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Video: Is This Finally the Samsung Galaxy SIII? It Might Just Be

Oh, boy. So you remember the phone we were shaking our heads at just two days ago out of Brazil that was supposedly the Samsung Galaxy S3? That may have indeed been a “dummy” case for the device after all as a video in Vietnam depicts an identical phone that is said to actually be the “next Galaxy” or GT-I9300 (which we thought wasn’t it, but may be after all). Since going up, the video and post by the Vietnamese site has been pulled, but thanks to this being the internet and all, people grabbed it before it was gone for good. 

What do we have? Well, they are under the impression that this is definitely not what the final hardware will be like and that it does have some form of protection around it as to not spoil the surprise come May 3 in London. But the insides, you can’t really fake those. It appears as if the phone will rock a 1.4GHz quad-core processor (probably the Exynos 4412), 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera, Ice Cream Sandwich, TouchWiz, NFC, a 4.6″ 720p HD display (720×1184), expandable store (maybe), on-screen soft keys, and a 2050mAh battery.

The folks at Engadget reached out to Samsung for a comment and all they could get back was, “We will be able to tell you more at the 2012 Samsung Mobile Unpacked.” Take that as you will. Enjoy the video below.


Via:  Engadget | Tinhte

Cheers Sourabh and Sydney!

  • Alexander Garcia

    Thanks for adding in the sub-titles. Cheers!  =)

  • Trevor

    Just realized there is a microSD slot in there.  Nice!

  • zhihaoquek

    I don’t think it’s the S3. At the very least, if it were, I would be quite disappointed. It doesn’t make sense to launch the S3 with the same GPU as the S2.

  • itachi85

    only a 2050mah battery?! what a freakin joke! sammy could have done way better. i guess i will have to wait for the droid fighter/droid razr hd.

  • DanKemple

    anyone else notice he’s charging that phone with a bb charger…think sammy could toss in a charger for their testers no

  • Dominick7

    Disappointing. Dpi ppi aren’t that great, the Note has a larger screen and has higher ppi. Screen on the Nexus is bigger.. Verizon please get the Note!

  • Trevor

    That was nice of Samsung to switch the order of the three onscreen buttons.  Bastards.

  • GIjose

     Beacoup Dinkydau!  Beacoup Dinkydau!

  • TheDude

    If you look closely you’ll see its actually a quad core ~1.6 GHz underclocked to run at 1.4 GHz

  • summit1986

    It’s actually a Blackberry… trololol

  • mule0331

    Yep, that definitely looks like a Sammy. Theres no signal bars, LMAO!!!!!!!!!

    • ChrisI

      Hahaha!!!! That comment is pure genius. +100.

      • TyroneJohnson

        Not really.  -101.

        • Trevor

          I’m indifferent about it +/- 0

  • fvqu

    Finally, a phone without buttons.

  • Someone over on Engadet translated the video, and from what I’ve read the individual in the video mentions something about a rubber-like casing/housing for the phone, which leads some to suspect that the shell itself is just a dummy before the big reveal of the final model (basically the only thing confirmed are the internals).

  • Austinrgoebel

    Just one damn question, why do manafactures feel the need toswitch the soft key order on each device? I mean seriously why cant they just except a universal order? It makes it so confusing

    • Trevor

      I agree.  It’s so stupid!  All the manufacturers need to agree on one way to order them and keep it that way.

  • Jslafarr

    I love how the gnex battery is almost dead in that video lol. I still have high hopes for the SIII. I’ll be skeptical about all these articles until something is official.

    I also hope its much more sophisticated than my gnex – after having it for awhile its bezels look bigger and even rooted and romed it has its issues.

  • Slide83

    If it has the exynos 4412 I’ll be dissapointed. I was hoping for the exynos 5250.  I guess I’ll be hoping Verizon carriers the HTC One X.

  • Daniel Suraci

    Why are there banner ads on his system info screen?

  • srsly?

    Am I the only one here willing to call Kellex the tard he is? It’s this same story each and every time a new phone is around the corner.
    “Bah, look at this stupid mock up, who’d believe this?”
    “Are people so stupid they believe this blurry image is [random device].”
    “Oh wow, silly me, turns out what I thought was fake is in fact real.”
    (Several weeks later)
    “We all know how much you guys love [random device] and our predictions came true if you remember back when we were getting all that prerelease information that we all believed in.”

