Jan 24 AT 5:43 PM Taylor Wimberly 83 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S III specs confirmed by industry insider?

The wait is on.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is the most anticipated next Android phone, so it’s no surprise the buzz is building up as we near an official announcement. To date we have seen an anonymous 4chan description of the device, an alleged leaked slide, a fake teaser video and now a supposed hands-on report from an industry insider.

Earlier today, Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin started tweeting that he had received a Samsung Galaxy S III. We have covered some of Eldar’s rumors before and found he sometimes gets things wrong, but he is spot on other times. For example, Eldar was one of the first to confirm that the Galaxy S II had a dual-core processor back in 2010.

This time Eldar is claiming the Galaxy S III will run Android 4.0 with software tweaks (TouchWiz anyone?), be powered by a 1.5-1.6 GHz quad-core processor (likely the Exynos 4412), feature a HD Super AMOLED Plus display and include a 12 MP camera. When it comes to design, Eldar says the SGSIII is the “same in most aspects” to the SGSII.

Overall these specs sound pretty believable and match up almost exactly with what I speculated last year.

One interesting thing to note is that Eldar claims there are two versions of the phone – a quad-core model and a dual-core model. The quad-core model is almost certainly the Exynos 4412 that has previously leaked, and it’s possible the dual-core model could be the next-generation Exynos 5250.

A quad-core 1.5 GHz Exynos 4412 would likely put the Galaxy S III on par with other quad-core phones based on the ARM Cortex-A9 CPU core (like all the upcoming Tegra 3 phones). However, the dual-core 2 GHz Exynos 5250 would offer next-generation performance with its ARM Cortex-A15 CPU core and ARM Mali-T604 GPU core.

I’ve already seen the Exynos 5250 in action at CES, and I’ve speculated that Samsung could use this chip for their flagship Galaxy S III smartphone. The only flaw with that theory is the timing of the release. Most insiders still expect the Galaxy S III will be announced next month at Mobile World Congress and then be released around April (similar to the SGS2 path). Samsung doesn’t expect the Exynos 5250 to be available until the second half of 2012.

Whatever specs Samsung decides to go with, I’m sure it will be one of the best selling phones of 2012. Knowing Samsung’s never-ending battle to compete with Apple’s iPhone, I suspect we will see the quad-core Galaxy S III model sometime in Q2. Hopefully the dual-core 2 GHz model arrives in time for Christmas.

What other features are on your wish-list for the Galaxy S III?

Via: Phone Arena

Source: Eldar Murtazin

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  • Julian Rafael1

    Fucking wow. I don’t know what to buy between the Xperia S, Galaxy Nexus, LG X3, and this. But I’ve now squared it down to the X3 and SIII. Top tier specs I wouldn’t think would even be possible 1year ago.

    • Jeff Pan

      Galaxy SIII it should be!

      • delinear

        If my GNex is anything to judge by I’d second this and go with the Sammy.

      • crunchybutternut

        I recently upgraded to the SII and love it! The SIII is going to rock!

    • scores87

      NEVER buy LG is either Xperia S or SIII

      • Julian Rafael1

        The only bad thing about the Xperia S is the lack of Sd expansion. But the design is amazing. Plus its not quad core like the SIII or X3.

        • ericl5112

          I just worry that LG phones seem to be getting buggier and the dev community to fix them is getting smaller. The Nitro HD has a nearly 0 dev community compared to other phones released about the same time, same network, etc.

      • OnIn2

        I’m very concerned about my LG G2x. I though LG would support it with ICS, but it looks like they are leaving it out of the update cycle and just pushing new phones.

        If that’s true, I’ll never buy another LG phone again. Never. No excuse for that.

    • andrpau

      too long; didn’t read…

      • Richard Yarrell

        To short..Pointless

        • squiddy20

          …like your comment?

    • h0ruza

      Cryo Steve Jobs? I heard you were funnier than this.

    • drop

      geek rule number 1 : always pick the best RELEASED phone.

      In such a competitive market, company must keep on announcing newer phones with better specs to keep existing in the media.
      As a result, you will always hear about a new amazing phone which will be released soon (“keep your money now, spend it with us”).

