The Galaxy S III has got to be the most anticipated phone right now. Remember the buzz for the Galaxy Nexus? Well things are heading in that direction all over again because it seems like every day brings a new rumor or leak. The latest one comes from Reddit which is a supposed press shot. This pic above is actually a brightened version of the original leak, which you can see by heading to the first source link below.
Lets first look at what this image shows us. It’s pretty thin, which is obviously what everyone is expecting anyway, but in looking at the side image (to the left), it appears that it has an elevated greyish/silver bezel to protect the screen. Speaking of the bezel, there really isn’t much of one. It appears to have a large speaker at the bottom which suggests stereo sound, and it also has a dedicated camera button. You will also notice the main front home button which suggests this would be the international version, but there could also be capacitive buttons to either side that are unlit.
We also see Weber Shandwick at the bottom right, which is a major PR firm. Here in the U.S., they don’t represent Samsung’s mobile division, but they’ve done a lot of work with Samsung overseas, and since this render is of the international version it makes sense.
If you look at the date and the information on the calendar, it would suggest that we will see the unveiling on May 22 at the Unpacked Event in London. We all know the Summer Olympics kicks off in London in July and since Samsung is a major sponsor, it’s safe to assume the Galaxy S III will be seen in a lot via commercials. How about the fact that on March 19, the Torch Relay begins? Whether this picture of the phone is real or fake, it might be safe to assume that this announcement date is.
Lets go back to February 2. Eldar Murtazin from Mobile Review tweeted an image of a Samsung phone. He didn’t indicate if it was the Galaxy S III or not, but then we saw this leaked image a few days ago. It looks like the same exact phone, but a different color and with a different screen shot. In the first image tweeted by Eldar, it has a stock Ice Cream Sandwich launcher, but the second leaked image has a TouchWiz launcher. Both of them have the newer ICS Google Search box, but in this newer image from Reddit, the launcher is TouchWiz with no ICS Google Search box. The other interesting thing is that the official TouchWiz version of ICS (released this week for the Galaxy S II) has a different looking Google search box from the stock ICS. Either way, it’s not shown in this newer image, but for whatever reason an image of kids is shown that is actually a stock photo seen on another comlpetely unrelated site.
Shortly after this image leaked, Eldar spoke up via Twitter and said, “SGS3 is different but thats one is closest to final design” and “But in any case this pic about ‘sgs3’ just a fake which was created by someone who saw face of real one :)” The interesting thing is he doesn’t refer to the leak he released a little over a month ago. So in a sense is he saying both are fake or least the one he originally tweeted is not the final design either.
So what do you guys think? Real or fake?