Following the controversy surrounding a potentially leaked image of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy SIII, many were left (still) wondering just what Sammy's flagship would actually look like. Thickening the plot significantly, a Redditor has stepped up and posted what is claimed to be a real photo of the actual Galaxy SIII, provided by an employee of Samsung.

Just under an hour ago, the Redditor (using a throwaway or one-off account), posted the photo, claiming that the Samsung employee provided not only a photo, but some juicy details as well.

According to the source, the SIII currently has "two optional launchers," meaning users can choose to work with Samsung's TouchWiz overlay, or a stock ICS launcher. It isn't clear, however, whether this will last until the SIII's production run.

Further,  The device is said to have a 4.7" Super AMOLED Plus display (potentially 720p as rumored) which "nearly takes up the whole phone," with bezel space conserved only for the front-facing camera, speaker grill, and protective case accommodations. The processor is said to be a quad-core Exynos chip (though the source says it's a 4212 chip, which we know is dual-core), and the SIII is rumored by the source to be packing an awesome 2GB of RAM.

As for the camera, the tipster claims the SIII is packing a whopping 12MP shooter with a flash included. Perhaps most surprising of all, the device is said to have a 2250 mAh battery, while maintaining a miniscule 8mm profile. Finally, the source indicated that the SIII will in fact have a ceramic back, using the same micro arc oxidation process HTC showed off a few days ago.

Without further ado, here's the rumored photo (enlarged and adjusted for your viewing pleasure). It's worth taking with a grain of salt, however, as the image appears to be a photo of a monitor displaying a render, which may or may not be real. Additionally, the notification bar seems to be missing.


Of course everything stated in the original post is completely unsubstantiated as yet, but we'll be here to keep you updated on any details that emerge (or get dis/confirmed) as the plot continues to progress.

Source: Reddit

Thanks George and TehFoz!

Liam Spradlin
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  • Zac

    She's beautiful ='). Bye Nexus, hello GSIII.

    • Jigabits

      I might be with you.

    • L boogie

      Already putting money towards this

    • http://www.optimisationbeacon.com/ Robert Kingston

      O... M... G... ditto to that.

  • pachi72

    Some employee in gonna get Samsunged.

  • Jigabits

    Wow. I'm just in awe of this, albeit rumored, beautiful phone. I mean, wow man. I own a Galaxy Nexus, and not a single rumored phone since December has caught my attention. This one just did. These specs are just mean.

  • Matt

    Something just leaked out of my pants.

    • Jamie

      I think i have the same problem.

      i wont judge you if you dont judge me haha

  • Solomon

    Mother of god...

  • Juan

    I...I.. I don't know what to make of this "kinda seems legit", but then again it's not really EDGE-TO-EDGE, but then again it kinda is. DEM SPECS, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

  • Jigabits

    Minds are exploding everywhere.

  • john donuts

    oh shit oh shit dont know if im excited cuz im high or cuz this might be the s3

  • Alex C

    Like it except for the 4.7 inch screen. Seriously, can they stop with that already? I want a phone, not a mini-tablet. 4.3 is already huge as it is.

    • Matthew

      The 4.7 inch screen shouldn't be too big if you consider the reduced bezel around the screen. Though it is pushing it I guess.

      • TOMMMMMM

        It also looks to be 1280 x 800 which is not as long (and harder to hold) than 720p.

        • crackinthewall

          Sweet mother of god that would be lovely! I think I'd gladly take this over the note any day if that is true. I thought I was the only one who thought its not as wide as most phones being released.

    • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon

      I'm assuming 4.7 inches is the smallest it can get with Super AMOLED HD.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

      If they ditch all of the bezel (like seen above) and it still maintains the same dimensions and formfactor as the GNexus or GSII, then why does it matter how big the screen is. Clearly the screen in this image takes up the spot that would be reserved for capacitive buttons as well as pushing the limits for the side bezel. So I'm assuming the phone itself won't be much bigger than what's already out today. So who cares if the screen is bigger?

    • doug

      cause you have tiny girl hands.

    • http://gthing.net sam

      4.7" is the same width as your 4.3", just a little taller because the home, back, and menu buttons are part of the screen now.

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

    To me, this looks like a photo of something displayed on a monitor rather than a real product. Notice how the shadow is on the bottom. The camera flash makes it look like it's bouncing off a phone screen but to me it looks like a mockup on a computer display that's being photographed.

    I don't know... I'm no more convinced than before. I want to see a photo of someone holding it in their hands.

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

      Definitely a photo of a monitor - the "mesh"y white area indicates it's a screen we're looking at rather than a plain white surface. So someone could have created a quick mockup, photographed a monitor showing it, and sent the pic in. The source is completely random - a throwaway reddit account, so it could be more fucking around that we've seen today.

      The only thing it has going for it is the presence of virtual buttons, which makes much more sense than the buttons on the previous mockup.

