Since it was first spotted yesterday, Samsung’s CES 2012 wrap-up video has attracting a lot of attention – even more attention than Samsung expected, I’d wager. It’s all down to the sighting of a mystery smartphone in part of Samsung’s presentation. The moment occurs at 7 minutes, 11 seconds, in the video below. Go have a look, you know you want to.
OK, seen it? Or have you looked at the top of this page? Either way, now you’ve seen the thing that’s been making so many tech blogs so very excited. The mystery handset looks like it might just the Samsung Galaxy SIII, the widely anticipated follow-up to the Galaxy SII, which analysts are expecting to be announced at the Mobile World Congress next month.
While I can certainly see the Galaxy SIII being announced in February, I just don’t think this handset is the Galaxy SIII. Let’s have a look at what exactly we’ve got here.
The phone sports an oversized screen thanks to a massively thin bezel. There are rounded corners. There’s a blank status bar, save for a battery meter. The phone looks to be about the size of the 5.3” Samsung Galaxy Note, but the front-facing camera is in a position closer to that of the Galaxy SIII.
That’s pretty much it. So how can we explain this, other than a new phone? Well, to start with the whole display is clearly a mock-up. The OS looks different, with that blank status bar being a dead giveaway that this isn’t a real device. The massive screen (and proportionally tiny bezel) could easily be an artist making full use of the available space to better show off whatever is actually going on in the video.
What about the phone itself? There’s no guarantee it’s actually real either – it might be a render of the Galaxy Note, where the front-facing camera has been placed in the wrong position by a careless staffer. Or it might be a Galaxy SII variant, but held by someone with small hands at an odd angle.
When you look at the evidence, there’s very little that can’t be explained away. With Occam’s razor in hand, it’s much easier to say that this is a carelessly designed render than a misappropriated Galaxy SIII.
The biggest piece of evidence is the position of the front-facing camera (upon which grounds the Nokia Lumia 900 was correctly identified), but it’s not like we’re going to be hearing the sentence ‘the Galaxy SIII keeps the Galaxy SII’s perfectly-placed front facing camera’ in reviews any time soon.