I want to start this post by saying, in no uncertain terms, I am just as sick and tired of the Galaxy S III rumors as everyone else - it really is getting out of hand. So, you can rest assured that I wouldn't be bringing this newest "leak" to your attention if I didn't think it had some merit. Here are the photos:


Now, we're pretty sure that the Galaxy S III is going to be model i9300. Given that Samsung's Kies software shows that model number, it's a fairly safe bet. If we take that as true, we're probably looking at a prototype / dummy shell for the international version of the Galaxy S III.

Why a dummy? It looks exactly like the one previously leaked by Gizmodo Brazil - which has basically been denounced as a prototype.

So, is it the real McCoy? In the strictly internal sense, maybe, but cosmetically? Probably not. We'll find out for sure on Thursday.


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.

  • http://twitter.com/mutebawaji Muteb Awaji

    it looks like the one in the sketch but in a case or something

  • :P

    looks ugly:V

  • Atermoon

    Holy shit that's ugly. Also why does it look like it's running GB? As someone waiting for the S3 to finally upgrade from my rusty N1 I'm starting to lose hope. Every leak looks worse and worse, if Samsung don't deliver I'm gonna have to choose between the One X and the Galaxy Nexus and there are enough things I dislike about both to feel screwed.

    • Iucidium

      Flash an AOSP on the bastard.

      • Atermoon

        On which one?

        • Iucidium


    • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

      What on earth do you mean it looks like it is running GB?

      There is only one picture of the phone turned on and it only shows the About Phone page stating it is running Android 4.0.4.

    • Todd

      I don't think that 4.04 is GB, rather a build of ICS. The screen looks sufficiently blurry to be real!

    • http://www.facebook.com/SeverAMV Wilson Ngai

      dude... its running android 4.0.4... thats ICS with kernel 3.0.

      and samsung ninja'd the phone in a random case to hide what the phone really looks like.

      • http://www.facebook.com/alan.tucker1 Alan Tucker

        Yeah, if you look carefully you can see the rounded corners of the phone, looks more like the Galaxy Nexus.

  • http://www.feedchimp.com/ Nick DeSousa

    It does look a lot like the gizmodo brazil photo, but something tells me this is the only legit one out there.  It's a very unique design that doesn't share many similarities with the other fakes out there.  I think the lines are from where the screen kind of bubbles out from the rest of the device.  I'm starting to like the non-flush display trend.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    That's in a case to disguise it, I'm almost sure. 

    Sad that Samsung have decided to skin TouchWiz as much as before. I was hoping that it'd be toned down TouchWiz, so you can actually see ICS underneath it.

  • Darius_bd

    That definitely looks like a test box, as ugly as it is. I'm hopeful. 

  • Iucidium

    If Samsung have any sense they need to release a 'pure Android' version on the side

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359390083 Sodiq Awokoya

      Ughhhh....stupid its called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the older version of that is the Nexus S......You must live under a rock.

      • Iucidium

        You and I KNOW that hardware wise the Galaxy S2 hardware surpasses the Galaxy Nexus. Hence my suggestion/plea that the Galaxy S3 should at least have the option of running vanilla ICS (minus root/AOSP route) now kindly FUCK OFF.

        • Josh Nichols

          It will never have the option to turn off Touchwiz, and if you're any kind of android buff, you'd know so by now (unless you're retarded). The Galaxy Nexus may have inferior specs than the SGSII, but ICS was MADE FOR THE GALAXY NEXUS. The SGSII doesn't run AOSP ICS better than the Galaxy Nexus, and the Nexus has a shitload more pixels to push. So why don't you take your own advice?

          • Iucidium

            Aren't we on about pure ICS on the GS3 here. Who isn't saying that the GS3 will equal the display, if not suprpass the Galaxy Nexus? Don't forget its the flagship sammy.

          • Lou

             Not for nothing but you know Samsung has been buddying up with the CM team for some time now. Hell they gave them a free SGSII just so they can make a rom for it! I am sure that Sammy knows that there are plenty of people out there that prefer vanilla over TW. The fact being that if they want to have the experience the option is there to root and rom.

            Also it was a pretty safe bet that the Nexus was not going to be Sammy's flagship, its a intermediary phone for enthusiasts and developers. Just as the purpose of ALL Nexus devices since the N1.

    • http://richworks.in Richie

      They won't .... They need to stick with Touchwiz. It's called Brand development.. 

      • Iucidium

        And look what its doing to HTC...

