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Samsung Galaxy S3

By Matt Simpson - Friday, March 16, 2012

I’ve just about sworn off doing new Smartphone Launch commentary for awhile. There is so little to differentiate between one model and the next anymore it’s getting ridiculous. Sure, one company offers a step up in resolution or a .1” larger screen and expects to sell a million models based on that difference. Most of us are stuck in two year contracts. Given that, I’d rather see 75% fewer releases, but have something tangibly improve with each release.

There is a school of thought that once phone makers run out of hardware bumps for phones and tablets that they will then have to begin competing on price. I can’t wait until I could afford to buy a new phone outright and not be force to wait for my carrier to subsidize the purchase. With a Galaxy Note going for about 650 dollars new on EBay, we’re just not there yet. The carriers are certainly in no hurry for that to happen. They pay for 300 or 400 of your phone and then have you locked into a contract for two years that will likely cost 1500 dollars or more with most of that being pure profit for the carrier.

Miles To Go

There are unfortunately still quite a bit of hardware steps for phone makers to implement before we get to that magical point as well. Quad cores are still not widely pervasive. However, unless there is a major change in the kind of software available, I don’t see the move to octal-core processors happening before we see a drop in phone pricing.

What we’re left with then is phones with a proven track record for popularity. The IPhone certainly takes the cake here, but we won’t see the next one until at least late summer, possibly as late as Halloween while Apple continues to convince people that the 4S is still a viable competitor to the Android phones on the market today. We will likely know everything about the IPhone 5 this Wednesday anyway, when Apple officially releases the Ipad 3. Much like the 4S used Ipad 2 hardware, I would expect the 5 to recycle the then aging Ipad 3 hardware. The most popular android phone and one that likely put android phones in the place they are today, was the Samsung Galaxy S. Its follow-up, the SII was also insanely popular. So can it go around again for a triple crown?

Galaxy S 3

ZDnet Korea is not the first place I’d look for leaking news from Samsung, but it’s certainly not an unreliable source either. They’ve broken the story that the SIII will be announced later this month and begin shipping in April. This is a surprise to most as was the lack of its announcement at the Mobile World Congress, which left many to believe that the phone would not be out until late in the year. But why wait to fight the IPhone 5. On the off chance that Cupertino has something truly grand in store, why not get your phone in the hands of millions before the 5 is even released. The original round of IPhone 4 owners will have contracts ending in June and July, so if the 5 doesn’t come out until October, Samsung may be able to score millions of converts as well.

The Numbers

The specs suggested are pretty much what I wish the Galaxy Note would have had. Rumors persist that a second iteration of the note is already in the works, but that is likely something that won’t be see for some time if at all. An Exynos CPU, unlike the ill fated snapdragon in the Note is to be on hand in both dual and quad flavors. The dual core version clocked faster with a beefier GPU. 4.8”AMOLED HD+ screen possibly hitting 1080P is expected as well. Camera duty will likely be a 2MP in front and either an 8 or 12MP on the rear. LTE support is of course present as is Android 4.0. A ceramic casing has also been suggested.




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