      • http://briefmobile.com Kenneth Pennington

        I agree. Looks like an S II with an Ice Cream Sandwich shot placed over it. He wasn't a good enough designer to create his own TouchWiz, so he came up with a story about Samsung using the vanilla launcher.

        I created this fake one in less than ten minutes: http://briefmobile.com/images/articles/IMG_20120318_0142241.jpg

        Just sayin'.

        • PhilNelwyn

          Wow, a new leak !!! The SIII looks really awesome ! ;)

    • http://www.arzbhatia.com Arz Bhatia

      It's a fake :)

  • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon

    Now this.. this is more like it, much better than whatever that other thing was; this is a work of art.

  • Stiggy

    Yessss this seems legit. That other s3 'leak' yesterday looked like shit. This is more what i'm expecting the s3 to be. Hope the screen is 720p and then hurry make it for sprint!

  • TareX

    I was more sold on the "leaked" presentation slide.... however, this looks extremely fake. Where do I start.... The vanilla ICS? The fact it's taken off a screen?

    • TareX

      But the suggestion Samsung will allow for vanilla ICS as an option is extremely welcome...

      • Jeroen

        Yes, but extremely unlikely.

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

    If Samsung releases a phone with 2GB of RAM after announcing tablets with 1GB of RAM, I will release a video of myself performing the cinnamon challenge, replacing cinnamon with cayenne pepper.

    • http://www.liamspradlin.com Liam Spradlin

      How long of a window do we have for this deal? If they release a phone next year with 2GB RAM do we still get the video? lol

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

    If this is real... Then damn. This is the kind of thing I was hoping for. If this is real... I will hold onto my NS4G until this thing hits the US, THEN upgrade. This looks like a device worth waiting for. Also, I love the idea of Samsung opting for higher-end materials. DEATH TO THE CHEAP GLOSSY PLASTIC!

    • pachi72

      My white Galaxy Note is made of metal around the phone...its heavier than the black one.

      • spydie

        My black international Note is metal around the sides also.

  • Arsal

    you can see the employee kinda, seems like it's a blonde woman...Don't know how possible that is(assuming photo was taken in their Asian offices, not sure how many blondes work there), but seems like that too me

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

    After looking at this closer, I really don't think it's real. It looks like a photoshopped motorola device sans branding, with a huge GNex screen pasted over the front, and they then took a picture of their computer screen. Looks like a great device, but I'm not buying it.


    The bottom corners of the screen just don't look right. I think it's a render on a computer monitor and they took a picture of that. Someone doesn't know how to take screen caps and doesn't know how to turn their flash off (assuming they were in a position where screen caps weren't safe to try), or they're trying to convince us that they're taking a picture of the actual device. If it's the latter, they're fairly cunning. If it's the former, they're not too bright.

    I'm not buying anything until I see it in-hand.

    • http://www.liamspradlin.com Liam Spradlin

      I agree on all points. The image is clearly a snapshot of a computer monitor with a suspicious render. With the significant vignetting and moire-pattern on the photo, though, I'm guessing the person who snapped the photo knew what it looked like before sending it. It's worth noting that the OP on Reddit never explicitly said the photo was of the actual device laying on a surface.

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

      Precisely what I said.

  • Stiggy

    Actually wait, in the Reddit post it says it will have the exynos 4212, thats a dual core chip. It says a quad core 4212 so who knows maybe it's a typo? After looking at the 4212, its time frame for release would make sense with this rumor.
    Link for the lazy:


  • SYO

    Sweet baby Jesus.

    These specs are perfect as they are!!! It kinda looks like the iPhone 4/4s though with the seemingly flat sides. Hope it's a curved display similar to the Nexus! It's a bit big but I can live with it. I really hope these are the specs on the final or the final would have even better specs if that's even possible!

    Samsung...TAKE MY MONEY..ALL OF IT!

  • Derek

    Find it hard to believe for them to drop Touchwiz or give any option.

  • Tkun

    Looks legitimate to me. I wanted a larger screen, but 4.7in is still 0.7in larger than my Fascinate's screen. :p Pretty amazing that something much smaller is already a lot more powerful than the new iPad (the SIII even has a better screen DPI).

  • Gabba

    Dual-core makes more sense than a quad-core IMO, considering the Exynos quad-core doesn't play nice with LTE, and the fact that VZW and ATT are hungry for high-end LTE phones

  • sriracha

    "two optional launchers".. it's certainly fake, along with all the other specs that don't suck. when has any OE released a phone where ALL the spec were, well, perfect.

    • MicroNix

      Remember though, Sammy sent a SgII to the CynogenMod guys so this might be entirely possible. If it is, Sammy just became everything we would ask for. If everything in this article is true, let me predict bankruptcy protection for the Motorola mobility unit of Google sometime in early 2013. Ah hell it will probably be that way anyway unless they get the next Nexus after they screwed over all their 3g customers with not getting ICS.

      • MicroNix

        Well maybe bankruptcy is a little harsh but lets say this isn't going to help Motorola at all if the this rumor is true.

