Dec 12 AT 2:14 PM Taylor Wimberly 116 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S III teaser a fake, but still makes us excited

Samsung Galaxy Rumor

Over the weekend an excited reader sent us a teaser video for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III. It was clearly a fake since the video producer used graphics from last year’s Galaxy S II teaser, but it still got us excited for what could be the biggest Android phone launch of 2012.

If history repeats itself, we should see Samsung announce the Galaxy S III on February 26, 2012, the day before Mobile World Congress kicks off in Berlin. We have no reason to doubt they wouldn’t announce the device around this time, which makes it kind of odd that the fake video teases a date of “03.06.12.”

Galaxy S III rumors go back several months, including a description posted to 4chan and a leaked slide allegedly from Samsung. We still don’t know the exact specs, but it’s starting to become more clear what we might find inside Samsung’s next flagship device.

Rumored specs of the Galaxy S III include:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI
  • 4.6 inch HD Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor
  • 1.5-2 GB RAM
  • 12 MP rear camera

The two cornerstone specs that are almost certain to appear in the Galaxy S III are Samsung’s own AMOLED display and Exynos processor. This year Samsung introduced Super AMOLED Plus displays with Samsung’s “Real Stripe” (3 subpixels) RGB RGB subpixel arrangement (instead of PenTile) and later debuted HD Super AMOLED with resolutions up to 1280×800. Samsung is said to be working on an HD Super AMOLED Plus display with the “Real Stripe” subpixel arrangment, so that’s a good candidate for the Galaxy S III.

When it comes to the processor, we should see a quad-core 1.5 GHz Exynos 4412. Not a lot is known about the Exynos 4412, but we expect it to be built with Samsung’s 32nm low power process with high-k metal gate technology and feature a faster GPU. Samsung could use the newer Mali-T604 GPU, which delivers up to 5x performance improvement over previous Mali graphics processors.

Samsung also announced the 2 GHz Exynos 5250 with two Cortex-A15 cores, but that is expected to appear in tablets and become available in the 2nd half of 2012 after the Galaxy S III hits stores.

With CES 2012 less than a month away, I expect Samsung will start leaking more details about the Galaxy S III after their competitors unveil new smartphones in Las Vegas. Hopefully they have a few surprises in store that we have failed to see coming.

As some of you may remember, one of our reliable tipsters already told us Samsung has a few devices arriving in early 2012 that will “blow minds” and that they were a “big step past the Galaxy Nexus class, in every way.” Hardware specs are still important to me, but I’m hoping Samsung can deliver some new experiences that will help them differentiate their flagship device.

What’s at the top of your wishlist for the Samsung Galaxy S III?

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  • stenzor

    I can’t wait until this phone comes out.. I love my Galaxy SII

    • TJ Mir

      I got mine recently and love it too. Alas new technology shall come and make us feel reclined to upgrade!

      • Andrew

        I know! I’ve had mine for less than 50 hours and reading this makes me want to resell it already. Even though its easily the best device around. Certainly better than my friends, and my iPhone buddies drool every time I unlock my massive 4.5″ screen lol

        • latouffe

          Im still on Galaxy s1 :(

          • Azaurath

            Same here. Its starting to feel so old now.

    • CJ LaFleur

      i would’ve loved my gs2 if it hadn’t come out in october in the US lol! soon I’ll be loving my galaxy nexus!

      • Wicell

        I guess that was a big ol’ flop now wasn’t it? Hind-sight is perfect, cause I’ll still take my SGSIIE4GT over the G-Nex any day lol.

    • iamXiV92a

      I really like the Skyrocket – confused on rooting this device (and ROMS for that matter), but I’m still poking around on XDA

    • dafi81

      I have the feeling you speculate longer about your next phone than you use it ;)

    • desean

      I love my SGS2 too but I think I am going to give SGS3 a miss as my contract is just renewed. However, I still hope the SGS3 will “blow minds” when it comes to the battery consumption.

    • cyleo

      S2 is still the best android phone out there. Quite an accomplishment if you take into account that the device is more then half a year old.

  • Alex

    In the second paragraph I think you meant to say “We have no reason to doubt they *would* announce the device…”

  • BlkSquad

    A worldwide launch and no delays would be nice! In March too.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Simultaneous global launch would be awesome, but I don’t think it will happen till mid-2012. Hopefully the US doesn’t have to wait months and months again.

      • BiGMERF

        there is always the option of importing an unlocked version :)

        • BlkSquad

          Not really an option for most people, myself included. $700 for a phone compared to ~$2-300 is not worth it to me.

