Unraveling the next exciting Android phone: Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus might be the iPhone's main rival for now, but there's another smartphone that's on everybody's watch list: the Galaxy S III, the successor to the impressive Galaxy S II that's managed to sell 20 million units worldwide already. Here's everything we know about Samsung's elusive smartphone.

This year's Mobile World Conference in Barcelona was a bit more low-key for Samsung. Not only did the Korean giant not present a keynote, it also didn't unveil its next major smartphone. Instead, it focused on talking up the 10.1 Galaxy Note and new Galaxy Tab 2 slates.

For one of the most anticipated smartphones, the Galaxy S III has had its fair share of rumors and leaks.

Early reports put the smartphone to have a 4.8-inch 1920x1080 resolution display, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front cam, 4G LTE, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a "ceramic case."

In the last few days, leak up on leak (legit or not) have managed to make their ways onto tech blogs. Here's two photos of the so-called Galaxy S III that are making the rounds.

As seen on reddit:

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You can see that there's a watermark for Weber Shandwick PR. We can independently confirm that Weber Shandwick has handled Samsung products before, but can't confirm the authenticity of the photo. It also seems dubious that a PR company would put their branding on any "official images" (we've never seen that before).

And just today, another alleged photo popped up on GSM Helpdesk:

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It looks to match the reddit leak closely, save for it's rendered a little more clearly.

Weighing in on Samsung's next Android phone, DDaily (via The Verge) believes that the Galaxy S III's killer feature might be a built-in wireless induction charging system alà the now dead Palm Pre. That alone would be a very alluring feature.

In terms of a release time, Samsung's president Kim Young-Ha, who's in charge of everything Sammy in China was coy on the topic, telling the Maeli Business News that the Galaxy S III could come by the end of May — specifically May 22 — if AndroidAndMe's report is to be believed.

These are all just pieces to the Galaxy S III puzzle, but they should unfold over the next few weeks. Given how successful the Galaxy S II, I've suggested before that Samsung needn't rush out a successor. You don't need to rush out 10 smartphones to capture the wallets of consumers — you just need one really great one that makes the rest look like crap.

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