New Details Emerge on Samsung Galaxy S3: Ceramic Back, 4.8-inch HD Screen & More

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 26, 2012

With the Galaxy S2 still going strong (over 10 million units sold in the last four months), we understand why Samsung isn’t hurrying to out its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S3 (or S III, as the official branding goes). But for true Android fans, the wait for Koreans’ new flagship device is agonizing.

The S2 is a wonderful piece of hardware, so our expectations for the next generation of the Galaxy S are lofty. Thankfully, more and more rumors indicate that the S3 will definitely be worth the wait.

BGR claims that the new Galaxy S3 will treat our eyes with some serious eye candy. According to their sources, the new S3 will boast a magnificent 4.8-inch display, probably a Super AMOLED Plus HD screen. In other words, if you love the display of the S2, you’ll absolutely adore the S3.

Another juicy detail concerns the design of the phone. We already knew that the S3 would be super-thin, with one source claiming a 7 mm profile (the thinnest S2 is 8.49 mm “thick”). Now, BGR tells us that the Galaxy S3 will have a ceramic back cover, instead of glossy plastic, like the previous iterations of the series. The ceramic cover may improve the grip and appearance of the new device, but may also add to its weight. But again, if the 7 mm thickness rumor is true, Samsung can afford to add a few grams with a more solid back plate.

The new information completes the picture of the Galaxy S3. To recap, here are the presumed specs that we know so far:

  • Quad-core processor, possibly an Exynos 4412 (32 nm, Cortex A9, 1.5 GHz)
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • Super AMOLED Plus HD display
  • 4.8-inch screen

One more thing – the Samsung Galaxy S3 will supposedly launch in 50 markets and cities simultaneously. And no, the big announcement will not come at MWC next week. Instead, Samsung is said to be running a special event later this year, one that would be closer to the actual launch date of the S3. From what our sources have told us, Samsung should be holding their official launch party sometime in late May, early June 2012.

Stay tuned for more information!

  • worth the wait.

  • Kabvuto76

    I love my SGS2, and though I also can’t wait too long i know all of us the Galaxy ffor the S3 there’s just been too much talk of the S3. If it comes as a surprise it’ll be much more interesting to put our hands on the S3.I know all of us the Galaxy fans can’t wait for the launch of the S3, but I also hope Sammy is taking his time to ensure that S2 exhausts its prowess before launching the S3. And may Sammy work on the battery – a more powerful battery – to come on the S3. I believe we just gotta be patient for the launch of the S3. It might just launch at MWC – who knows.

    • I love my SGS2, too. It’s a great device.

      Really though, last year, Samsung got a lot of flack for having such different release dates around the world. They are working with carriers around the world to time, as best they can, a global launch.

      Either way, the SGS3 is going to be an absolute stunner. I can’t wait to get my hands on one. It’s looking like HTC, Huawei, and LG are cooking up some good things, too

  • yash

    i have s2
    thing that bother me the most is it are heating while using 3g and playing hd games, hope samsung improves it

    • Rocco DiMartino

      Toughen up, Little Miss Princess Hands.

    • Googlejackedme

      Get xbox or ps3

  • Darktanone

    Hmmm, this reeks of an attempt at using glass like iPhone 4, but I think Sammy got Apple’s message and won’t copy like they did in the past. I wonder, will it break if dropped?

    • Anthonypmatheson

      The galaxy s2 already uses glass. Unlike the silly apple which uses cheap glass and has no bezel protecting the glass edge the s2 uses genuine gorilla glass. No need for silly screen protectors like the cheaply built apple and when you drop it even on concrete the most that happens is the plastic scratches. My wifes iphone junk smashed on floorboards and scratches. Got many s2 in family and is as durable as it is beautiful.

      • Darktanone

        Like the beautifully designed iPhone, I don’t think most people (not including you) would want to drop a Rolex or Movado watch on the floor because it might break or get scratched. There are watches that can take a licking and keep on ticking and, similarly, there are phones that can do the same. It’s a matter of preference. Your wife can take her iPhone to a nearby Apple store and, 9 times out of 10, they’ll give her a new one. Apple has the best customer service in the industry. I’m not sure how Samsung or your carrier or whomever, would handle the same situation. 

