Mar 02 AT 11:22 AM Anthony Domanico 103 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S III set to launch in April, announcement coming this month

The wait is on.

The Samsung Galaxy S II was arguably the best smartphone of 2011, with its super sized display, beefed up specs, and various model builds including the Galaxy Nexus for Verizon Wireless. While the S II was announced at Mobile World Congress in February 2011 only to launch a few months later, Samsung decided to hold off on announcing the follow-up Galaxy S III until closer to the device’s launch.

A report from¬†ZDNet Korea¬†indicates that the wait may soon be over. According to the report, Samsung will be showing off the Galaxy S III sometime this month, with the device set to go on sale in April. If previous rumors hold up, we should see the S III launched simultaneously in 50 major networks, perhaps including the United States. As you might recall, the Galaxy S II launched in the U.S. several months after it launched around the world, so hopefully we’ll be able to get our hands on the S III at the same time as our neighbors across the pond this time around.

The rumored Galaxy S III specs include:

  • 4.8″ Super AMOLED HD Plus display – perhaps up to 1080p
  • Quad-Core Exynos 4412 processor with ARM Mali-400 GPU
  • 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE support
  • Ceramic casing
  • Android 4.0

Obviously, this device is at the top of our must-have list, and will likely become the best smartphone of 2012. We’ll bring you more details as they’re announced by Samsung. Stay tuned!

Via: BGR

Source: ZDnet Korea

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  • jaxidian

    VERY excited about this phone! I REALLY hope that the previously-published renders are very close to what the actual device is. If they can manage a 4.8″ screen in a device smaller than the Galaxy Nexus, that will be AWESOME!

    I just hope that this comes to VZW! :-D

    • AlexW
    • Jeff Pan

      Different variants of SIII would be on ATT, TMobile and Sprint for sure!

      • CTown

        Hopefully in a more timely fashion this time around!

    • James1588

      What phone do you have? I feel like most people just upgraded to the Galaxy S II, Nexus, Razr and Rezound and will be missing out on the SIII

      • jaxidian

        I have a Galaxy Nexus. I’m not looking to replace it but I have a couple upgrades coming up and nothing to do with them. Seems like a good way to use one of them! :-P

        Now all of this being said, I’m not exactly expecting VZW to get this. Samsung released late on VZW due to the Galaxy Nexus. All other carriers didn’t get that so they’ve gotten nothing since the SGS2. So them getting the SGS3 makes sense.

        Either way, this is a sexy device!

      • Jon Garrett

        I got the Galaxy S II in October so no upgrade with that line. I got the Galaxy Note a week ago, so no upgrade on that line either. good thing I got that HTC inspire laying around !!! time to upgrade !

      • mwasher

        I have LG optimus 2x running cm7. Love the phone, but if I’m goin to upgrade I didn’t want a phone any bigger.

        • LukeT32

          The whole world didn’t upgrade this year. Most people are on two year cycles. Do the late galaxy 1 adopters will be up.

          • Jakob

            False, most people outside of US buy their phones separately from their contract.

    • James1588

      What phone do you have? I feel like most people recently upgrade to the SII, Nexus, Rezound or Razr and will be missing out on the SIII

    • Joel

      I agree, its been awhile since Ive been this worked up about a phone, not since the Nexus S lol.
      And before I was against VZW but at this point I dont care, especially if Big Red is getting Data Share plans.

      Cant wait to see some pics!

  • Stan

    My next phone.

    • thekaz

      My wife’s upgrade eligible in April… hmm… wonder if she’d take a hand-me-down Nexus? :)

  • Vieper07

    so the 2 best devices of the year will releas next month!?

    • aconner22

      Unfortunately, “released” is not the same as “available for purchase in the US” based on past performance.

      • swazedahustla

        Perhaps you should read….it says launched at the same time everywhere.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Perhaps YOU should read it says nothing about “at the same time everywhere”.

          • Trinhbo

            Perhaps YOU should read where it says, “we should see the S III launched simultaneously in 50 major networks”.

          • Steve Barry

            @trinhbo – I’m no english major, but last time I checked “should” != “will”. There’s a whole slew of things that “should” happen, but that doesn’t mean they will. If you can provide valid evidence, even a source, that claims they WILL launch in 50 areas at once, you win.

            If not, it’s still speculation.

