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Feb
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I don't like talking about "industry insider" rumors. They are inevitably wrong about one detail or another, end up being total speculation, or are just downright trolls. Those that are true tend to be the ones that are very detailed and often leak their way out days, or hours, before a device's launch. Rumors that circulate months beforehand? Not so much.

But the Galaxy S III (if it will even be called that) is likely going to be the most anticipated Android device of the year, especially after the worldwide success of the Galaxy S II. As a result, we feel obligated to participate in some of the ritualized rumor-mongering that happens every time a new and exciting Android thing is on the horizon. So, let's all put on our rumor caps and take a look at what the scrying pool of guesstitude (why yes, I did just make that word up) is going to tell us today.

Here's the rumor:

Korean site ETNews is reporting that the Galaxy S III will be packing, wait for it, a quad-core processor, Super AMOLED+ display, 2MP front camera, 8MP rear camera, LTE support, and will be 7mm thick. And it will come out as early as May, which as we all know, means any time from May to December.

And the award for most conservative specification rumor of the year goes to... But seriously, that's it? We all know that the two big specifications of concern for the Galaxy S II are the processor and the display - neither of which are elaborated on in any but the most general (and very safe) ways.

Saying the Galaxy S III will have a quad-core processor and some sort of Super AMOLED+ display along with a thickness of 7mm is about as daring as saying next year's Ford Mustang GT will have more power standard, will retain rear-wheel drive, and will be .4 seconds quicker to 60MPH. Anything different would be a surprise. And who cares if the .4 seconds time turns out to be wrong? Maybe it's only 0.3 seconds quicker, or 0.2. Any variation from the purported figure will be chocked up to "late design changes" or a "miscommunication." Much like the thickness figure, no one will remember that little error, because when evaluating the rumor on a holistic basis, it's still mostly true.

So, what have we learned today? The Galaxy S III will be thinner and faster than its predecessor, and will utilize a similar proprietary Samsung display technology. And it'll probably come out this summer. In summary: not much.

Relatedly, ETNews did also say according to their insider that 7 variants of the Galaxy S III will be released this year, and one might have a 3D display.

ETNews via AndroidCommunity

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Mark

    Well written. I find a lot of these rumors to be nothing but BS.

  • Linda Perry

    Please stop trying to be the gizmodo of android news. Report news, ask for feedback and stfu.

    • http://www.teamrou.com Phil Oakley

      They said they don't usually report rumours (and they don't, most of the time) - so they're not exactly the Gizmodo of Android news. More like The Verge or Engadget or Android news.

      There are a lot lot worse Android sites than this, let me tell you that.

      • Linda Perry

        Yes, I know. But it seems like they've gotten new editors or something, cos all they do now is report news with their own sarcastic tone of commentary, which is exactly what most people DON'T like. Gizmodo is infamous for doing this; teenager angst mixed with news... Not a good combo.

        Don't know about you but I like to read the news without retarded comments added. I don't want someone to tell me what to think or how to feel about a specific story, I can do that myself, thank you.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Dry and boring, sounds just great, doesn't it?

          We're not a business news site, like CNN - the editors have a voice, and they choose to add bits of it here and there to make their articles read the way they mean them to read.

          Btw, have you met David, one of AP's original editors who joined ages ago, shortly after the site was born? If this article bothers you this way, you probably shouldn't look into his post history :S

        • Marcus

          Someone ban this nagging bitch.

        • Honu

          I agree with Linda Perry, this article is, for me... useless ...
          Mr Ruddock, you can certainly do better than tooking a useless rumour (as you said) and doing your own (useless) article on it ... no ?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com David Ruddock

      Thanks for your feedback.

      As much as I'd love to write the three sentences that every other one of a dozen or so Android blogs out there have already done for me, I find that the mindless spewing of regurgitated information isn't exactly fulfilling or original.

      If you like your information compacted and to the point, I suggest you try a feed reader.

      • Linda Perry

        Nice one but no. I want information as extended as possible, but the editor's opinion is not information related to news, it's biased and irrelevant, and should have its own section.

        Any good journalist knows how to give a good story without making it seem like he/she is trying to force his opinion to the reader. Think BBC, and their way or writing. Neutral, yet a lot of info. BTW not saying this should become the BBC of Android news either. But then again, better than Giz

        • xhazyx

          Who the fuck are you? You can see beforehand what the article is about before you click the link... and articles about mobile tech kinda need to have opinions, otherwise we'd just be looking at data sheets. If you don't like the site, leave. Nobody is gonna miss you

        • Marcus

          You may be the only one here who gives a damn about the BBC. Their website, they can post in any manner they want and if you don't like it, go somewhere else and stop bitching. Just cause this site is dedictated to Android doesn't mean we want shit written by robots.

