Samsung Galaxy S III reveal tonight

Launch for the biggest Android handset of 2012 is later today
Darren Allan

May 3, 2012
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As you’re almost certainly aware, Samsung is planning on launching its next Galaxy smartphone at an event in London at 6pm tonight.

We shall be on hand providing coverage, but ahead of the big reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S III, we thought we’d take a quick look at latest, and final, gossip about the handset this morning.

The Galaxy S III has been confirmed by Samsung to be running a quad-core processor, the Exynos 4 Quad, at 1.4GHz. Though other speculation has pointed to the Snapdragon S4 chip (which, given that it’s in short supply this year, could cause some problems).

The handset supposedly has a large 4.8 inch display, and will be around 5 inches long, with a very thin bezel.

That core spec is likely to be pretty accurate, as several photos have popped up of the S III, which concur with each other on the length and look of the device. Nothing is for sure, though. An older rumour, of a 12 megapixel camera, may well turn out to be false – but again, you never know.

Ice Cream Sandwich will, naturally enough, be on board, although interestingly there’s a rumour that Samsung will offer a vanilla Android version, as well as an OS topped with the usual TouchWiz UI.

Rumour also has it that the handset will be offered in two colours, white and dark blue (possibly very dark blue, so as to be close to black). The colours on the press invite are white and blue, which may be a hint from Samsung on the matter. Or perhaps not…

At any rate, we’ll find out the truth behind the speculation this evening. Whatever it consists of, we’re counting on the Galaxy S III being an impressive piece of technology.

It needs to be, as it’s the major driving force for Samsung to continue its hugely impressive rise as a mobile manufacturer.

In both Strategy Analytics and IDC’s latest figures for the first quarter of 2012, Samsung dethroned Nokia, the Finnish company which has been top of the mobile tree for well over a decade. And that’s in terms of mobile sales, not just smartphones (where Samsung is again on top, although in that case, just ahead of Apple).


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