Apr 26 AT 11:29 AM Taylor Wimberly 69 Comments

New Samsung Galaxy S III leaks provide conflicting specs

gt-i9300-manual

The Samsung Galaxy S III is easily the hottest upcoming Android device, and the leaks continue to flow out at an amazing pace. Part of me thinks all these leaks are controlled to keep generating buzz, but we keep sharing them and y’all keep eating them up. This week we saw a trio of leaks that provide several conflicting specs.

Last night Samsung announced the 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad, that is said to power the next Galaxy. We think there is a good chance that this will be the final processor found inside the Galaxy S III, but that could vary by region and carrier.

Yesterday we saw a leaked benchmark result that said the Galaxy S III was using the Exynos 4212 processor. This chip features dual Cortex-A9 CPU cores running at 1.5 GHz. Another leaked service manual for the GT-i9300 (that we believe to be the Galaxy S III) said the device would use a 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU.

The leaked benchmark said the device would feature a 4.7 inch display, while the leaked manual said it would be 4.8 inches, and other leaks have showed a 4.6 inch display. Camera specs have also been conflicted. One leak shows 8 megapixels and another shows 12 megapixels.

All these leaks have proven is that there are multiple versions of the device in testing and each one features slightly different specs. There’s even a good chance that all these leaks are wrong, and the final specs will be something completely different.

Samsung’s big unveil is scheduled for May 3rd, so hopefully all your questions will be answered soon.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

    Most Tweeted This Week

  • spazby

    1 more week, awesome

    • dVyper

      I can’t flipping wait argh!!!!

    • Gabe

      Who cares? The Americanized versions will be suited with a Snapdragon S4, and not the quad core exynos..

      • mkstvns

        You know this site doesn’t exist purely for the reading pleasure of Americans, right?

        Typical.

  • Owain

    What are the chances these leaks are set-up by Samsung in order to build hype?

    • Lee

      It’s working.

    • kazahani

      Consider me hyped.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Regardless of what it’s going to end up being, at least this isn’t going to be another Galaxy Nexus where we’re doing this for the next 4 months. Only ~1 more week to go!

    • oddball

      It really depends on the carriers. I really want to see a truly powerful new phone on Verizon but the only phones they seem to care about are the ithingy and the razr

    • swazedahustla

      Yes, one week till its announced. But if you are in the US, 4 months would be thinking positively. Could be more like 6.

      • oddball

        I am figuring 4-5 so that they can release right around the xmas buying season

        • swazedahustla

          If thats the case then that would be 7 months on the nose.

      • Noel

        Wrong…this thing drop faster in the US than u think. The US market is now top priority for Samsung..we will all be shocked at the speed at which this device will go on sale here in the US.

  • oddball

    I suspect that each if these leaks are specific. If I was providing test models of a product that I didn’t want revealed I would send out units that all showed different specs while being the same and track which ones got leaked.

    • Fuzzypaws

      Hey, that’s a great idea, actually. Then you can tell which device (or at least which batch) the leak came from, making it a lot easier to narrow down which employees are the culprits.

      Of course Samsung could be leaking these on purpose, too. XD

    • Jason

      That’s a great idea, Tyrion.*

      *Game of Thrones reference

  • swazedahustla

    Ok, for people who got the SGS2 last year you will understand exactly what is going on. Its the same situation from last year.

    SGS3 UK Version = Quad Core Exynos 4212

    SGS3 US Version = dual core S4 w/LTE

    http://www.androidcentral.com/dual-core-galaxy-s3-be-offered-some-territories-snapdragon-s4-and-lte

    • oddball

      I sure hope not. Samsung finally has their choosers working with LTE and I really want to see an exynos processor in my phone.

      • Fineous Tweed

        I’m with you man, i’m not buying a gimped version. If they put a S4 in the US version i’m getting that unlocked GNex off Google’s site and saving my upgrade for the next Nexus.

        • iamXiV92a

          Couldn’t have said it better myself…

    • aranea

      If that happens I don’t think many people will go for SIII. Instead they will wait for the new Nexus phone.

    • Fulaman

      Only one U.S. Version last year received a different processor from the international version, and that was the T-mobile variant of the Galaxy S 2.

      • swazedahustla

        Well Sprint has LTE, so you can definately count that it. If its going to VRZ well they have LTE also so you can pretty much count them in too. So T mobile will as well so probably AT&T will be the only one with the quad.

        • Fineous Tweed

          FYI, AT&T has LTE. They’ve had it since last November. T-Mobile is the only major US carrier that doesn’t (yet).

