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New leaked image of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Could it be the real deal?

May 1, 2012
Samsung Galaxy S3

As we get close to the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S3 – scheduled for May 3 in London at the Samsung Unpacked event – it looks like not a day goes by without a new leaked image of the smartphone surfacing on various channels.

Before we go into this one, I must urge you to note that the hype surrounding the S3 has reached levels known only by the iPhone in the past few years, and thus cautions for a bit of skepticism.

The image for today, published at SamMobile and sent in by an anonymous tipster (how convenient, right?) is very much on par with the last couple of supposedly leaked images of Samsung’s next member of the Galaxy S series. These leaks, in turn, seem to be on par with the sketch found inside the leaked user manual for a smartphone codenamed the GT-i9300 and expected to be the Galaxy S3.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Besides the photo depicting the design of the device, SamMobile have also published an image of the settings pages where GT-i9300 is written down as the model number. Ah, the plot thickens!

Samsung Galaxy S III

There are some that believe all this evidence could mean that we’re looking at the actual design of the Samsung Galaxy S3. On the other hand, some rumors claim that Samsung has sent out a few dummy cases for internal testing of the components inside. This rumor is fueled by the fact that all leaks show the S3 sporting a physical home button and two capacitive buttons, whereas Google recommends manufacturers to use the software buttons embedded in Android 4.0 ICS.

If these leaks turn out to be false, expect the Samsung Galaxy S3 to sport a design significantly different than the one depicted in the image above, or why bother sending dummy cases at all? Fortunately, we’re only two days away from learning the truth!

What do you guys make of it? Is this the real Galaxy S3? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!