Samsung Galaxy S III to be just 7mm thin, quad-core processor and LTE regurgitated again

Samsung Galaxy S III to be just 7mm thin, quad-core processor and LTE regurgitated again
Samsung has reportedly managed to shrink the PCB board and other components in its upcoming Galaxy S III flagship 10-20% compared to its current achievements in the Galaxy S II, which is not too shabby at 8.49mm in its thinnest parts either.

This shrinkage has allowed it to make the Galaxy S III just 0.27" (7mm) thin. As far as we understood from Google's Korean translation, the Galaxy S III is expected to feature the same "hump" on the back where currently the 8MP camera on the Galaxy S II resides. In fact, the Korean source says it will feature an 8MP camera as well, capable of 1080p video recording, despite the hinted 12MP shooter that leaked in a shady presentation last year and was also confirmed by Eldar Murtazin not long ago, so the jury is still out on this one. There is also a mention of a 3D-enabled model, though it's not exactly clear if it's for the camera, the display, or both.

The translation is quite murky, but it clearly mentions the months May and March 2011 - May this year seems as a possible launch month, and the latter as the month since Samsung started working on the Galaxy S III. If this rumor holds water, making such a thin 0.27" chassis out of metal seems a bit of a stretch, so Samsung might have gone again with some kind of plastic for the Galaxy S III, despite many people wishing for a metal shell.

There will certainly be a lot more rumors in the meantime to clarify the build material, but a quad-core processor and LTE connectivity are mentioned in this rumor as well as the previous whispers from people in the know, so they seem pretty certain at this point. The mystery is whether it will be the 1.8GHz quad-core Exynos 4412, or the Exynos 5-series monsters that Samsung demonstrated to us recently powering a WQXGA display.

source: ETNews (translated) via SlashGear

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.3
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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40 Comments

35. justme

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Right now I'm looking more at the S2+...possibly some hope to get it on VZW at least a little sooner than this.

37. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

have a feelin VZW won't pass on the GS3

38. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Probably not, but by the time it comes out on Verizon, the SGS4 will be about to be released overseas.

39. SoopaManLuv

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

I'm hoping they don't pass. Rt now tha only good Samsung option (in my opinion) is tha GNexus...which I'll probably end up getting cause I need a new phone like yesterday...

29. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Damn.

28. Tonivstono

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Samsung Can you make it a little bit heavier eventhought it's thin.....Because I hate light phone...It's make the phone feel cheap......XD

27. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

again a sad news for apple

23. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

7mm thick battery with Super AMOLED + 720p display, quadcore processor and LTE....really smart Samsung.

20. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I'll probably get my first Samsung if it will come out with a metal chasis.. if not, no thanks..

15. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

7mm - failed opportunity for a clever design (like 8.8mm and an 3000mah battery, for example) 8mp camera - major fail. I'd rather take something like Sony ion

24. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

the 8mp cam doesnt really face a diff megapixels matter but not as much as you think they do. phonearena did a article a few days ago on this. it also matters on aperture size the lens optics etc etc.

25. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

look at alot of 8mp phones out there. there cams suck but then you look at the sgs2 or iphone4s they have superior optics and everything. many 5mp cams outperform alot of 8mps because of the optics and other factors

34. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Who looks for megapixels in a photocamera never made a photo with a real photocamera. Main factors are the optic and sensor. Every megapixel above 3 is unnecessary unless you're a detective and need to zoom pictures. On a full Hd monitor 1920*1080=about 2M pixels.

14. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

personally im on tmobile so ill buy it unlocked :P idc if i have to get it f**king imported i am not waiting an extra 6 months like last year

19. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Happy Halloween for me again. How much do you think the international version will run? I'm guessing $750-800.

21. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

i will save my income taxes xD idc how much it costs i want it the week or day it releases

22. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

but the last sgs sold for roughly $600-$700 depending where you bought it at. if overseas the shipping is insane

26. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Yeah it was like 700 early on. This thing has GOT to be more expensive though. But cool for you if your gonna buy it. Even if I sell my GSII for 400, I'd hate to spend an additional $300+ personally.

36. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

itll be probably $700 because over time hardware becomes cheaper.

12. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Galaxy S3 will probably comes out at Q4 in the U.S =/ I wonder if the new Sony can be a challenger to the spot of the phone of the year or not. I can't wait for the next iPhone as well. I love technology, especially with mobile phones!

5. Tatperson

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Don't you guys think that phones are becoming too thin these days?

7. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

only if it compromises battery life.

18. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

It automatically compromises battery life because you can only get MORE life with a bigger battery. Where is the desire for these companies to give us crazy ridiculous battery life vs. crazy ridiculous thinness. They are already thin enough and now its just thin for the sake of saying its thin.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Agreed. Plus, phones are getting so thin now they're close to being uncomfortable to hold. I don't want a brick, but maybe 10mm with a 25% larger battery versus the 7mm. That's a tradeoff I'd be willing to take. Better yet, we need some advances in battery tech, to make them hold more for the size. That way thems that want ultra thin can have it, too.

40. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

My RAZR (NOT a MAXX) gets 2.5-3 days, so no complaints here

13. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Maybe but the advantage is that if you want or need to put a good case on the phone then the phone still will have a nice thin profile. Remembering the older days of the brick phones with even thicker case makes me shiver!

17. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

I do. My Vibrant was so thin that I hated to hold it without a case and same goes for my GSII. The RAZR MAXX should be a new trend where the space created from the smaller components gives way to a bigger battery. If the GSIII promices 10 hours of hardcore use with a 7mm body then give me a 9.9mm version that gives me 20 hours.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This.

3. Striker

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Naaah(yawn), if it runs on Handroid again - no, thanks. If they fix the display, change the OS and improve battery life, maybe I can consider buying.

4. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Lol, if the phone isn't your cup of tea then why bash it? Then why click the link? Then why care? Don't troll on the best phone of the year!!

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