    Dude, seriously? I have never seen someone so willing to not only retract their previous statements on a daily basis but also passively claim they were never made.

    • mec409

       No sh*t man

    • Dr_Buttballs

      This isn’t a mock up, it’s an actual video of the supposed device. It is at least a bit more believable than the previous articles about the SIII, where we only had a sloppy photo shopped picture to go by. However, I do agree that there has been too many of the same article involving this phone posted here.

    • TheDude

       Because these are rumors, and people like rumors. At the same time, when a rumor is identified as being false, its called out. You don’t have to read the article…
      Maybe CNN Tech would be a better fit for you.

    • Trevor

      It seems to me that you’ve spent way too much of your life worrying about this.

  • Bob Martin

    this looks like the galaxy S2.5. The galaxy S3 won’t be released until 2016

  • Q

    I really hope the GS3 takes some design cues from the GNex.  Say what you will about reception, but I think the Gnex is the best designed Android phone period.  My friend has a GS2 Skyrocket and the black slab design is just boring.. The Gnex is still ahead of the curve with the ports being in the correct place, the power button being in the correct place, the curved screen, soft buttons, etc.

    • LiterofCola

      I don’t care for the design really.  Not saying that it’s ugly, but I am more partial to the minimalist/industrial look of the Razr.  I just wish they would wash out the small hump, then it would be a perfect design in my opinion.

      • Liderc

        You think the Razr is Minimalist? 


        • LiterofCola

          I think it is, and it’s actually a Kevlar backplate.

          • Nick

            Anything with shiny chrome and a kevlar-weave backplate is not minimalist. It’s an industrial design. That flat slab in the video is minimalist. I do like the razr’s design, aside from the godawful hump.

      • JMonkeYJ

        with the chamfered corners and other flair, i wouldn’t call wouldn’t call the RAZR minimalist, however i fully see how someone could prefer one style over the other. i just disagree with it being called “minimalist.” i think your “industrial” description is more apt.

        truth be told that ugly slab up above is minimalist…and it seems like we can all agree we don’t like minimalist 😉

        • LiterofCola

          I stand corrected! 

    • geedee82

      I couldn’t agree more!

  • Nigga

    not blurry enough, fake

  • If that’s really the S3, Samsung is being very Apple.  HTC FTW!

  • xeridium

    Shame, I thought it’s gonna have a 1080p display.

    • Trevor

      I think 1080p is a bit of overkill for a cell phone screen.  I’d be fine with 720p non-pentile.

  • Dr_Buttballs

    I’m hoping that’s just a prototype shell, because I really don’t like the look of that bezel. It’s nice to see that they added a notification light and the on screen soft keys though.

  • ddevito

    Strange how ugly that is, coming from the same company that made the beautiful GNex.

  • ddevito

    Strange how ugly that is, coming from the same company that made the beautiful GNex.

    • shdowman

      Its not the real casing. That is a cheap, slapped on housing that will be changed. Look at pic of speaker..does that look like Samsung quality?? lol

  • Granpa

    Gah!  Touchwiz completely ruins the look of the phone. Looks like a Froyo device.  Samsung needs to drop that dated, nasty UI already. 

    • Butters619

      Yeah it closely reassembles the $50 pre paid samsung phones lol.

      • Dr_Buttballs

        I can’t describe how disappointed I was when I flashed the ICS leak on my SII. It looked so similar to the previous GB firmware that I had to look at the build number in About Phone to make sure the flash took correctly.

        • Butters619

          Wow that’s pretty bad and really disappointing.  I’m set on preordering the HTC One X next week and judging by the looks of it, I am making the right decision.

          • Dr_Buttballs

            Thankfully the whole reason I was flashing the leak was because I wanted to flash a custom ICS ROM, so I didn’t have to deal with Touch Wiz for more than a few minutes. 

    • Liderc

      no kidding, looks like a piece of junk with touch wiz on there.  