      I would pick the Galaxy Nexus, because it is the only truly available in your list. And it has very good reviews.

      • delinear

        Definitely agree with this, there’s always something better around the corner. The key thing is: does what I have at the moment no longer meet my requirements AND am I reasonably sure the best thing out there right now will meet my requirements for the next 18/24 months (if going contract). If you can answer yes to both those questions then the time is right to buy, otherwise you’ll forever be playing the waiting game.

        • Julian Rafael1

          Currently have the white G2x. I rooted it due to random reboots and other problems. I want the X3 because I know it’ll have top of the line hardware that’ll support Tmobile. I’m happy with the G2x no reason I won’t be with the G3x hopefully it won’t have to root it for that to happen.

    • zerosix

      Hey, somebody, delete this comment. Please.

    • Lavi

      … and you are the people that pay for this huge profit and you’re so STUPID to realize this.
      In your face stupid apple boy fan, IN YOUR FACE!

    • Brandon E

      I think my GS2 can hold me over for at least another year or so because to be honest what would I need a quad core phone for it seems like over kill to me IMO

      • grant

        im still using my galaxy s gen 1 captivate, with the xda developer community and the ics rom’s i am very happy and can hold out with my phone for another year past my upgrade. honestly i could use this phone for another 2 or more years. its running ics very well and i dont see it being obsolete for any reason other than 4g and multiple core phones

    • kimberly

      iPhone now trumps Android smartphones In U.S.

    • Matt

      I don’t believe the Xperia S comes with ICS either which is unacceptable.

    • http://www.desean.net desean

      I will probably wait for Galaxy S4. My S2 is less than a year old and serving me very well. In fact my S2 seldom hit it’s maximum potential!

  • Oskar Wismierski

    I think Id rather have the 2 GHz Exynos 5250.. But still.. SIII=my next phone ;P

    • kazahani

      Better cores > more cores.

  • spazby

    only if they could price it at $200 – I could die happy

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      That is not nearly possible. Even the first Galaxy S is not sold for 200 EUR without contract. I recently got a Evo 3D for 290 EUR in Romania (the promotion is still going on, some online shops are still selling it) and I am happy with my phone. I still think Galaxy S phones are top of the line, but why buy one for over 600 EUR (this is the price it will have in Romania at launch) when I can get a phone that is not even an year old for almost 300 EUR that will get official ICS? I have a friend that switched from his Galaxy S II to the Evo 3D just because he is a 3D maniac. Still, this will force everybody to release more quality phones :)

      • kazahani

        I’m pretty sure he was talking about the on-contract price. $200 seems to be the ceiling for what consumers at large (including me) are willing to pay if we are also signing a 2-year commitment.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    If the dual-core version is better than the quad-core version I will get it. Unless the next Nexus has better specs.

    • iHateiPhone

      I cant buy another non Nexus phone….its just not the same! s3 sounds awesome, but without the software, whats the point of quad core?

  • MoSDeeb

    I’m stoked that the ARM A15 chips will finally be making an appearance this year.

  • MMcCraryNJ

    “industry insider”? This guy is a hack, flailing wildly until something sticks to the wall. Of course the Galaxy S III will be quad-core, Samsung is working on at least 2 different quad-core Exynos processors. This was reported way back a few months ago.

    And anyone could have guessed the SII was going to be dual-core. We were in the exact same position then as we are now.

    Guy is not a reliable source.

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      Until he started spreading those rumors about Nokia and Microsoft, Eldar has been regarded as interesting at least. I hope that those rumors about Nokia and Microsoft won’t become real anyway. We must give him the benefit of the doubt about this, although I think calling him “industry insider” is a little too much.

  • iamXiV92a

    I’m game since AT&T has pretty much said “You’re not getting the Galaxy Nexus, but we’ll give you the Skyrocket HD” (without ICS of course). Shame on you AT&T!

  • YMS123

    With LTE on three out of four carriers, hopefully it will come to America faster than the GSII

    • kazahani

      That depends on if the carriers in North America demand their own customized versions of the phone like they did with the GSI and GSII…

  • Dimas

    Battery life? 30 minutes?

