Rumor: Design and specs of new Samsung Galaxy S3 leaked

By Lee Kaelin on

Details of a new Galaxy S smartphone emerged on Phandroid yesterday, after an anonymous source forwarded a snapshot of a slide thought to have been shown as part of an internal presentation to phone carrier and retail executives.

If the details on the slide are correct, the new flagship S3 model will be powered by a 1.8GHz dual core Exynos 4212 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 12MP camera and a 4.6" super AMOLED Plus HD display. The new screen technology provides full HD resolution without falling back on the PenTile technology found in Samsung's current generation of devices.

The source also noted that the camera would deploy a W750 BSI CMOS sensor, and the phone will feature support for LTE 4G network connections, as well as near-field communication (NFC) support for contactless payment by its users. It will run the new Ice Cream Sandwich build of Android, and will reportedly retain its four physical buttons.

The new Galaxy S3 features a more rounded design at the top and bottom, in contrast to the very square design of the current S2 model, and will most likely be thinner as well. The phone's design language and visual display appearance is expected to be different to the current model, in a bid to avoid future legal issues with Apple.

That said, it is possible the released information is an elaborate fake, and the information remains unconfirmed since going public yesterday. Suspicions, especially given the reference to an Exynos processor, and other flaws could be argued, but the features in most parts do seem to tally in with what the industry expects of the new Galaxy S3 -- and if these specs are on the next Galaxy S phone it could become yet another overnight sensation for Samsung.

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