Samsung Galaxy S III: rumored specs and release date

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There have been plenty of rumors leading up to Samsung's announcement of its next superphone, the successor to the Galaxy S II. Our own sources inform us it'll feature a quad-core processor that delivers 'superlative' benchmark results, while a recent Amazon listing suggests a 4.7-inch display and 12-megapixel camera will be part of the equation as well. The launch event is scheduled for May 3rd in London, and we'll be there live.

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Jun 01 4:54p

Samsung Galaxy S III for T-Mobile USA leaks with Euro-style home button

The Verge has just received alleged pictures of T-Mobile USA's branded Samsung Galaxy S III that's expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The strangest thing about the leaked phone is what isn't different about it — it appears to be virtually identical to the model being offered internationally, a stark contrast from years past where Samsung has typically bowed to American carrier pressures for customization (a common change on the North American Galaxy S and S II variants, for...

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May 25 10:30p

Rumor: Galaxy S III to hit US and Canada June 20th, Galaxy Note coming to T-Mobile July 11th

We found a lot to like in Samsung's Galaxy S III when we took a look at it this week, and while we know the phone is scheduled to arrive in Europe on May 29th, the best we'd heard for North America was "June." That window appears to be narrowing, as a number of rumors are suggesting that June 20th is the day US and Canadian users will be able to get their hands on Samsung's flagship device. MobileSyrup posted a screenshot denoting a June 20th release for the phone, with availability on...

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May 15 6:03a

Samsung Galaxy S III manual posted online, two weeks ahead of release

Samsung's GT i9300, more popularly known as the Galaxy S III, will be released in Europe on May 29th, and in preparation for that long-anticipated moment, the company has today uploaded its manual online. When you include all the prefaces, indexes, and regulation-mandated warnings, this document balloons out to 181 pages, but you'll only need to read a few to be able to identify all 20 of the points of interest highlighted above. Do some further reading and you might even be able to figure...

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May 03 8:46p

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to all four US national carriers, MetroPCS, US Cellular, and more?

Samsung's official US signup page for information on the Galaxy S III has a "carrier preference" list that may be tipping the company's hand: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, US Cellular, and C Spire are all listed. It's possible that this is nothing more than a scattershot list of random American carriers, but we'd doubt it — Cricket (and several others larger than C Spire) are notably absent, and Samsung has shown a penchant for bringing its Galaxy S series devices to as many...

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Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Sprint, sources say

We've learned from people close to the matter that Sprint is on tap to carry a version of the Galaxy S III just announced in London. The move comes as little surprise — Sprint has worked closely with Samsung on the last two Galaxy S launches, offering the Epic 4G in 2010 and the Epic 4G Touch last year — so it only stands to reason that the two companies would be hooking up once again. We would fully expect it be compatible with Sprint's upcoming LTE network, though we haven't seen specs for...

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Samsung Galaxy S III announced: available in Europe May 29th, North America in June

Capping months of rumors and speculation, Samsung has announced its Galaxy S III smartphone at an event in London today. Major specs include a 4.8-inch PenTile Super AMOLED display at 720p resolution, 8-megapixel primary and 1.9-megapixel front-facing cameras with 990ms start-up time, 3.3fps burst mode, and best-shot selection (similar to the HTC One series), 16 or 32GB of storage (a 64GB version is coming later) with microSD expansion, Bluetooth 4.0 support, GPS with GLONASS reception,...

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May 02 5:25p

Our liveblog of Samsung's 'Next Galaxy' event starts at 2PM ET, May 3rd

Months of anticipation finally come to an end tomorrow as Samsung takes the wraps off the successor to the wildly successful Galaxy S II, one of the most important mobile announcements of 2011. An extraordinary amount of anticipatory buzz has built up in recent months over this device — and Samsung has done an excellent job of keeping everyone in the dark.

So what can we expect? Will it be called the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S III, or something else entirely? Everything will be revealed...

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Apr 27 12:15a

US-bound Galaxy S III to use Qualcomm processor instead of Samsung's quad-core chip?

Yesterday Samsung unveiled its 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor which it said would be part of the "next Galaxy phone" — presumably the much-anticipated Galaxy S III. Those in the US looking to pick up Samsung's latest may be in for a surprise, however, with an unnamed Samsung executive reportedly stating that the quad-core chip will not be used in the US version of the phone. According to The Korea Times, the executive explained that Samsung will be using its own quad-core processor with 3G...

