So, if you didn’t get enough of those Samsung Galaxy Nexus rumors from the anonymous 4chan user, then get ready to hear some more, and this time we’re talking about a phone that may not arrive until mid 2012 – the Samsung Galaxy S III. I have to say that some of the rumors don’t sound that crazy, and I’ll explain later why, while others don’t even make sense, which is why all this could be fake. But let’s jump right into it, and dissect it later:
The specifications for the SGSIII are of course subject to change, but are Samsung-developed 2.0GHz quad-core CPU (no codename given), 1.5gb RAM, 32gb internal memory (with sd card slot), and a 4.65 inch screen. A new display called Super AMOLED III is being developed specifically for the phone (SGS had Super AMOLED, SGS II had Super AMOLED Plus, SGS III has Super AMOLED III) with 1280×1024 resolution, giving the phone a ppi of 352, which they emphasized that a 352ppi will make it the highest ppi mobile phone.
It also has a 2250 mAh battery, 10 megapixel camera and is capable of shooting 1080p video at 60 frames per second, and will come with an inbuilt NFC chip. The device is 9mm thick, has a metal and glass body (a really clean, shiny look to it in the pictures), has a 2250mAh battery, 10 megapixel camera and is capable of shooting 1080p video at 60 frames per second.
The reason for no demo phone was that the screen technology was still in the final stages of design and production of them have not started.
The phone will have Androids latest Ice Cream Sandwich software and an all new TouchWiz 5 which has been in co-development with Google during the development of the Galaxy Nexus, so according to the Samsung representatives, it isn’t as “intrusive to Android” as previous TouchWiz versions were. It seems TouchWiz will play a minor role and only have little improvements to ICS. It won’t control the user experience.
One of the reasons why they’re not going with a full TouchWiz experience is for a few reasons, one being that the ICS experience is very user friendly already and also it will also Samsung to update software on their phones at a faster rate than they have in the past.
The first is the quad core 2.0 Ghz processor. Normally, you might think “no way, really?”, but I don’t think that’s actually strange. If anything it’s a very expected processor for mid 2012, when this phone will supposedly arrive. The quad core 1.5 Ghz Kal-El was supposed to arrive late this year, but Nvidia said it won’t come until Q1 2012. The quad core Kal-El+ which I figure will have 2 Ghz per core (or even 2.5 Ghz), should also arrive in phones around summer 2012. That’s also around the time a quad core 2.5 Ghz Krait should arrive. So I don’t find it that strange for Samsung to make a quad core 2 Ghz Exynos by then.
I don’t think a 1.5 GB of RAM would surprise anyone for that time frame. A 32 GB internal storage might also become standard for a high-end phone by then. Super AMOLED III could go well with their marketing for Galaxy S III. The battery of 2250 mAh may sound big, but keep in mind that a 4″ Atrix has a 1930 mAh battery, and a Galaxy Note with a 5.3″ screen will have a 2500 mAh battery. So a 2250 mAh battery for a 4.65″ screen fits right in the middle.
What’s next after 1080p video recording at 30 FPS? I guess 1080p at 60 FPS. It does sound a little too much, but I also don’t find it impossible. A 10 MP camera shouldn’t surprise anyone, although I think they should’ve all stopped at 5 MP. I can’t find a good reason for cameras to go over 5 MP for most people. I’d rather they focus on other stuff that can make the picture higher quality, than just increasing megapixels.
But here’s where this story breaks down. The first smaller issue I have with it is ICS for a mid-2012 launch. Does that mean Google won’t release another version at Google I/O? Or will the Galaxy S III launch just soon after that so they won’t have time to use the next version? If so, then I guess it would still have ICS, although I know Samsung is trying hard to use the latest version of Android for their Galaxy S flagships now.
By far the biggest issue I have with it, and you’ve probably noticed it, too, is the very strange, almost square 1280×1024 resolution. I can’t come up with an “excuse” for this one to exist. So either this tipster messed up the resolution, or the whole thing (and possibly the Galaxy Nexus rumors, too) is all fake.
Either way, it has certainly sparked our imagination for what we can expect next year. So are you still getting a Nexus phone or Galaxy S II this year, or are you going to wait for one of these monsters to come out?