Not everyone may like rumors, but when it’s a rumor about the Samsung Galaxy S3, we’re all ears. Samsung’s newest flagship has clocked in more than 10 million pre-ordered units, so it’s natural that everyone wants to know what this hype is about. Though these specs are just speculations, we’d like to see what these rumors might be like up against the extremely popular Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100. There’s no one definitive source but we’ve crawled the Internet to bring to you whatever we could find on Samsung’s new powerhouse.
How much of a chance does the Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 stand against the Galaxy S3? Let’s take a look.
Design and Display
We’re all familiar with the Galaxy S2 and we all know how people loved this phone. Let’s talk about its specs briefly. The Galaxy S2 has a screen size of 4.3″ and a resolution of 480×800 pixels on a Super AMOLED Plus screen. It’s crisp with 217 ppi. The Galaxy S2 packs dimensions of 66 x 125 x 8mm, which makes it a thin phone, though some users complained that it made it difficult to hold the Galaxy S2 if you had smaller hands.
The Galaxy S3, on the other hand, has a much higher resolution screen. Details are a little fuzzy, with some sources claiming it to have a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and others saying 1280×720 pixels, to match the Galaxy Nexus.
Regardless, it’s said to pack either 319 or 468 ppi, which means anything on its HD Super AMOLED Plus 4.6-inch screen will be vivid and gorgeous. Though the size is one that most rumors have agreed on, there are other rumors that speculate the Galaxy S3’s possible screen size to be even bigger, at anywhere between 4.7 to 5.0 inches.
Whatever the size, we’re sure to be promised a stunning view. The Galaxy S3 isn’t just going for bolder, but it’s also going for sexier; the Galaxy S3 is rumored to be thinner than its predecessor at 7 mm. Interestingly, the Galaxy S3 has been said to be have a ceramic body, which would make it light and scratch-resistant but probably not too sturdy if dropped.
Processor and Operating System
The Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 came out of the box with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, but the Galaxy S3 is said to run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But, whether that is out of the box or something that the Galaxy S3 can upgrade to is still debatable. The Galaxy S3 however also comes with TouchWiz 5.0 UI and a different processor.
The Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 wielded a dual-core 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos processor, but the Galaxy S3 is said to be packing a quad-core ARM A9 Exynos 4212 chipset designed by Samsung itself. Rumors differ, with some saying that the Galaxy S3 can clock in at 1.5 GHz while others say that the Exynos 4212 may help the Galaxy S3 clock in at 1.8 GHz. Whichever way you look at it, the Galaxy S3 is already shaping up to be a powerhouse in the palm of your hand.
The Galaxy S2 packed an internal memory of 32 GB and 1 GB of RAM. It’s expandable up to 32 GB through microSD. The Galaxy S3 is generous with its internal memory of 32 GB. We are not sure yet if it’s expandable, but bets are on that it is. Some sources say that it’ll be packing 2 GB RAM, double the size of what the Galaxy S2 has to offer.
The Galaxy S2 packs an 8 MP rear-facing camera and a front-facing 2 MP camera. Some conservative rumors peg the Galaxy S3’s camera at 8 MP, not unlike the Galaxy S2’s camera, but other rumors say that it might be packing 12 MP instead. A secondary 2 MP front-facing camera will also be available for video chats on the Galaxy S3.
The Galaxy S2 may have packed a 1650 mAh battery, which provides talk time of about 18.30 hours and standby time of about 710 hours, but the Galaxy S3 is said to be equipped with something with more punch, an “all day battery.”
Rumors waffle between 1750 mAh and 2250 mAh, but regardless of which one you believe and which one actually shows up on the market, a more powerful battery is a great idea. With how much power the Galaxy S3 is packing, we’d certainly need an equally powerful battery to keep up with.
Overall, the rumors sound extremely appealing. The Galaxy S3 is not only more powerful, it’s also got a larger screen and more battery life. It goes without saying that it outshines its predecessor, the Galaxy S2, but until we get our hands on an actual Galaxy S3, rumors are just rumors.
But, with its release so close, sometime in April or in May (the rumor mills still haven’t really agreed on that), there’s still a window of time for people to add more gossip to the rumor mill or for Samsung to actually throw us a bone with solid, honest-to-goodness specs.