          • swazedahustla

            Well I guess that would mean all US variants will be running the S4 then.

        • meccausa02

          AT&T has LTE too and are pushing more and more LTE phones.

    • drksilenc

      not the case this time. the reason for this last year is the exynos didnt have lte built into it or the special chip that tmo needs for there 21+ network

      the new exynos has this built in and doesnt have wimax if im not mistaken

      • swazedahustla

        Nah bruh……….Taken straight from a Samsung exec….

        Samsung plans to release its Galaxy S III smartphone according to different specifications and different markets. For European consumers, it will use 3G and the company’s own quad-core mobile APs, while its own solution that combines LTE, 3G and quad-core mobile APs will be used for the Korean version. But only in the United States, will Samsung use Qualcomm chips,’’ said one Samsung executive asking not to be identified.

        http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2012/04/129_109578.html

  • Wouter

    I’m really hoping they will announce a few cheaper models as well. I cant wait for a budget (200 euros) ICS device from Samsung. Its taking them too long :( I really need to replace my old HTC Hero.

  • jspiby2

    Can’t wait to see what this phone really is offering, will my next phone be GS3 or the oneX time will tell..

  • OutofPlace

    The specs on this thing are pretty beastly, but I wish the build quality of Samsung phones was higher grade (a la HTC).

    • Rovex

      Quality is as quality does. My SGS2 is a year old and looks like new except for one mark that appeared after i dropped it on a hard floor. My HTCs look a bit shabby and all my friends iPhones are scratched and chipped.
      The Samsungs may be plastic, but plastic is more resilient than glass (!) or a fancy coating.

      • Fulaman

        100% agree, my original Galaxy S (Fascinate) is almost 2 years old, and there are no major scratches and everything is in perfect condition. I don’t understand why people put down Samsung’s build quality because it’s plastic. Being plastic actually means it is less susceptible to damage from falls and such.

        • OutofPlace

          What bugs me about the plastic components is the feel. HTC does a great job of making their phones feel good in your hand. My Vibrant (now my wife’s phone) always felt slippery in my hand. It always had fingerprints all over the body. And it just felt fragile. I know it sounds stupid, too, but it was too light.

          • Fulaman

            I know what you mean, they do feel light and are prone to fingerprints, but the plastic build was pretty durable. The Fascinate, Vibrant and the International version of the Galaxy S were the lightest of the Original Galaxy S series of phones.

  • Noel

    Wrong…this thing will drop faster in the US than u think. The US market is now top priority for Samsung..we will all be shocked at the speed at which this device will go on sale here in the US.

  • Santa

    There are no conflicting specs!

    You should have learn this by now: Samsung has multiple variants of the Galaxy S branding with different SoC, screen sizes, technologies and so on for different markets. This should not surprise anyone after 2 years since the launch of the S range. Jesus!

  • Epiktetus

    Or they could be pulling an HTC and releasing several models… who knows. The Gallaxy S3x, S3s and the S3v or something entirely different.

  • thel0nerang3r

    The spec sheet shows “Playback at 1080p resolution”…

    • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

      I seen that too. I was thinking maybe over a cable to TV? It can push a 1080p display, so it says it has the playback. I am thinking that is a bit of marketing trickery.

  • chillhappy

    Why this over the HTC One?

    • iamXiV92a

      Ha ha – the battery!

  • WlfHart

    Just one week to set the record straight!

  • droidsung

    I don’t see any conflict in this leak. Samsung officially stated quad Exynos will run at clock speed above 1.4Ghz. so what’s wrong with 1.5Ghz?

  • JavaB

    I’m just hoping this comes to Verizon. I’m tired of these Motorola “Droid” variants. The Rezound is alright… but Samsung makes the best phones IMO. And with verizon we have a choice of the Samsung droid Charge -half ass at best, and the Nexus – a great phone. Common Verizon get with it. I love the great service but would love some better phones to choose from.

  • Onac Ixem

    Does somebody know if SGS3 will feature a central button? And, What about the MicroSD slot?

    • Owain

      No one knows anything, which is what makes it so exciting!

      • Onac Ixem

        I am buying a new phone soon. I’d buy a GNexus, but if SGS3 has a MicroSD slot and gets rid of that stupid and unnecessary home button, then I will buy a Galaxy S3 for sure :D

        • therealestmc

          The home button the injury reason I buy the international version of galaxy note. I can feel the button and it’s useful in the dark.

  • Geewalt1

    Samsung is going in overdrive mode by releasing all these false rumours…..crazy.

    The phone better be waterproof because the amount of rain falling in the UK at the moment the thing will be washed down the river Thames in London.