      • sriracha

        there's nothing to dislike about it's specs. if nothing sucks, where's the choice the consumer must make? if this rolls out as-is, there is no reason for anybody who rightfully wears a geek badge to buy anything besides the SIII.

        the only thing missing from this phone's specs are a button that makes it expand to an 11" tablet.

  • Himmat

    Those specs are exactly what I'd relate to the Galaxy SIII....mainly:

    - 720p display
    - 12 MP camera
    - 2GB RAM
    - Quad-Core (or even 2GHz dual-core)
    - Super-huge battery with a day-long usage window

    Like the S2 which was revolutionary in terms of specs, S3 has to be the same.

  • Dominick

    Don't think its real, its ugly and I don't care for the screen buttons on ICS which takes away from the screen real estate making a larger screen kinda pointless in many respects.. Them there's the people that complain about it being too big..sigh.

  • Justin

    Sounds like total BS :(

  • Edd

    Whatever this is, Sammy should go ahead and announce, even if it's just one picture. People need to know their upgrade options

  • animaleyez

    I just got my GSII, well I guess the wife will be getting a new phone.

  • Daniel


    Just when I decided to get the HTC one X some specs of the gsIII leak.
    Even if it isn't real. 2250 MaH battery + same back as the HTC one S is really awesome.

  • Northerndj

    I like the idea of two launchers lets hope that stays as touch wiz is so old now the stock one beats it hands down

  • joe

    4.7 without bezels is almost as big as my nexus s. Only thing I am going to miss is the old plastic und curved design of the nexus s. It dropped several times but it never took real damage what is, comparing to some friends with an iphone 4, amazing:D

    • L boogie

      I thought the phone was supposed to be 4.8 inches

  • Friend_of_a_Friend

    This is infact the Galaxy SIII .. my friend who also works at Samsung gave me the exact same physical description two days ago. He was too scared to take a pic though .. :) , despite my pleading. T

    He did however describe it as 'comparatively-heavy' .. and had the stock ICS launcher. Also there is no speaker grill at the bottom which was shown in earlier rumour-photos.

  • jooe

    4.7 without bezels is almost as big as my nexus s. Only thing I am going to miss is the old plastic und curved design of the nexus s. It dropped several times but it never took real damage what is, comparing to some friends with an iphone 4, amazing:D

  • Hal Motley

    It looks like a modified Galaxy Nexus.

    • L boogie

      Hell, it could be the spawn of the infuse 4g & the gnex though it would be interesting

  • Amardeep bhele

    OMFG , ok now i believe this

  • guts

    Fake where is the status bar ?!

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

      That's a great point actually.

  • L boogie

    The GS 3 would definitely be primed for phone of the year provided it has an unheard of 1440 x 960 super AMOLED HD 720P display, 2gb RAM, 12mp camera w/ image stabilization, zero shutter & 1080p recording, quad-core exynos processor (1.5ghz), & a 3000-3500mah battery. This leak is slightly better than previous leaks/ rumors but May 22nd can't get here soon enough to get the real deal & that option to switch between vanilla ICS & touchwiz is a bonus delight.

  • Andy

    If it IS real....i want it!

    if its not real, then sammy or whoever knows what we want now judging by 98% of the above comments lol. you can never please all of the people all of the time.....but these specs bring it close to that

  • http://SimranApps.com Simran

    This is very fake! I agree with one of the reddit's comments. It just looks like a SGSII with the screen of a Galaxy Nexus pasted on top. What gave it off to me was the bottom right hand side, the corner and around it looks to sharpened for the casing, and it looks as if it is not part of the phone, buy a sheet on top of the phone case. People just want attention.

  • Rehan Ahmed

    Naah, yesterdays leak was a lot better...

  • Chase

    Im calling VZW, they arent answering............

    • L boogie

      I'm still waiting to hear their excuse if they initiate any ill-fated attempt not to carry this beast of a phone

      • Big Boosie

        If they do not carry this, I will intentionally breach my contract and go to a carrier that does..possibly Sprint?

  • Dami O.

    I have a suspicion about this. Samsung never referred to this device as the Galaxy S III, but as the "successor to the Galaxy S II." Now here is my suspicion: the Galaxy Nexus (which had stock ICS) was, technically, Verizon's "variation" of the Galaxy S II, and as this new device has stock ICS, could this possibly be the Galaxy Nexus II? Just speculation ._.

    • L boogie

      I would hope it is the GS3 otherwise it would be following the footsteps of those of the garden of iDen and that would be costly considering Samsung would be using the Olympics as a marketing strategy. Interesting speculation though the next nexus should built by Htc due to their build quality & making the de facto nexus phone IMO.

  • arrowcorpse

    Something tells me it's fake...maybe because that looks exactly like the ICS launcher that I was able to run on my HTC Evo? (Complete with the hidden notification bar)

  • Marco

    Ready to leave HTC for Samsung lol

  • B Orchid

    I saw a different picture of the s3, it has the same middle botton like the s2...

  • CAPS369

    hmmm ... think this ones a fake...there is no touchwiz..