        Your current phone has a plastic back. This new phone has a ceramic back which is similar to glass. That’s what I alluded to in my post. Ceramic can break if dropped. I get the impression you think ceramic is plastic!

        One last thing. The Gorilla glass technology developed by Corning, was shelved for decades because they couldn’t find a way to monetize it. Steve Jobs challenged them to get it up and running in time for the first iPhone. They did, and now it’s being used by quite a few companies including Sammy. If not for Apple, that technology would have probably stayed buried. 

        • Anthonypmatheson

          Some good points. It will be disappointing to see a brittle rear cover. The plastic back on the S2 is so light i am sure it is lighter than paper but at the same time drop it or change batteries often and it is very durable.

          The iphone was an interesting use of already known innovations at one point, we all have apple to thank for making these known technologies accessible commercially to the masses. Thankfully those same combinations of inovations have been further improved upon. Thankfully samsung didnt go for toughened glass like some others, there really is a difference. So far as quality, there is no doubt that the S2 is a very fine product. Rolex quality for the masses. At the same time i can drop it on the tarmac, put my beer bottle directly on the screen, put it in my pocket with keys and know it is going to still be perfect unless i drop it in the toilet. Rarely do owners deliberately abuse fine products, the reality is that these are mobile devices and for apples next generation 4s to still not have a bezel and cheap exposed glass is just plain hard to understand.

          My wifes iphone 4 at 1 year of age stop recognising sim cards and their customer service wanted it delivered into their city store for evaluation. I dont have hours to waste on this inferior product so it is now a paperweight.

          • Darktanone

            Steve Jobs was able to see what other CEOs couldn’t and that’s part of his genius. There’s a saying that says, “There’s nothing new under the sun”. The technologies introduced in the iPhone was available for all to use and yet no other CEO in the tech world had the vision to put them together the way he did. Not one! Not a single individual in any of these tech companies could see what he saw! Apple didn’t invent the accelerometer, the touch interface, Gorilla Glass, steel, aluminum, icons, the rectangular shape, etc. However, they did REINVENT the mobile phone and changed the mobile industry. Now the likes of Google and Microsoft, the carriers and users like you are benefitting. The industry follows Apple’s lead and that will continue.

            Despite its penchant for damage when dropped on some hard surfaces, the iPhone is acknowledged as the best designed and built mobile phone. It’s built with manufacturing processes that Apple invented and patented. The iPhone is also an aspirational product and not simply a product, “That DOES”, like Android devices. Moreover users love their iPhones, iPads, iPods, Macs and Apple TVs. Google knows this and that’s why they’re now trying to build LOVE into Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). I’m not making this up! Duarte said it at the ICS keynote. I was on the floor laughing. Oh no he didn’t just say that!!! Android products are based on features and specs. They do this, that and the other thing that the iPhone DOESN’T. They’re more powerful, have the latest tech and on and on and on… These devices DON’T connect emotionally with the user.

            One last thing. I have an original, out-of-warranty, iPad. The back got dented badly after being stuffed in a traveling bag during a trip. I took it to the Apple store and told the genius that it worked fine, I just couldn’t deal with the dents. I was honest. Long story short, he gave me a brand new iPad 2.

          • Gabba

            FYI – ceramics are used as tank armor –

  • Guest

    Is this a Verizon phone? Does no one feel that is important????

  • whts the price??

  • guest120

    Apple fans are funny. They dont understand that android was out two years prior to the iphone. They all wear blinders.

    • Harry

      yer and it looked like nokia symbian… android fans are funny

      • riteshk

        Sorry they changed the look 2 years later.. it should’ve been like iOS – no change in 5 years!

  • pearl

    haha android is the biggest fail os. The iphone is the only real smartphone.

    Have fun with your plastic crap galaxy haha