An earlier leak suggesting a May announcement for Samsung's Galaxy S3 seemed quite legitimate and believable, but South Korean news site MK now reports that Samsung is still considering an April launch for the highly anticipated smartphone.
MK cites Kim Young-ha, Samsung president for the China region, speaking at the Samsung Forum 2012. In order to increase sales of the Galaxy S3 as well as the Galaxy Note which is already very popular in China, the company is considering rescheduling the rollout of the Galaxy S3 from May to April, Kim said.
On Wednesday, March 21, Dutch mobile blog GSM Helpdesk published, what looked like an official press photo of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3, allegedly obtained from an undisclosed source.
While earlier reports indicated that Samsung's flagship phone is currently set for a May 22 debut, HTC's One-series smartphones are slated for launch next month. It could have put pressure on Samsung to release its Galaxy S3 sooner, at least to the market in China. In the U.S., however, carriers could stand in the way.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Specs
According to a BGR exclusive report, the highly anticipated Galaxy S3 will be definitely worth the wait. The smartphone will reportedly feature a 4.8-inch display with 1080-pixel full HD resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio, a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, an impressively slim ceramic case, a 2-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The Galaxy S3 will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will support 4G LTE - Long Term Evolution - connectivity. Other rumors indicated it could sport 2GB of RAM.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 is expected to be the most successful Galaxy phone yet, and that says a lot considering the Galaxy S2's wild success. With such specs and anticipation, 2012 could be the year Apple's iPhone gets some real competition. While the Galaxy S2 was not popular enough to outsell Apple's iPhone 4S, the Galaxy S3 could give Apple's next iPhone, a run for its money. And if it does launch sooner, HTC is in for a challenge as well.
(reported by Alexandra Burlacu, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)