Grab your salt-shakers, people, this one's a doozy. According to BGR, their "trusted sources", whom we heard from a while back, have leaked a few extra details regarding the alleged HD screen and quad-core processor. Apparently the rumored quad-core processor will be a Samsung Exynos, clocked to 1.5GHz, tucked underneath an astonishing 4.8" 1080p display.


Not an actual image of the device.

Here's the full list of specs, according to BGR's sources:

  • 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor
  • 4.8-inch “full HD” 1080p resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio display
  • A 2-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera
  • Ceramic case
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 4.0

While most of these specs sound perfectly reasonable and even expected (a Galaxy S III launching without LTE or ICS would be unacceptable), we're a little skeptical of some of these specs. While buzzwords will always grab headlines, packing a 1080p display into a 4.8" screen would result in about 459 pixels per inch. For reference, the unaided human eye is generally incapable of seeing beyond about 300 ppi. It's a little hard to stomach that Samsung has done the engineering necessary to cram that many pixels into so small a space when there is, at best, a tiny minority of the population that is physically capable of telling the difference between that and a 720p display in the exact same space.

What's worse is that a 1080p screen would require more processing power and cause lower framerates versus an identical processor behind a lower-resolution screen. A 1080p screen in a 4.8" device might actually be worse since it would be demanding more power for virtually no gain. Again, it's hard to believe that Samsung didn't consider this.

On the other hand, buzzwords sell, and Samsung is the company that put a projector in a phone, so who knows? We're taking this whole set of rumors with enough salt to give us all high blood pressure, though. You probably should, too.

Source: BGR

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • blackdeath

    HTC One what again?

    • http://twitter.com/mikeGsays GarciaM25

      Agreed! I'm all for pushing the envelope, but HTC doesn't do it for me with the One series phones.... I like what they're doing to get restructured, but the amount of bloat or UI tweaks they have compared to Touchwiz really bogs down anything with the HTC logo on it....

    • Joshua

      I don't think this rumor is very credible.

      Samsung's Exynos line is going to be followed up with their (incredible, A15 based) 5250: http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/Exynos/news_11.html#mainClick

      If they use Quad-A9 architecture, it will not be as fast as the S4 Snapdragon (Krait) in the HTC One for most tasks, and the phone that HTC comes out with at the same time the GSIII is released is likely to carry an updated S4 (Adreno 3xx). Samsung doesn't want to be behind the curve :)

  • Jays2Kings

    I really doubt it would be 1080 screen unless they're doing another Note, everything about that resolution in a 4.8 screen doesn't make sense. All I hope is a version finally comes to Verizon

    • blackdeath

      We're talking in a world were a company made a phone with a 41mpx camera sensor right? This is from the same club

      • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

        This rumored screen is confusing and likely improbably. That 41MP phone, though, is just hilarious. Nokia threw a 41MP sensor in a phone running Symbian no less? Symbian!

        I'm convinced this is a joke. It has to be. It's too funny not to be Nokia poking fun at itself.


        • blackdeath

          The problem is not necesarry that it has symbian.
          Or let's put it this way: that's the least of it's problems. The fact that it has a 41mpx sensor...41mpx(that's DSLR resolution like) in a phone is the mad thing.
          This is the last push from Nokia to remain the world largest phone seller...

    • Jon Garrett


      I think 1080p should wait until 2013. they should go with 720p and have something to offer us next year.

      If they do 1080p now, what will they follow up with in 2013?

      I feel the same way about quad core processors. Id release 2GhZ plus phones in 2012 and save 2013 for quad core.

  • Hotmann

    1080p is hard to believe. But seeing as their commercials are all against apple, they could be doing this as a giant F-you to the retina display.

    • memememe

      I'm not sure you know what apple means with retina. If samsung where to use way more pixels than the eye they would only look stupid.

  • toshistation

    Now, if they could get a projector into the GSIII as well, they'd really be punking Apple. That'd be great.

  • DonHuan

    an 8-megapixel rear camera - I don't think so. At least 12.