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Apr 26 9:45p

Samsung exec confirms Galaxy S III / S3 name

Samsung has played it coy so far about the name of its "next Galaxy," but senior VP Robert Yi let it slip at the tail end of its Q1 2012 earnings call today: it's the Galaxy S III.

"We are anticipating very strong demand of Galaxy S III."

Earlier on the call, an exec said that Samsung expects the phone to be the company's "most successful smartphone ever," and the device came up a number of other times during the presentation and subsequent Q&A session, but only this once was the actual name...

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Samsung reports record $4.46b profit for Q1 2012, thanks to smartphones and tablet panels

If you wanted to know how much cash Samsung made last quarter, you didn't have to wait until today. Just like in the fourth quarter of last year, the company's early guidance was right on the money: the company made 45.27 trillion won (nearly $40 billion US) in sales, and a record 5.85 trillion won (about $5.1 billion) in operating profit for Q1 2012. After taxes, the company took home around $4.46 billion, up 81 percent since last year, and record-worthy in and of itself.

Samsung credits its...

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Apr 25 10:28p

Samsung announces 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor for 'next Galaxy smartphone'

Samsung apparently couldn't wait for its big 'Next Galaxy' announcement on May 3rd to give us details on the chip that will power it. Dubbed the "Exynos 4 Quad," the chip will run at 1.4GHz per core and is based on the ARM Cortex A9. Samsung is touting the 32nm High-k Metal Gate technology, power management, and per-core dynamic voltage and frequency scaling. Most importantly for those waiting for the Galaxy SIII, Samsung has also let loose that it will be used on the next Galaxy smartphone:


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Apr 24 9:25p

Next Galaxy S 'dummy box' prototype surfaces again, reveals custom menu button

Another day, another leak of a "dummy box" for the Samsung GT-I9300, a testing unit in a casing that's meant to keep us from knowing what the final product will look like. This time it comes via Chinese forum mobile01, where we can see with greater clarity that the casing is most definitely not in final form. We can also see one more, minor detail: Samsung may have decided that the stock Ice Cream Sandwich software buttons are not to its liking. In addition to swapping the positions of the...

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Samsung slips 'Galaxy S3' reference into Unpacked app

We were excited as anyone when we saw the keywords "galaxy" and "s3" in the app description for Samsung's Unpacked 2012 app. The app provides attendees at Samsung's May 3rd event in London with location and schedule information, and that "galaxy s3" in the app description would be the first time the company has publicly mentioned the name of its upcoming device. On closer inspection though, it looks like the two words are tags and not actually part of the app description. So far Samsung's...

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Apr 23 7:00a

Samsung teases next Galaxy, promises you'll stand out from the sheep

Yesterday, the hype-machine for the next galaxy device officially started with the launch of tgeltaayehxnx, a website displaying a twenty-four hour countdown. Today, that countdown hit zero, and visiting thenextgalaxy.com brings up a teaser video that shows very little. There are no shadowy renders of silhouettes to pique our interest, instead we're treated to some rather meaningless messages against a nebulous backdrop, accompanied by a piece from the Mass Effect 2 soundtrack.

The video...

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Apr 22 12:37p

Samsung starts countdown to 'The Next Galaxy'

Samsung's preparing to unveil its first teaser for the hotly-anticipated successor to its Galaxy S II smartphone. A tweet from the company's mobile division points readers to the charmingly titled tgeltaayehxnx website — an anagram for "the next galaxy" — where a countdown is teasing "the next step in" for approximately 18 and a half hours from now.

We know for a fact that Samsung's next Galaxy launch is set for May 3rd in London, so Monday won't all of a sudden reveal the details we've been...

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Apr 20 7:36p

Samsung Galaxy S III listing appears on Amazon Germany: 4.7-inch screen, 12-megapixel camera

We know that Samsung considers its lockdown around the upcoming Galaxy S III the tightest in the company's history, but it may have just sprung a leak — thanks to Amazon Germany. AndroidNext noticed that an entry for the device appeared on Amazon's site, listing a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, 12-megapixel camera, and Ice Cream Sandwich. That said, there are some questions raised by these specs. The phone's storage is listed as 16GB, "expandable up to 32GB," which would seem to be an...

