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Samsung Galaxy S3 specs, rumours and release details: what we know so far

Samsung Galaxy S3 specs, rumours and release details: what we know so far

After months of rumours and speculation, the Samsung is set to finally lift the lid on its hotly awaited Galaxy S threequel.

Lucky for you, we’ve gathered all the essential gen you need to acquaint yourself with the year’s most anticipated Android phone before its official unveiling in London on May 3rd.

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What's in a name?

Galaxy S3 is still an unofficial name, even though it’s the most logical, and what the tech press has been calling it since time immemorial.

Still, Samsung confused us somewhat by purposefully calling its next kit “the next Galaxy” in an approach not unlike Apple’s “new iPad”.

However, the phone-maker may have inadvertently confirmed the Galaxy S3 name in the description of its official Unpacked app, which is the hub of all things Samsung.


Specs for the Galaxy are still a matter of conjecture at this point. Not that that’s put a stop to the flood of constant stream of rumours.

However, perhaps the most believable batch, were revealed by Amazon Germany, which put up a product page for the phone before it was even announced. Here they are:

  • Exynos series 1.4GHz quad-core processor
  • 12-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, face recognition and 720p video recording
  • 16GB of internal storage, expandable by up to 32GB
  • Two colours: white and black
  • 4.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus HD display with 331ppi pixel density and native 720p resolution
  • Wireless Charging
  • Near Field Communications (NFC)
  • Runs on Android 4.0.3

Please note that none of these are official and may turn out to be less than accurate. For example, there are conflicting reports about the camera resolution, which could very well be eight megapixels instead of 12.

Release details

At the time of writing, Vodafone and O2 in the UK have officially confirmed they will be offering “the next Galaxy”. The rest of the major network operators have yet to make their announcements.

Customers can currently register their interest via Vodafone’s website.


Amazon is currently taking preorders for the Galaxy S3 for €599 (about £490).

Neither O2 nor Vodafone has released pricing details. But taking Amazon’s price into consideration, we expect contract prices to start at minimum £35 a month on a two-year deal for a free handset.

Sign up for up-to-the-minute news about specs, availability and pricing for the Galaxy S3 here: Samsung Galaxy S3

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