With Mobile World Congress in full swing, Samsung's oddly quiet about its plans for a Galaxy S II successor. That's okay, because as usual, the rumor mill is hot on clues and the latest rumors hailing from BGR say the Galaxy S III will have some impressive new features.
As always, it's important to take these rumors with a huge grain of salt, as BGR's record on rumors have been spotty as of late.
BGR's editor-in-chief Jonathan S. Geller reports today that the Galaxy S III will be a smartphone with a 4.8-inch 1080p HD display (16:9 aspect ratio), a 1.5-GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, an 8-megapixel rear cam/2-megapixel front cam, 4G LTE, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a "ceramic case."
If there's anything that seems out of place, it's that 1080p display. A screen with 1920x1080 pixels crammed into a 4.8-inch display? We're just now getting 720p screens and those things are ridiculous. We've yet to even see a display of that size with that much resolution.
Android news blog Phandroid's Chris Chavez, who knows a thing or two about Android smartphones isn't convinced at BGR's report on the screen, processor and body.
In regards to the 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor:
What really throws me for a loop is the "report" that the device will launch with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and not Samsung's upcoming new and improved 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The new dual-cores were shown off in November, followed by shipping in Spring. If Samsung is barely previewing their quad-cores now, I wouldn't expect them to ship in devices til late this year or early next. But I guess anything can happen if Samsung wants to stay competitive.
I also agree with Chavez on the fact that most of BGR's specs are a given. The camera specs and 4G LTE are right in line with what most Android phones are shipping with today and Android 4.0 is a given. Hell, we're almost certain samsung will skin the S III with a TouchWiz skin like it has with all prior phones (except the Galaxy Nexus).
Previous rumors pointed at the Galaxy S III sporting a more modest Super AMOLED Plus HD display (1280x720 resolution), quad-core processor, a dubious 2GB of RAM, and a 3D display.
Which one is the correct one? At this point, who knows. Technically, Samsung doesn't even need to rush out a Galaxy S III because the S II managed to move 20 million units worldwide since its launch. I know Samsung is all about diversity, but sometimes less is more. HTC is moving towards focusing on less smartphones with slight variations and Samsung should too.
That said, a 4.8-inch device would slot in perfectly between a 4.65-inch Galaxy Nexus and a 5.3-inch Galaxy Note. Talk about Samsung hitting every screen size it can get its hands on.