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Samsung GT-i9300 dummy box could host the new Galaxy S

Vietnamese website Tinhte has posted images and video of a new device, the Samsung GT-i9300, which could be an engineering sample of the next Galaxy S device set for reveal on May 3rd. Unlike the previous leak, which featured grainy photos taken on an iPad, Tinhte has a full video and gallery of the phone. As we exclusively revealed, Samsung is using dummy cases to conceal the final shape of the smartphone, but this leak gives us a clearer view than ever of what form the next-generation...

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Apr 18 9:22p

Galaxy S II successor to have quad-core processor with 'superlative' benchmarks, will be shown on May 3rd

Though it's already been broadly assumed that Samsung's "Next Galaxy" event in London early next month would be for the hotly anticipated Galaxy S II successor — the flagship phone in the Korean giant's Android lineup — we've now been able to confirm it with a source close to the company. In other words, this won't be for a new Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab, or a lower-end product or range of products — May 3rd is the real deal. It's still unclear whether this milestone device will be known as the...

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Galaxy S III: latest alleged leak not accurate, name still unconfirmed; tightest security 'ever' for a Samsung launch

The Verge has learned from a source familiar with Samsung's plans that the latest images claiming to be of the long-rumored Galaxy S III — first posted by Gizmodo Brasil — are not correct. They are on the right track, though: Samsung is using what are described as "generic test boxes" to put the next Galaxy model's internals through quality checks, presumably to allow employees to use the phones off of company premises without being spotted. We're being told that Gizmodo's images are of one...

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Apr 16 3:24a

Samsung will unveil 'next Galaxy' phone at May 3rd event in London

The Galaxy S III, though it's not being called that by Samsung, will be launching on the third of May this year at a Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in London. That's the word from Tweakers.net, who've received an official invite from the Korean company to "come and meet the next Galaxy." An anonymous Samsung employee has also confirmed the news to DDaily over in Korea.

Samsung has been insistent in not yet naming its successor to the Galaxy S II, perhaps because it's planning a change in...

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Apr 05 11:27p

Pantech Vega Racer 2 in Korea this month, 4.8-inch 720p LCD and 'world first' ceramic body?

Pantech will release the Vega Racer 2 phone in South Korea as early as the end of this month, according to DDaily's sources. The original Vega Racer was Pantech's first smartphone to cross a million sales, and the sequel is said to feature a 4.8-inch 720p LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC, LTE, and come in "the world's first" ceramic case. We're not sure of the validity of that last distinction — the black HTC One S's microarc oxidiation process turns the phone's aluminum body into a...

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Apr 04 3:40a

Samsung Galaxy S III to have superior 4.65-inch 720p Super AMOLED Plus display?

Rumors out of Korea are suggesting that Samsung's fabled Galaxy S III will have a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 1280 x 720 resolution. DDaily reports that Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) has started production on the screen, which would be the first non-Pentile phone display from the company's OLED arm to reach HD resolution. Samsung's previous high water mark in this size class was the 4.65-inch 720p Super AMOLED display found in the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S II HD LTE.

While we...

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Mar 21 7:51a

New Galaxy S III image surfaces, seems to corroborate earlier leak

A new render of the Samsung Galaxy S III has appeared on Dutch website GSM Helpdesk, giving further legitimacy to the leak from a few days ago. The new image looks remarkably similar to the previous one, although there's no sign of the dedicated camera button, or a power button for that matter. The TouchWiz UI that Samsung layers on top of Android differs dramatically between the two pictures, with the new render showing what appears to be a Gingerbread status bar, and only four icons across,...

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Samsung China president says Galaxy S III launch may be moved up from May to April

Multiple reports out of Korea today cite Samsung Greater China President Kim Young-Ha as saying that the launch of the company's next Android flagship phone, the Galaxy S III, may be moved up by a month, from May to April. Samsung previously denied a report that the Galaxy S II sucessor would launch in April, but the words of its most senior representative in China now indicate that the plan hasn't been finalized.

Kim Young-Ha had been speaking to the Beijing press about Samsung's broader...

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Mar 19 8:14p

Will Samsung's Galaxy S III come standard with wireless charging?

Now that phones and tablets are practically as thin as their ports will allow, wireless charging may be the next step forward, and Korean publication DDaily is reporting that Samsung's rumored Galaxy S III superphone will lead the way with a built-in inductive charger. Typically, if you want to charge your phone wirelessly, you can buy a replacement rear cover or even hack in an inductive charging coil yourself, but anonymous sources tell DDaily that the Galaxy S III will include the...