    Rumour I’ve heard is a bunch of sheep terrorists are going to spoil the party on the 3rd.

  • RX-78-7

    Looks like a nexus with a physical home button.

    • Onac Ixem

      I just hope they get rid of it, as ICS doesnt need physical buttons anymore.

  • RX-78-7

    What’s MIPI(C-Type)?

  • zeepzorp

    Samsung is all about inspiring buyer’s remorse.

  • Mix

    I want this phone something fierce (hate my BB-Bold) but when my term runs out in June, who knows what will be out.

  • Simon

    Contradicting rumors and leaks are hardly news-worthy.

  • masterpfa

    6 days and counting

  • sangheon96

    will telus (Canada) get the Exynos 4 quad or S4?
    I really want to get Exynos4 processor!!!

  • CTown

    So, just like the One S, this phone doesn’t have NFC? Why are these flagships (where the One S is kind of T-Mobile’s flagship) not having NFC sensors?

  • redraider133

    Makes me wish I wasn’t stuck on Verizon so I could just import the international version with a little better processor plus not have to wait for carrier testing on updates

  • Nathan D.

    I believe that Samsung and the USA carrier will lunch this faster then what we expect. Also I would hate to not tosee Exynos in the U.S. launch of it.

  • RafiShmoel

    omg so far the specs are great!

    i would like to see a truly new original design by samsung, and and edge to edge screen.

    +

    do a favor to all of us, and remove that physical home button.

    i would like to see the TouchWhiz Launcher has been interagated nicely with ICS! :)

    • Onac Ixem

      I agree with you, that physical button should be removed since ICS doesnt need it anymore

  • Hector Manzanarez

    As hype as I am for this phone I’m still cynical about our US carriers. Im just expecting to not see this phone here till September and with an inferior S4 instead of that lovely exynos :’(

    • Fineous Tweed

      I can’t really comprehend how this phone could not come out until September if it has pretty much the same specs as the AT&T & Sprint versions of the One X.

      • swazedahustla

        The exact same way the SGS2 came out internationally and then hit the US 6-8 months later. Thats just how it works I guess. Same thing with the G nex. Sprint is JUST GETTING IT, after its been out since 2011.

  • HackNet

    quad-core is a waste of cores on these smartphones. The applications in the Play Store can’t even handle quad-cores. If you’re buying this phone because it has four cores, wait until there are Android apps that support it. The phone is not going to be any faster because of its additional cores. Tell Samsung to throw in another GB of memory (total 2), then you will see a difference in the speed and quality.

    If you’re 12 years old and insist on voting me down because your lack of knowledge in technology, please don’t waste your time and skip to the next post.

  • Boding

    I hope to God that it’s not going to be the new 1.5 Ghz dual-core S4 Snapdragon Krait chip with integrated LTE.

  • Steenko

    Guys, check my little project about Galaxy S3: http://www.nextgalaxybirthday.com/
    It’s a little bit buggy on IE but Chrome, Firefox, Safari works ok.

  1. 1 more week, awesome

    • I can’t flipping wait argh!!!!

    • GabeGuest 3 years ago

      Who cares? The Americanized versions will be suited with a Snapdragon S4, and not the quad core exynos..

      • You know this site doesn’t exist purely for the reading pleasure of Americans, right?

        Typical.

  2. OwainGuest 3 years ago

    What are the chances these leaks are set-up by Samsung in order to build hype?

  3. Regardless of what it’s going to end up being, at least this isn’t going to be another Galaxy Nexus where we’re doing this for the next 4 months. Only ~1 more week to go!

    • It really depends on the carriers. I really want to see a truly powerful new phone on Verizon but the only phones they seem to care about are the ithingy and the razr

    • swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

      Yes, one week till its announced. But if you are in the US, 4 months would be thinking positively. Could be more like 6.

      • I am figuring 4-5 so that they can release right around the xmas buying season

        • swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

          If thats the case then that would be 7 months on the nose.

      • NoelGuest 3 years ago

        Wrong…this thing drop faster in the US than u think. The US market is now top priority for Samsung..we will all be shocked at the speed at which this device will go on sale here in the US.

  4. I suspect that each if these leaks are specific. If I was providing test models of a product that I didn’t want revealed I would send out units that all showed different specs while being the same and track which ones got leaked.

    • Hey, that’s a great idea, actually. Then you can tell which device (or at least which batch) the leak came from, making it a lot easier to narrow down which employees are the culprits.