        • dreamdoggy22

          Launched means released. Released does not mean U.S. carriers have it for sale.

        • CORYK333

          Love when obnoxious posters would be better off taking their own advice. Even if you were correct, there’s no need to be a douche about it dude.

      • Angel

        Correct, if (and that’s a big if) it’s released in April then it should be available and on stores shelves around June/July. Many variables though…

  • Kay Urban

    So, odds are bad for the Exynos 5250 then?

    Will the Mali-400 be powerful enough for games in 1080P?

    • faun

      There is absolutely no way that it’s going to be 1080p.

      For one thing; what would be the point? 720p is already more than enough pixels for a screen that size, especially if they can do it without using pentile (which I’m unsure of).

      All you’d do by cramming in so many pixels is a) increase the cost of the device, b) slow down the processor’s ability to render graphics on it, and c) waste battery as you’ll need to clock the GPU higher to deal with that many extra pixels.

      • Doan

        You need to think outside the box. Smartphones are quickly evolving. Part of this evolution is interaction with other devices; one of these devices being TVs. 1080 Netflix through my phone to a TV that doesn’t have a Netflix-capable device? 1080 gaming on my TV through my phone? 1080 presentations? The potential is limitless. All smartphone need to become 1080-capable as soon as possible.

        • los

          this is bull, do you realize your tv screen needs to be larger than 50″ to see an appreciable difference between 720 and 1080? at 4.8″, what benefit would there be to the naked eye that would compensate for all the negatives @faun mentioned?

          • Doan

            So what? 50″+ TVs are commonplace, so thank you for further proving my point as to the need for 1080 displays in modern smartphones.

          • CactusCat

            Gee, using your method of thinking, Apple and their iPad3 resolution will be absolute idiots cause we won’t be able to see the difference and the battery life is going to be abysmal on it. Yep, you’ve got it right………

        • Dags -

          You don’t need a 1080p resolution on your phone’s display to output 1080p through HDMI, just a window manager that can handle two desktops and obviously a powerful GPU. Examples of both have been demonstrated lately.

        • Jorge Branco

          You don’t actually need a 1080p screen to push 1080p video to a tele do you?

        • cb2000a

          Does Netflix even have 1080 programs available?

        • Adam Brandt

          Oh get real, we are an enthusiest group here, and I honestly would never even think of hooking up my phone to my TV to run Netflix lol. Not to mention anyone that would want 1080P Netflix on their 1080P TV, must have at least ONE thing like a PS3, Wii, XBox 360, Blu Ray Player, or if you’re like me, my actual TV that plays Netflix and a bunch of other stuff. Most people are NOT going to care if they can hook up their phone to their TV so it can pump out 1080P. They JUST put the first 720p phones out last holiday season and there is NO WAY they are gonna put a 1080p phone out, it’s simply a waste of cpum gpu, pixels, power, and I could go on…

    • Fulaman

      I know what you mean, I am not happy about this myself, and I think I will stay away from the Galaxy S III if it comes with these specs.

  • Jorge Eslava

    This looks like a great phone, if it gets lots of developer support then its sold.

  • swazedahustla

    If this is true, then there is absolutely no reason for anyone thinking about upgrading to a Gnex on sprint to do it. Why upgrade to a phone that is half a year old….

    • Paul Atreides

      Everyone doesn’t need or want the latest and greatest. That being said, if it’s the greatest I want it and will leave Sprint to get it if I have to. If not, I’ll happily take the G-Nex without a doubt.

    • Adam Brandt

      People need to stop dissing and comparing everything to the GNex. It was announced and shown off last October, and released in November (yes I know just the US had to wait till 12/15). But we are already 5 months into it and almost at the half year point. I’m glad I got it the day it comes out, and I will keep it till at least late summer, but yeah, I wouldn’t get it right now if the only thing I wanted was the latest specs. I do know from owning it though that I will NEVER buy a phone with a locked bootloader again. I didn’t think I would really care that much, but now that I have had that freedom, the thought of being under some manufacturers lock and key is out of the question for me personally. But I just wish everyone would quit comparing phones coming out in 2 months to the GNex, which by then will be about 7 months old. OF COURSE the new phones are gonna be faster. XTRA XTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT, A PHONE 7 MONTHS OLDER THEN ONE COMING OUT IN APRIL IS SAID TO BE SLOWER THEN THIS NEW PHONE

  • thaghost

    Im not so sure that this will be better than the HTC ONE X.

