Galaxy S III more of an incremental upgrade, tips carrier insider, might be called something else

Galaxy S III more of an incremental upgrade, tips carrier insider, might be called something else
What we call the Samsung Galaxy S III and might be revealed May 3 in London, is considered more of an incremental upgrade by the manufacturer, UK carrier insiders are tipping. "It'll be like the iPhone 4S was to the 4", clarified the source, and added that the Galaxy S III will be pretty similar to the quad-core HTC One X with its 4.7" HD display in terms of specs. 

Granted, the eventual quad-core Exynos processor and 720p Super AMOLED HD Plus screen are nothing to sniff at, but it will bring the handset in line with the specs on the rest of the already announced flagships from both HTC and LG, for example.

It isn't clear what exactly would Samsung consider a true flagship handset from the source info (it might be one with a bendable screen, it seems), but the Galaxy S III might not even come with this name, and rather be called something else he said, with the internal codename for the phone being Bali for now.

The handset is still expected to feature the eye-tracking tech we told you about before, which senses if your eye are not on the phone, and locks it accordingly, just like the TouchWiz-ed Android ICS had the Face Unlock feature modified to require blinking for access. The feature will be called "Human Interaction" according to the carrier rep, so we can't wait to see it in action.

source: CNET

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Waiting, waiting, waiting! :)

11. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Let's hope they at the very least upgrade the camera to 12MP.

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Samsung is so into being the best that I really don't think the Samsung Galaxy S III will just be an incremental update as this article is implying. I think it will jump to 12MP for sure & that it will forego the quad-core A-9 Exynos for the new A-15 dual-core Exynos. What I think I am most interest about is if they can get a 1080p HD Super AMOLED Plus screen. If they can achieve that, then Samsung has the phone of the year. Samsung is out to rule the smartphone segment & if they add that ceramic casing they are talking about, you can throw out the incremental release thing out the door. All of this makes me salivate at the thought of what they will stuff inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. WOW can we all say quad-core A-15 Exynos at 2.0 to 2.5GHz!

22. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Samsung's into what is most economically viable for their company, and if they see that pushing a phone with such highly touted specs is impractical, then they obviously won't do it until production costs come down. This either means that the SIII is coming out a little later (August-October), or that the SIII really is just an incremental upgrade (that will still challenge the top smartphones out there). Whatever the case, I've noticed how eerily similar Samsung fanboyism has become compared to Apple fanboyism.

23. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

A lot of you said this time last year that the sgs2's specs where impractical but we saw how that turned out didn't we?

26. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The only thing that made the Galaxy S II stand out was its Exynos processor's optimization. On paper, the S II was actually on par to most other high-end phones. It's screen resolution was even inferior to qHD screens on HTC and Moto devices (although the AMOLED part made up for it and then some). I'm not counting out Samsung's ability to optimize and fine-tune whatever it puts out.

82. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

lol thumbs up on that one

25. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i just like the exynos and deep black,if another phone provides these two features i would pick a non samsung phone so i am not fan of samsung perse but of these to agree that samsung have got fanboys similar to apple fanboys. lol find it funny that android fanboys hate apple but hate other android fanboys at the same time...

33. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

It's been cited that Samsung spends billions on R&D. For them to spend so much on R&D just for an incremental upgrade would just not make sense. Samsung wants the best phone clearly & by a long shot. Meizu is releasing the world’s first quad-core Exynos phone, NOT Samsung. So that leads me to believe that Samsung is leaving the best for themselves. To me that means the dual-core A-15 @ 1.7GHz is completely and utterly plausible. This isn't about being a Samsung fanboy, it's about recognizing the truth that Samsung makes the best parts around. Just ask Apple about the Samsung made A5X dual-core or the Samsung made Retina display on the new iPad. Samsung is coming to play & they are coming to play hard. Yes this is all speculation but it is really closer to the realm of reality than what you are giving them credit for! Given that the 32nm dual-core A-15 Exynos was sampled last year means that they are VERY close to an actual release. The Super AMOLED Plus screen will be HD. Now will it be 720p or 1080p that is the question.

54. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

1080p would only be viable on a 7-inch tablet or higher (that would be 314 ppi). Using 1080p on a phone, even at 5.2 inches, would be pointless: the human eye can't tell the difference, unless you held it like 3 inches from your face or something. It would be a waste of resources, and Samsung would be shooting themselves in the foot. On a more positive note, seeing a Galaxy Tab 7 or 7.7 with a 1080p S-AMOLED screen would be amazing, and I could totally see Samsung doing it, especially if Apple does release an "iPad Mini." Also, I agree that the next big phone from Samsung will have the A15, not the A9. It's kind of like what they're doing with their qHD S-AMOLED screens: selling them off to other handsets (Droid RAZR and One S), while keeping the bigger-better screens for themselves. On the same note, they might let other companies use the A9 Exynos, but keep the A15 for themselves.

