The delayed release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has spurred rumors and built up expectations over features and specs for the new phone, which could launch anytime between now and the end of the year.
The phones predecessor was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) last year, and then launched in April, which accelerated rumors that the S3 would be out at the same time. The success of the Galaxy S2 is thought to the biggest reason behind the S3 delay, and with the recent rollout of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update, it's unlikely that the S3 will be unveiled anytime soon.
A roundup of popular rumors has indicated that many Samsung enthusiasts want the following features from the Galaxy S3:
Display: 5″ 1280×720 Super AMOLED Plus display. The Galaxy S2 came with a 4.3 inch super AMOLED screen, which was heralded for its enhanced readability. Books, browsing and movies come across with more clarify on the S2, with vivid color and smoother graphics. It seems many consumers want a slightly bigger screen and even higher quality screen from the next generation phone to make the gaming and browsing experience much crisper.
Processor: Samsung's 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos CPU processor is one of the most highly anticipated features expected to come with the S3. It was thought the new chip would debut on the Galaxy Nexus last year, but it never surfaced, which has made Galaxy hopefuls speculate it will launch with the S3.
4G LTE: The Galaxy S3 is expected to come with lightning fast 4G LTE broadband on networks such as Verizon that have the capability. This will be a significant upgrade from the HSPA+ 21Mbps/ HSUPA 5.76Mbps that the S2 currently runs on.
3D Video: Since rumors started spreading that the Galaxy S3 would come with 3D capabilities, it has become a much-wanted feature. Galaxy fans are hoping for a screen that will both support and capture HD and 3D video, and the super AMOLED display seems to be the perfect candidate for the job.
Battery Life: Samsung phones are heralded for their strong long-lasting battery life, and the Galaxy S2 was no exception. However, some users complained that the use of 3G and Wi-F heavily drained the battery juice, and if the phone comes with 4G LTE, customers are expecting a better battery.
Early predictions say the S3 will come with a larger screen than that of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, nearer to the 5-inch scale. It is rumored to have an AMOLED plus screen with 1280x720 resolution. If the phone comes with a S5K2P1 chip, it will be able to capture 60fps HD video and 8.3 megapixel images.
Other rumored specs:
- 5″ 1280×720 Super AMOLED Plus display
- 9mm thick body
- 8 megapixel main camera with LED and Xenon flash
- 2 megapixel front-facing camera
- 32 or 64 GB of internal memory
- USB 3.0 capability
- 4G LTE right off the bat
- 1.5GHz Quadcore Samsung Exynos CPU
- Touchwhiz 5.0 overlay