  • jw

    Someone just lost their job as a product tester 🙂 lol 

  • kweb

    lol blackberry charger

  • All the hype and all the disappointment. Said it a while ago. Another phone that will be soon forgotten just like the Bionic.

    • Josh Groff

      My Bionic is just as good as any RAZR there kiddo, and much less pricy. Overclocked to 1.2 and on Eclipse ROM, so please tell me again how the Bionic is a lesser device.

  • cooksta32676

    Apple will get rich if this post has any truth to it.

  • JustAnotherGuest

    Eh, not really impressed, but I’ll wait and see when the finished product is announced and shown….

    Why is everyone bitching about the order of the software keys?!?!
    This is ICS, you CAN change those around to whatever you like!

  • youdoneyo69

    Really Samsung you just had to flip the soft keys around! Can we just get a generally guideline for certain things on phones!

  • Did anybody else notice the BB micro USB cable ? lol 

  • Mark Lewis

    Who puts the Back button on the right?

    • John

      Samsung =/

    • Chrisleader87


    • Nigga

       custom rom, switch, problem solved

      • yo yo


    • Erickbernal27

      On My Nexus I Have It On The Right.. Feels Better For Me.. *Shrug* To Each To Own Though

  • Bewara2009

    The real question here is, is this coming to Verizon?

    • FortitudineVincimus

      the real answer is… no

    • LiterofCola

      We’ll see

    • r0lct

      It’ll be the Droid Belated as it’ll ship in 9 months.

      • Nigga

         actually verizon is getting the gs2 next month

    • chris125

      Probably not it’s not motorola which seems to be the only thing verizon cares about

      • Butters619

        Try being on the other side of that coin.  I would love a Razr Maxx HD (if that comes out), but you know it will be a Verizon exclusive and I have AT&T.

        • Matthew Merrick

          yeah, but all of moto’s devices have a gsm version that’s released internationally. 

          • Butters619

            That’s true but I would like it to be LTE lol.

    • Flat_Stanley

      It seems too similar to the Nexus for Verizon to care. They are all about Droid branding.

      • unaffected

        All we need is the Razr HD to feature a LCD2 screen (not that I have ever seen one) and I would like leas about the SGSlll.

      • Tony Allen

        I think we will see something GSIII branded as a replacement for the Charge.

    • Flat_Stanley

      It seems too similar to the Nexus for Verizon to care. They are all about Droid branding.

    • Stephen D

      This is likely the mid range Galaxy M. The battery says M Project on it. And the phone’s build date is December 2011.

      It could also be a purposeful leak to throw everyone off and disappoint them, so they can blow our minds when they do announce it. 

      • Kyle Cummings

        I hope you’re right…

      • Butters619

        That would be amazing.  But a quad core and a 720p screen in a mid range phone just doesn’t make sense.  Hopefully this is just a prototype case.

        • DOAbarrelroll

          No where in the video or photos does it show that this is a quad-core device. The only thing it shows is that it’s clocked at 1.4 GHz.

          This could very well be their next mid-range phone, taking into consideration that they’ve had a phones out with essentially identical specs for quite a while.  The Galaxy S II HD LTE has 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, LTE, a 720p Super AMOLED display, 1GB RAM, etc.  Also, the GNex and Note have been out for quite a while as well.

          I think this may very well be a mid-range phone and not their ‘hero’ device. That seems crazy to think about, but everything about this phone is essentially standard issue at this point. I have the feeling that Samsung has a bit more up their sleeves than this.

          • Butters619

            Please re-watch the video. It lists:
            Processor 0:
            Processor 1:
            Processor 2:
            Processor 3:

            aka a quad core.

          • Nick

            Well, the new Exynos is Quad-Core. Samsung may be binning the processors and the lower-performing ones could well end up in a mid-range device.

          • Butters619

            That is true, but I don’t see a 1.4Ghz Quad Core as a lower performing one considering what is currently out.

          • Vzx_41

             yes I do not see anywhere it says quad core and where is says processor the ARM blah blah I googled all of that and it shows up a dual core.

      • Vzx_41

         I was thinking the same thing it is very close to a nexus and date was 2011. This is not that S3 I don’t think. It is all part of the wow factor.

