The Samsung Galaxy S3 has had so many rumored release dates there is no real way of knowing when the phone will actually come out, but a new report indicates that Samsung's Greater China president, Kim Young-Ha, is planning on moving the launch forward to April.
There's no real way of knowing how official the source is, as the report was published on a Chinese Website, but an April or May launch, before the iPhone 5, could be a clever marketing strategy from Samsung, especially as there is still so much buzz surrounding the Galaxy S2.
The S2 won the Best Phone award at the MWC 2012, which has built up anticipation for the next generation phone. New information obtained by Boy Genius suggests the next Galaxy S will be running a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor. Boy Genius' site also claims the phone will come with 4G LTE and have a 4.8- inch screen with full HD 1080p resolution.
Samsung is yet to announce the phone's release date and previous rumors about the phone's launch have been proven false.
Just two weeks ago a preorder page for phone appeared on a retail site that sells unlocked phones, but the ad had no shipment date and was later removed from the site.
The phones predecessor--the Galaxy S2--was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) last year, and then launched in April, which spurred rumors that the S3 would be out at the same time. But Samsung has said that Galaxy enthusiasts shouldn't hold their breath for a March release, as the phone is likely to come in the middle of the year, according to a report obtained by News Sizzle.
The Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Nexus were heralded as two of the most popular smartphones of 2011, with several features packed into a slim, sleek case. The success of these phones could be a contributing factor to the S3 delay.
Here is a roundup of the latest rumored features:
Processor: The S3 is expected to boast an Exynos 4412 chipset with a quad-core unit, which will apparently be clocked at 1.5GHz. The phone is guaranteed to arrive with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Display: The S3 is expected to 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