The Samsung Galaxy S III rumors have been gathering quite a bit of pace lately. Just a few days ago, we saw a leaked image of what the phone could potentially look like, although we had our doubts over its authenticity due to the presence of physical buttons below the screen and the form factor of the device.

Fast forward a few days, and another image has "leaked" online, this time from the Dutch website GSM Helpdesk. The site claims that this image is an official press photo of Samsung's new flagship phone, and it looks very similar to the previous leak.

But we don't even need to go that far to quash this one, because it's an obvious fake. In fact, we're pretty sure it's not even new. The original image (which can be found here) shows that the software the device is shown running is simply a screenshot lifted from the original Galaxy S II (which ran Gingerbread) press photo with the date changed to May 22 and the unveiling location listed as London.

Samsung would never render an official press shot of its new flagship device running an outdated version of Android. Not only that, leaving TouchWiz in the exact state it was found on the Galaxy S II? Definitely not going to happen. Not to mention, the whole thing just looks suspiciously like the Galaxy Player.

GALAXY-S-WiFi-4.2-Product-Image-2 original Samsung Galaxy S II_1

Left to right: Galaxy Player, "Leaked" Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II

Also, the capacitive touch buttons are stolen from none other than HTC's One X (shown below - One X on top, "leak" underneath). I think we can consider this rumor "stomped."


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.

  • Ess

    Apparently it's false.


    • Hans

      Yeah, that's just a photoshopped Galaxy Tab 2.

    • Manuel Bocchia

      That may just mean it isn't called galaxy III :D

      I would prefer a Note-sized phone with quad-core/Tegra 3, really...

      • sgtguthrie

        Why would you want tegra 3 when it's consistently being beat in benchmarks by dual core processors?

        • Aaron

          Is the gpu more powerful? Other than that i would guess only for the game support

  • Stiggy

    I hope these are false. They sure look bad enough to be.

    • Tee

      The hardware button is still there. Even if this is a fake (what I think too), it's sad if the real one has it when the time comes.

      Why would the SGN be without it if it were to be needed?

  • Piotr

    This looks like Ace 3 or something like this. What's the point of having physical buttons on ICS?

  • Daniel Kvist

    I don't think these leaks are good for Samsung.

    I've been holding off for a S3 for quiet some time and if the images above are "correct" I will look elsewhere for my device.

    In my country these is a special deal running for 3 more weeks that is available for the One X. If Samsung does not produce an official statement before then I will go with the One X since the deal is very good.

    I guess that is all a part of the "secretive" launching of products. It can have bad consequences as in my case but it may also have good consequences when the time between presentation and delivery is minimal.

    • sgtguthrie

      I don't know about the one x though. The battery is small for being non-removable, not to mention Sense...

  • Original

    The original source with the high resolution and real size picture:


  • JD

    Why would they have capacitive buttons? I was disappointed the HTC One's all had them too. I'd rather have on screen buttons than capacative ones.

  • http://www.designfuture.it Emanuele Ricci

    I wont buy a smartphone with phisical buttons :)

    • spydie

      why not? I have the international G-Note and wouldn't trade the physical "home" button for ATT's version with only capacitive buttons. What happens when your software freezes your capacitive buttons (yep, it's happened on the NOTE). A physical button is so much nicer. Also, I can wake my phone with the center "home" button. A feature I really like since Samsung has this really stupid habit of putting the power button across from the volume button and we are always changing our volume setting every time we squeeze the phone's power button.

  • Ruperto

    Are you guys (AP) doing a strategy change? You guys rarely report on rumors but now I'm seeing more and more. The # of posts have also greatly picked up, not to mention the # of writers. Just an observation from a long-time reader.

    • David Ruddock

      This rumor is pretty obviously fake - no way would Samsung leak an "official" press photo with the successor the Galaxy S II running Gingerbread. We try not to report on rumors unless we can verify or falsify them - this one we believe has been stomped.

  • Kay

    Try learning to use spell check before posting

    • David Ruddock

      I'm not sure what you're referring to. Perhaps you should try to be less vague before posting.

      • Bug

        I spotted one not so much a spelling problem, but more like missing a bit of reading it through...

        I'm pretty you can figure out the mistake: "In fact, we're pretty it's not even new."

        • David Ruddock

          Thanks for that, fixed.

  • jeff donuts

    i knew right away as soon as i saw the HTC capacitive icon buttons. i know those buttons

  • Bariel

    2ghz now spotted http://twitpic.com/90lcwz