    • feztheforeigner

      Change your icon, I thought you were Kellex at first…

    • Scottyb112

      I doubt well be getting it on VZW, as we are due for another shafting of a good phone… and I love how the dude in the video can use a phone all in English, but couldn’t spit out anything but Taiwaniese..

  • John

    How is the foreigners always get a hold of these first?

    • d4owner

      I’m thinking because they are closer to S.Korea so products are coming out to them earlier as well as dummys to test out the compatibility with the country’s satellite.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Less BS restrictions

    • r0lct

      Because none of these are made in your home country?

  • Nannersby

    Bleh; if this is it, I’m gonna wait or buy something else.  The A9 is so damn old, and with A15’s just around the corner, there’s no reason to put any kind of A9, whether it’s quad core or octocore, into a phone that’ll be outdated in 2 months

  • Bionicman

    was hoping for a bit more but specs sound ok i guess. i agree about what others here are saying about battery. considering how thin the motorola razr maxx is and how amazing the battery life is, there really is no excuse why samsung couldn’t put a better battery in there. im also hoping thats not the REAL casing. while it doesn’t look horrible it doesnt look as nice as the HTC One X which raised the bar on design.

  • Added pics. You can clearly see the janky case wrapped around the outside.

  • Jake

    I just don’t get why manufacturers all feel the need to order their buttons differently. At least software buttons can be reordered!

  • fallsgable

    I still have 2 upgrades available on my account….if this hits VZW…the G-nex goes to Ebay…or VZW Trade-in for the $180 they are offering

    • Josh Groff

      Swappa is better. Hell, I’d pay 300 for the Nex in a heartbeat.

  • Only 2050Mah battery? Ummmm….why? Isn’t one of the main complaints about the S2 battery life?

    • Dr_Buttballs

      I have had no issues with my Skyrocket even before I flashed a custom ROM. Stock I was getting at least 12 hours with a decent amount of usage. I’m getting around 20 hours with my current ROM.

    • cryop

      2500 mah or 7 hours web browsing (not on wifi) is going to be my min requirement. I doubt this phone is going to be able to browse longer than 4.5 hours. That huawei phone is supposed to get a 2500mah battery (XL version). I hope it comes out for my carrier

      • I sense a revolution in battery technology looming on the horizon…

  • fallsgable

    if you play the Video Backwards, you can clearly hear “verizon is dead…verizon is dead”

    • shdowman


    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


  • Touchwiz!!!  Kill it with fire!!!

  • Bionic

    Is it me or does it look like a Bionic?  Especially at the bottom.

    • r0lct

      Thanks for confirming that the Bionic looks like a unfinished prototype.  😛

      • Liderc

        rofl well played sir. 

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Not me.. still pushing my OG Droid as I am patient enough to wait for a truly awesome phone. and the GN was sure as hell not it and the RAZR is close, but not yet there and the Rezound… bwaaa ha ha

  • Sporttster

    “Is This Finally the Samsung Galaxy SIII?” 
    Hmm…don’t know, don’t really care. I think most of us blew our upgrades back with the GNex or Razr-Rezound. Get back to us in oh about a year and a half or so, then we’ll care again….

    • d4owner

      And for us QWERTY keyboard users, the Droid 4

  • if this is the phone, im sticking with the gnext for a while. not that impressed. need a bigger battery for the display and processor. 

  • marty jones

    I can’t wait for the Galaxy S IV with the octo-core terahertz scanner that is literally an x-ray

    • tomn1ce

      that should be coming in 2013….I can’t wait for that one….

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Smaller than hoped battery (give me at least 3000)
    Smaller than hoped camera (come on, time to hit 12mp)
    Smaller than hoped onboard memory (1GB is so 2011)

    But if it is on VZW – not likely I think – I will take it IF they don’t bastardize the hell out of it.

    • r0lct

      I think your last point is the most pertinent. I don’t see them getting this until they find a way to slap on their big red logo and apps which will likely take months for them negotiate and implement.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        I will go 1 step farther.. I don’t see them getting this at all.

  • UndergroundWire

    Why? Why? Why does Samsung have to change those buttons around?