        • http://richworks.in Richie

          Sense 4.0 is actually pretty good.. or at least much better than Sense 3.0... 
          Vanilla Android is not user intuitive (Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread was far from being user intuitive and for a general user(non tech savvy) it was quite complicated to use and understand. ICS may have improved in this department but it is still far from being as user intuitive as iOS... and Samsung did a pretty good job by adding a lot of functionality in Touchwiz, although it crashed a few times and wasn't really developed with a good design sense.. But since their atrocious failure of TW 3.0, they have gotten much better. TW 4.0 was a phenomenal lift in terms of stability and user intuitiveness... And since more than 30 million users already have gotten used to the TW interface, it becomes economically unfeasible for Samsung to remove TW from their phones and teach its users a completely new interface.. TW is their proprietary user interface and they need to promote it. They have built a brand using the Galaxy phone and the TW interface and they just cannot step away from this.. All they need to do is make it more user friendly and hire some good designers who can bring a subtle change in the UI without compromising much on its functionality...

          • Iucidium

            Use vanilla ICS, then we will talk. I can't even use Gingerbread anymore because its THAT GOOD.

            iOS - lol. 20(exaggerated) menus to get non-existant Bluetooth active?

            Sense is horrid.

            Just me thinking aloud about the whole vanilla ICS/GS3.

            I'll just wait for an AOSP.

          • Iucidium

            " it becomes economically unfeasible for Samsung to remove TW from their phones and teach its users a completely new interface"

            Hence you make it an OPTION.
            If an ex GNex owner gets a GS3 and finds he/she can turn off TouchWiz they'd cream.

        • http://richworks.in Richie

          In reply to your latest comment : 

          I've used vanilla ICS. I've been using it on my SGS(CM9) since November. I was more specifically speaking about Eclair and Froyo.. That was the time when the first flagship phones were released by OEMs. For me, Touchwiz offered a lot of advantages in terms of functionality like Swipe to call/message, Direct TV, Wifi Direct.. to name a few. Although, I was getting fed up of the crashes, I eventually got used to the UI touchwiz offered.. I could do a lot of stuff on Tochwiz in one click which otherwise would have taken some amount of time on vanilla Android...  
          "Sense is horrid" ... Well, to each his own.. I like what HTC did with their homescreen, the widgets and other things. I'm certainly not a big fan of their memory usage but I think we have surpassed that memory limit in today's phones. Whether Sense looks good or bad is upto an individual's taste and I cannot argue with that...However, I hope things are going to change with the introduction of that Guidelines page from Google. If OEMs and app developers can incorporate a similar style of design methodology but keeping their signature element intact, we may not hate the proprietary OSes as much as we do today :)I'm also hoping that Samsung has done something really beautiful in Touchwiz 5.0(or whatever that runs on the GS 3)

          • Iucidium

            Let's hope those guidelines take Android in the right direction instead of the manufacturers 'forking' a la Kindle Fire.

        • http://richworks.in Richie

          "Seeing as my wish is best rated there are a lot of people who hope that OS skins can be in some point in the near-future: be turned off" 

          You do realize that Touchwiz is more than just a skin, right? Having said that, 'turning off tw" can only mean running two different variants of Android on a device.. which doesn't seem impossible but I really don't see the need for such a complexity.  
          Your wish may come true though, in the near future : http://www.blogcdn.com/mobile.engadget.com/media/2011/03/acer-liquidmt-review-03.jpg
          As you said, you can always install the AOSP/AOKP ICS versions... Those who are not aware of such an alternative couldn't care less... so it's a win-win situation... sort of :/

  • Krismith724

    It has a Nexus like design. I believe that is an outer shell snapped around it for disguise, giving it the look of an S2. IMO, I don't mind having hardware buttons. Bigger screen.... come on may 3rd!
    Here's what it'll look like without the S2 disguise..... http://m.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s3_photo_leaks_yes_again-news-4173.php

    • cashd00d

      You linked to a photoshopped Galaxy Nexus...

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1190304627 Kris Smith

        Yes I know this. Hence my first sentence.

  • Krismith724

    Also looks like it says test on either side of the home button.

  • http://twitter.com/thmp Thales Prado

    I just hope they don't forget to put a Notification light this time...

  • AdamLange

    Old news, old dummy case picture, old info about more than one device, sammobile suxx, keep an eye on better site like samsung-updates.com which got this info couple of weeks ago ...

  • aatifsumar

    Fake because of the Options button. The SGS3 will have the Multitasking Button

  • aviateor
  • http://twitter.com/BrazenRain BrazenRain
  • Corben Crew

    It's a nice looking dummy phone( which i don't doubt), but i doubt it's the finished deal, especially since the one thing we no for sure(the color scheme) as failed to show itself in any of the leaks thus far.

  • Tee

    Hardware buttons? That just doesn't make any sense to me. Isn't SGS 3 supposed to be the GNex-killer? If so, why does it have the looks just like the SGSII?

    Isn't ICS originally designed to be used without the hardware buttons? Weirdest...

  • Phreqd

    Now that the party is over, if you look closely at the picture, you can see the shell going around the actual phone.