        • Linda Perry

          Clearly some of you don't know the difference between a balanced story and a copy & paste job from another website. I'm sorry I ever said anything.
          Seems like even the editor's main goal is to be witty and "right", instead of providing good quality news stories. If you want to be different, then why are you following the trends by forcing your personal opinions about the story? It's called an editorial.
          That babble about CNN had absolutely nothing to do with what I was talking about. I used BBC as an example of how good journalism is done. Never did I suggest you should become it!
          *deep sigh*

        • JonathaN

          You're the only one that has a problem with how this was written. Just leave.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

          Linda...forgive me because I'm about to reference, and take advantage of, your gender and a common joke men have about women in the name of making a great point.

          It's often said that men look for a good women while women look for a good man and change him. You're sorta launching yourself head-first into that stereotype. With so many other sources out there that you could choose to read from, why pick a site and demand that they change their style to meet your taste? It would be one thing if you were (politely) requesting more coverage on a subject or some other small adjustment, but rudely demanding a large shift in writing style...well, now you just seem like my ex-fiance...

          So please don't take this as a 'if you don't like the show change the channel' argument...rather...I agree with you, you shouldn't have said anything ;)

    • toshistation

      Please stop trying to be an editor. Read the articles, ask pertinent questions and stfu.

    • brgulker

      Looks like a troll, sounds like a troll, probably is a troll.

      It's a free blog. If you don't like it, go elsewhere.

      I, for one, love this blog. It's my favorite Android blog on the web. If it changed to be the way you wanted it to be, I'd have to look elsewhere, which I really don't want to do. I suspect there are plenty of other AP readers who feel similarly.

      Go away. No one is forcing you to read or comment here. That's not intended to be mean-spirited.

      If you didn't like cheese on your pizza, and someone told you to stop eating pizza, that wouldn't be mean. Just an obvious observation.

      • Linda Perry

        "It's free so go away". I really don't see how this website being free has anything to do with what I said.
        Android Police used to be fair and balanced and enjoyable to read, but lately it has become very biased, like so many other websites these days. If you wish to be a reliable and trustworthy website, then keep it neutral. If not, then keep flaming and see how your reader-base will turn into a bunch of arguing monkeys (have a look at gizmodo's comment sections on fb and their website to see what I mean). Then, tell me I'm wrong and that's exactly what you were aiming at.

        Neutral does not equal boring, dull or effortless.
        Good luck.

        • blargh

          Well the title was indicative of a short "blog" type post. Most news outlets need to be unbiased, I agree, but on this particular item Android Police doesn't have to be. In this case his opinion is exactly what everyone here was thinking of. This phone will be exceptional, nobody is arguing against that but you have to acknowledge that the leaks are boring and unsurprising.

        • Edward

          You want "fair and balanced" then go watch your Fox News crap since that's their motto.

          You sound like some elitist wannabe, trying to sound so intellectual on your high horse. Get over yourself please. You seem to be trying really hard to compensate for something.

        • Linda Perry

          Edward: Yeah, I'm not talking about Fox News, as everyone knows they're everything BUT fair and balanced.
          As for the rest of your comments... You don't know me, nor what I am like, so stop making a fool out of yourself. Elitist? LOL First time I've ever heard anyone say that about me. Mind you, if I'm trying to sound intellectual and I'm an elitist, then how would you describe your own behaviour? I'm just saying...
          I'm sincerely sorry that I wish not to see this website turn into a flame war central.

  • skitchbeatz

    I wish they'd go the Razr Maxx route and Include a 3000mah battery

  • Chahk

    I think all the comparisons should go against the original Galaxy S. Samsung must be banking on all those people that are coming off their 2-year soul-selling contracts with the carriers, who are still walking around with a Captivate/Vibrant/Epic4G/Fascinate.

    • JohnakaRed

      Some of us didn't wait for the two year contract to end. :-)

      Got a Galaxy Nexus & use my Fascinate like a ipod touch. Look forward to seeing what Samsung comes out with.

  • Paul

    Meh, it's evolutionary, not revolutionary. It's a little faster, a better screen, a little thinner, etc. that's to be expected. Actually I'm glad it won't be anything "ground breaking" because I'm quite happy with my Galaxy S II at the moment. I'll wait for the new revolutionary phone before I upgrade. Some new sensor or feature or option that's 'interesting' enough to trade up. I do wish my SGSII had better resolution but it's perfectly usable right now and the screen is gorgeous, so it's all good. I don't care about the thinness, in fact I'd take a slightly thicker phone if it meant I could have a slide out keyboard (remember that Galaxy S II rumored phone with a keyboard but turns out Samsung reused the model number, where is that phone?).

