Up until now we haven’t heard much about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S III, the successor to the currently selling Galaxy S II. That may have something to do with the fact that the Galaxy S III is probably many months away at this point. Not to break with tradition, Samsung is expected to introduce the Galaxy S III in February of 2012 during Mobile World Congress. As for it landing in stores, that will probably happen a couple of months after that.
So the key thing to remember here is that you won’t be buying a Galaxy S III this holiday season. That said, if you were curious as to what Samsung could possibly cram into the new device, here’s some good news. Phandroid received what an anonymous source claims is a slide from a Samsung presentation intended for its carrier and retail partners.
The image, which you can see above, nicely outlines the Galaxy S line so far, with the original device and this year’s Galaxy S II, but also adds some details about the upcoming Galaxy S III, alongside a blurry render of what said smartphone should look like. And let’s start with that. It’s quite a departure, design-wise, from the common language seen in the two devices so far, which may have something to do with Samsung becoming tired of Apple suing it for ‘trade dress’.
Next up, we get some specs. Make sure you’re sitting down for this though. The Galaxy S III is said to come with a 1.8 GHz dual-core Samsung-made Exynos processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED Plus HD. The ‘Plus’ in that name means that there will be no pentile matrix in sight there, as there probably will be in the Galaxy Nexus. The Samsung Galaxy S III will also apparently sport a 12 MP camera, and will have NFC and LTE support. It will be even thinner than the Galaxy S II, and will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (of course).
You should obviously take all of the above with a grain of salt, because as of now this is filed in the ‘unconfirmed rumors’ category. Still, it’s nice to already get a glimpse so far into the mobile future. And if the aforementioned specs turn out to be real, it’s interesting to note that Samsung didn’t go for a quad-core processor for its flagship smartphone of 2012. That’s despite Nvidia’s efforts of trying to convince everyone that quad-core (or penta-core) processors will be a given next year. Now we just have to wait and see how things will actually pan out.
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