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

So far the next generation of Galaxy S is shaping up to be the best in class
February 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!