      Of course Samsung could be leaking these on purpose, too. XD

    • JasonGuest 3 years ago

      That’s a great idea, Tyrion.*

      *Game of Thrones reference

  5. swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

    Ok, for people who got the SGS2 last year you will understand exactly what is going on. Its the same situation from last year.

    SGS3 UK Version = Quad Core Exynos 4212

    SGS3 US Version = dual core S4 w/LTE

    http://www.androidcentral.com/dual-core-galaxy-s3-be-offered-some-territories-snapdragon-s4-and-lte

    • I sure hope not. Samsung finally has their choosers working with LTE and I really want to see an exynos processor in my phone.

      • Fineous TweedGuest 3 years ago

        I’m with you man, i’m not buying a gimped version. If they put a S4 in the US version i’m getting that unlocked GNex off Google’s site and saving my upgrade for the next Nexus.

    • If that happens I don’t think many people will go for SIII. Instead they will wait for the new Nexus phone.

    • FulamanGuest 3 years ago

      Only one U.S. Version last year received a different processor from the international version, and that was the T-mobile variant of the Galaxy S 2.

      • swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

        Well Sprint has LTE, so you can definately count that it. If its going to VRZ well they have LTE also so you can pretty much count them in too. So T mobile will as well so probably AT&T will be the only one with the quad.

        • Fineous TweedGuest 3 years ago

          FYI, AT&T has LTE. They’ve had it since last November. T-Mobile is the only major US carrier that doesn’t (yet).

          • swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

            Well I guess that would mean all US variants will be running the S4 then.

        • meccausa02Guest 3 years ago

          AT&T has LTE too and are pushing more and more LTE phones.

    • drksilencGuest 3 years ago

      not the case this time. the reason for this last year is the exynos didnt have lte built into it or the special chip that tmo needs for there 21+ network

      the new exynos has this built in and doesnt have wimax if im not mistaken

      • swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

        Nah bruh……….Taken straight from a Samsung exec….

        Samsung plans to release its Galaxy S III smartphone according to different specifications and different markets. For European consumers, it will use 3G and the company’s own quad-core mobile APs, while its own solution that combines LTE, 3G and quad-core mobile APs will be used for the Korean version. But only in the United States, will Samsung use Qualcomm chips,’’ said one Samsung executive asking not to be identified.

        http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2012/04/129_109578.html

  6. WouterGuest 3 years ago

    I’m really hoping they will announce a few cheaper models as well. I cant wait for a budget (200 euros) ICS device from Samsung. Its taking them too long :( I really need to replace my old HTC Hero.

  7. Can’t wait to see what this phone really is offering, will my next phone be GS3 or the oneX time will tell..

  8. The specs on this thing are pretty beastly, but I wish the build quality of Samsung phones was higher grade (a la HTC).

    • RovexGuest 3 years ago

      Quality is as quality does. My SGS2 is a year old and looks like new except for one mark that appeared after i dropped it on a hard floor. My HTCs look a bit shabby and all my friends iPhones are scratched and chipped.
      The Samsungs may be plastic, but plastic is more resilient than glass (!) or a fancy coating.

      • FulamanGuest 3 years ago

        100% agree, my original Galaxy S (Fascinate) is almost 2 years old, and there are no major scratches and everything is in perfect condition. I don’t understand why people put down Samsung’s build quality because it’s plastic. Being plastic actually means it is less susceptible to damage from falls and such.

        • What bugs me about the plastic components is the feel. HTC does a great job of making their phones feel good in your hand. My Vibrant (now my wife’s phone) always felt slippery in my hand. It always had fingerprints all over the body. And it just felt fragile. I know it sounds stupid, too, but it was too light.

          • FulamanGuest 3 years ago

            I know what you mean, they do feel light and are prone to fingerprints, but the plastic build was pretty durable. The Fascinate, Vibrant and the International version of the Galaxy S were the lightest of the Original Galaxy S series of phones.

  9. NoelGuest 3 years ago

    Wrong…this thing will drop faster in the US than u think. The US market is now top priority for Samsung..we will all be shocked at the speed at which this device will go on sale here in the US.

  10. There are no conflicting specs!

    You should have learn this by now: Samsung has multiple variants of the Galaxy S branding with different SoC, screen sizes, technologies and so on for different markets. This should not surprise anyone after 2 years since the launch of the S range. Jesus!

  11. EpiktetusGuest 3 years ago

    Or they could be pulling an HTC and releasing several models… who knows. The Gallaxy S3x, S3s and the S3v or something entirely different.

  12. The spec sheet shows “Playback at 1080p resolution”…

    • I seen that too. I was thinking maybe over a cable to TV? It can push a 1080p display, so it says it has the playback. I am thinking that is a bit of marketing trickery.