    • staryoshi

      It will most likely improve, assuming that they keep the screen’s consumption in check.

      I just bought my epic 4g touch in december… The wait will be rough, but I’ll be ready to leapfrog my peers when I upgrade. 2012 is going to be another fun year in tech :)

  • Owain

    Is there ever a good time to upgrade? :D I’m still on the Nexus One… Seems like oldskool Android now… Will wait for a while still I think! :)

    • booyootoo

      I was also on the nexus one, before getting the galaxy nexus. You can always wait for the next best thing. when the sII was released i did not want a Samsung phone, because i thought they can’t make goitre phones with good software.

      Then my wife got one and i thought it WAs actually pretty good. But after a few months i didn’t want an ‘old’ phone so that’s why i got the galaxy nexus, since the nexus one felt real slow.

      right now, id still buy t the galaxy nexus, but when its half February id wait for the sIII.

      I think Samsung is the best at the moment.

  • Dan13

    Why must mobile world congress be a whole month away? WHY? Well, it certainly is getting me excited for this phone.

  • Lox

    The 2012 nexus is going to be yummy ;)

  • Tal

    Seriously people. You guys above me … you are the minority – I tell you ;)
    Most people … like me, are just too overwhelmed by the rate by which processors power is increasing. Most likely after 6 months its not so shiny anymore, after a year its old, and after 18 months you see the end Android support for upgrade in the horizon. At that point you start thinking about the next device. 2 years is the mark where your device is Kkkkrap. Like my Samsung Galaxy (1).

    This is insane. Maybe it will stop when it will have desktop power. Afterall we all want our desktop on our handsets.

    • mark

      @ Tal kkkkrap. Like my Samsung galaxy 1? What do you have against the galaxy one. Its a great… no awsome phone. I dont understand your harsh judgement. I use my galaxy one and love it like its brand new. It has great potential. You just have to use it and open its possiablitys up. I had the phone out the box for seven hours before I rooted it and installed 2.2 while everyone was waiting for there update, 2.3 came out and two weeks later I had gingerbread while people still waited for there update of 2.2. I installed a front facing camera curtosy of mobiltech and got straight in that department . O and guess what I have as of the weeks ago been running 4.0 ice cream sandwich and have it overclocked to 1.4 gz working great, while most people r waiting to get gingerbread hahahahahah, so really the phone is still better than almost all phones out there still to date.

      • Matthew Foster

        dude your so full of shit

        • Ziggy

          No he’s not full of shit. My SGS1 can do all that. The ICS port for the SGS1 is awesome. The last release of GB (xxjvu) on it has the most superb battery life i’ve ever had. Samsung do a great job with regular updates. Just don’t wait for your carriers

        • mark

          @ mattew foster wow am I. What a joke. you should look into things before you say someone is full of shit. You sound stupid. Since you can read you should look it up,wait as a matter of fact I’ll help you,cause I think you need help. Xdadevelpers.com sites like this are what makes Android phones so much better than I phones. But having an open source phone and not doing anything with it is point less, people like you shouldn’t be aloud to leave uneducated, uninformed, and just plain dumb threads that just fill up pages. Get informed.

        • domination

          @ mattew foster your fucking stupid. @ mark & Ziggy add me to that list as well I am running ics on my sgs1 to and love it. @ mark your right people like that should not be able to post. Mattew Foster=dummy

        • yankeesusa

          Why don’t you sign up for an a&me account and then say that? Had to do it as a guest, nice. Like someone said, do a little research before speaking. Usually it helps. Most kids under 10 are more mature.

    • yankeesusa

      Thats technology for you. There is no stopping it. If your reason for not getting a phone now is due to a better phone coming out after then you will be waiting forever. Sprint had the right idea with their premier member option, being able to renew every year. With this you could upgrade your phone everytime a new one came out. Now they took it away and everyone is screwed. Either way if you have the money or you have an upgrade available and there is a nice phone out at that time you might as well get it.

  • classic_hero

    so would it be better to wait for the dual core model?? cause im gunna need a phone soon

  • RRR

    Yes the mobiles are not standing still…

    As to other features in 2012. …. A&M — hope to see Edit button on your site

  • Orion78

    This is my next phone…..without question. Sprint, you better get this beast ASAP.


