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Purported Images of T-Mobile’s Galaxy SIII Appear, Physical Home Button Included in U.S. Variants?

The crew at The Verge received what they believe to be press images of T-Mobile’s Galaxy SIII variant. As you’ll notice immediately, the phone includes the dedicated home button that U.S. carriers have forced Samsung to abandon in the past. With the Galaxy S and SII, we saw carriers in the States drop the middle button in favor of a 4-button (back/home/search/menu) approach, so this is surprising to say the least.

One question immediately comes to mind after seeing these photos – how do you all feel about a physical home button? We thought for sure that it would disappear when the phone landed here, but maybe Samsung finally laid down the law and said, “This is the #1 phone in Android and this is how it comes. Take it or leave it.” 

Via:  The Verge

  • Mei

    Looks like they did change the Pebble Blue color to the new Metallic Blue. However, they have left the home button, Pebble blue color as shown in picture above. o.o

  • Acid’sMark

    I doubt these are real. I don’t think US will see the physical home key and as a side note I could easily but a Verizon logo on this and have everyone think the same thing…

  • stubbX

    Waiting to see how Verizon is going to ruin the clean look. Maybe with a big Verizon logo on the front and 4G LTE on the back? Maybe they’ll change the look entirely like how they ruined the HTC One S aka Incredible 4G.

  • George264

    UGH everytime i look at one of these. and see the bulging edges, I remember the old TVs with the rounded screens that looks like its popping off. I don’t know how Samsung ended up with this monstrosity.

  • GSAI

    I just realized that the European Galaxy S’s say Samsung on both the back and front. Seems a tad bit excessive…

  • Dominick_7

    I want the home key and capacitive buttons on their phones, particularily on the Note for Verizon!

  • http://twitter.com/metalhead520 Nick

    I might wait for one or two days after the launch to see how things go but I’m definitely getting the pebble blue version and an extra battery so I don’t have to have a huge hump with an extended.

  • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

    I don’t believe it… Even if the pics are real, it’s just T-Mo, and T-Mo may indeed have a physical button while the Verizon version does not.

    I’ve always hated the hardware button, but I supposed I could warm up to it.

  • theShamrocker

    There’s nothing stopping you from installing stock ICS on it.

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  • iNfAMOUS70702

    Initially I didn’t like this phone but I must admit..it’s starting to grow on me

  • S2556

    This is the same phone as the non-LTE Canadian phone that was announced, the SGH-iT999. It also only has the 16gb version(at least up here)
    Also ATT is getting the Canadian LTE version the SGH-i747. Sprint and verizons are still unconfirmed. (tho the model number is leaked somewhere on this website)

  • JMonkeYJ

    first of all, i really dislike physical buttons on the face of the phone. it takes up space that could be used by a screen and ruins the aesthetic.

    second of all…those buttons must be CRAAAAZY hard to hit! how are you supposed to get the leverage to hold the phone and hit the buttons?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Wright/100000797708370 Bobby Wright

    like the button, want the phone. .

  • LionStone

    Would prefer no physical home button as pictured above.

  • Shantheman73

    Love the home button. Its annoying to always look where ‘home’ is just to press it on my gnex when a physical button will allow me to locate it instantly without having to look and accidently open 3 other apps. Sammy had a reason for using it…and I like.

    • Josh Nichols

      You still have to look for the home button on your nexus?

      • Shantheman73

        I have to look to make sure I press it and not something else by accident. A physical button would alleviate any if that by touch alone.

  • Typical Google minion says:

    Much better specs than my g nex but not as good because its not a pure google experience and that automatically makes it worse. Phones shouldnt have physical or capacitive buttons, didnt you idiots see that google put only on screen buttons on the g nex? are you not aware that that is the model that all android phones from here on out must adhere to?

    • Josh Nichols

      Manufacturers don’t have to adhere to anything. It’s a REFERENCE device, not a “FOLLOW THIS OR GTFO”. It will have stock android in a matter of weeks, at which point even though it is already a phone than my Galaxy Nexus it will be even more so.