    • Didn’t realize that, but they completely did…that’s a bit annoying.

      • UndergroundWire

        Samsung made the first ICS device, so it would stand to reason that they would follow the original design.  I really hope that is changed.

        • Good news is that devs have found a way to hack the hell of the soft keys on the G-Nex. So this phone will likely see the same fate. You could arrange them however you like. 🙂

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Best ROM for the Gnex you’ve used? GO!

          • LiterofCola

            Kill yourself

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Umm… Please leave your issues at home off the forum. Thanks :-). . .

          • Bionic_Pags

            Easy Rod, Easy Rod!

          • LiterofCola


          • Stephen D


          • Him

            Liquid Smooth 1.25! Best battery/performance ever 

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Think i’ll try liquid first… NOw Off to Unlock my Bootloader and have my device completely Wiped!!!… again. Is there a way to back up App Data without root? I’m all back up other wise with MybackupPro

      • Shannon Kerr

        It’s the left handed model

      • Shannon Kerr

        It’s the left handed model

    •  Call it superstition…or stupid, but I don’t trust onscreen soft keys

      • r0lct

        Coming from my DX I knew I wouldn’t like capacative buttons compared to physical after briefly using other phones with them.  Couple days with my GNex and I couldn’t possibly go back to physical buttons.
        It’s always different when you actually give something a shot and use it for a few days versus picking up one in a store or holding a friends for a minute.

        • JMonkeYJ

          i used to always be a grass is greener type of guy…when i had capacitive buttons, physical ones seemed better, and vice versa. the GNex has totally sold me on touch buttons. they are incredibly well implemented and the fact that they can disappear for full-screen video is a HUGE plus.

          • r0lct

            Yes, I’ll never go back to physical or dedicated buttons if I can help it.

    • Stephen D

      Well, that is the button order for their devices with physical keys, so it is for consistency among their lineup. 

    • Azndan4

      Absolutely retarded.

  • palomosan

    What going with this manufacturers changing the buttons around? And why Google doesn’t in force this, I hope is a fake.

    • d4owner

      Google doesn’t have control over how manufacturers design their phones…

  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    I really…really hope not.  Terribly boring and cheap looking design.  Looks like an old 80s remote control with a screen.

    • LiterofCola

      It’s in a dummy case

    • blix247

      Its not the release casing, its just a plain case meant to hold the hardware for testing.

  • The GNex is better looking, but the quad-core is impressive

    • r0lct

      It’s only impressive it’s more power efficient.  I’m just OK with my current GNex battery life teetering on the edge of unhappy and plenty pleased with how fast ICS runs.  So I don’t want any more power without more energy efficiency.

      • Totally agree, but isn’t the battery bigger?? 1750vs2050 mAh

        • r0lct

          I was replying considering my “extended” 2100 mAh I currently use which is basically the same size.

  • jayman1576

    not impressed. looks thicker than g-nex

    • Remember, we are pretty sure this is just a casing around it.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        Not to sure about that. I think it is not.

        Look at that 3rd photo, around the edges, a lot of gap and open space like it is just a case the REAL phone sits in. Extra space, extra room for testing. That does NOT look like the innards of a tightly packed and final developed product. Tons of wasted space and slop.

  • frankandsimple

    People don’t buy android phones because they are pretty. If I wanted a pretty phone that is compact, with a smooth OS and where everything just works.. I woulda gotten an iphone!!

    oh wait.. 

  • LiterofCola

    I was hoping for a Maxx sized battery for that quad core.  Other blogs are reporting a SAMOLED screen as well.  No Plus?  And less megapixels in the camera (I know it’s not the count that matters), but I hope the camera will be solid.  Will have to wait till this and the Razr HD are released.

    • As long as it’s not a “Nexus” Samsung tends to use some of the better cameras. The Galxay S2’s camera was amazing.

      • You guys really aren’t giving the Gnex enough cred in the camera category.  I have a buddy with an S2, and we both lined it up at night, fired up night mode, and battled it out.  Gnex was much MUCH quicker to take the pic (thanks to zero shutter lag) but also the quality of the picture turned out better.  

