Samsung GT-I9300 prototype indeed labeled Galaxy S3, faster Mali-400 graphics processor onboard

Samsung GT-I9300 prototype indeed labeled Galaxy S3, faster Mali-400 graphics processor onboard
Doubts whether the Samsung GT-I9300 leak today is actually the Galaxy S III are somewhat dispelled by the next set of pics the guys from Tinhte posted, showing the microSD card slot and battery. The label inside clearly reads "Galaxy S3 sample prototype", but the date of the unit is from way back in December last year, so the final design is probably nothing like this shell with Galaxy S III innards

However, the 2050mAh battery with NFC capabilities built-in has "M Project" written on it. The Samsung GT-I9300, about which we were tipped a month ago with the enigmatic "this is the real deal", was also rumored to be the special edition Olympics phone that Visa leaked, called simply Samsung M, indicating its segway status from the Galaxy line. 

The phone here boots with the Galaxy S line logo, though UK carrier sources indicated we might be surprised by the naming.

Thus it could still be called "M" or something else, and carry the specs of what we are accustomed to call Galaxy S III, since a quad-core Exynos and 720p AMOLED display are nothing but flagship specs, and that's what this GT-I9300 unit is sporting without a doubt. 

The SMDK4x12 label against the Hardware section in the Android System Info app denotes exactly an Exynos 4 series system board made with the 32nm process, but the chipset and specifically the Mali-400 GPU shown is what baffled us at first. 

It couldn't be the Exynos 4212, as that was originally announced as a 1.5GHz dual-core endeavor, carrying the ARM Mali-400 graphics chip. Samsung mentioned its graphics performance is 50% higher than in the Galaxy S II, but this can easily be done by just upping the clock speed of the GPU to about 400MHz. The next generation Mali T-604 is about 5x faster, but is to appear in the Exynos 5 series this quarter, which is meant for high-res tablets. 

A 32nm chipset would certainly allow upping the GPU clock speed and still keep the graphics subsystem cool and frugal in terms of power consumption, compared to the 45nm Exynos 4210 in the Galaxy S II. So that leaves SMDK4x12 to stand for the demoed, but not announced Exynos 4412.

Despite not listed on the official Exynos website, it was the only quad-core silicon shown to us by Samsung at the CES expo this year, and can be clocked up to 1.8GHz. The one in the GT-I9300 prototype is clocked at 1.4GHz, and now we can finally get some confirmation that it has the same souped up quad-core Mali-400 GPU that Samsung uses in the dual-core Exynos 4212. 

Probably not more powerful than the quad-core PowerVR chip in the new iPad, but thanks to the upped clockage the Galaxy S III is poised to wipe the floor with any other Android device, as some preliminary leaks indicate. 

As far as the other specs, the HD Super AMOLED screen will undoubtedly be gorgeous, but we are a bit puzzled by the presence of the same 8MP camera with f/2.6 aperture like on the Galaxy S II, as the sample photos' EXIF data indicates, so we cross fingers the final unit has a slightly more upgraded module for the sake of novelty, and we don't mean the megapixel count.

source: Tinhte (requires registration), SlashGear & Samsung

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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)

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46 Comments

1. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Definitely looks awesome but I have feeling that it won't blow us away as much as the Galaxy SII did when it was revealed.

3. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Nevertheless, it's still going to be the next phone I buy!

35. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I think this might be the S3 as some articles point out that S3 won't be a major upgrade from S2 and the superior super-phone, Samsung would call it something else ? I do hope the event that Samsung holding on May 3rd in London will reveal the anticipated super-phone. If not i will go with HTC One X :P

41. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i9800 just show up, this could be the real S3 or the higer end of S3 ??

40. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 968; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Screen size is important for most users, but the "clockage" is only important to the power users. Only a small fraction of phone users care about what speed their CPU is running at, much less know the difference between different CPUs. If the battery is 2000+ mAh, then hopefully the SGS3 will be an all-day phone. Nothing sucks worse than having to charge the phone 2x per day. The awful battery life of 4G phones has been a huge turn-off.

2. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Samsung please for the love of god don't do this to me, I have waited and saved up money since november to get this thing. Don't get me wrong i love the specs EXCEPT the mali-400gpu I wanted the new mali T-604.

5. stipe

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

???....

6. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I said i wanted the new gpu instead of an old OC'd gpu, remind me of the old powervr

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Enjoy, information hungry people. :P

7. drazyw unregistered

Best be a dummy case because this thing is ugly.

11. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

It is a dummy case. That info was posted on engadget.com, go check it out!

8. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

HTC EVO 4G LTE, here I come.

10. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Don't get me wrong, the GPU part is annoying, but im sure the CPU will make up for it. I don't care about design near as much as performance

26. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

the gpu in the s4 is not horrible at all. it benchmarks only a bit lower than tegra 3

29. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I was referring to the Mali-400

36. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

ohh. we will have to find out how good it is. i dont see it being mindblowing

39. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I know, i hope it is the new mali-t604

9. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

hahaha lol @PhoneArenaUser I believe since it is a prototype from LAST DECEMBER (that is almost 6 months old), thing could be a lot different on May 3rd. I can't wait any longer, and I'm sure Sammy won't disappoint us :)

12. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I hope so. If they do ill probably still buy it lol just overclock the hell out of the GPU. I don't care about battery life xD im typically right beside of a power outlet.

14. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

LOL, let's wait and see :) There are some people getting mad with these leaks, and that's why I try not to follow the hood LOL :D

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol. this unit is over 4 months old. things change a lot in that short time. this more than likely just a test unit for the processor to work out any bugs. don't let your hopes deflate just yet. :)

24. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Your probably right, the new mali probably wasn't even ready then.

25. thnkthru3

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

Thumbs up to that!

38. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

http://bit.ly/IYA8bx surprise remixfa. lol

43. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

tell me that aint perty. i like what ya did with that 2tone brushed aluminum look on the back. thanks bob :)

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree!

23. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

As long as im near a power outlet im fine, ill have the GPU and CPU overclocked anyway lol

15. wendygarett unregistered

Galaxy M = Galaxy s3? Dont listen to this troll!! Clearly another FAKE made by iphonearena...

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its a test unit for the hardware. if i were them I wouldn't put all the real toys like the better camera in it. that just invites more leaks. I'm still hoping it has at least 1.5gb of ram in the final unit.

42. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I would not hope for that. RAM cosumes battery, and that´s mainly the reason why they don´t add more RAM like crarzies to mobile phones. What would you rather have, a phone with more RAM (that will be mostly unused) or one with more battery life? My take there is clear: more battery life. 1GB is more than enogh for current mobile applciations. Think that most of the phones have only 512 MB and applications for Android are designed for the weakest ones.

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