  • Fun With Drugs

    I believe this is coming to all the major carriers on LTE right?
    The LEAST they could do is keep the physical home button for us.
    I mean, they’re downgrading the power, to dual-core, due to LTE..so.

    • Josh Nichols

      The A15-based dual core processor is not a downgrade. Do some research.

      • Fun With Drugs

        It’s a downgrade if it’s quad to dual.
        It’s a downgrade when they change the chip because they don’t how to make a quad-core chip capable of LTE.
        It’s a downgrade when the company changes their device from the original, when they ship it to us in America.

        • Josh Nichols

          No, the dual core A15 is not a downgrade to a quad A9. If you think more is always better you are retarded.

          • Fun With Drugs

            Downgrade!

          • Josh Nichols

            Alright I’ve fallen for your troll for long enough. It’s not a downgrade.

  • stang6790

    Touchwiz obviously sucks but my question is can I install Nova Launcher on it and it look like stock ICS? Will I lose access to the touchwiz widgets if I do this?

    • Josh Nichols

      What’s stopping you from installing nova launcher? The fact that yes, you will lose touchwiz widgets? Because nothing else is.

  • Slide83

    Yes! I love the physical home button. I hit the damn software home button on my Gnex all the time when texting.

    • hkklife

      Yep I like physical button too. Makes it easier to keep things oriented properly and much less likely to trigger by accident. I really miss the physical buttons of my old DX & DX2. Heck, I wouldn’t mind a small optical trackpad (Droid Inc) or a jog wheel on the side like the old Sony phones and Clies and Blackberries had but I guess I’m just overly old school.

      Unused bezel space on the GNex bothers me (even more so on the RAZR line and likely the upcoming RAZR HD). I don’t mind onscreen buttons IF the designers cram in the largest possible screen space into the formfactor. I really wish ICS had a standard feature to allow for resizing of the virtual buttons or to remove them entirely and bring them back with a volume or power button tap.

      When I see acres of plastic and big, garish carrier logos, then we might as well have physical or capacitive buttons and get the largest amount of usable screen real estate possible. At any rate, the GSIII on VZW is likely my next phone, especially if I can get one subsidized before family data plans kick in.

  • Liderc

    Ugliest thing ever. Such a shame.

    • james

      Looks like the GNex.

      • Liderc

        lol ya right.

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    I absolutely missed my Search button from my Galaxy Nexus. I use it all the time to bring up voice actions. So I re-enabled it using a custom ROM. What would suck with the physical button configuration with the SIII is that you could not just add a search button, without taking up some of the screen real estate.

  • http://twitter.com/bboyairwreck Eric Chee

    I love buttons. Was against losing screen real estate to 4 buttons for the longest time. But then… after showing the capability of the taskbar by AOKP’s swipe widget mod yesterday…. GAMEOVER. i want that mod so bad. I have ICS for my bionic, but its just silly to have those buttons there and my physical buttons, just so i can multitask with it. BRING ON THE VIRTUAL BUTTONS

  • Bionicman

    meh kinda figured it would come to tmobile and/or att so not totally surprised. a leaked photo of a verizon or sprint version, now that would get me excited.

  • Tyler Cameron

    FINALLY! Carriers are realizing that we DEMAND they don’t have their horrifically ugly logos on the front.

  • Butters619

    It would be awesome if one GSM/LTE variant was made with a matte black back. I’d be all over it.

    Edit: well maybe not. I love my One X and I am look forward to the next buttonless AT&T Moto phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

    its one button,who cares, but its samsung, so buyer beware

    • will bartlett

      cry more.

  • Apostrafee

    Burn me for it but I don’t think this phone looks good AT ALL

    • evltwn

      Agreed, anytime I see a pic of this phone and it’s awful looking touch wiz skin I feel I’m looking at GB on a Moto phone. Way to ruin ICS Samsung.

      • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

        Forget the touchwiz. The physical look of the cell is ugghhhh. The white one is somewhat bearable. But the pebble blue is as ugly as it gets.

        • Apostrafee

          Glad I’m not the only one! It almost looks like a cross between the Continuum and the Fascinate, Now the GSII was a great looking device.

          • stubbX

            the design is almost identical to one of the free Samsung phones that have no WP7 or Android, just Samsung,

    • james

      Agreed. It looks effeminate.

    • Larizard

      it looks like a feature phone and not a smart phone. The awkward curves, the bad proportion between the top and the side bezels, the home button way too close to the lower edge, the unbearable tension caused by the corners of the screen tangent to the curve of the phone’s edge. All of these scream “cheap” and “sub-standard design”.

      I’d like to use the word “unresolved” to describe the GS3’s industrial design.

  • FAL_Fan

    It’s not quad core…make the argument for the snapdragon all you want but people really need to take their thumbs out and work to make the quad core that I/we were waiting for.

    • TD

      You wouldn’t even be able to tell them apart. With todays apps its a moot point, both are fast enough.

    • Josh Nichols

      You don’t know anything. A15 > A9. Apps aren’t even created to take advantage of four cores even if a quadcore A9 was any good.

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

    I for one hate using screen real estate for buttons. So much so that on my Galaxy Nexus the buttons are hidden and run it full-screen. I have apps bring up software buttons with the proximity sensor and have special gestures programmed in to do the same functions should the proximity sensor fail (proximity sensor only doesn’t work during calls).

  • nightscout13

    I like Physical buttons. Capacitive buttons too easy to activate.

    • TD

      One physical button maybe, four like the Droid X, forget it, its terrible.

  • possomcrast1

    Still wondering if the verizon version will stay true to the original design for once. Though I really don’t care because i’m still satisfied with my nexus.I used to think my camera mattered but it really doesn’t i only find my self using it for facebook photos or sending funny pictures.

    • Stew

      I sure hope it doesn’t stay true to the original design! This phone is ugly… Big Red’s Black/red color scheme would actually help this phone

  • Tcali

    I had thought T-Mobile’s version had always looked more like the international version than any other carrier; I really expected nothing less.

    • Josh Nichols

      Oh yeah, the Hercules with it’s 4.5 inch screen and four capacitive buttons looks just like the i9100 with it’s 4.3 inch screen, two capacitive buttons and a hardware button right?

  • Nick

    I really don’t care as long as the rest of the phone is top notch. If I had a preference as far as what set up I would have preferred, it would have definitely been on-screen buttons like on the Nexus. Like I said though, as long as the rest of the phone meets my expectations, the home button is definitely not something I can complain about.

  • Jeremy Case

    Its put there by nature!! Don’t mess with it.

  • Mighty1

    These images are clearly fake. When is the last time you’ve ever seen a T-Mobile device that doesn’t have the T-Mobile logo on the front bezel?

  • Bradley Albert Nemitz

    I wouldn’t mind having a physical home button – I’d be more worried about having a phone for two years with a menu button that’s getting phased out.

    And I would say I’d much rather get a recents button, but it would suck to have an on-screen menu button like to One-X.

    So, everyone should do away with any physical softkeys and move to using on-screen buttons entirely. They’re much better.

  • Trevor

    I miss the physical buttons on my Droid X (using GNex now). I wouldn’t mind a physical home key at all. I just wish you could double tap it to bring up the task switcher rather than having to do a long press. Seems more efficient that way.

  • Hocky

    Nooooooo!. Please no awkward home button. D:

  • iOSh8er

    The 1 button just seems too fruity… if ya know what I mean.

    • Josh Nichols

      That’s why there’s three buttons.

  • QQpayne

    So much wasted space on the screen indicator, could fit an other row of icons instead of the crappy series of dots.

  • Aaron Fredricks

    I feel exactly the same as I did when the phone was revealed – i still dont like that annoying button.

  • ME

    REALLY???

