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

Could this be a game changer
February 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?