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Quad-core 1.5 GHz Galaxy S3 with full HD screen coming in July?

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Quad-core 1.5 GHz Galaxy S3 with full HD screen coming in July?
It just wouldn’t be MWC unless a new Galaxy S model teased us somehow, and right on cue we’re received a new round of rumors on the Galaxy S3 specs and its release date. First, BGR has updated the specs they first leaked over the weekend. They are now reporting that the bezel-less s4.8" screen will be a full HD 1080p screen that will be powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU, on top of the goodies we reported over the weekend, including a ceramic body, LTE, and of course Android 4.0.

When can we expect a phone of this degree of bad-assery? Apparently this summer, according to Android Authority, who has looked at all of the information from Samsung, the history of the previous two Galaxy S releases, and the lay of the smartphone market and deduced that the GS3 will land in July.

How did they come to this conclusion? Through a couple of lines of thought. Samsung is a huge sponsor of the Summer Olympics this year, and it would seem like an appropriate venue to market a recently released superphone. A major South African carrier has telegraphed that they are expecting to carry the phone in July, and Samsung has promised a more synchronized rollout this year.

Obviously if they can manage a truly global launch, then if anyone is getting the phone in July then everyone will. Samsung themselves said we should expect the phone around midyear, which would seem to indicate either June or July (although we all know how predicted launch windows can shift).

Samsung clearly wants to launch the GS3 in North America at the same time as the rest of the world, or at least with a much shorter window then we’ve seen the last two years, where U.S. customers were waiting months after the rest of the world had gotten their hands on the latest Galaxy S phone. But Samsung has a good reason to not let the launch slip past July if they can help it – the iPhone 5.

The iPhone is slated for a complete overhaul this year, as it reaches its fifth incarnation. It will undoubtedly be a monster phone, and it’s expected to launch in the Fall. The weeks leading up to the announcement will see all of the smartphone air sucked out of the media as people wait for the release – so if Samsung wants to make a splash and run up the sales they had best get the phone out sometime in early or mid-summer – before the iPhone hype machine goes into overdrive and steals all the mind share from them.

We won’t jump on the “it has to be July” bandwagon just yet, and we're a bit skeptical about whether Sammy can pull off a full HD screen so soon after 720p screens made it to pocket-sized, but we'd sure be excited if it turns out to be true. Certainly a June or July release date makes the most sense, if Samsung can hammer out the agreements needed with carriers (especially U.S. carriers) in time.

Finally, we want to make clear that the images in this article are just fan renders based on rumored features – they aren’t actual product shots. You’ll know if we get those, because there will be flashing lights and 36 point font trumpeting them if we do. In the meantime, enjoy one more render:

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Galaxy S3 with full HD screen coming in July?

source: Android Authority, BGR

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posted on 27 Feb 2012, 09:51 6

1. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Its meant to have a 1080p screen and 1.5 ghz quad core apparently!!!

http://www.bgr.com/2012/02/27/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-full-specs-1-5ghz-quad-core-1080p-display-ceramic-case/

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:00 9

3. moboman (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


1,5 quad core is absolutely possible. But 1080p screen, no it wont have that.
Remember Samsung is kinda outrunned in today's market, and im afraid the Galaxy SIII will arrive at the marked to late.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:11 15

6. remixfa (Posts: 14077; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


what have you been smoking? lolol

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:17 5

29. moboman (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Think about it, HTC and Huawei are rolling out phones with this specs today, when Galaxy SIII comes out in July its already outdated.
They did hit the market perfectly with the Galaxy SII, but haven't made it after that model. Look at Galaxy Nexus, what an outdated device, tho it got a good screen (well in fact the screen is not that good as its a Samsung PenTile display).
So, mister I really don't know anything (you), defend that one.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:20 10

11. bloodline (Posts: 693; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


lol what, moron alert

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:18 5

31. moboman (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Think about it, HTC and Huawei are rolling out phones with this specs today, when Galaxy SIII comes out in July its already outdated.
They did hit the market perfectly with the Galaxy SII, but haven't made it after that model. Look at Galaxy Nexus, what an outdated device, tho it got a good screen (well in fact the screen is not that good as its a Samsung PenTile display).
So, mister I really don't know anything (you), defend that one. The moron here are you!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:48 8

38. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


But they aren't actually releasing the phones today they are just announcing them,and very highly impressive they are,Im giving each one serious consideration of being my next phone.

