The Samsung Galaxy S3 will reportedly keep its physical home button and opt for five-row icons, latest rumours suggest.
According to Korean Digital Daily, the phone-maker has no plans to discard physical front-facing buttons as it has done with the Galaxy Nexus for Google.
There’s also talk of switching over to a five-by-five grid for the app launcher in order to circumvent legal challenges from Apple over alleged patent infringements.
The home button’s existence was never under much threat as far as the lawsuits are concerned. However, Apple’s claims that Samsung “slavishly” ripped off its iOS interface has caused the company considerable headaches in some countries where sales of Galaxy devices were temporarily suspended.
With expectations mounting in anticipation of the the successor to the mega-selling Galaxy S2, it’s obvious the South Korean giant is prepared to take all steps necessary to ensure a smooth, successful launch.
Features mooted to be on board the hotly awaited kit include a 1.5GHz quad core processor, a 10-megapixel camera and a larger 4.65-inch screen.
A leaked snap of the S3, which looks suspicious at best, seems to suggest Samsung will likely announce the handset on May 22nd. Rumours are also doing the rounds it will be launched to coincide with the London Olympics, of which Samsung is a major sponsor.