The first Samsung Mobile Unpacked event of 2012 is set to kick off in London at 20:00 SAST today (3 May 2012), where the Korean electronics manufacturer is expected to announce the latest iteration of its flagship Galaxy S range of Android smartphones.
Although Samsung itself has not confirmed that they will be launching the Galaxy S3, or what the device would even be called, the company appeared to have outed itself in its own app for the event which contained the keyword “S3”.
MTN, Cell C, and Virgin Mobile revealed earlier this year that they plan to offer a device called the Samsung Galaxy S3. Cell C said that they hoped to offer the device during July 2012, while Virgin Mobile said they expect the device to become available during Q3 2012.
Other than the name and release date, a number of other rumours and purported images of the device have surfaced on the web.
These include speculation, leaks, and other information from sources about the screen, processor, camera, and design of the device.
Boy Genius Report (BGR) claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S3 would have 4.8-inch full HD 1080p (1080×1920) display powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, with an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera.
Samsung’s latest Galaxy device is naturally expected to run Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.
Reports from PocketNow based on supposed benchmarks of the Samsung Galaxy S3 suggest that the display will only be 720p (720×1280) resolution, however.
Other reports seem to corroborate this, though there is less agreement on whether it will use Super AMOLED or Super AMOLED Plus technology, and whether it will be a 4.6-inch, 4.65-inch, or 4.7-inch screen.
A listing on Amazon Germany suggested that the device would have a Super AMOLED display (not Plus) similar to that of the Galaxy Nexus, as well as a 12 megapixel camera.
Some of the wilder rumours are that the next Galaxy S device would boast a 3D display and dual cameras.
However, the Amazon Germany listing points to a 12 megapixel camera, while BGR’s originally leaked specs say the device is to sport the same 8 megapixels as the Galaxy S2.
Speculation over which processor might be used in Samsung’s latest device seem to be largely put to bed, with the company itself confirming that the device it plans to announce today would use a quad-core processor manufactured with a 32nm process.
According to Samsung, its new quad core processor pulls 20 percent less power than the Exynos 4 Dual.
Anandtech reported that the processor will be called the “Exynos 4 Quad”, and speculate that the Mali–400 MP4 graphics chip used in the Galaxy S2 would likely make its way to the new device.
The clock speed of the processor has not been confirmed however, with rumours suggesting speeds from 1.4GHz to 1.8GHz and everything in-between.
Samsung have played their cards close to their chest with this device launch, fuelling consumer and media interest in what the Samsung Galaxy S3 (or whatever it may be called eventually) will be in the end.
However, considering the hype that has been generated around the device, Samsung will have to impress tonight.
Jan Vermeulen is attending Samsung Mobile Unpacked as a guest of Samsung South Africa in London
Note: The image used for the article thumbnail is a concept design posted by samsunggalaxys3.us and probably has nothing to do with the actual Samsung Galaxy S3