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2012-04-16 03h27_28

While we're still keeping a raised eyebrow on this one, it looks like Samsung has sent out invitations to an event where they'll launch the Galaxy S III. Mark your calendars for May 3rd, and set your time zones for London time. Beyond those two tidbits of information, we have very little else to go on. Just take a look at the invite, sent to Tweakers.net, for yourself:

unpacked

Unfortunately, we simply have to rely on Tweakers (a very large and established European gadget site) for the date, as it's not a part of the image the site has shared with us. Most of the major tech sites are also referring to Tweakers, so we're assuming they haven't received their invite yet. We haven't either for that matter. So, hey Samsung. Feel free to drop us a line.

Most interestingly is that Samsung has not attached a name to this device yet. Hopefully Samsung isn't going the Apple route and removing any significant identifying information from their product names. The "new Galaxy S" is the last thing we need in Samsung's convoluted naming schemes. In any case, May 3rd is just seventeen days away, so we won't have to wait long to see what we'll be calling this device.

Update:

Here's the full invite. Thanks Arnoud!

invite

And as if that wasn't enough, @SamsungMobile just tweeted this same image to super extra double confirm that this is totally legit.

Source: Tweakers via Engadget

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  • Arnoud

    The whole e-mail, including date 
    http://ic.tweakimg.net/ext/i/1334562260.png

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Anyone want to take bets on "Galaxy S 2012"?

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

      I'm willing to bet it won't be Apple-style "Galaxy S" - it'll be the Galaxy S III.

    • http://gadgetstip.com/ aatif

       Yeah it will be galaxy s3 :)

  • droid1234

    What should I infer from this invite: 
    Use of liquid: curved screen? or flexible display? 
    Two colors: Phone comes in two colors - Blue and white?
    Smaller blue portion: Does it have a smart watch kind of product to accompany the phone like the sony Liveview? 
    There is a 99% chance that none of my guesses are correct. But just want to put it out there.

  • Kmulliger

    The blue has a brushed finish look to it. Possibly a brushed blue finish? And white ceramic? AFAIK, Samsung doesn't reveal the names of flagship devices before launch and not on a press invite. Didn't the press invite for the GSII mention something about the next big thing? This is pretty SIMILAR IMHO.

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

      It mentions Unpacked too - only major flagship devices are announced at Unpacked AFAIK.

  • Imran Al-Imran

    we are still waiting. but  now we have a date

  • GZA

    not "New Galaxy S" - "Next Galaxy S" :)

  • An Observer

    Galaxy. . . Espresso. . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/contest.chris Contest Chris

    Why is everyone jumping to conclusions that the Galaxy S3 will be unveiled here? For all we know, the next gen tablets are the ones that will be making their debut(s).

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

      Because so far Unpacked = Galaxy S line.

      • http://worldofashishb.com/ Ashish

        Wasn't the Galaxy Nexus also an unpacked event?  If so, then you can drop the "S" :)

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

          Fair enough.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Samsung has already blown their wad on tablets for a while with the recently detailed Galaxy Tab 2 line and they've already given away almost everything about the Galaxy Note 10.1.  Unless they are planning a Galaxy Tab Prime (something I would almost considering buying if I didn't want to switch my tablet allegiance over to Asus), I just don't think they've got any more tablets in the pipeline that are worth an entire event with international press invites.

      While I think people are taking the design of the invites too seriously, in every other regard this should be seen as copying Apple's style of announcing products. They are being very secretive, dropping carefully vague hints, playing up to people prone to speculation, live streaming the event, etc...Just hoping they got somebody who's a bit better on stage than the guy from the GN announcement.

      Speaking of speculation, I've had a feeling it would be a May announcement. Who's expecting May 17th?  2 weeks after the announcement (also matching Apple's normal lead time) and lands on a Thursday which is consistent with a lot of carriers preferred release day for handsets.

  • sgtguthrie

    Nice...DISQUS SUPPORT!!!  As for the s3, I'm hoping for good LTE integration and word of it coming to VZW!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ben Bloom

    I am so pumped for this phone, but primarily because my super un-tech savvy friend is going to switch from iOS to Android when it comes out.

  • http://www.miniphysics.com/ Mini Physics

    Nice! I'll be waiting.

  • Mocke

    Yes!
    Byt what do you think the blue and white pools of inc(?) mean?
    Are theer evidence of new design choises? Or has it absolutly nothing to do with the product to be unfolded?

  • Mrizzy123

    Looks like it's going to be waterproof!

  • Stiggy

    Dear Samsung, big ol'e screen, no capacitive buttons, micro sd or 32 gb built in, quad core a9 or anything a15. I'll take 2 in white.

    Thanks,
    Stiggy

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