It’s safe to say the Samsung Galaxy S2 was a bit of a hit last year with the handset winning awards aplenty and even managing to knock the iPhone 4 off its perch briefly. So, excitement for its follow up, the Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300), is understandably high.
Here, then, we’ve gathered together everything we know so far about the phone, and we’ll update this very article with our full review when the device finally arrives.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Design and Dimensions
The latest rendered pictures of the S3 appeared in late March, and they show a reasonably smart looking handset, so much as one can tell. The body appears to sport much more rounded edges and corners for a more comfortable grip and there’s an absolute minimum of bezel round the screen. It also has a two tone design with a white bezel and rear and a chrome edge, and the hump on the bottom of the S2 has also gone.
Latest reports suggest the phone’s dimensions will be 131 x 64 x 8mm, making it even thinner than its predecessor. We’ve also heard it will weigh 125g, though, which would make it 15g or so heavier.
Like the S2, the Galaxy S3 appears to sport a physical central Home button, flanked by two touch buttons that disappear into the bezel when not lit up – cue a lawsuit from Apple for that central button.
The section underneath the buttons also seems to mirror the earpiece at the top, suggesting the phone may feature stereo speakers, which would be a nice touch and something that ties in with the company’s latest tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
Previous suggested designs, pictured below, all point to a handset with a similarly big screen and slim bezel, though all have been much less convincing than these white ones. One casualty of this design is the suggestion the new handest may include a curved glass screen like on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and HTC One X. This one looks flat as a pancake.
Previous leaked images we’ve seen that are looking less and less likely to be real.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Screen
It was the large AMOLED screen of the Samsung Galaxy S2 that was one of its most loved features and it was anticipated the S3 would feature a similarly class leading example. The latest rumours suggest this will be true of the S3 with it sporting a 4.7in Super AMOLED Plus HD panel with a 720 x 1280 resolution, giving it 313ppi. Some sources had suggest a whopping 1080p resolution (1920 x 1200) but this is seeming less likely now.
If the S3 does stick to a 720 x 1280 resolution, it won’t be setting any records but then it doesn’t really need to – if it’s anything like the panel on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, we’ll be happy enough.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Specs
Reported specs of the S3 had varied wildly but now they’re looking more certain. It’s almost a dead cert the processor will be a quad-core Samsung Exynos chip running at 1.5GHz. Word is still out on whether this will be backed up with 1GB or 2GB of RAM. More certain is that it will have 32GB of onboard storage and no micrOSD slot. Also likely is superfast graphics components, which may surpass even Tegra 3 for gaming. A similar microUSB socket with MHL (i.e. HDMI) support is also touted.
Are these the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S3?
Samsung Galaxy S3 Camera
A 12 megapixel camera with an LED flash looks a nailed on certainty now for the S3. It is also very likely to feature 1080p video with 60fps recording, allowing for a low-motion mode – it will also apparently have a time-lapse mode.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Battery
The S3′s battery will apparently be a 1750mAh unit, making it larger than most previous generation handsets, but with all that screen on processing power we don’t expect it to outlast current handsets by much.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Connectivity
Latest reports suggest the S3 will support 3G networks with download speeds of up to 42 Mbps and upload speeds up to 5.76 Mbps. Meanwhile for shorter distance communication, the Samsung Galaxy S III will have Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and Wi-Fi N.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Release Date
The latest rumours had suggested we’ll be seeing Samsung’s latest flagship arrive in 22nd May, with the unveiling happening in the UK. Previously suggested dates of 22nd March have long since been surpassed, but we could still see it break cover in April.
Samsung forewent debuting the phone at the Mobile World Congress along with most of the rest of the mobile phone manufacturing world.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Price
Clearly with the phone still unannounced, there’s very little to go on here but if rumours are to be believed then the S3 will be similar in overall spec to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Given that phone cost £500 when it launched, we can probably expect the S3 to demand similar amounts of money.