          • BiGMERF

            you pay waaaaaay more over the life of the contract. yur better off putting it on a low rate CC and paying it off over a few months

          • BlkSquad

            Yeah, Im aware but in my area Att is really the only option so going with a contract doesnt exclude me from deals. Plus I am not a fan of credit cards.

          • kazahani

            You don’t save money on your bill by bringing your own device unless you are on T-mobile. The carriers have done a good job of pretty much forcing you into a contract.

          • LukeT32

            And that doesn’t helpn us who r on Big Red.

  • Shay D. Life

    Those are the specs of a superphone, and mostly what everyone is looking for in a device. For me, it’s my sole reason for not jumping on the Galaxy Nexus bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong, I think the GN is a great device, but I’ve learned over time that when something nice is released something better is around the corner. 2012 shall be the year of the Quad Core, and I would hate to be three months into a 2 year contract with a dual core.

    • WarDrake

      by that standard, you’ll never buy anything, 2 or 3 months later something better will be around, every time.

    • stenzor

      That’s how things work in a highly competitive product market… You may as well not buy anything then because there will always be something better in a few months

      • Shay D. Life

        You both misunderstood. I should have worded it differently. I was meaning as far as the first ICS device. A lot of people are going to be pissed come Q1 and Q2, I just don’t want to be stuck in a contract when those releases start to show up. Whatever I get won’t be another HTC device. Hahaha

    • goncalossilva

      Exactly! While it’s great to for Android phones to evolve so fast, it blows all *current* phones. I guess this is what technology has come to :)

    • AndyNguyen36

      Low on cash right now, best bet in that case would be to wait 6 months, and buy it for a portion of the original price.

    • Samar

      Yes man..loving those Quad core goddies.

  • Trinhbo

    I’m excited to see a super high resolution screen which rivals the pixel density of the iPhones. I’d also like to see some sort of big.little configuration similar to the Transformer Prime to help improve battery life.

  • Shadowlore

    Looks nice, regardless.. but even if it WERE real.. I’d not hold my breath that Verizon would get it released in a timely manner. ;)

  • artesea

    Not too bothered is Samsung don’t do too much to the overall experience, still love my GS2 and no real reason to upgrade other than I only signed a 12 month contract and I love having the best phone on the market.

  • phssthpok

    It’ll make it to the big V before the Nexus. Of course the US carriers will probably screw them up with their “enhancements” anyway.

  • Louis A

    What every you do Samsung, DO NOT send this phone to verizon or else it will be like the fail lunch of the Galaxy nexus lol

    • Louis A

      Oh and I forgot, take out the TouchWiz UI

      • lxgeorge

        I was about to say: all of the specs of the GSIII make it fantastic except for the “with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI”

      • cwjones4

        it will be interesting to see how touchwiz evolves since samsung hired cyanogen

  • Ramon Gonzalez

    Boo touchwiz…

  • laosgurllynn

    I have three lines that are within the galaxy line up. And this one is next.

  • jenskristian

    Global launch on the same day.
    Stock Ice Cream Sandwich.
    4.6″ screen.
    Improved battery.
    Only OTA updates.

  • dclaryjr

    This sounds enticing but I want to see what HTC has in store for Sprint. I recently switched from and EVO4G to a Nexus S4G, and although I love the pure Googleness, the data reception is markedly inferior. I don’t know if it’s the Samsung radio, but I like to have some non-Sammy options for my next phone.

    • goncalossilva

      It’s probably related to that model, not the brand itself.

  • Dan13

    Darn it! Now I can’t make up my mind. Get the Galaxy Nexus when it (finally) comes out on verizon, or wait just a little longer and grab the galaxy SIII. But if I wait for the SIII, then the new Nexus will be out just a little while later. Then repeat. I guess that the speed this technology is advancing at is fantastic as well as a curse.

  • WarDrake

    HAHAHA!! nice teaser ^_^
    but i prefer the style samsung has been taking lately… why wait in line ;)

  • BigCiX

    Specs look good but until samsung make a non plastic phone i won’t buy

  • Jimmy13

    lol one day I’ll have a cutting edge phone and it will be the best phone in the world for like a week at which point it will be replace by a phone twice as good.

  • Bryan Stoner

    I think the small curve that some phone have would be a nice fit for a full sized usb port. Mini HDMI port for full video mirroring. And something reallYYY COOL: A little pico projector XDD

    But I like the usual suspects too, which most people listed above ;)

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  • Martjn2

    If every single specification are true this thing would be beast down the tiny iphone 4s with its ultra power. I really hope that google can make the software keep up with the amazing hardware
    Thumbs up for galaxy s 3

  • alxrock

    This makes me excited for longer device names! I can see it now:
    “Samsung Galaxy S III Epic 4G LTE Touch Pro Elite!!!”