    Hopefully this will hit the US before Christmas.Lol

  • Paul Jamieson

    You have to draw a line in the sand somewhere …..
    and so my line is drawn at the Samsung Galaxy Note ..
    Why .. well it is just different enough to make me say .. Hmmmm!
    I like the fact that it comes with a stilest/pen, and lets you take notes
    easily and efficiently .. the fact that it has an amazing screen.
    Yes I know it is not a barn-burner when it comes to CPU’s or GPU’s,
    and that most of it’s technology will be completely out to lunch in 6 months
    or earlier, but as I said before .. you have to draw a line in the sand somewhere …
    and mine is here …

  • cthonctic

    Beyond Nokia devices, I have found Murtazin’s credibility to be rather questionable. But for now, rumors is all we have so let’s go with it…

    HD display is a given, now we need to know screen size (let’s hope for 4.5 to 4.7″ like the GNex) and tech (SAMOLED Plus please!) and maybe even Gorilla Glass 2.

    I don’t really care for the camera specs unless the pictures it takes aren’t complete crap. What I do care about, though, is extensible storage. The missing microSD card slot is the main reason I have been holding off on getting a Galaxy Nexus, in fact.

    CPU-wise, I’m hoping Samsung sticks to its own Exynos line rather than flip-flopping that with OMAPs as happened with Galaxy S and S2 variants. OMAPs aren’t too shabby themselves, but they are no Exynos.

    Other than that, if the industrial design and materials matches (or exceeds) what we have seen from the GS2 and GNex/GNote, I’m all happy.

    MWC can’t arrive soon enough, I want to make up my mind if I want to get the Galaxy Nexus or go directly to the next Galaxy S phone!

  • droilfade

    Man! Just when SII was getting enough Custom ROM options and CM9 and all that sweet stuff…! Well, OK I hope these screens don’t have the greenish tint problem like on some SII’s (mine does have it). Speaking of screen…what ever happened to that flexible screen concept? Hmmm……

  • http://genesischess.com/ MJM128

    I hope this has enough battery power to keep this thing on for long enough for it to be practical.

  • kwills88

    I just hope with this that the tmobile customers won’t get the short end of the stick like with the s2..but I am excited for this year

  • Nathan D.

    Can’t wait for them to announces it next month I might have to wait to see what phone I upgrade to.

  • myandroid99

    i need ics on my CURRENT galaxy s ii !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AsakuraZero

    if i were samsung i would wait for a ARM A15 core that would make apple cry to its bones, even the intel chip would have a hard time against the A15.

    let alone say the A9 was unveiled in the 07 that tech and architecture have its age now…

    my money goes for the A15 phones

  • guardianali

    That has nothing to do with actually knowing..that has to do with stating ‘facts’ of very likely scerios and saying you have inside info.

    Considering the Galaxy S series is samsungs flagship device, they are going to put the high end parts into them.
    Considering this year will be the year of quad core cpus..thats a ‘no shit sherlock’ guess.
    So is the Super OMLED screen. A 12 megapixel camera..easy enough an upgrade. And what ..a samsung phone having touchwiz? nooooo..reeeally?

    This guy doesnt have a sgs3. He does have a nack for making educated..probable scenerio guesses and calling it insider info.

  • redraider133

    Hopefully this comes to verizon this time. Call me crazy but I would take this over a nexus anyday

    • yankeesusa

      I would probably take this over the nexus too but you have to remember its being released after the nexus so of course the specs are going to be better. Only reason not to get it is updates, which I hope sammy fixes this issue and releases updates faster. Then this would be worth it over nexus since it hopefully will have sd slot.

  • Kenneth Ohonba

    I already adore my SGII but this totally has my undivided attention until it’s released in the States. Luv you Samsung.

  • sunrise

    If Samsung was as committed to quality control and providing updates as they are to producing awesome hardware specs, they would be the best smartphone manufacturer.

    It’s hard to forget the Galaxy S GPS issues, screen blobs on S2 and lack of updates on behold & some Galaxy S models.