44. _VipeR_

Posts: 47; Member since: May 30, 2011

I agree with you on the economically viable for their company part. But, if one thing should be clear by's that Samung wants to Dominate the smartphone industry!The only way for them to ever do that is to continue to push innovation and continue to deliver exceptional phones and I don't see them skimping on the next version of their flagship device. The only reason that Apple is able to pull off the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 type pattern is because people are going to go out and by it simply because it has an "i" before it. The marginal improvements in the os have nothing to do with it..especially considering that most of those improvements are things that have been standard on Android for sometime now. That will not cut it for Samsung. They have to continue to pound out heavy hitters that the rest of the industry will have to use as examples to mimic. HTC, even with the release of the very capable One series, is no longer a threat and LG never was. Sony could turn things around and become a major player but that's still a couple of years away. The SIII will be no incremental uprade! Expectations are way too high and they will not allow their bread and butter to take a fall now!

24. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

no need for 1080p screen on such a small screen,would be an over kill as the human eye cant see dpi above 300 and a 1080p screen on a 4.6'' would have around 450 dpi which is not needed and would over use the cpu etc even more and kill the battery much much quicker and would make app files even more not saying i would complain if they did but just think its not needed. ''even'' if it only has a 720p screen i wouldnt consider it a incremental update. article says its gonna have a quad core exynos,720p screen(non pentile),redesign,most liklely a bigger battery so dont know how this is a incremental update from a dual core,wvga screen etc to me it looks like they are improving every aspect of the s2

34. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah ok I can agree with that. Would you not get it if they did put the 1080p HD Super AMOLED Plus? If Samsung manages it I would definitely not have a problem with it.

36. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

would be mad not to get it but hopefully if they do then i hope its not at the expense of battery life cause the one thing that would stop me from getting it is if it has worse battery than my s2. if they can get the same battery as the s2 with a 1080p screen then thats great but then imagine the battery with a 720p screen it would be even more awesome...i would much rather have a s3 with an excellent battery life rather than a 1080p screen. like i said aslong as i get the same or more than my s2 battery then i am all for the 1080p screen.

38. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The higher resolution it is the easier it is on my eyes lol

43. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

true but a 720p screen on a 4.6'' has a dpi of 320 i think and that is more than the human eye can see so it would be unnecessary to have anything too much higher as it wouldnt make much i said am not saying they shouldnt,i just think its not needed.

55. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'd take the 720p any day, simply because of its presumably lower price and better battery efficiency. My eyes aren't microscopes, after all.

41. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

1080p resolution on a mobile phone screen is impossible and unnecessary.

42. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

The point of having 12MP? If you want to make good photos with a phone aim for a good lens or sensor. 3.5MP are enough for a 1920x1080 display


Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

haha. cool picture Detective Colombo ? right

64. Shangri-La

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

Please... stop this. Pixel count has nothing, by that i mean NOTHING, to do with picture quality

2. fxymps1

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

Are you kidding !! Samsung thats what we were talking . Don't do like APPLe :(

6. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i don't really think they're imitating apple. imo they are mocking apple in that sense. let's not expect too much from samsung, we know they'll do great but lets not be like the disappointed applepeople when the iPhone 4S came and did not crush the GSII.

32. iPAPiNYC

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

If I may play Devil's advocate, if in fact the SG III turns out to be an 'incremental upgrade' they might consider naming it the Samsung Galaxy 4S?

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

that's quite ODD, and rather stupid. ruin their best chance to leave an impression on everyone with something awesome WTF!?

21. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

what were you expecting mate if not quad core exynos,720p amoled plus screen,ics,bigger battery,redisign...honestly this is what i expected all along.

35. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

That's not incremental a la apple.

39. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

can i ask what you expected then if not the above.

57. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I'm expecting what you typed abobe, but what I expect is is not an incremental update from the S2 To me increasing screen real state and resolution , camera, battery, number of cores, ram performance and OS is not an incremental update. an incremental update is increase two or aspects of a device but all I'm counting is on all aspects so it does not sound incremental for me

62. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

oh lol sorry mate looks like i misread your comment before then,thought you were saying that with quad,redesign,hd screen,bigger battery the s3 would be a minor update

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