These phone won't hit the market however for about 2 months at earliest and at that stage the galaxy s3 will be release only about 2 months later so stating it will be outdated is nonsense as it already sounds like it will have an equal or better processor and better screen,we don't even know details of camera software or lens yet or battery or memory capacity etc yet so more spectacular details may become available. Samsung it seems is doing the whole big announcement with view to having the phones available within the shorteset possible time of that announment.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 14:24 2

55. moboman (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Well, lets say the One X will be released in 2 months, that means April. Then three months later Samsung launches the S3. That's three months! In the world of technology that's ages, to sit there and deny this is just stupid!!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 15:18 4

56. cheetah2k (Posts: 859; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


moboman? WTF?

To be honest I reckon theres around 20 million SGS II owners out there will be more than prepared to wait an extra few months for the S3, especially if it has A15 based Quad Cores.

As for Samsung coming out with old tech, the One X and Huawei phones are built on old tech. Why anyone would want to buy a phone with quad cores based on A8/A9 architecture is beyond me.....

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 00:11

65. 10aera (Posts: 31; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Samsung can,if they want, release the s3 as soon as tomorrow... but their intention was to wait for other competitors specs and announcements in order to improve all expectations and throw a killing specs phone. The huawai and the htc may come in 2 months, and the s3 in 4 months... but if the official announcement of the Galaxy s3 comes as soon as 2 months with all the hype and greatness that samsung and all its fans are expecting... then that will kill most of the sell for huawai and htc... because people won't buy a phone that will look outdated just a couple of months after its release with the comming S3. It's simple, samsung is playing its smart move and timing in order to create all the fuze at the proper time surrounding the s3 before the phone comes out...

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:30 8

16. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Too late??

1080p screen is actually quite possible,lets not forget Toshiba announced a 6 inch screen with 2560 x1600 display in q3 last year:

http://pocketnow.com/smartphone-news/toshiba-builds-retina-topping-lcd-display-with-nearly-500-ppi

Looking at that toshiba screen then a 1920x1080 4.8 inch screen is actually totally possible.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:44 3

51. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


Toshiba made LCD screen, this is AMOLED two totaly diferent technologies, even if samsung did make 1080p AMOLED or even AMOLED Plus in sub 5 inch category it will cost an leg and an eye, and maybe a kidney to buy phone with such screen

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 18:58

63. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Don't forget that ever since the new laser based manufacturing process, their resolution has been going up rapidly.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 22:00

64. Snap123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Yup it is quite possible to make a 1080p 4.8 inch screen because some other company already did it except its not amoled.

http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/ortustech-reveals-4-8-inch-1080p-display-that-puts-apples-retina-display-to-shame-20101026/

Maybe Samsung found a way to make one with amoled that would be awesome on a phone. But i dont see why they would make a resolution that high. It would have a pixal density of 458ppi and since the human eye cant see beyond 300ppi it would be a waste. Plus the more pixel a screen has the more it taxes the cpu and gpu which in turn uses up more battery.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:26 1

43. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The lg spectrum is a tru 1080p screen according to lg anyway so why wont samsung get one.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:45 4

52. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


LG spectrum is 720p true HD LCD

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 09:56 5

2. remixfa (Posts: 14077; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


dont forget july also coincides with the 2 year anniversary of the SGS1, which for people like me that bought it the day it came out, puts it on the perfect upgrade path while avoiding a direct initial fight with the i5 since thats been moved to fall. Thats been my thinking the whole time.

Alls i know is....

hubba hubba hubba..

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:01 1

4. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


arent 2 year contracts really only 20 months?

either way, stoked for the phone and those of you that get it!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:13 6

8. remixfa (Posts: 14077; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its 24 months, but the carriers generally let u upgrade around 20-22 months depending on the carrier. Technically since im an Emp, i get the same disount year round ,but i refuse to buy anything other than an Exynos on my next phone (unless the omap5 drops before the SGS3and is just frikkin amazing with an even more amazing phone attached to it, but thats very unlikely) which is why i never went for the crapdragon infused Hercules on Tmobile.

