What a rollercoaster! After days of furious speculations, today we’ve got two huge pieces of news concerning the Samsung Galaxy 3. First, Samsung’s VP for China told the press that the Galaxy S3 launch event may come in April, although it was originally planned for May.
Now, we have even bigger news – a leaked image originating from Dutch mobile blog GSMHelpdesk.nl shows a supposed Galaxy S3 that is very similar to the device shown in the leak we saw last Saturday. Moreover, GSMHelpdesk claims that the trusted source that supplied the image has also provided them with the full specs of the Samsung Galaxy S3.
New image corroborates with previous leak
[Updated with image supplied by commenter OBWhite.]
Here is the new image:
And here’s the image superimposed on the leak from last week, which surfaced via Reddit.
Needless to say, the two renders clearly represent the same device, although there are a few differences between them. First, the big rocker you can see on the left side of the first phone and the camera shutter button are, at first glance, missing from today’s leaked image. But, again, some leveling in Photoshop reveals that the rocker is present in the second image as well. Also, there are a few pixels present in the area where the camera button should be, although we can’t tell if that’s really the button or just some artifact.
The second apparent difference between the two leaks is the rendered screen image. While today’s image shows the same launch information like the image from Reddit (May 22, in London), there are a few notable differences. First, today’s leak shows a Gingerbread-like status bar and only four icons in the lower bar.
Second, the scheduled time for the Unpacked event differ: the Reddit leak says 6-7 PM, while GSMHelpdesk’s leak says 7-8 PM. Not a big difference and we are not sure what to make of it. Probably, the two images were created at different times, with today’s image (with its Gingerbread design cues) being presumably older.
As The Verge notes, the image used in today’s leaked render was used in previous Samsung press shots, which may or may not mean that the image is a fake. After all, Samsung designers may have just thrown a quick mockup, reusing some older official images.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Specifications!
GSMHelpdesk also claims that it received trusted information concerning the full specs of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3.
Here’s the list, as conveyed by the Dutch blog:
- Processor and memory
- Processor: quad-core 1.5 GHz
- RAM: 1GB
- Storage: 32GB
- Card Slot: Unknown
- 131 mm long
- 64 mm wide
- 8 mm thick
- 125 grams
- 1750 mAh
- 720 x 1280 resolution (HD)
- 313 ppi
- Super AMOLED Plus HD
- 12MP rear camera
- LED flash
- Slow motion,
- Time lapse
- Full HD (1080p) video recording
- 60 FPS video shooting
- 1.3 MP front camera
- 720p video recording (front camera)
- Dual Carrier HSPA 3G networks
- Download speeds of up to 42 Mbps
- Upload speeds of up to 5.76 Mbps
- Bluetooth 4.0
- WiFi a/b/g/n
- Micro USB 2.0
- HDMI out
- WiFi direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot option
In short, most of the presumed specifications provided by GSMHelpdesk’s source seem in line with previous rumors.
Samsung Galaxy S3 release date
The leak states that the May 22, 2012 Galaxy S3 release date (first seen in Saturday’s leak) still holds. However, considering the abundance of leaks coming out, Samsung may decide to hurry up and launch the Galaxy S3 sooner, maybe in April. This would be in line with the declaration we reported this morning.
We’ll update this post as we learn more. Meanwhile, tell us, what do you think about this new development? Real or not?