Specs for the Samsung Galaxy S3 have leaked online, drawing tech press attention away from the Mobile World Congress (MWC) handset expo and the efforts of rival handset-makers.
The phone, set to be Sammy’s flagship for 2012 and by some distance the year’s most anticipated Android kit, was originally expected to debut at the trade show.
But earlier this month, Samsung announced it is delaying the S3 until the second quarter to ensure a simultaneous global launch.
To the annoyance of MWC exhibitors, the S3's no-show hasn't stopped it hovering up headlines that rivals may have thought were rightfully theirs, though, after an industry insider purportedly leaked details of the handset to Boy Genius Report (BGR).
Heading the putative spec sheet is a capacious 4.8-inch screen, meaning it’s a good 0.5-inches bigger than the S2 and almost edging into tablet territory.
The other revelation is that Samsung is apparently ditching the S2’s all-plastic construction and opting for a ceramic backplate. That’ll be a boon for those who felt the current-gen Sammy flagship phone was a bit lacking in the build-quality department.
Earlier leaks suggest the S3, which BGR claims is set for a simultaneous launch in 50 “markets or cities”, suggest it’ll also be home to a sinewy quad-core processor, an improved camera and 4G network support in select territories.
The S3 is also a dead cert to run the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android out of the box, which adds features such as face unlock and Google Beam to Google’s OS.
For a comprehensive guide of what to expect from the S3, check out handy rumours round-up