Samsung will unveil its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III at a big press event in London later this week.While we don’t have the finalised official specs and details, there have been several leaks over the last few weeks.
To get you prepared for one of the biggest Android phone launches of the year, we collected everything we know about the Galaxy S III in one place.
There will likely be a handful of different Galaxy S III models, each with a slightly different look and size. However, one of the most consistent rumours points to a very large screen, perhaps as big as 4.8 inches. For perspective, the iPhone has a 3.5-inch screen and Samsung's Galaxy Note phone/tablet hybrid has a 5.3-inch screen.
Samsung introduced the curved body with the Nexus S and continued the trend with the excellent Galaxy Nexus. Based on a leaked diagram from the Galaxy S III's user manual, it looks like this new phone will have a similar curved design.
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S III will be powered by its new processor, the Exynos 4 quad. A quad-core processor means faster applications, better graphics, and the ability to view full 1080p HD video. Most high-end smartphones today, including the iPhone 4S, use dual-core processors.
Since U.S. carriers offer super fast LTE networks now, Samsung may not be able to offer that fancy quad-core processor in the States. That's because chips required for LTE are likely too big to fit with Samsung's processor.
There's a very good chance that the U.S. version of the Galaxy S III will have slower hardware, but much faster download speeds.
Thanks to the Galaxy S III's new processor, the phone's screen will be able to display full 1080p HD video. If the rumour is true, it will be one of the first mobile devices to pull that off.
The Galaxy S III is guaranteed to run Google's latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. The real question is how Samsung will alter and customise the operating system. Samsung has a special 'skin' for Android that adds a bunch of new tools and aesthetics not found in the normal version.
The latest rumours say Samsung will use a ceramic casing for the Galaxy S III. We really hope that's true because Samsung's biggest smartphone design problem is using a lot of cheap plastic to build its phones. High-end smartphones should feel well-built, and a ceramic casing would definitely help out.
Early reports from Korea say Samsung plans to launch a cloud service called 'S-Cloud.' S-Cloud will likely be very similar to Apple's iCloud, allowing you to back up your phone's settings and apps to Samsung's servers. The reports also say Samsung won't restrict the kind of content you can store in S-Cloud, meaning you're free to back up any movie or music file format.
Even though are a ton of Galaxy S III leaks, we're still in the dark on which U.S. carriers will sell the phone. The biggest hint we have so far is that Verizon will eventually sell the phone.
However, it's important to note that AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile each sell a version of the current Galaxy S II, so it's not a stretch that those carriers will have the Galaxy S III too.