    • ASC

      The MP means little to nothing when it comes to picture quality. 8-MP is far more than you would ever need in a camera phone.

  • Eggcake

    I too think it's fake (so is the pic, obviously).
    The other specs are just speculation. Obviously it could be true, but it's just the things that make the most sense...so that's no news I'm afraid.

  • N7

    All articles written by Eric Ravenscraft strain credulity.

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    Thank you for pointing out the image as NOT part of the leak.

    A few other sites are running with the concept image as an official render. =/

  • Mark

    If the specs are real, and I'm not entirely unconvinced it's not, then I sooo want one. It's gorgeous.

  • memememe

    1080p? Does samsung think we need more pixels than the eye can see?

  • PhineasJW

    Would this pixel density even be possible in a mass production environment?

    I haven't heard of anything with a 450+ PPI.

    In fact, there are still 12" laptops shipping with 1366x768 screens.....

    This kind of screen density would put Samsung at *least* a year ahead of everyone else, which would be an astounding leap of technology.

    I don't believe it.

  • Lon Lawrence

    LTE AND quad-core... nope. Nobody has worked out the bugs yet... there is not quad-core that works with LTE yet.

    • ShackAttaq

      Dude, what? There's no inherent issue with LTE and quad-core. A Qualcomm or someone may have had issues with a specific chipset, but how does that apply to Samsung's in-house chips?

    • ssj4Gogeta

      What does number of cores have to do with radio?

      • Joshua

        Nothing, but the SoC vendor does. The only quad-core SoC out is by Nvidia, and does have LTE issues. Samsung has not announced any plans for a quad Exynos, which they would do before announcing a phone.

        Exynos has already released their official plans for their 5250 tablet SoC, which I find far more likely to be used in a phone (underclocked, possibly).

  • ShackAttaq

    What kind of idiot would want a 4.8" phone?

    4" is perfect for me, and I have large hands. I can sort of understand people who like the 4.3" Nexus, and I try not to think about people using 5" almost-tablet devices as phones. But this will be a phone, pure phone, and 4.8"? Really? Shaq is going to be their only friggin' customer.

    Hoping BGR is full of sh*t (as they usually are).

    • Joshua

      >What kind of idiot would want a 4.8" phone?

      Have you seen the Galaxy Note figures? 1 million+ people want 5.3" apparently. It's not for me, but there is definitely a market for it.

      • Riya

        Actually it crossed 2 million now. Check today's press release!

    • Liam Vain

      I have piano fingers. Very long compared to the rest of my hand. I find holding a 4" device to small. My fingers almost completely wrap around it. Yet I held a 5" almost tablet perfectly. I think this device is perfect for me.

      You have no chance of getting this as a 4" device. The GSII wasn't even a 4" device.

    • TA

      Look at that render, and compare that to the bezel on your phone. Just because the screen is 4.8" doesn't mean the size of the phone has to increase at all. At 4", you have what, an Incredible S? With 2mm of bezel all around, that phone could support a 5.1" screen. Hell, nobody's ever accused an iPhone 4 of being too big - quite the other way, in fact - and that could take a 4.8" screen with 2mm of bezel on each side.

    • Phreqd

      I know! We should stop all phone production at your physical dimensions! Because you are the one that knows what's best for all of us! Please tell us your shoe size because anything larger than what you wear would be totally idiotic!

  • chiran

    Fujitsu is showing off 1080p screen phone at MWC as we speak, its even waterproof and has 13MP camera, so i dont think samsung going for 1080p screen is that outrageous...

  • chris

    I just hope Verizon gets the S3!

  • Barton

    Sounds insane. But also impossible. Samsung wouldn't ditch Super AMOLED technology and it's impossible today to make an AMOLED display with that pixel density. Even with 720p they had to go with PenTile, cause true RGB was to much.