  • h0ruza

    I love my GSII inside and out but I really hope Samsung doesn’t do an Apple and leaves the design unchanged?

    • DroidPower

      i think they’ll succeed even with the design unchanged or just slightly. Samsung has worked so hard to create the brand and product recognition for GSII… a major change may dilute all that while a similar design (and increased sales) will make it easier for consumers to spot a Galaxy S and recognize it.

  • Groinko

    This device should be awesome! But… it wil be a long wait to have this without TouchWizzzzz… june for the release? August/September to have Cyano running on it? At this time I will have been using my GN for 8/9 months… and I will be waiting for the next Nexus :)

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    If the Galaxy SIII has a quadcore chip, I just might have to save up my money to get it off contract… then again if by that time rolls around there are rumors of the next Nexus, I just might hold off for that.

    Either way we ALL WIN! 2012 is going to be a huge year for smartphones… this being said after 2011 was also a huge year. Can’t wait to see what is in store for us gadget lovers.

  • DroidPower

    rumors or not, i think we know for certain it’s going to be quad core… i’m excited just for that alone.

  • n25philly

    Just as long as it either doesn’t come to t-mobile or gets a crappy replacement cpu. This is why I’m enjoying be with t-mobile, I can’t remember a time when I get screwed so often.

  • Fran

    12 mp? Wow! That way I can run out of room in my phone *AND* on all my SD cards, even faster!

    And take longer and longer to send those huge files to people.

    And even longer still when people view them on their tiny cell phone screens.

    Great idea!

    And all with NO noticeable improvement in picture quality!

    • Owain

      Is your glass half empty? ;-)

    • yankeesusa


  • golfpedaler

    So many phones and so little money…what to do…!!!

  • Richard Yarrell

    Man such great choices privately i am real HAPPY with my Galaxy Nexus. The future is great for Gnex and the community is astounding nothing beats that. The Galaxy S3 sounds great no question but if all these specs hold true as we roll down into the later months of 2012 then you have to ask yourself what’s next for the Galaxy Nexus come December 2012. I am in a great spot right now with my stock device and have many options for change if i decide to do so. Rumors for the new Gnex should start hitting the web come June/July i am in a perfect hold pattern. Today the Galaxy Nexus WINS in so many ways and that will exist these next 6 to 8 months.

    • Groinko

      That’s it!

  • Guy

    I’m not buying a new phone until I get what I want:

    Latest CPU available (I usually stay with a phone for at least 3 years) – Exynos 5250!!!!!!!!
    Quad Core is just a hype… I want a 1.8/2 GHZ Dual core Exynos 5250!

    HD Display

    Low power consumption and/or BIG battery life

    LOW Heat

    Awesome sound quality – Talk / Music

    Near perfect touch experience

    2GB RAM

    Slick Design!! like google’s nexus… current GS-II is DULL!!!

    Gorilla Glass is a MUST

    Feels of the phone should not be cheap. not too light, not too heavy, not too thick and not too thin.

    Camera with hi-end optics, a large sensor, 8-12 MP would be more than enough.

    If i’ll have to wait a year more – so be it…
    As long as my crappy ol’ Nokia 2730 keeps working – I’m waiting.

    I’m not one of those buying a new phone each year… that’s a waist of good money.
    So, I would pay a premium if only I’d get what I wish for :)
    Don’t make me buy an… an… Iphone 5 (baaa)

  • theluck

    i hope Samsung does dont disappoint us

  • yankeesusa

    My goodness, samsung just keeps making some awesome phones. I just hope they make a gnexus that has a memory card slot. Right now thats the main reason I don’t switch over to sammy plus they don’t update their phones like they should except for the google nexus. HTC better step it up.

  • odie

    Dualcore *and* quadcore?

    If its LTE then I guess they’d release yet another “faster” (really slower) Qualcomm Snapdragon version as well. Ah, yes lets keep the variants and confusion to a max Samsung. Of course this could also be carrier intervention stretching the release to October 2012 to take on Iphone 5

  • ashouhdy

    if it has Xenon and 12mpx camera i will go for it … if the same LED flash … then i will stay with my SGS2 … as S2 is still a monster and never hit its limits … thats it … thanks :))