  • mikesuds

    This is going to be an absolute beast… but TouchWiz on Android 4.0 does not particularly excite me. I’d still get it though.

    • goncalossilva

      You’ll probably be able to easily “disable” it :p

  • AndroidJunkie

    if phone manufacturers like Samsung want to continue increasing sales each year, they really need to insist carriers bring back their 1 year contracts.

  • zyphbear

    Fake or not, it was really well made!
    I think while it may have been fake, I have no doubt Samsung has the GSIII in the pipeline to be released soon. And the US will get it sometime in 2013. (Just like the GSII)

  • Aleksandar Simov

    waste of time, for the uploader of the video xD

  • Deeds

    I think the real GSIII will launch before the Galaxy Nexus

  • Nathan D.

    This will make me want to skip the GN but my upgrade is in February and I’m not going to stay with this first gen phone after that!

  • classic_hero

    i would love this

  • oko loko

    4.6 inch display is simply too big for a smartphone

    • kwills88

      A lot of phones are 4.5 inches…my sgs2 does have a large display but its slim and light so it feels smaller than it is…just making the bezels on phones smaller can achieve that 4.6 inch screen I.e galaxy nexus..and maintain a small profile.

  • cthonctic

    While I find the Galaxy Nexus a very attractive choice indeed, I think this will be my next smartphone. Of course I’ll wait and see what specs leak before the official announcement, but Samsung’s track record with Galaxy devices is stellar and so anything less than perfection would surprise me.

  • kwills88

    If this is true I just hope the new exynos chip are compatible with T-mobile’s hspa+ 42mbs network.

  • mikego

    I plan on getting the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, then being due for upgrade as soon as the Galaxy S4 comes out Q3 2013.

  • Emmanuel Lazcano

    This will probably be out before the galaxy nexus hits verizon… ha

  • Chris Lewis

    This just reminds me how late the US carriers got this phone.

  • cwjones4

    really trying to hold out until this phone comes out to upgrade. Please release on sprint!

  • vid500

    can’t wait to see it.

  • jojo

    US will always have to wait behind UK/Europe and Asia as they spend more $$$ on electronics than US does.

  • Marcus

    This phone is amazing. Drool worthy. Especially that processor and GPU. Quad core? Yes please. With a side of Ice Cream Sandwich, that phone sounds delicious!

    • Samar

      Top that up with ICS..yummy.

  • IntlGrizzly

    Wow, gotta love the effort that went into making that

  • Marc’us H.

    Stillllllllllllll waitin’ on my Galaxy Nexus …

  • la_resistance28

    It’s so hard being an Android fan. Chase the Google latest software purity/updates/integration (Nexus line)? Or hold out a couple more months for the meanest, baddest, highest-spec’d phones (SGS3, whatever HTC or Motorola’s got brewin…)

  • n25philly

    I’m still on vibrant. They took way to long bringing out the GSII and I lost interest in it. I want the Galaxy note so bad, but doesn’t look like that will happen. I guess I’ll wait until 2020 with the GSII reaches the US

  • Hall Lo

    The Galaxy S2 has been a very huge success, hope that the S3 will be another one! :D

  • Arvin

    feels like when you’re a samsung fun upgrade is not on firmware you need to buy the next handset… ;) i adore samsung. i just cant spend that much, quarterly.

  • Kenneth Ohonba

    I am so loving my SGS2 but these specs are awesome and it brings tears to my eyes

  • humidity

    I’m sure the S3 will be amazing and be just as successful as the S2!

  • beatrixasdfghjk.

    I’d prefer they just made the Nexus line even beefier, but those specs D:

  • King Chris Scott

    All of those specs sound just fine to me, the only must have is a battery that can last 24 hours on HEAVY use…I mean watching an episode of Game of Thrones, Facebooking all I want, obsess over my fantasy sports lineup, send and receive 250 txts, take 25 pics, talk for over an hour, and spend hours trying to play the best word on words with friends…a FULL 24 hours of HEAVY use is all I really want for Christmas this year or any year lol

  • triangle

    While I’m excited to see what Samsung has next, I think it’s going to be a while before the SIII gets to the US if history repeats itself. It’s only been a few months since we got the SII in the US. I think the Nexus is going to have to hold us over until the SIII hits the US, which could be summer or even fall..l

  • John

    Needs a lot of battery power. LTE. SD card. HDMI. Ice cream sandwich. At least 1.8 quad. 2 gigs ram. Unlocked. World wide release.

  • Ilyse Rose

    I don’t understand why you’re posting this fake video that has nothing to do with the real product. Rumors I understand slightly more, even though they’re wrong more often than not, but a fake teaser for a phone that isn’t even announced yet? WTF?