        Now he did have the GS2 on T Mobile, which has the much poorer Snapdragon than the exynos, but I believe the camera sensors should be the same.  

        Point is, in low light situations, the Gnex smokes most of the competition.  I’ve been very happy, much more happy than I expected considering all the “mediocre” comments in the all the reviews, in the camera quality of the Gnex than I expected.

    • Flat_Stanley

      Seriously, if the Razr Maxx has shown anything, it’s that people want more battery. The only major gripe is the screen. If Moto can do a Razr Maxx HD then it would be great.

      I have the G-Nex, but it’s hard for me to recommend getting it when I know most of the people who ask would be happier with the battery life of the Maxx

  • I really hope this isnt the phone…….. just saying.

  • Looks Promising. But no Wow factor…lets hope there is something sparkly under that thin fake cover..

    • I seriously hope so. I’m thinking it’ll be shiny and pretty under there. This casing looks like it was made for it look like a Galaxy SII.

      • blix247

        If the specs are true its a pretty minor upgrade over the GNex.  Maybe the display isn’t pentile?  That would be impressive.  

        • Quad-core processor is a bump. Would be nice of the display was HD Super AMOLED Plus, but we can’t tell from here I don’t think.

          Otherwise, it sort of is a G-Nex.

          • Franzie3

            Exactly my thought, not for nothing, this is probably what the GNEX should of been, maybe not the quad core since we werent close to that, but the camera upgrade and stock 2050mah battery yes…honestly if VZW gets this and it can be unlocked and rooted, you will see AOKP or CM9 on it then sign me up, call it the GNEX Maxx (pun intended 🙂 lol )

          • Butters619

            I don’t know if that battery is going to give you any longer battery life.  Exynos quad cores don’t have a companion core and unless something changed, they still have to use external LTE chips.

          • hkklife

            Expandable storage. That’s a huge plus for me over the GNex. And presumably at least slightly better materials, build quality and radio performance.

          • The_Other_Ray

            It’s not true hd since the resolution isn’t 1280×720. And i really hope that this isn’t the final on screen button arrangement.

          • Butters619

            It will be the final button arrangement.  Look at the SGS2.

          • Bodhiballer

            Back button makes way more sense on the left.

            The ceramic case was the most interesting rumor IMO, not sure I see room for that here.

          • Butters619

            Yeah since we (and koreans) read from left to right, left makes more sense for a back button location.

            And there is a possibility this isn’t the final case.

          • RobMorris

            I think the screen is full 720p it just lists it as less since the buttons are up

          • angermeans

            It shows the res minus the software keys on the bottom. Believe me as my galaxy nexus (which has a 720p display) and my old xoom also showed the same.

          • Guest

            the screen is 1280×720, buttons take up a bit of space, ala gnex, and the screen is also not mentioned to be “PLUS” only SAMOLED

          • DOAbarrelroll

            Here’s the thing — where in the videos or photos does it specify that this has a quad-core CPU? We’re all just assuming that it does based on the various rumors and facts we know about the next version of the Exynos. This could very well be dual-core.

            Honestly, fake casing or otherwise, I have the feeling that this is their next mid-range device. Unless it is quad-core and does have a non-PenTile display, this is essentially identical to the Galaxy S II HD LTE, Galaxy Nexus, and Galaxy Note, all of which have been available in some capacity for quite some time.  It seems crazy to think about, but this sort of hardware is essential standard issue nowadays. I have the feeling that Samsung has something a bit more impressive in store for us.

          • Nick

            If you look at the system info towards the beginning of the video, it clearly lists processor 0,1,2,3. So this is a quad core. However, We do not know that this is not the Galaxy M. They could well be binning the new exynos, with the lower performing models ending up in a midrange phone.

          • BDFio

            I get quad-core is cool even though it will drain battery faster and 8MP over 5MP but the biggest difference is TouchWiz opposed to it being a nexus, and who wants that?
            If those are the specs I can’t imagine Verizon would get it.  It would be almost the same thing except $100 more then the G-nex which is dropping in price.
            I expect to see more out of the SIII then just quad-core.

    • r0lct

      We don’t know how old this prototype unit is and whether it will have the exact same internals as the production unit.  So there’s still hope.