Now that we have a date in which we’re almost certain that we will finally see the Galaxy S III, it doesn’t mean the rumors will stop. The invitation says that they will show the “next Galaxy.” Of course it doesn’t even say it’s going to be a smartphone, but don’t worry, I’m not about to start a rumor that we won’t see the Galaxy S III on May 3, but CNET is reporting that this really won’t be much of an upgrade, and furthermore, it might not even be called the Galaxy S III.
CNET’s source is someone from the UK telecoms industry and as far as specs go, we should see a 1.5 GHz quad-core ship, 1 GB of RAM, and a 4.7-inch display. Some were hoping for a 1.8 GHz quad-core and 2GB of RAM. As to the display, I think we’re all expecting a Super AMOLED Plus display as in non PenTile, but the type of display wasn’t mentioned in this report. There’s also one other addition, and that is some sort of eye tracking called “Human Interaction.” Apparently the front facing camera will be able to detect if you’re looking at the phone and might lock the phone when you look away. I prefer and hope this information isn’t correct. If it were a retina detector for unlocking the device, it might make more sense.
The other tidbit is that it might not actually be called the Galaxy S III. This is interesting after seeing Apple unveil the new iPad and didn’t refer to it as the iPad 3, and they will most likely follow suit with the next iPhone. Could Samsung simply call it the new Galaxy S and get away from numbering like Apple is doing? Apparently the codename is Bali, which I’m sure will remain a codename.
All in all, if we get a quad-core and a Super AMOLED Plus display, I think most people will be happy, but for whatever reason you don’t seem to hear much talk about the battery. Motorola really changed the game earlier in the year with the 3300mAh battery that’s in the DROID RAZR MAXX. So far nobody has come close, including HTC’s newest One Series.
The real question is the design. There has been numerous fake renders, and I think people are expecting a major design change with this new Galaxy S or Galaxy S III. The latest rumors seem to imply there won’t be much of a change, but I’m hopeful there will be something new. In my opinion, the fact that Samsung didn’t make this announcement at MWC means they wanted to make some more improvements similar to what happened to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. With Motorola showing that you can put a serious battery in a 8.9mm body and HTC’s newest materials, I will be surprised if Samsung doesn’t come up with a refresh to their look.
We are going to find out May 3 and the anticipation is going to be fun. Make sure to stay tuned to Talk Android because we will be on hand for what we hope will exceed expectations.