The Latest Samsung Galaxy S3 Rumours

The first piece of information is perhaps the first instance of the next Galaxy phone outside of its obscuring Samsung Galaxy S3 case. The image appears to the right, and seems to be quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, albeit with the addition of some capacitive buttons (instead of the all-on-screen buttons of the Galaxy Nexus) and a hardware home button. This is an unusual departure; I would have expected a more traditional Samsung Galaxy S3 cover without these buttons, so that the full size of the screen can be utilised.

Samsung has also announced that the Galaxy S3 will be powered by its own quad-core processor, called the Exynos 4 Quad. It’s based on the ARM Cortex A9 and is clocked at 1.4 GHz. The quad-core CPU should offer double the performance of its predecessor but taxes the battery 20% less. That should make the S3 a real powerhouse.

The rest of our information seems to have been revealed by the AnTuTu benchmark: That quad-core processor at 1.4 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, a 4.7″ display at 1280 x 720, a front camera of 2 megapixels and a rear camera of 12 megapixels. The OS, of course, is Android 4.0.

Our last piece of information about the Samsung Galaxy S3 is its name. At the end of Samsung’s highly successful Q1 earnings call, senior vice president Robert Yi let it slip: “we are anticipating very strong demand of Galaxy S III.” So it does look like “the next Galaxy” will be named in the same manner as its predecessors, rather than an Apple style “new Galaxy” or anything along those lines.

We’ll see these rumours confirmed (or not!) on May 3rd, when the next Galaxy will officially be announced.

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