  • FortitudineVincimus

    It surprises me that people really act surprised about the physical home button. Come on, really? Did you not watch their pompous coming out media event and all the horse shizz about the design.. so you really thought they were going to change a physical visual design element? Changing internals is 1 thing, changing away from their design they think so highly of? Give it up.

    • Hocky

      You clearly don’t know American carriers. They do it ALL THE TIME. If Samsung is indeed that full of themselves then they have another thing coming. I’m no Samsung hater by any means, but that home button is awkward by any standards. Having to bring your whole hand down to the lower 1/3 of the phone is just not a great way to go.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        Expected response. But what you didn’t consider is that this time they went way out of their way to hype the design. Whereas in the past.. they just announced a phone.

        • blackguy

          I see exactly where you are coming from and i actually do agree with your logic. But on the other hand depending on how much pressure the U.S carriers give samsung to change their phone design then they would have to. I just think samsung put their foot down on this one though and just said fuck you take it or leave it

        • Hocky

          Which confuses me because (in my opinion) there really is not a whole lot here, regarding the design, to boast about. That and the awkwardly placed home button were my two biggest disappointment about this handset. When it comes down to it this is all a matter of personal choice and likeness. And I just don’t find anything interesting about the phones shape and form. The material I find to be lack luster as well. Granted that it’s a fancier type of plastic, but I still would prefer to to have a more robust and solid FEEL. The design is something I find to be, quite frankly, a gimmick. I would surely appreciate seeing carriers work on this devices aesthetics. I am no Apple fan boy by any means but Sammy is acting a little pretentious with this design.

          • Hocky

            …Much like Apple

      • Josh Nichols

        Wtf? The home button is in the lower 1/3 of the phone ON ALL PHONES.

  • Balticzar

    If this will be available on Big Red, I’ll wait to see how things (reviews) shake out. After my experience with the Nexus (signal issues, keyboard issues) I’m treading very lightly with anything Sammy related.

    • chris125

      agree.

      • paul_cus

        Smart Move.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

      I heard that brother

    • blackguy

      Well im new to the entire android world so correct me if im wrong but if this does come to verizon (and i hope that it does) how much worst can it be from the international version? I mean all they really would be doing is swapping out the gsm radios for the cdma am i right? So how badly can they fuck up everything else?

      • stubbX

        Look at how beautiful the htc One S is, Now compare that to the Verizon variant aka the Incredible 4G.

    • Stew

      Samsung never has been very reliable with smartphones. IE Charge, Fascinate… even a phone I remember having from Alltel that was a Samsung something that was made to take on the original iPhone… it sucked. The Galaxy Nexus being manufactured by Samsung almost turned me away.

      • TD

        You can thank Verizon for the Charge and Fascinate.

      • Larizard

        yup, no one ever complained anything about the S2. and guess what? it’s not on Verizon.

    • TD

      I’ll grab my last unlimited data upgrade with this phone while your waiting it out.

      • mustardhomie

        When does that unlimited data deal expire?

      • chris125

        Until they release it after that ends.. my phones are bought full price anyway so waiting can only benefit me.

    • http://www.AndroidAllies.com/ BearDroid

      Keyboard issues? I’ve never heard of that.

      • George264

        Never heard or never seen? I have 2 in house, and both have touch screen issues, signal issues, data and call drops, and so much more. Rezound is definitely way to go right now.

        • http://www.AndroidAllies.com/ BearDroid

          Not touch screen, signal, and data problems. Keyboard. I have a Gnex and I’ve never had any problem with the keyboard nor have I ever heard of problems with the keyboard. I have heard of the other problems, but I was lucky enough to not have a faulty phone.

          • George264

            You must be the worlds most lucky galaxy nexus owner. One of them was completely broken, call text, Internet fail”. Got a replacement which still has minor problems. The ones thats good, has touch screen problems, which light touches don’t register at times. Maybe you’re used to resistive screens, but I’m used to light touches on capacitive. And if you’ve never had signal problems or data problems, you must work At a Verizon tower.

