If This Is True, the Galaxy S3 Will Be the Best Phone of the Year – Again

by: LucianFebruary 27, 2012

Samsung is not perfect, and I think they are following the wrong strategy by releasing many rehashed devices lately. Still, this is how they have done business over the past several years. I’ve been amazed at Samsung’s ability to make the Galaxy S the phone of the year, twice in a row already. When the original Galaxy S launched, it was unbeatable for at least 7 months until the first dual core phone appeared on the market. Again, with the Galaxy S2, it was unbeatable for around 6 months until the Galaxy Nexus appeared, which perhaps not by coincidence, was also a Samsung device.

I started to feel a little disappointed with the latest rumors about the Galaxy S3. It all seems too predictable, and when things are predictable in the smartphone world, it only means one thing – that it will soon be beaten by a competitor’s product. I think it’s unfortunate the Galaxy S3 will likely have to go to market before the Exynos 5250 is ready (Cortex A15 based), because I would’ve really liked for it to arrive with that particularly powerful SoC. Considering how quickly the Samsung Autobot churns out devices, I still think they will launch a Galaxy S3 Plus, XT, or something by the end of the year with that the Exynos 5250. But, until then, I think the Galaxy S3 will still continue to dominate. Why? Well let’s start with this simple rumor.


BGR reports that the Galaxy S3 will feature a “Full HD” display. You can read that again. They say it will have a 1920×1080 resolution that usually comes with a big screen TV or a more expensive laptop, on a 4.8″ screen. That’s a density of ~460 PPI. This reminded me of an Anandtech article from last year, where they reviewed a Toshiba display with a ~500 PPI, which is pretty close to this. We predicted this in our Top Technologies Android Will get before the iPhone feature.

Here’s what they said about it then:

“The image above summarizes the advantage of high PPI. ~500PPI is starting to be close to the limits of human eye because even at very close range (like in the image), seeing the individual pixels is nearly impossible. At normal viewing distance, it would be impossible to see individual pixels.”

If the Galaxy S3 has a 1080p display, even if it comes in July as another rumor says, it would be well worth the wait, and would make it the device of the year – once again. But I’m starting to believe Samsung will have other surprises for us, too. For one, there’s the already rumored ceramic back, which could be very interesting, and could give it a great design and solid and smooth feel in the hand.Of course this is just speculation for now, and until Samsung make it all official, we could see a few more things either added or removed from this rumored specs list:

  • 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor
  • 4.8-inch “full HD” 1080p resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio display
  • A 2-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel (zero-shutter lag) rear camera
  • Ceramic case
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 4.0
  • possibly bezel-less, which would explain the 4.8″ screen

Any takers?

  • valapsp

    Without doubt the first taker.

  • Winek

    Was and will be unbeatable only with in Android phones. iPhone with iOS will beat it again :)

    • Mr. Polemic

      hmmm..commenting with certainty that one as of yet unreleased phone (s3) will be beaten by * surprise surprise* another as of yet unreleased phone (Iphone5).Right.
      Calm down apple fanboy. lets wait for the devices to actually be released and reviewed before we start the trolling huh?

      • Winek

        Im not a apple fan boy. I had iphone 4 from the very first day than i changed it to Galaxy Nexus and Im happy with it. Bigger screen thats a plus but on the other hand apps for iOS are much more better than for android phones. If iphone 5 will have a 4″ screen I will jump back to iphone it just suits me better.

    • wereoriuo dsfjoierie

      i’m not fanboy of any os.
      i use first iphone. sell after few months and i use htc diamond.
      than back iphone 3gs cause of apps. like it. use for a few months again.
      bought iphone 4 on the first day. queue for 8 hours to get it. use iphone 4 until samsung galaxy s2 release.
      use samsung galaxy s2. never regret and never come back to ios.
      both os is nice. just the fucking steve jobs. that’s why I prefer android.

  • balthuszar

    so which year was the galaxy s3 available other than this year?

  • hot_spare

    Hey Lucian, I didn’t know that you write this blog till recently. I see you often over Engadget and a few other places. Keep up the good work :)

    Back to topic — Not sure if I would take a SAMOLED HD “PLUS” or a PenTile Full HD display. I am sure both would do just fine :)

    • Thanks. If it’s actually 1080p, chances are it’s Pentile, but you never know. The thing is making such high resolution displays for phones is very expensive, and Pentile is a bit cheaper. But I think it would still be a step-up from a 720p “Plus” display, as far as overall quality and crispness goes. But if I had the choice of a 1080p Plus and Pentile, I’d choose the Plus of course.

  • xFenixKnightx

    4.5 PLEASE!!! 720p on a 4.5 screen would be 326ppi and perfect!!! Just can’t see this thing coming with a 1080p screen.

    • It’s important to remember that it will probably have virtual buttons, not physical ones, and also very small bezel. At the very least it should be no bigger than the Galaxy Nexus, which other than the top and bottom, it’s not much bigger than a Galaxy S2.

  • Gipoz

    Exynos 5250 is a must for me.
    When I buy a phone I want to buy the best possible. I’m going to stay with it for at-least 2-3 years so there’s no room for compromises. buying less than that is buying outdated technology from day 1.
    Only other option is to wait or to buy a different powerful phone.
    I don’t need a quad core phone… would take quad only if it’s 5250 quad.

  • Belle

    I thought it would be 12 megapixel rear camera? :(

    • There are still rumors for now, and we’re still months away from the actual launch, but if it’s the zero-shutter lag camera, then it will be 8MP. The higher MP you go, the harder it is to make the shutter very fast, so having slightly less MP than whatever the competition will have then will be a side-effect of that. Still mega-pixels are not everything about a camera’s quality, even though they are closely linked in general. We’ll see how the quality goes.

      One thing is for sure: phone cameras have been historically slow compared to compact cameras, and I’m not even going to mention DSLR’s, and I think it’s ok we have a small compromise in future quality of the phone cameras, if we get faster cameras. The quality should still improve from generation to generation, though.

  • Jalpeonic

    If it’s really 4.8 inches, it would be the biggest smartphone ever, just before the Galaxy Note. I hope that would be the case, bigger is always better in my book when it comes to playing games or the rare search on the web. I wouldn’t buy a Galaxy Note at this point, despite how good they look, because of the advent of all these quad-core phones.