Standards man.. we gots to have our standards. :)

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:43 1

21. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


Scoop---iPhone5 will have Exynos quad core, Sammy S3 to have Crapdragon. hehe :)

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:04

25. remixfa (Posts: 14077; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the first one has a chance of being true. the A5 is the sister chip to the exynos with a different GPU. :)
Id actually think it would be a 32nm 4212 variant over a quad core in the i5 though, just because there isnt much need for the extra cores.. unless apple is just playing "keep up with the jones" on the specs department.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 14:16 1

54. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


I thought there would be more thumbs down kids, disappointed lol.
At least there is somebody left with some sense of humor, thanks remixfa.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:03 1

24. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


It depends on the customers spend really,if a customer is on a plan say for 40 bucks a month and had 2 or 3 months where the bill was say 65 bucks then that can push forward an upgrade by a month or two. Also long serving bill customers can sometimes be given an slightly early upgrade.

Customers on a 20 euro per month plan for instance that never go over that bill amount are very very unlikely to get an early upgrade.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:08

5. Captain_Doug (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


They also said it'd be 16:9. Looks more like 16:10 to me.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:23 1

33. ohiojosh78 (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


its a 3rd party render which means its a guess. But apparently you either didnt read the article or can not comprehend.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:12 1

7. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


I love it Sammy keep up the innovation and stay out of court rooms.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:16

9. Widget21 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


With all the quad cores launching just after MWC 2012, Samsung is losing out on the hype and awe that these new superphones are spreading across the world...Unless your're a hardcore Sammy-fan most of us will just ride the bandwagon ...

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:47 4

44. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


samsung did the right thing..look at everyone at mwc all fighting to get there phone noticed also these phones are not coming out for atleast another 2 months. samsung will announce the phone and release very close to the announcement and they dont need to share the spotlight with anyone else. anyone whos got the s2 will be more than happy to wait as the s2 is still not 1 years old and most people are in 2 years contract. also i would bet that the s3 will beat all these phones in screen and have the best processor like the past two phones...slowly more and more companies will hold there own events to unveil the ''blockbuster'' devices. apple already do it,microsoft and samsung are starting to do it.its just a matter of time.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:17 7

10. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


If this galaxy s3 turns out true than what gimmicks beside mental programming pr triggering will apple use to get its iphone 4 and 4$ drones to upgrade to the iphone 5? (Also aside from the need to look 'cool' and 'acceptable' in society folk buying any apple products again)

A 4 inch 960x540 4:3 screen changes everything again? Apples Lte introduction changes everything again? A phone under 9mm thick changes everything again? Same apple grid ui unchanged changes everything again? And even dare i say a phone with a projector (galaxy beam) changes everything again??!!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:24 4

15. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


What about a sAniTary nApkin with Krazy Glue™ App'licAtor .... changes everything again. Oh, and don't forget the new and iMproved 0.40 Pixel Front Facing Camera will change everything again..... on wi-fi.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:34 3

18. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


YAWN...BORING

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:39 6

19. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Way to bring up apple in an unrelated article.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:55 3

23. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Whats funny is that you guys get so mad when Apple is mentioned in a android article, yet when they are not you guys still bring them up. This looks like a great phone, no need to bring up anyone else. BTW, your played out jokes are pretty pathetic.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:39

37. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Maybe battery life, or reception, or a decent camera, or an OS that doesn't crash constantly? Upping the specs does nothing when the Samsungs are cheap plastic POS knock-offs.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:48 5

45. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


why are you even here if you not bothered about samsung.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 08:07

67. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


the galaxy s2 has great reception (except for the epic) great battery life, excellent camera, and they made it extremely stable. i had a sgs2 til i dropped it and sammy refused to fix it even if i paid for it. best phone i ever had.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:21

12. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


What's shocking is that bgr finally scooped something (if true). Chances are, though, that their leaked info is riddled with just unfounded rumors, like most of their content.

Please, PhoneArena, get the REAL scoop from 'Sammy'??!!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:21

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1373; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


please sammy ..hurry up ....or only a very few samsung fans will buy this

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:22

14. Phaze0085 (Posts: 101; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Wow, I would LOVE to see a Galaxy Note 2 with that kind of look and specs.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:31 1

17. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


OMG This phone looks great!! But I probably will have to go with the HTC ONE X since my upgrade is due soon and don't want to wait until July :/ But I am exciting to see the edge to edge display. However, I am not sure how well this well survive in a drop test. (iPhone doesn't do too well when comes to it) Anyway, this def. beat iPhone's concept iPhone 5 to the punch. If Apple does go with the rumor iPhone 5 design, there will be more law suit for us to read...

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:40 1

20. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


ill believe it when i see it. those specs seem exaggerated. and if the specs are true i cant see a monster like that to hit the market until q4.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:46 1

22. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


The best estimates are mid summer,Samsung is one of the main sponsors of the Olympics and it no doubt will want to advertise and broadcast alot of ads of the new galaxy s3 being 'now available' to the millions or even billions watching the games

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:07

27. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


no sh!t samsung would want to. im saying it doesnt seem feasible.

the reasoning, "it would be a good move for samsung" does not translate to "samsung is going to make that move"

just because samsung has a great opprotunity to market the s3 doesnt mean they are going to launch the s3.

this article is just more speculation. im going to check the sources out now.

##BGR claims the info is exclusive and gives no source. i am still unconvinced.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:06 2

40. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


I don't think the quad-core Exynos at1.5GHz is impossible for mid-summer, but I'd retain a healthy dose of skepticism about the 1080p screen until it's actually announced.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:05 1

26. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


GS3 Doesn't need a 1080p screen. That'll be like 500ppi or something crazy. Something way beyond what would ever be necessary, and all it will do is bog down the processor having to pump that out unnecessarily.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:13 1

28. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Drull :S This phone looks amazing. 1080p, 4.8inch... MANGASM.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:18 1

30. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Dear phonearena autor,
Writing an article of such type is supposed to be impartial, okay? Second, I do not know what MWC have to do with samsung? Your over enthusiasm and biased writings are unexplainable for the common reader. I am not very acquainted with this korean phone company, but I can assume that the software android must be the worst in the industry, since it needs 4 (!!?) cores to run it properly. Look at Apple, and especially look at Nokia. One core and their OSes run much better. I do not understand what the fuss is all about in this case. Another yellow phone with ridiculously uncomfortable display and pathetic battery life.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:23 4

32. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


i will not feed the troll. i will not feed the troll.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:28 1

35. DrewMonroe (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


proof read your assumptions. you may as well be biased.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:57 6

39. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Striker your claims are so stupid here i won't reply to them however I will reply to your 'yellow phone' statement towards korean phone manufacutuers and say if its what i think you meant then your racism is certainly unwanted on Phonearena

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:09 1

41. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Striker, if this is your attempt at being funny you failed miserably!!! You are a racist idiot.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:15 2

42. ilia1986 (unregistered)


taco? is this you?

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:24 1

34. DrewMonroe (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I am actually waiting for this..
yeah perhaps MWC gadgets will come out on market just before when the Galaxy III is released. but Galaxy itself has its respects and it will just be competing with apple's iphone 5 by june or july.
only if other manufacturers release something better than the specs of SGSIII and later than its release, that sammy phone is really in great danger. (but hopefully, and obviously, samsung is hard to beat.)

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:32 2

36. the_s2 (Posts: 211; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


41 megs cellphone cameras and FullHD cellphone screens. Im on weed i guess.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:56 1

46. godzillagtr34 (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


this is going to be the king of phones. iphone 5 won't even be able to come close

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:03

47. TimTebow (Posts: 70; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Hard to believe true 1080p but we shall see. Maybe it will be my first Samsung.

Don't care about Exynoss as it just bring incompatibilites with apps/games and really did nothing special except quadrant scores courtesy of low-resolution and samusung i/o tricks.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:04 1

48. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


best specs for s3:-
exynos 5250 processor(no quadcore pls)
1920*1080p FULL HD
12mp cmos 1/2'' cmos sensor rear camera
3.2 mp front camera
3000mah battery
duralium body case

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 15:59 1

59. VebbX (Posts: 41; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


High, a quadcore would use less power, because it uses 28nm technology, so plz STFU!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:10

49. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


Damn this sounds great but I bet the screen, if they menage to put 1080p in sub 5" category which i highly doubt will be PenTile and that's a no go for me and OLED screens oversaturate colors so that's another negative in my opinion...but the positives are deep black, thiner screen tech so they can put huge bateries inside aaand i bet SGS III will have a-15 quad core and 2 gig's of ram so it will be quite hard for me to decide what to get on summer...if they put 64+ gigs of internal storage + SD slot that is a wining combo right there

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:31

50. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


1.5Ghz is not that good as more and more quad core processor will come out with higher clock speed so it will soon be surpassed. Samsung should put in at least 2GHz quad core so that no other cell phoen manufacturere can complete. If other cell phone manufacturer like HTC, LG or even Motorola can put in a at least a 2.0 GHZ quad core with the most advanced GPU in their future cell phone,then it will be an invincible phone.

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