  13. chillhappyGuest 3 years ago

    Why this over the HTC One?

  14. Just one week to set the record straight!

  15. droidsungGuest 3 years ago

    I don’t see any conflict in this leak. Samsung officially stated quad Exynos will run at clock speed above 1.4Ghz. so what’s wrong with 1.5Ghz?

  16. I’m just hoping this comes to Verizon. I’m tired of these Motorola “Droid” variants. The Rezound is alright… but Samsung makes the best phones IMO. And with verizon we have a choice of the Samsung droid Charge -half ass at best, and the Nexus – a great phone. Common Verizon get with it. I love the great service but would love some better phones to choose from.

  17. Onac IxemGuest 3 years ago

    Does somebody know if SGS3 will feature a central button? And, What about the MicroSD slot?

    • OwainGuest 3 years ago

      No one knows anything, which is what makes it so exciting!

      • Onac IxemGuest 3 years ago

        I am buying a new phone soon. I’d buy a GNexus, but if SGS3 has a MicroSD slot and gets rid of that stupid and unnecessary home button, then I will buy a Galaxy S3 for sure :D

        • therealestmcGuest 3 years ago

          The home button the injury reason I buy the international version of galaxy note. I can feel the button and it’s useful in the dark.

  18. Geewalt1Guest 3 years ago

    Samsung is going in overdrive mode by releasing all these false rumours…..crazy.

    The phone better be waterproof because the amount of rain falling in the UK at the moment the thing will be washed down the river Thames in London.

    Rumour I’ve heard is a bunch of sheep terrorists are going to spoil the party on the 3rd.

  19. Looks like a nexus with a physical home button.

    • Onac IxemGuest 3 years ago

      I just hope they get rid of it, as ICS doesnt need physical buttons anymore.

  20. What’s MIPI(C-Type)?

  21. Samsung is all about inspiring buyer’s remorse.

  22. I want this phone something fierce (hate my BB-Bold) but when my term runs out in June, who knows what will be out.

  23. SimonGuest 3 years ago

    Contradicting rumors and leaks are hardly news-worthy.

  24. 6 days and counting

  25. will telus (Canada) get the Exynos 4 quad or S4?
    I really want to get Exynos4 processor!!!

  26. So, just like the One S, this phone doesn’t have NFC? Why are these flagships (where the One S is kind of T-Mobile’s flagship) not having NFC sensors?

  27. Makes me wish I wasn’t stuck on Verizon so I could just import the international version with a little better processor plus not have to wait for carrier testing on updates

  28. I believe that Samsung and the USA carrier will lunch this faster then what we expect. Also I would hate to not tosee Exynos in the U.S. launch of it.

  29. RafiShmoelGuest 3 years ago

    omg so far the specs are great!

    i would like to see a truly new original design by samsung, and and edge to edge screen.

    +

    do a favor to all of us, and remove that physical home button.

    i would like to see the TouchWhiz Launcher has been interagated nicely with ICS! :)

    • Onac IxemGuest 3 years ago

      I agree with you, that physical button should be removed since ICS doesnt need it anymore

  30. Hector ManzanarezGuest 3 years ago

    As hype as I am for this phone I’m still cynical about our US carriers. Im just expecting to not see this phone here till September and with an inferior S4 instead of that lovely exynos :’(

    • Fineous TweedGuest 3 years ago

      I can’t really comprehend how this phone could not come out until September if it has pretty much the same specs as the AT&T & Sprint versions of the One X.

      • swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

        The exact same way the SGS2 came out internationally and then hit the US 6-8 months later. Thats just how it works I guess. Same thing with the G nex. Sprint is JUST GETTING IT, after its been out since 2011.

  31. quad-core is a waste of cores on these smartphones. The applications in the Play Store can’t even handle quad-cores. If you’re buying this phone because it has four cores, wait until there are Android apps that support it. The phone is not going to be any faster because of its additional cores. Tell Samsung to throw in another GB of memory (total 2), then you will see a difference in the speed and quality.

    If you’re 12 years old and insist on voting me down because your lack of knowledge in technology, please don’t waste your time and skip to the next post.

  32. I hope to God that it’s not going to be the new 1.5 Ghz dual-core S4 Snapdragon Krait chip with integrated LTE.

  33. SteenkoGuest 3 years ago

    Guys, check my little project about Galaxy S3: http://www.nextgalaxybirthday.com/
    It’s a little bit buggy on IE but Chrome, Firefox, Safari works ok.