Samsung Galaxy S III / S3 Rumors And Expectations

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Despite Android’s soaring success, the Droidian rumor scene hasn't really gotten as big as the one on iOS. Mac and Apple fanboys in general are perpetually clamoring to get the slightest of glimpse of what goes on inside their walled garden. Apple, which meticulously guards its every little move, leaves no stone unturned in making sure that no one except its employees knows about its next product. And though some might see this as borderline compulsive behavior, it’s actually a great marketing move that helps Apple wow crowds with the magical element of surprise.

However, Apple’s not the only one diligently protecting its upcoming secrets, its arch rival Samsung too has been keeping things under the wraps just to surprise the Droid-loving fanboys and fangirls. As the successor of the Samsung Galaxy S II / S2 is due to be launched in front of impatient Android users, many rumors about the yet-to-be-named smartphone have started to emerge. Given the fact that it’s most likely that the successor will be called Samsung Galaxy S III / S3, Samsung is yet to confirm any of these rumors.

So, if like us, you too are excited about Samsung's upcoming offering, here’s a roundup of all the Samsung Galaxy S3 rumors and expectations:

It will be called Samsung Galaxy S III GT I9300

Following Samsung's usual naming conventions, the next phone will most likely be called Samsung Galaxy S3 GT I9300. Multiple sources have confirmed this, and it’s quite improbable that the phone will follow any other nomenclature.

It will run Ice Cream Sandwich: Since a bit of time has passed since the launch of Android 4.0, there’s very little doubt that ICS will be the preferred OS for the highly-anticipated smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S III GT I9300 will sport a Quad-Core processor

Multiple reports have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will come with a Quad-core Exynos 4412 processor. Furthermore, rumors have hinted at an ample 2GB worth of RAM, and a 2250mAh battery. The processor is clocked at 1.5 GHz thus making Galaxy S3 one of the fastest devices in the market.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 will have a 12 MP camera

Yes, if most of the rumors are to be believed, S3 will, in fact, come with a spectacular 12 MP camera. Cool huh?

The Samsung Galaxy S III will feature wireless charging

Whoa! This just keeps getting better and better doesn't it? I mean wireless charging, that would permanently end my frantic searches for the elusive charger! If reports of a Korean site are to be believed, wireless charging might be the killer feature that the S3 will wow the crowd with.

Launch Date is May 3rd

Samsung has confirmed that the launch event will take place on May 3rd in London. As for what will happen at the event, Samsung had the following things to say:

"Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product."

Leaked Photos of the Samsung Galaxy S3

A Reddit user has leaked a photo of what appears to be the Samsung Galaxy S3. Though we’re not sure of its credibility, it does, nonetheless, provide some more information about the upcoming product. Engadget has also shared a leaked photo of an unreleased Samsung smartphone that could also be the Galaxy S III.

What to expect? Will it be a success?

So, what can we expect from the Galaxy S2 successor? Well, there is very little doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will get huge amount of pre-orders and sales, unless, of course, they screw things up real bad. Besides Google/Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the S3 may become the second most popular high-end smartphone that can compete directly with Apple’s iPhone 4S. Also, as days go by, rumors about the upcoming iPhone 5 have started popping up thus making the smartphone market hotter than ever. We don’t know yet whether the Samsung Galaxy S III will beat the next generation iPhone, but one thing’s for sure, it will make every Android fan drool.

Written by: Abhishek, a regular TechSource contributor and a long-time FOSS advocate.

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