    • swazedahustla

      I agree, I have my doubts too, especially after seeing how HTC implemented its new camera….But I will give it the benefit of the doubt until I can see it perform. Regardless it will be a good time for upgraders this summer.

      • h0ruza

        HTC One X??

        Without any details set in stone I know the gs3 will have…

        The best screen on any smart phone with true black super amoled plus Whatever the resolution.
        16GB or more of Storage space.
        The dude from cyanogen would have had a hand in the new version of ICS touch wiz.
        Camera performance to improve on the current 8mp camera…

        Without mentioning performance this phone gets people exited because the gs2 is still fast as hell compared to the gnex which is around 6 months newer than it.

        The HTC line leaves me cold and given the choice I’d still but i9100 over the One X.

        Can’t wait to a see this phone and i’m not even due for an upgrade.

    • Paul Atreides

      None of us are sure, let’s just wait and see these things go head to head. It’s going to be a very hot summer.

    • The Goat

      My guess is that they’ll be comparable. Whichever one shows up on Verizon first gets my $$. My Droid X is coming due for an upgrade in 13 days, and both of these phones sound mighty nice.

    • Malcolm

      If the SIII has a removeable battery and an SD card slot then it is a slam dunk to be better than the One X – something the X is lacking..

  • Sid

    If they give users an option for choosing stock android over touchwiz to go with that awesome hardware that’ll be great! I’d even personally be willing to pay extra to have an option of stock android over touchwiz. Are you listening Sammy??

    • Steve Barry

      This would be the ultimate. I think it would be great if the user was given the choice of TW or Vanilla right when you set it up. Either that, or default it to TW and then let the user choose if they want vanilla android. The biggest issue I see here is updates and how they would roll them out. If they could roll out updates to the vanilla users quicker, this would seriously bring tons of people to Samsung devices.

      I say TW by default because the majority of the userbase they’re targeting (ie, not those of us on this site) probably prefer TW features over vanilla android.

      • cthonctic

        This probably won’t happen any time soon, but we can dream… Having manufacturer skins swappable like launchers or CM themes would be really neat.

    • dreamdoggy22

      As much as I would love to the option to choose, I just don’t see it happening.

      • dreamdoggy22

        Love to see…sorry

  • Bryan Stoner

    Just to hold myself over from extreme jealousy: It’s great that they are introducing the Exynos 4412 into phones but I’ll drool when they pull out the BIG GUNS!!! The Exynos 5420!!! MUhHAhahAA If these rumored specs hold true, a 1080p screen will be a thing of beauty @[email protected]

  • Steve Nutt

    It’s also tipped to have a tie in with the Olympics, so may be seen first in the UK (even if that’s just in adverts):

  • spazby

    i can’t wait for sammy to announce this phone… the specs look out of this world

  • Paul

    If the phone dimensions are very large then this is not the must have phone for me, there maybe 1 phone that can compete with this though & that might be the Motorola Atrix 3 with a possibly smaller dimensions that this which will be a bonus.

  • Shawn Clark

    Samsung aint playing no games…Releasing all the big guns at nearly a quarter apart…the S2 just came out ’round 4th quarter last year. Nexus came December, then the Note just came, now the S3, later the GBeam with 2 new tablets…If you dont call that pure dominate presence then idk what is…gotta love Samsung for that.

    • Doan

      I’d prefer they didn’t release so many devices, and instead heavily focus on just a few per year.

      • Steve Barry

        In a way, I see your point, but these devices they’re releasing don’t come close to serving the same purpose. The Note is in a category of it’s own, as is the GNex, and the SIII simply is the equivalent of the HTC One X; super high powered, top of the line phone. The GNex and Note aren’t trying to fit into that category, IMO.

        I’ll be honest though, I do like the way HTC is heading. I was hoping for Samsung innards combined with HTC build quality, and if the ceramic casing holds up, that could be exactly what I was looking for.

    • Bryan Stoner

      The Galaxy SII came out April 2011. The North American release was much later.

      Just because they release tons of devices doesn’t mean they have a dominating presence. I would say it leads to an extreme amount of confusion.

      Their strategy is somewhat annoying from my perspective. They have the Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 7.0, Tab 7.0 Plus, Tab 7.7, Tab 8.9, Tab 10.1, Tab 2, Note Tab, and even a rumored 11.3″ Tab. On the phone side they have the GNote, Gnex, S2. On the media player side they have the Wifi 4.0, Wifi 5.0 and Wifi 4.3. They even have a specific PMP model for Europe. You may think the devices with the largest screen sizes have the best specs. Certainly not the case. Do not get more started on this.

      It’s great they have unique devices. The Note is a hybrid, the Gnex is a perfect blend, and the Tab is a tablet. But why can’t they just stick to a much simpler strategy. Why not just have a fleet of these 3 devices but designed around 3 budgets; low, mid, and high?

      That said I would love to see the SIII come out ASAP!

  • fletchtb

    I am excited to see where this phone will land in the US and what the final spec will end up being. This sounds like an amazing follow-up to the SII.

    Way to keep raising the bar, Samsung!

  • mwasher

    I hate the fact all the phones that have a good spec are so big I’d need to use two hands just to lift it out my suite case because it wouldn’t fit in my pocket.

    I want a quad core phone with a screen no bigger then 4inch?

    • Doan

      If it’s edge-to-edge display, the phone may not be much larger than current 4 inch phones.

  • iamXiV92a

    In for pics…?

  • g0dsgreen

    Which phone to wait for…. AHHHHHHHH

  • Fulaman

    I am definitely not getting this piece of junk if it comes with terrible specs like this….I mean Mali 400 gpu…..the same gpu on the Galaxy S II??? Are they crazy? Samsung must be out of their minds. I thought they would feature the Exynos 5250 cortex A15 processor that would blow the minds of people. But they are featuring this junk? No thank you on the Galaxy S III if it does come with these crappy specs.

  • jamal adam

    By far the most anticipated phone of the year.

  • Lutanica

    Mali-400? Really?!! You gotta be kidding me.. It seems that no one else than me is saying anything about that ! How is a Mali-400 going to handle a 1080 RGB display?! I’m so passing on this one !

    • Fulaman

      I said the exact same thing dude lol scroll up a few posts.

      • Lutanica

        Sorry man. Respct !

  • YMS123

    Perfect, best news of the week, the MWC just didn’t do it for me, maybe because there were no real announcement for Sprint….

  • e36bmer

    Take the specs w/ a grain of salt. Everything I remember reading about the 4412 shows it coming with a Mali T-604 GPU.

  • Tal

    This is why I am excited …
    Its the SII form with more screen real estate based on no bezel technology.
    NOW … what does that mean for the next version of the Note?!
    My friends are looking at me like a stupid rat, for asking for a big screen phone for ages and still not buying the Note. All I can say is that I want a ~6″ screen in my pocket. And this seems more realistic now than ever before.
    Waiting for the Note2 announcement to decide. The screen must be with less bezel around 5.8″.
    This is for me like mobile tech porn.

  • dethduck

    And will the browser still default to mobile view with no real permanent way to switch to full view aside from a command line that only affects the current window and only during the current browsing session? Because, you know, I just love that.

    • Dags -

      No real permanent way? This works on the stock ICS browser:

      In the URL bar (address bar) of the browser type the following and hit enter: about:debug

      Now hit the menu button (Top right) Settings > Debug > UAString > Change to Desktop

      • Dags -

        I take that back. It permanently remembers the setting but doesn’t automatically reapply it. Thank goodness for Dolphin HD.

  • WlfHart

    Will it be compatible with the S-Pen?

  • Jon

    Just as I was starting to think my next smartphone would be the HTC One X and along comes Samsung and spoils the fun

  • Hall Lo

    Things are getting more and more exciting! :D So looking forward to what Samsung will bring us!

  • MoSDeeb

    I’m quite pleased with my Galaxy Nexus, but this would definitely have me thinking about a new phone haha. I prefer Nexus devices though.

    • cthonctic

      Same here. Initially I resolved to wait for the Galaxy S III but the Nexus simply proved too attractive to pass up. I won’t replace it this summer either but am looking forward to seeing how this one turns out nonetheless.

  • Orion78

    This will be my next phone. I just hope the U.S. carriers don’t delay and F this launch up.