          • http://www.AndroidAllies.com/ Max M.

            I do carry a mini VZW tower around in my pocket….

  • http://twitter.com/IAmSeanM sean m

    I may not be with the majority here but I appreciated it when I had my Droid Incredible. I found it useful as a home key and for editing text/moving the cursor.

    • Chris Parsells

      Its just a home button, not a scrollball/touchpad too.

      • http://twitter.com/IAmSeanM sean m

        Ooh dam I thought there would be some other function to it

    • jeff

      I miss the optical trackpad/scroll ball. Removing it was going backwards.

  • gregmr

    How about on-screen buttons as Google intended in 4.0?

    • nightscout13

      The software keys take up too much real estate.

      • http://twitter.com/BlackBlizzNerd Ben Landwehr

        No, they do not. I don’t get this argument. If they were on-screen, they’d be right where the hardware keys are. And if they were hardware keys on the Nexus, they’d be in the same place the on-screen buttons are, not in the extra bezel space.

        • nightscout13

          Di you have the Gnex? I do. For example, when watching a video clip , or playing a game, the software keys diappear if there is no activity for a few seconds. But during all other funtions of the phone THE KEYS STAY! If only there was a way to toggle the software keys, so that they will disappear when not needed, then i would be a happy camper.

          • http://twitter.com/wbpartridge Blake Partridge

            You’re missing his point. If the Galaxy Nexus had buttons they would take up space on the front of the device, making the screen itself smaller. That was the purpose. It wasn’t to gobble up screen real estate, it was to allow the screen to be larger, especially when watching videos or playing certain games.

            If they were actual buttons they would ALWAYS take up screen space, at least with on screen buttons they go away in certain things. Would you rather the screen be smaller and to have buttons that are always there?

            Also – they’re like 80 pixels high how is that too much? What exactly are you doing that you need them so badly?

          • snowblind64

            Agreed. And there are also lots of mods you can do with software buttons. Oh and if you really want them gone there are mods for that too.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plinko

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plink

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plink

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plink

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • plink

            Are there mods to put them in the bottom bezel like the GS3? That’s what I want.

          • nightscout13

            Droid X setup was what i liked, the 4 physical buttons that don’t get accidentally touched. I just want more flexibility with that menu bar, but it’s locked down

          • TD

            Yeah but having to hold the phone a certain way to balance the force of the key presses really sucks.

          • nightscout13

            FINALLY someone else agrees.

          • Josh Nichols

            No it’s not. You can put anything you want on the nav bar.

          • Josh Nichols

            There is a way to toggle the keys. It’s called custom roms.

          • NorCalGuy

            Almost all the major custom roms (aokp,gummy, i think cm9) have a power button toggle for the nav keys and if you want the keys gone all the time you can run LMT, I have a full screen no nav bar and no status bar full screen all the time all actions are done through gesters and a hidden menu(lmt). And for the few time some one else needs to check out your phone the nav bar toggle is in the power menu.

        • jeff

          The buttons WOULD be in the bezel like the pic above. The Nexus has a huge empty bezel. Google made the Nexus longer (both screen and device) to accommodate the on screen buttons.

          • http://twitter.com/BlackBlizzNerd Ben Landwehr

            Could they fit buttons in the extra bezel if it resembled the buttons of the Galaxy S phones? Yes. But isn’t that button layout only for the S phones? If they stuck to the four capacative buttons it would be crammed in the extra bezel space of the Nexus.

          • Josh Nichols

            The bezel isn’t empty. There’s a notification light.

          • nightscout13

            Notification light could have been placed on top, like most phones, leaving room for the menu buttons below.

          • Josh Nichols

            I would much rather the large multicolored button than a small green and orange LED.

      • gregmr

        On a 4.8″ screen?!

        • nightscout13

          Well, the Gnex has a 4.65, vs the 4.8 on GS3. im hoping the extra 0.15 difference will make up the lost real estate.

    • Nklenchik

      Just use LMT :P