    • Lucian Armasu

      I'm undecided whether to go with GS3 or wait for one with Cortex A15 and A7. I'd really like one like that, and Samsung has said once that they will be able to ship such a phone by the end of the year, but not sure how true that is considering everyone else will barely even have Cortex A15 in 2012, let alone Cortex A7 which is expected for 2013.
      So I'm not sure whether I would wait another year for that one or just get the GS3.

      • Paul

        Yeah. I think I'll hold out for the Galaxy SIV. I mean, if I had a Galaxy S original I may have held out until the GS3. But since I have the GS2, I'll go for the GS4. Every other is an ok strategy. I'm betting the GS4 will have like a 1080p OLED-Super+ display with the Cortex A15 Quad Core, etc. etc.

  • slurms mckenzie

    well written and i too was expecting more. i really was gonna upgrade my s2 but to be honest if this is true i probably wont. it still has an 8mp camera and i know mp's arent everything but at least make it 9 or at least 10 (so the masses wont think it still has the same camera). was really hoping for the 5250 that right there would of sealed the deal for me

  • Lucian Armasu

    8 MP camera? I find it hard to believe that it won't have a 12 MP camera, especially since a number of phones will come out with one in a few months. But if it still has an 8 MP one, then it better have huge image quality improvements over the GS2 one.

    • Tkun

      Why would you need 12MP on a smartphone camera? 8MP is more than enough, Samsung just needs to worry about the image quality.

      • http://www.dominicandroids.com Tomas Cruz

        Totally agree. Image quality not only comes after megapixels, We're talking about a smartphone, not a professional camera. #JustSaying

      • Joshua

        Clearly Lucian wants to print a picture to hang on the side of a building.

        Joking aside, 8MP is way beyond big enough for anyone, even those taking their pictures to a large format printer.

  • toshistation

    Well, *I* for one am hoping for the new Flexible AMOLEDs. And maybe they could just call it a Flexible Organic Luminescent Display, (FOLD), which has a nice ring to it, no?
    I mean, as long as we're entertaining rumors, I'd like better than a 2MP front camera. Let's see a 3 or 4!

  • http://systemwars.com Alphy B

    7mm thick, probably means it will have a big hump.

  • cguella

    BATTERY LIFE!!! ONE DAY NEEDED! ADD 2mm THICKNESS to MAKE IT HAPPEN (e.g. MAXX)

  • Ben

    If you read the headline (which could have been on the Onion) and chose to read the article, you could hardly have been surprised. Personally I don't mind the occasional chuckle.

  • adam

    I think the original galaxy s 5 megapixes was fine enough. 8 it ok but if i wanted 12 or more for that i get digital camera in staples for $100 i can get a 16 megapixes camera.

  • Ashley

    Yes, don't keep making phones thinner, give me longer battery times. Let the iPhoney get thinner, let them have that one crown. I love to use my Android, and wish to do so for the whole day, not a working day. 10- 12mm its all good.

  • Aeires

    7 versions is 5 too many. 1 CDMA, 1 GSM, nothing more needed. Focus on less equipment, make it better, update it quicker.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

      I know the article lists LTE, but that comes down to a few different questions; possibly having to do with choice of processor (supposedly Exynos doesn't support LTE?) and network (T-Mobile hasn't even announced LTE as far as I've heard). There is also a seemingly inevitable slider version (there was on the 1 and 2).

      All things considered I can easily imagine:
      GSM w/ LTE (AT&T)
      GSM w/o LTE (T-Mobile)
      CDMA w/ LTE (Verizon)
      CDMA w/ LTE and Slider (Sprint)
      CDMA w/o LTE (US Cellular and others)
      GSM w/ LTE (International)
      GSM w/ HSPA+ (International)

      There's your 7...which I admit I'm just guessing because I've only got limited knowledge of how the international models are prepared, but from press releases I've seen in the past this would appear pretty logical. If you look at it, besides the carrier-specific modifications (and that single damn slider), there's virtually no reason Samsung would have to do anything significant to keep these 7 variants on a nearly identical code base. In other words, it doesn't matter if there are 2, 7, or 30 variants...the slowdown comes from the carriers.

  • Chadwick

    3D would be cool..5mp front facing cam..4.75in HD screen..longer battery life..better Google+ integration..quadcore exynos..more solid back and battery cover shock proof even..strong enough and scratch resistant enough to not even need a case..4G LTE