in the field (and therefore most of the leaks) were housed in "dummy boxes" to shield the final product from prying eyes. Despite that, a fairly clear picture has emerged in the last week.
2. It will be available in Blue and White
Perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised, as Samsung's original invitation
to the GS3 launch event showed off blue and white glops of what we presume is the ceramic covering material. Regardless, this screen cap from Carphone Warehouse
confirms the smurf-themed colors Samsung is bestowing upon the GS3.
3. It will have a home button
Samsung continues to love it some dedicated home buttons
. Early prototypes showed a mix of onscreen buttons and a home physical home button, but recent leaks seem to indicate capacitive back and app-switcher buttons, one on either side of the home button.
4. It will officially be branded the Samsung Galaxy S III
There has been some question as to whether the device would be called the Galaxy S3, or even take a page out of Apple's playbook and be called "the new Galaxy S", but BGR
got a hold of a shot of the boot screen that clearly labels the device in the Roman numeral version.
5. It will ship with Samsung's own quad-core Exynos chip...
Not that it should surprise anyone, but Samsung has elected to use its own quad-core Exynos 4412, which will be clocked at 1.4 GHz. The processor will be based on a 32nm high-k metal gate low-power process
that will lead to better battery life and higher performance than the 45nm-based chips of last year. The GPU is the same ARM Mali-400 GPU used in previous Exynos chips, but it's clock speed has received a serious kick up to 400MHz, and early benchmarks
show it leading all other Android handsets handily.
6. ...unless you pick up an LTE variant
This probably shouldn't be a surprise either, but a Samsung executive has confirmed
that LTE versions of the Galaxy S III coming to North America will actually ship with the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 ("Krait") instead. The reasoning is simple - the quad-core Exynos isn't playing nice with LTE yet. So just like AT&T and HTC had to sacrifice the quad-core Tegra 3 chip for the LTE version of the HTC One X
, Samsung had to switch chips for carriers that want an LTE version. The other choice would most likely be seeing the same sort of epic delays that lead to a complete redesign of the Motorola Bionic last year when they couldn't get Tegra 2 to work with LTE last year.
7. It's coming to Verizon
Last year Verizon skipped on the Galaxy S II in order to go with the Galaxy Nexus. This year Verizon may be first in line to nab Samsung's latest Galaxy, as enterprising leaksters have already nabbed a copy of the User Agent Profile
from Big Red's system. It confirms that the Verizon version will have the Snapdragon S4 to go with their requisite LTE radio. Perhaps this is Verizon's answer to AT&T landing the HTC One X?
8. The phone will share some design DNA with the Galaxy Nexus
This image is almost certainly a mock-up
based on the Galaxy Nexus. But it's probably not far off either; early versions of the manual
, leaked screen protectors
and close-ups of the dummy boxes
suggest the phone has rounded corners, very much like a flattened out Galaxy Nexus. The casing will probably be very different though, with the white or blue ceramic finish replacing Samsung's heretofore ubiquitous plastic bodies.
9. It will have a 1280 x 720 screen in the 4.6"- 4.7" range
This image comes with a hand-dandy rule sitting right next to the phone! You have to do a little finagling to merge another image with this one to estimate the side of the phone that has been cut off, and the ruler is technically slightly further away (you know like 6-8mms further away) than the screen, but when you do that it gives you a screen size in the 4.6-4.7" range. Still huge, but somewhat smaller than the 4.8" screens suggested in other rumors. Also, the leaked Verizon UAProf showed the device as having a 1280 x 720 resolution, rather than the Full HD 1080p screen
rumored in the past.
10. There may be more than one device
Although unconfirmed, we have now heard
from more than one source that Samsung could introduce more than one device tomorrow. In addition to the GT-I9300, there may be a GT-I9800 as well. If so, that could go a long ways to explaining some of the discrepancies of the last few months - perhaps the I9300 will have a 720p 4.6" screen, while the I9800 could pack a 1080P screen that was 4.8" or larger in size? There have even been rumors
that Samsung could introduce a new tablet along with the Galaxy S III phone(s) tomorrow. Tune in
tomorrow to find out!