  • akoli

    I still have to ask the question we have Full HD screens, 42 MPXL cameras , but shitty batteries that are lucky to last a day ...spend a bit of RnD money in the battery department...... If my glaxy nexus could last for a full day and have an SD slot it would be the perfect phone ....( I watch about 3 hours of movies a day on my journey to and from work , which was fine on my 3gs , but glaxy S2 and nexus with their phenomenal screens dont last the distance).

    • loic lacomme

      do you have replaceable batteries. I bought extra batteries for Galaxy S (cheap on ebay) and keep switching them when i need

  • rockingmyevo3d

    Personally I am sure the JOKE will be on EVERYONE who plans on under estimating Samsung. Clearly 2012 and their GALAXY S3 will be the BEST smartphone ever made in 2012. They wouldn't CALL OFF their UNPACKED EVENT this year unless they have some special for everyone. Think logical folks and be honest with yourself samsung didn't like how last year went as far as how their famed GALAXY S2 devices were launched espically here in thr states. They plenty of cash but it would have been much more if the releases in the states were more cordinated. This year samsung will control all aspects of their product just as apple does. So yes a world wide release simitanously all over the world makes the best since. It's pretty clear that samsung is taking major control of their product and how that product gets treated. Case and point they are having their private event controlled by them not mobile world congress like they have always done year after year. Now for specs I really believe they have been working hard on something special. That Exynos processor will be on that GALAXY S3 running on Verizon day one this device gets announced. All the current Galaxy S2 devices are running snapdragon s3 here in the states they couldn't get the exynos to work with LTE in 2011 I bet here in 2012 that problem has been SOLVED. I applaud HTC for their new devices here in 2012 great progress but they are still behind the curve WHY because their newest devices can only be dualcore snapdragon S4 devices here in the states they haven't figured out how to get quadcore and LTE to work in tandem properly that too bad. Samsung HAS fiqured out how to get quadcore and LTE to work on the exynos processor and trust me this will be a glorious experience. My friends Galaxy S2 Epic touch 4g on sprint is an exceptional device runing the exynos processor on sprints wimax and trust that device is very nice big difference from the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket and Skyrocket HD on At&t with it's snapdragon S3 processor. I am a former Htc Evo 4g and Evo 3d owner and current Galaxy Nexus owner on Verizon and i know that Htc One X with the snapdragon S4 isn't that much better than my current Galaxy Nexus. With LG possibly being the next manufacturer to produce the next NEXUS Dec 2012 i will purchase the next SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 why because it will be Quadcore with 2gb of ram and the Exynos processor on Verizon's LTE network NO DEVICE will EVER be better than this and Touch Wiz 5.0 will be special to. So for me i LOVE MY GNEX it's the best STOCK DEVICE ON THE MARKET but the GALAXY S3 will be the best skinned android device on the market in 2012. Even if the Galaxy S3 came out with a 720p screen at 4.8inches the 2gb of ram and the Exynos processor on Verizon's LTE network is a SLAM DUNK BUY for nothing beats this EVER...

    • L boogie

      +1 for that. If Samsung plans on reaching that 380 million quota for 2012 then they need to release their flagship phone across the globe simultaneously especially if they want to slow down the iphone5. The galaxy s 2 changed the smartphone platform in 2011, even with all the variants which proved its runaway success leading to believe that Samsung is hard at work to do it again this year despite some fierce competition from MWC participants. And you're on target if Samsung finally gets 4g Lte to work with the exynos chip and God help verizon if they come up with a BS excuse for not having this phone.

    • reala

      Uh Im in the states. I have a Galaxy 2, and it has an Exynos. for the most part TL:DR

  • Chris Caldwell

    Nice writeup, though in the future try to refrain from such apple-supplied misinformation such as the human eye only being able to see 300 ppi. This is propaganda set out to justify the 'retina display' marketing term. The fact is, every designer knows target resolution depends on proximity of the eye to the media. Phones are held very close, and while 450 ppi is probably overkill, the difference between 300 and 400 would surely be noticeable. General good rule is that if your making a sweeping generalization, its probably wrong.