  • xfaith

    I am still on my captivate running ICS, but the speakerphone is slowly dying so I will be looking for a new phone come January. I was hoping the Note came out here, but SGS III would be nice.

    Right now my choices lie between SGS II and Skyrocket.

  • blaseb

    2 GB RAM!! ZAMN!

  • JC005

    I prefer a 4 to 4.5 inch screen at the most. I still want to be able to care my phone in my pocket. Beside like the BK commercial says “I have these tiny hands” :)

  • aranea

    I agree that 4.6 inch screen is too big. 4 inch is good for a phone.

  • h0ruza

    Pay phillip stark whatever he desires to design the SGSIII. It needs to be beautiful, tightly put together software wise and surpass the iPhone 5 regardless of release date.

    The next version of touch wiz isn’t really needed because of ICS but at least we know a cyanogen dude is actually working on the Samsung stock to make it better full stop.

    The camera doesn’t need to increase Mega pixels but if it had the speed of the G Nexus with uprated colour chips plus better optics that would silence the voices.

    The screen needs to stay the same physical size but increase pixel density while removing the front facing buttons and reducing the thickness of the edges making the screen as close to edge to edge as possible.

    Finally the horse power need not be the fastest but everyone would love half a day more charge left on top of average everyday use.

  • Anthropic

    Damn now I really wish I had a 12 month contract instead of 24…

  • awundrin

    Looking forward to the CES this year! Samsung is really out-doing itself and I’m lovin’ it!

  • redman618

    What I would love to see is maybe a twelve to sixteen month product cycle and a lot more emphasis on pushing out some updates instead of just letting us freeze our balls of hoping for THAT DAMN update that never seems to come! Just my two cents!!

  • Omar Santiago

    this will be my next device unless HTC can impress me before this is released!

  • levelm

    I’m sure we’ll see it become a reality before Verizon releases the GNEX

  • fabrice rutikanga

    I still have my galaxy s and i love it
    i can’t wait to get the galaxy s3 XD

  • zippyioa

    A slightly smaller screen would be better, I don’t need a tablet sized phone! ;)

  • rishabhbhatia36

    cant wait for S3 :D
    but i still have to get my transformer prime first!

  • gherea

    I can’t wait until this phone comes out..

  • Samar

    This will never stop..will it !! The moment I think of buying a new phone, something better comes up in 3-4 months…Need to settle down with something soon fo atleast 2 yrs.

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  • Legend

    Really hope the screen is something around 4″ – 4.3″. Anything bigger is too big.

  • jo

    MWC is in barcelona and not in berlin ^^ (ifa is in berlin)

  • eliander mendoza

    how do we know its fake?

  • masterpfa

    Dear Santa
    For my Samsung Galaxy SIII i would like..
    1.32-64 GB in built storage plus Micro SD
    2. 2 GB RAM
    3. 2 Ghz Quad core processor
    4. Quad core GPU
    5. 16 MP rear camera and triple LED flashes
    6. 2 MP front facing camera with single LED flash
    7. ICS
    8. 200 MaH battery

    OK this wish list is as fake as the promotion video
    So let’s just wait and see.
    Speculation usually leads to disappointment

    • Danthes24

      And don’t forget a 3D screen..:D

      • masterpfa

        Danthes24 I spotted your diliberate spelling mistake, sure you meant 4D?? :-)

  • ibap

    Ahhh. The new tech churn.

  • donger

    crazy if it was true.

  • pritams

    I was about to go for Prime..but due to this delay I’m pissed off and the idea of waiting for Galaxy S3 is getting stronger each day..O_o

  • Himal Limbu

    the only problem is….they dont bring originals to states…why do they have to change??? i like international version more than what we have here in states.

  • Logan Jinks

    Sadly I think my current Droid Charge will be the last ever Samsung Mobile device I will own. They make really good hardware but their device is so piss poor I’m really not going to worry about any more. This bad customer experience with Samsung is the reason I’m strongly thinking about switching to the next iPhone.

  • MarkT

    Darn, why couldn’t this be pure Google – sans Touchwiz…The specs are making me drool.

  • sylar

    my wish list? a free one for me.

  • megatec45

    My SII is an AWESOME Device, by the time my 2 year contract is up there should be some really incredible stuff out there that blows this phone away.

  • awesomellamas57

    we all know it’s coming so i’m just going to pretend that this is real

  • TekGuru

    SGS-III most have Super AMOLED Plus HD Retina display 2048×1536

  • sgumer

    i cant wait for this phone to come out. i will have to see if i can move to the carrier that has it.

  • Evokill1

    Get rid of TW.. But wait another year becuae I just got my GSII :(