For the past 2 smartphone tech generations, Samsung has gone beyond our expectations in terms of performance and quality with their high-end Galaxy S models. So I wouldn’t be too surprised if next year they’ll launch once again a smartphone that will be kind of the hill for the following 6 months or so, just like the previous Galaxy S models were.
We’ve heard some rumors before that Galaxy S3 will be a quad core phone, and some of the newer rumors seem to confirm that:
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI
- 4.6 inch HD Super AMOLED Plus display
- 1.5 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor
- 1.5-2 GB RAM
- 12 MP rear camera
If this is true then the processor will have a quad core Cortex A9 1.5 Ghz CPU manufactured at 32 nm, and although we know nothing about the GPU yet, it’s possible it’s the newer Mali T-604 which was announced in November 2010 (it takes about 2 years from announcement to market, and about 1 year from demo to market). Back then they said it would be 5x faster than previous Mali GPU’s, and I’m guessing they were referring to its predecessor Mali 400, which was used in the Galaxy S2.
We also know of a Cortex A15-based dual core 2 Ghz Exynos 5250 processor that would start sampling in Q2 next year, but it won’t be in a real product until late 2012, so I wouldn’t expect it in Galaxy S3, but perhaps in the future Nexus phone if Google decides to go with Samsung again.
However, Samsung has said that this chips is mostly intended for tablets, so unless it’s going to be paired with a couple of Cortex A7 processors, too, I doubt we’ll see it in phones. The jury is still out on the TI OMAP 5 which won’t have Cortex A7 in the big.Little configuration, but it will have something similar with Cortex M4 processors, to save energy.
The display rumor for the Galaxy S3 – 1280×720 Super AMOLED Plus – is most likely true (it won’t have Pentile Matrix). Also I’d expect it to have more RAM, and a better camera with a higher MP count and better sensors. Of course, it should also have one of the latest versions of Android 4.xx.
Now here’s the fan-made video that should make you a little excited for the upcoming Galaxy S3: