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Samsung Galaxy S III leaks again, this time without TouchWiz

Posted: 18 Mar 2012 09:51 AM PDT

Well another week has passed and we have yet another leaked photo of the prized Galaxy S III from Samsung. Only this time things are looking slightly more realistic than the others. Previous leaks contained press renders, or mock up shots but this appears to be an actual piece of hardware, not just a rendered photo. Some juicy specs were also detailed so read on for all the info.

This latest piece of Android news comes from some sources at Reddit, claiming his friend has a respectable job with Samsung and just sent over an official picture of the new Galaxy S III along with some details that we’ve not yet heard from other rumors. First off the picture is iffy, the flash ruins any chance of giving it an honest look, and it could just be the Galaxy S II photo-shopped with Android 4.0 ICS, then someone took a picture of their monitor. Certain aspects of it does look legit though so let us know what you think.

According to the leakster this will be powered by Samsung’s latest quad-core Exynos 4412 processor but no speeds were mentioned, 2GB of RAM, 12 megapixel camera, and a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD screen that looks gorgeous. We also get a 2250 mAh battery and a completely smooth back, no hump like Samsung has been known for in almost every smartphone. Here is where things get interesting. The picture has stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, no TouchWiz like we all thought. This pictures source mentioned that Samsung might give users two launcher options. One to run completely stock Android ICS, and a quick settings change will allow users that like Samsung’s small OS changes in the TouchWiz user interface to be enabled if they choose. This is something I’ve been wishing HTC would do for years now.

Most likely this photo is a fake. The flash and the fact that it’s on a computer, then someone took a picture of the monitor isn’t helping its case either. We can’t really confirm anything and the small picture ruined by the flash makes this just one more of many leaks. The extremely small bezel sure looks impressive and hopefully the Galaxy S III looks something similar to this. We’ll see because surely Samsung will be announcing something here soon.

Latest Samsung Galaxy S III photo “leak” looks promising

Posted: 17 Mar 2012 07:16 PM PDT

Over the last few months we’ve seen all manner of rumors and leaks pertaining to the Galaxy S III, Samsung’s next flagship phone that’s becoming infamous out of its sheer elusiveness. But the latest photo to claim legitimacy is the most promising that we’ve sen yet. The image below was spotted by a Reddit user, if it’s a fake, it’s a very impressive one. Two things jump out at us from what looks like a snapshot a of a presentation slide: one, this image isn’t obviously based on a previous Samsung PR shot. And two, it’s sporting the logo of Weber Shandwick, an American PR firm that represents Samsung’s mobile interests.

First, the good news. The mockup’s design and branding seems consistent with Samsung’s current trends, even if the black/grey ring around the front of the phone is a little surprising. The homescreen itself looks like an adapted version of the one found on the Galaxy Note, which is certainly possible if those 4.8-inch screen rumors are true. Take a look at the five shortcuts in the “dock” area – a feature found on both Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Note.

Some other features raise alarms. One, there appears to be a dedicated camera button on the right side (the profile image has the phone facing to the left). While we’d be thrilled to see a return to this features among mainstream phones, it seems unlikely. Two, the earpiece speaker appears to be on the bottom of the phone, below Samsung’s customary Home button. Barring some very strange ergonomics, this doesn’t seem altogether likely. There’s no mention of hardware specifications in the photo, but it certainly seems to indicate a big, high-res screen and a thickness somewhere in the 7mm range.

The dates on the slide indicate an announcement for May 22nd in London. We haven’t heard any news about such an event (and Samsung has made it clear that the Galaxy S III will get an event all to itself) but this far out that’s not a nail in the coffin for this rumor. For a phone with international aspirations, London would make sense. If the phone were announced in May that would give it a release sometime in June or July, and we’ve got no reason to doubt that.

This is a long way from any sort of confirmation, but it’s the best that we’ve seen thus far. What say you, readers?

[via Phandroid]

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