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Galaxy S III to have quad-core Exynos SoC with built-in LTE?

A report from the Korea Times today cites an anonymous Samsung executive as saying that the company is preparing a quad-core system-on-chip to power the successor to the Galaxy S II, which, importantly, will have Samsung's own LTE modem built in. We've written at length about Nvidia's problem of not having an LTE-compatible Tegra 3 configuration to offer to US carriers — a hurdle that's mostly been erected by Qualcomm's refusal to help a direct competitor integrate its LTE modems into the...

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Mar 05 2:29a

Samsung denies April launch for Galaxy S III, will tell us on Twitter when the time is right

We recently heard from ZDNet Korea that Samsung's much sought-after Galaxy S III was on track for an April launch, but the company itself has taken to Twitter to refute these claims. Samsung denies that an April release has been set in stone for the flagship handset and states that a solid date will be announced on Twitter when everything has been finalized. Of course, it wouldn't exactly be unheard of for details of a Samsung product to leak ahead of its official announcement, but it sounds...

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Mar 02 12:57p

Galaxy S III to launch in April, says ZDNet; Samsung offers 'no comment'

Samsung's hero Android device, the Galaxy S II, will see the launch of its successor this April, reports ZDNet Korea. Claiming to have confirmed the details of the launch with Cheil Worldwide, Samsung's marketing partner, ZDNet says we'll see the United Kingdom and the upcoming Olympics playing a crucial part in the upcoming launch and promotion of the Galaxy S III. There are naturally no specs listed, but the categorical nature of the report makes it sound like Samsung's plans are already...

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Feb 07 12:31p

Samsung: Galaxy S III will not be unveiled at event on March 22nd

A Samsung representative confirmed to The Next Web that it won't be revealing any new devices at its scheduled event in France on March 22nd, and that it will likely use the opportunity to show off whatever the company does announce at MWC. We originally heard (and Samsung later confirmed) that the company was going to hold the Galaxy S III until after MWC in order to minimize the length of time between its unveil and its release in the US, and then rumors popped up that the Galaxy S III...

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Feb 06 10:22p

Samsung holding March 22nd event, 7mm-thick Galaxy S III to be announced?

Earlier this month Samsung confirmed that it wouldn't be launching the Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress 2012, but now we have a new date to look towards: March 22nd. According to Frandroid, that's the day Samsung will be holding a media event in France, and while there's no mention of what will be unveiled, the Galaxy S II successor should certainly be in the running — particularly given recent rumors that the device will be launching "before summer." If earlier leaks prove accurate, the...

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Feb 02 3:09p

Alleged MWC press photo shows Samsung Galaxy S II successor with Android 4.0 (see update)

Although Samsung has confirmed that it won't be announcing the Galaxy S III at the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show, we may still be seeing a new Galaxy S. Rumors have surfaced of a possible smaller update — known as the "Galaxy S II Plus" — that would serve as an intermediary between the II and III, and now technology journalist Eldar Murtazin has just released what he says is a leaked MWC press photo of a new Samsung phone. The photo appears to show a phone similar to the Galaxy S...

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Feb 01 6:04a

Samsung: Galaxy S III will not launch at MWC

Samsung has confirmed it will not launch its Galaxy S III handset at Mobile World Congress 2012 later this month. We had heard that the company originally planned to introduce its S II successor in Barcelona this month, but that the firm had decided to delay the news. Samsung released a statement today confirming our report. "The successor to the Galaxy S II smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the...

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Jan 25 4:48p

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S III will not launch at MWC next month

We're hearing from people familiar with the matter that Samsung — which had originally planned to announce its 2012 flagship Galaxy S III phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona late next month — has now decided to delay the news. It's unclear when or where the new announcement will be, but we're told that it'll still be out there "before summer." Though MWC seems like a logical choice for the GSIII's unveiling (the GSII was announced there last year), the speculation is that Samsung was...

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Oct 10 4:55p

Samsung Galaxy S III specs leaked?

Phandroid has posted a slide — said to be from an internal Samsung Mobile deck — that alleges to show the progression from last year's Galaxy S, to this year's Galaxy S II, to next year's Galaxy S III. We're unable to vouch for the authenticity of the slide or the information on it, but everything presented here seems fairly logical for what we should be expecting next year: a 4.6-inch 720p Super AMOLED Plus display (already in use on the Galaxy S II HD LTE), a 1.8GHz dual-core Exynos...

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