Later today Samsung will unveil its flagship smartphone for the year 2012 in London. In fact the launch is only six hours away at the time of writing this article. Samsung has done pretty good job of keeping things hidden and till now we yet to see a conclusive leak. But there are few things we expect, read on to find out more. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 launch on August 27? New report suggests
Name: In the build up to the Galaxy S3 launch, Samsung started a new site called thenextgalaxy.com. Samsung has even called the device the next galaxy. As per the company’s official stance the Galaxy S3 moniker does not stand and the device’s name will be revealed only at the event. Having said that, a Samsung representative referred to the device as the Galaxy S3 in an earning call, plus our colleagues at BGR Classic also received a screenshot of the boot screen of the device which clearly stated Samsung Galaxy S3, i9300. Also Read - Samsung now lets you make an appointment to shop at its stores, book demo via WhatsApp
Processor: This perhaps is the only thing that has been confirmed. The device will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad CPU clocked at 1.4GHz. The quad-core chip utilizes the ARM Cortex A9 framework and has been manufactured using Samsung’s latest 32nm process. For the US perhaps, Samsung will opt to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip which integrates a LTE radio, but in India we will receive the model with the Exynos chip. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE flaunts itself again on benchmark, reveals RAM for high-end Samsung model
Display: There has been some talk about the display on the next Galaxy. A couple of months ago BGR Classic reported that the Galaxy S3 will have a 4.8-inch display with a full HD 1080p resolution. However, over the past few months many sites have reported that device will only carry a 720p resolution. While this may disappoint some people, we believe this actually could make sense as even with a 720p display the Galaxy S3 will cross the 300-ppi retina display barrier. Any increase in the resolution will probably not have a major impact on the wow factor.
Apart from this, we do believe that Samsung will employ its Super AMOLED Plus technology for the display on the Galaxy S3, unlike the Super AMOLED HD Pentile display found on the Galaxy Nexus.
Build: According to a BGR Classic report a couple of months ago, the Galaxy S3 might feature a ceramic back. We don’t know much about this but if the device comes with a ceramic back then Samsung would be definitely doing something new in terms of smartphone industrial design. One thing is for sure, we can expect the Galaxy S3 to be a more premium device than the its predecessor, which was universally panned for its plasticky build.
Camera: We are hearing that either a 8-megapixel camera or a 12-megapixel camera could come with the Galaxy S3. We can expect features like 1080p video, and zero shutter lag. On the whole we can expect an impressive camera considering the Galaxy S2 is still is amongst the best camera phones in the market.
Software: Apart from the device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy S3 should also feature the latest version of TouchWiz, which is Samsung’s own take on Android customization. Hopefully, this time around Samsung will drop the cartoony, buck ugly iconography and retain some of the visual brilliance of Android 4.0, including Roboto.
Other features could include a new version of Kies Air and some kind of cloud integration. Samsung is also expected to unveil its cloud service, so perhaps the company could show off some integration.
And the other stuff: Obviously there is more to had here. In terms of RAM, a minimum of 1GB is a certainty, but some rumors suggest that Samsung could outfit the device with a gargantuan 2GB of RAM.
We can expect the device to be available in 16GB and 32GB versions and maybe even a 64GB one, however we believe the 64GB is a bit of a long shot.
In terms of colors recent rumors suggest the device could come in Blue and White. Even the Samsung invite for the event hints at these two colors. Notably, some sites have suggested that the blue shade could be a very blackish one with the blue ting being virtually indistinguishable from the color black.
On the whole Samsung has succeeded in shielding the Galaxy S3 from the leaky cauldron of the tech blogosphere and at the same time has managed to create an aura and hype, that we only know to be true of Apple products, especially the iPhone.
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