Samsung Galaxy S III: design, specs and release date rumors

Samsung Galaxy S III: design, specs and release date rumors
It's safe to say that last year's Samsung Galaxy S II became the ultimate Android smartphone of all times. The handset found its place at the very top of every Android fan's wish list, and rightfully so, as it managed to fit a large screen in a relatively compact body, as well as an outstanding processor, amazing camera and pretty much everything else that you might think of. But the Galaxy S II wasn't the hit that it was only because of its specs, though. Samsung actually managed to fit all the hardware goodies into an amazingly thin form-factor, which ultimately made the Galaxy S II stand out from the crowd of high-spec'd Android powerhouses.

We are now nearing the launch of the third Galaxy S phone, and as you can imagine, there's a lot of excitement going on. Everyone's waiting to see what improvements Samsung has made, what materials it has used for the body, how big the screen will be, what processor it to power the device, etc., etc. Of course, nothing is official yet; Samsung has somehow managed to keep this thing away from prying eyes, which is an achievement by itself. So, what we've decided to do here is to gather all the solid rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S III and try to form a fuller idea about the handset. Let's see what we've got!


The first two iterations of the Galaxy S series didn't make that much of a statement as far as looks and material quality go. The Galaxy S II's design is valued more as an engineering achievement than as a beautiful product. The Galaxy S phones we've seen until now have been entirely made of basic plastic - the typical Samsung affair. However, what we're hearing is that for the Galaxy S III, Samsung is to improve its work in the design and materials department. It's said that the manufacturer has used higher-quality materials such as ceramics for the body of the Galaxy S III. We're not sure if this would make it better than a metal or glass casing, but it would certainly be an incredible improvement over the plastic used in previous Galaxy S handsets. And who knows, the manufacturer may implement it in such a way that it could be unlike anything we've seen.

Although there isn't even an unofficial word on the dimensions of the phone, we're willing to believe that the Galaxy S III may be a bit larger in comparison to its predecessor, due to the fact that it's very likely for it to be equipped with a larger display. Here's for hoping that the difference in size won't be that substantial, since the relatively compact and very thin design of the S II was among its main advantages. Thankfully, one of the many rumors claims that the device will have a 7mm profile, so there probably isn't too much of a reason to worry.

Just a note: the picture that you see in this post is just a mock-up and not an actual rendering of the real Galaxy S III. We have a picture of the real deal, but won't show it to you, just because... OMG, don't shoot!!! We have no picture here, it was just a joke! Jesus...



Now, there's much more to talk about with regards to Galaxy S III specs, simply because there have been more leaks in this respect. And boy does the Galaxy S III shape up as an outstanding smartphone, at least in the imagination of some enterprising tipsters. But, the truth is, that a lot of the details we've heard are actually quite possible, so it wouldn't be a big surprise if Galaxy S III does indeed turn out to be a winner in the specs department.

To begin with, the handset is said to pack a brand new quad-core processor, of course. More specifically, it is expected to be clocked at 1.5-1.8 GHz, which automatically means the phone will be packing quite a punch. Those who have used the Galaxy S II have their hopes set for a new Exynos processor - Samsung's own line of SoCs (System-on-Chips). In case we do see a new Exynos powering the Galaxy S III, it'll most probably be the Exynos 4412, which is built with 32nm technology, allowing it to deliver better power efficiency than the current dual- and quad-core offerings like the Tegra 3, all the while providing an even better user experience in terms of performance. If you'd like to learn more about this new quad-core beast of a processor, check our article about it!

However, as we've seen with some other top-tier devices recently, manufacturers decide to switch to a dual-core Qualcomm processor for the U.S. versions of the phone, in order to be able to include LTE connectivity. Examples for such cases are the Samsung Galaxy Note and the HTC One X. Here's for hoping that this won't happen with the Galaxy S III as well, and U.S. customers will be able to experience the full quad-core Exynos goodness... if that's the processor of choice for Samsung, of course.


When it comes to the amount of memory installed on the device, we're pretty much in the dark. Still, there is one unofficial report that points at having 2GB RAM on the device, which does sound pretty good. Otherwise, storage capacity will probably be 16 or 32 GB.


The rumors regarding the screen size of the Samsung Galaxy S III are claiming that it will have a diagonal of 4.5 to 4.8 inches. That would be quite an increase from its predecessor, which had a 4.3" display. Generally, we don't mind having a bigger screen, but we do mind it if that's at the expense of device dimensions. In short, if having a 4.8" screen on the Galaxy S III means having a phone significantly bigger than the Galaxy S II - thanks, but we'd rather stay with the 4.3" one. That's our personal preference, of course. The best thing would be if we have a 4.8" screen on a body that's as big as the one of the S II, but we're not really sure if that's even possible.

As far as resolution goes, obviously most sources are expecting a 720x1280-pixel screen, as in some recent hi-end smartphones. Some, however, are speculating that we'll see a 600x1024 screen, which wouldn't be so cool. As you might expect, there are also some contrasting speculations, promising us a real 1080x1920 display. We would rather stick to the 720p theory for now.