  • Yonas

    thank god that those specs are still a rumor,cuz if it wasn’t i’d be saying bye Samsung,hello HTC.

  • BigCiX

    I doubt the states will get it come April. Carriers might get their hands on it but have to bloatware it as much as possible. Summer launch if possible for U.S.

  • spintrex

    Wonder how this will work with Sprint… might be the launch device for LTE… I have to keep telling myself that this is a rumor my S II is getting jealous

  • aranea

    Will the ceramic casing be light enough while being string enough? Ceramics are very strong against a lot of things but when it comes to a direct force (i.e. drop on a hard surface) they tend to be fragile. My another worry is that how well ceramic will be at heat dissipation. I hope they solved these problems because I’m excited about SIII

  • Marcus

    This is THE Superphone that I craved above all others! The anticipation is driving me crazy! Ready to lay down the $$$.

  • Bryan Stoner

    I hope this comes with the ARM Mali-T604 GPU. I’ve browsed around and it seems like this is a key point of speculation (wiki has some reports of the T604. even earlier reports on androidandme include the T604 in the rumored conclusion). It would be awesome if it does feature iT!!!!!!!!!! XDDDDDD

  • Nathan D.

    This is aboyt to be a beast phone the only thing that bugs me is that graphic card they are using which is like 2 years old now, get with the program sammy stop using old ass graphic card already.

  • ElvisonD

    I Can’t Wait!!! April Is Soooo Close Too…Im Sooooped

  • Billy

    A G3 kinda makes me excited …. lol … is a G3 like a G6?

  • redraider133

    Lets hope this time around it doesn’t take half a year to make it to the States, maybe a very close or simultaneous launch for all.

  • CJ LaFleur

    What about that rumor about having 2GB of RAM? What about the internal storage? The extra RAM would make this thing unbeatble until at least next year!

    • aranea

      Good point. 2gb ram will make a huge difference.

  • Dan13

    I held out on the galaxy nexus for this phone. It just can’t come soon enough.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I am happy with my Galaxy Nexus no doubt but with 2lines already on Verizon I will hold out just to see what takes place. I could see myself with the Galaxy Journal later this summer or the Nexus tablet whenever that comes out. I would love to see the Galaxy S3 come to Verizon this summer just being able to lay in the cut and wait it out for the best product and price if buying new feels great.

  • Cod3rror

    There is no way this is going to be 1080p in fact the reason it’s 4.8″ is probably because that’s the smallest size they could make with 720p RGB screen.

    Also Mali-400? That’s unimpressive.

    Considering Samsung skipped MWC and wants to hold a show specifically for this phone, it better deliver.

  • crickerman

    mali 400? doubt it… probably the mali 604-T

  • NYdubber

    2yr. upgrade finally arriving at the end of April…this is my next phone, hands down. Thing better be on the market by at least May/June!

  • Richard Yarrell

    Gotta think 2gb of ram will be real mean and blow past any device that come to market this year. Let’s say this Exynos doesn’t make it into the Gs3 in the states even if they go with the snapdragon s4 with the 2gb of ram this will blow past the htc one x or any other device making it to the states. All devices making it to the states will only be snapdragon s4 dualcore that’s not too much better than what’s on the market today.

    • squiddy20

      You really have no idea what you’re talking about. Even with the resource intensive Sense UI on top of Android, 1 GB of RAM is more than enough for the system and apps. Even on my mother’s completely stock Samsung Epic, with it’s measly 512 MB of RAM, is more than enough as there’s usually more than 100 MB of RAM left free at all times. Putting 1.5 or more GB of RAM into a phone is not only overkill, but stupid. It’s like those idiots who put more than 8 GB of RAM in their laptops and desktops when all they do is search the web and play Solitaire. The only reason you’ll ever need more RAM is when you’ve opened 20 or so applications and are doing something on all of them at once, something that is practically impossible given the current 5″ screen size.
      On top of all that, where the hell are you getting 2 GB of RAM? In none of the rumors about the GS3 has there been ANY mention of RAM. You sir, are a total joke.
      On another note, not only will the GS3 “blow past” your Galaxy Nexus, but so will the HTC One X, in case you were wondering.

  • Dirge

    *sigh* I hope the SGS III is released this year in the US(preferably simultaneously with the International version). I want this on Verizon. :D

  • donger

    announce this already.