Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S III on May 3rd in London at an official Samsung hosted event. With May 3rd just about 2 weeks away now, it would seem that someone, somewhere, would have had a chance to snag a picture of the GSIII in the wild by now. Today may finally be the day we’ve all been waiting for, as some blurrycam pics of an unreleased Samsung device have found their way online that could very well be the Galaxy S III.
According to Gizmodo Brazil, the pictures you see before you are indeed the Samsung Galaxy S III. The device pictured looks extremely similar to what was rumored as the i9300 that was leaked by PhoneArena sometime in late March, except for one noticeable change: there is a home button on this latest device.
Oddly enough, this new device from Gizmodo Brazil is also being called the i9300. The i9300 was originally rumored to land as the Galaxy M, a midrange Samsung device, but now we’re not sure.
As far as which model number belongs to which device, there’s been a lot of back and fourth on that. But when it comes to the two separate leaked pictures, the original i9300 picture from PhoneArean and today’s Galaxy S III picture from Gizmodo Brazil, there’s only two possibilities. Either one of the devices pictured is a prototype of the other, or the device with the home button is the Galaxy S III.
We’ve heard the Galaxy S III will come with a home button, and if you take a look at the phone’s housing, it appears to be some sort of unibody enclosure. Which would certainly make sense for Sammy’s next flagship device.
Oh, and about the name Galaxy S III, which some have disputed, Samsung has at least taken the proper steps internally to secure the webpage for it. If you visit Samsung.com/GalaxySIII, the url redirects and reformats to /us/galaxy-s-iii. If you visit any other random Samsung url, like Samsung.com/ergerg for example, you’re taken to an entirely different page. Just some food for thought. (Thanks, Scott.)
If these latest pictures out of Gizmodo Brazil are of the Galaxy S III, what do you think? Personally, I like it. I just can’t wait to see it in white.
The Verge has obtained new information from “a source familiar with Samsung’s plans” that says pictures of the device Gizmodo has captured are “not even close to the final design.” Adding that, “no leaks of the final design have been accurate.” It looks like Samsung is working extra hard to make sure no information on the Galaxy S III (which still isn’t the confirmed name) makes its way online.