In terms of technology, we are expecting Super AMOLED HD, as in the Galaxy Note, which means Super AMOLED-grade quality, coupled with HD resolution and PenTile arrangement of the pixels, but wouldn't it be awesome if Samsung debuts a new Super AMOLED HD Plus technology with the Galaxy S III, which is just the same as Super AMOLED HD, but using an RGB matrix? However, there's this other report which mentions something about a new Super AMOLED III technology, developed specifically for the Galaxy S III. We'll have to wait and see, obviously.


It is widely believed that the camera on the next Galaxy S phone will be a 12MP one. It's almost certain that it will also be complemented by an LED, or dual-LED flash, hopefully a capable one. The Galaxy S II was a great camera phone, and it also took very good 1080p video. However, we're starting to see some manufacturers paying more and more attention to the cameras of their phones, and by the looks of it 2012 will be a year when we'll see a pretty good amount of innovation in this area. The iPhone 4S has set the current standard in this respect, but we also have the Nokia 808 PureView on the way with its 41MP sensor and lossless zoom capabilities. We also have HTC who has developed a brand new technology called ImageChip that's expected to take mobile photography on the company's devices to a whole new level. These are actually the reasons why we expect Samsung to do some other innovation in its camera besides upping the resolution. Knowing the attention Samsung pays to its phone cameras, chances are we'll most probably get what we want.

On the video recording front, we expect the Samsung Galaxy S III to be capable of capturing 1080p video, same as its predecessor. However, we're willing to believe that the improvement here will be with regards to the quality of the video material.


Naturally, the Galaxy S III is to sport 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity, where available. It's also a no brainer that it will come with LTE support in the U.S. and in the other parts of the world that have LTE networks set up. However, as we said earlier, we do hope that the LTE version of the device will stick to the quad-core Exynos processor and won't use a dual-core solution by Qualcomm, similarly to the Galaxy Note and One X. In those areas where LTE is unavailable, the Galaxy S III will most probably deliver those beloved 4G speeds through HSPA+.


By now it should be crystal clear to everyone that the Galaxy S III will be running on Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is great. It'll also have the TouchWiz user interface on top, which isn't so great. Still, we think we have an idea how Samsung might ease the pain here. The company needs to come up with a new, 5th version of its custom UI, which looks way better than what we have on the Galaxy S II. This should do it, however, whether or not Samsung has any such plans is still a mystery.


We've finally reached the painful part for every Android addict. We've literally been flooded with rumors regarding the Galaxy S III release date, however, almost all of them have been proven wrong so far. Frankly, the best guess, according to us, so far is that we should expect the device in the first half of the year, or early Q3 at the latest. This is as certain as it is nonspecific. Still, South African carrier Cell C has already confirmed that it expects to have the handset in July, so that's probably when we should expect it. One thing we really hope for is that it won't take forever this time for Samsung to bring the handset to the U.S., as with the first and second Galaxy S.

Aaand this pretty much sums it all up, guys and gals. It's clearly visible that the Samsung Galaxy S III shapes up as a real killer handset, at least in terms of specs. For the first time though, we're also excited about the build quality of the device, having in mind that rumored ceramic body. What do you think about the Galaxy S III? What would you like to see in it? The time to share your opinion on the Android handset of the year has come!

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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. Yeahman

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

There's so much hype around this phone. I wanna see it already!

10. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

"We have a picture of the real deal, but won't show it to you, just because... OMG, don't shoot!!! We have no picture here, it was just a joke! Jesus..." that made my day. I recall iPhone 5 Hypes... and now everyone is hyped for the S3.

2. DanMarino13

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

If i get an Android phone as opposed to a Windows phone in 2012, this will be my one and only consideration.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

samsung is working on a reduced bezel/ bezel free screen.. hopefully that will be in the sgs3 to compensate for an increased screen size. also the 4212 chip is 42mb/s and lte compatible so we should see the end of the crap American versions.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

About the screen, is they get rid of the home button it may fit 4.8" rather easy without compromising the device. What I really want to see instead of a thinner profile is a better battery, maybe a technology that gives me 1 day of heavy usage while being as thick as its predecessor, I think companies are doing it Wong, we don't want bulky phones of course we want them compact, but bragging about a thin phone means nothing if battery won't last

55. Phullofphil

Posts: 1800; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

If you want to get a idea i am.betting the galaxy nexus with improved hardware and better materals. So the only thing simular i would.guess is ics android 4 and a all screen no hardwar button design like nexus so fitting a 4.6 inch screen into the same size body of the galaxy s 2 is easily done. My guess is there waiting to get the new exenos chip out for this phone and have about 1.5 or 2 gb of memmory. Even though at this point having dedicated memmory for each of the graphics and main computer area like a regular computer would be more eficiant. The screen resolution i am guesing is samebas galaxy nexus but rgb instead of pentile. I do hope.all the hard ware lile the speakers and led lights and lte radio and more are better tjey are not that good at all on my galaxy nexus. Motorola i think is tops in that area as with battery life and management. Thin is good bit if they can make it thinner but have optional extended battery like the galaxy nexus that does not change the overal shape but a bigger battery increase is my main hope. Battery life on lte is the key for me

5. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

1. Design - no clue. Ceramic seems like a possibility. 2. Processor - Exynos 5250 (hopefully). Why are you guys so excited about quad core 4412?? That's A9 old tech. Exynos 5250 will slaughter anything out there including A5X, Tegra3, S4. That thing is the only SoC with 12.8GB/s memory bandwidth. Double of anything under the sun right now. Only SoC which natively supports 2560 x 1600 WQXGA display. It uses T604 GPU which is 5x times powerful compared to a Mali400. Even after all these, which moron would like to take a 4412 instead of a 5250?? 3. Memory - anything between 1 and 2 GB. 4. Rest all are mere speculation. Launch before London Olympics.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the 4412 dual core offers a 50% improvement over the current 4410 in power and battery life. which is still more than the t3 or s4. so yea.. make it a quad core and its near 100% improvement in power. the 5xxx exynos a15 dual core is the same power as the 4212 quad core but with better battery usage and probably an increased gpu. the 5xxx quad core is going to be monster when it drops. but neither of the 5xxx chips are expected before Christmas. it would be great to be in the sgs3 but don't get your hopes up too high.

40. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

5250 is in mass production from Q2. This was clearly stated in the Q4 earning call.

6. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Knowing Crapsung, their designs are a total CRAP. Plastic all over the body again for sure and boring looks.

16. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

someone cant read -.-

53. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

you do realize that all of those mentioned in this article are all RUMORS.. and YES IT SAYS THAT SAMSUNG WILL USE CERAMIC. But its still a rumor. If you follow Samsung models, all are made with cheap plastics and all of them looks boooring. I doubt that Samsung will use ceramic or something else.

57. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

Specs of iPhone 5 -Bigger screen -New Design -Retina Amoled Display -7mm thick -3D Cameras -Quad Core processor -2gb of RAM -Premium quality material -No bezel summary of all the things i heard abt the up coming iPhone5. sounds like a killer phone doesnt it? oh but im sorry, IT'S JUST A RUMOR, and yet, look at all the iPhone freaks believing it

42. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Aw someone seems to be a little upset because they know deep down that Apple has been using the same design for their iPhone (with the exception of the HUGE change [sarcasm] from having a rounded back to a more rectangular look) since its creation back in 2007.

45. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

yep little design since 2007 and still be one of the nicest looking cell phone out there... why change the design when second string Android other than the RAZR and the Xperia has failed to come out with nice looking phones

47. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

First of all, the iPhone 4 and 4S are not "nice looking". The old iPhone 3G and 3GS were the best looking out of all of them. The design is overused and now that it is rectangular looking, they also made it look worse. I think the only reason they didn't change the design was because they knew no matter what that people would buy it because it had their name on it, so to them it was like why even bother? I bet you if Apple were to slap their logo on a Samsung design people would eat it up like candy.

54. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

why do some people are just plain stupid? I criticize Samsung but it doesn't mean that I'm an iPhone or Apple user. I'm an Android user and I use HTC. They have way better taste than Crapsung.

59. dustadorre

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Do you really need to say Crapsung? It makes you sound 10 years old and lends no credibility to what you are saying...

30. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Though I'm an Android fan, I don't like only one thing the updates we receive after we buy the phone, apart from that all good. If you say about plastic, most of the people need durability, which we get in the plastic. Ugly design, might be for few people, because all our thoughts will not be same. Apple royalist, good that you like a product and support for it, same we do for Android and Samsung. Beside I've Samsung Android phone and Apple iPad 2 :)

9. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

sounds awesome i dont wanna talk about this phone til i see FACT and not guessing otherwise it turns into "iphone like hype"....but a pure mix of GS2 and Galaxy Nexus would be awesome on its own but your saying even better than that....awesome

12. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

wont ceramic break easily? O.o

21. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Nope, the ceramic that is possibly being used is stronger than the aluminum used in some phones

23. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

ohhh.. i hope it is.. if not one fall and the phone's a goner :/ looking forward to it tho ^^

25. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

me to, just by the rumors im hyped up

27. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

hi5 dude!

35. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Dont think Samsung make a ceramic body that will break easily and ceramic carbide for an ex, can only be scratch by diamond. Of course I doubt ceramic carbide black will be use on SGS3. Just as ex: how strong ceramic can be. :) Not those ceramic vase that breaks easily.

24. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

good impersonation :D

26. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011


28. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

me to

29. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I don't like this design at all. What happened to the other design with the oversized clock widget on it? That one looked too awesome.

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