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Samsung Galaxy S III rumored with 4.8in screen, ceramic back

updated 10:50 am EST, Sat February 25, 2012

Galaxy S III may take pages from Nexus, iPhone

An unusual rumor Saturday may have provided some details of the Galaxy S III. Keeping with Samsung's near-tradition of increasing screen size with every new high-end conventional smartphone, the BGR source claimed it would supposedly push the screen out to 4.8 inches. The back, however, would take a partial cue from the iPhone 4 and 4S with a ceramic back, presumably to improve reception and help keep the device slim.

Samsung's decision to skip a Mobile World Congress intro was purportedly to coordinate a much larger worldwide release. The launch would involve over 50 "markets or cities," if the source is correct.

Much of the actual hardware performance is up in the air. While quad-core has been mentioned, the most likely processor choice is the Exynos 5250 dual-core chip due to enter mass production in the spring. Android 4.0 is near certain, but any other upgrades to the cameras or cellular connections are still matters of speculation rather than fact.

The absence of the phone from Mobile World Congress is rare for Samsung, which almost always has an event at the Barcelona gathering, may be an attempt to get away from the common smartphone manufacturer practice of announcing well before a device is ready. The Galaxy S II was unveiled last February, but it didn't ship to Korea until two months later and eight months later for the US. Waiting so long may have hurt the American launch by taking the Galaxy S II out of the limelight and letting Apple capture users' attention.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    patent wars

    let's hope it isn't the same ceramic the tApple has a patent on for mobile devices or there will be another patent war in the offing.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple has a big screen iPhone too...

    It's called the iPad. At what point are these "mobile" phones too big to be practical?!

  1. MadGoat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Phones are getting way too big. I personally don't want a big phone, anything bigger, might as well buy a tablet. Phones shouldn't be bigger than 4" at most.

    What's Samesong's reasoning behing making huge phones?

  1. Jubeikiwagami

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Way to big

    Samdung phones look so stupid in the wild. Way too big. It's like Nerdware of the 80's all over again.

  1. aSevie

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Samsung will probably keep the same resolution too. How about they focus on providing a phone with the same dpi as the 2 year old iPhone 4 and THEN up the screen size???

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All of the sudden...

    when the next iPhone comes out with a larger screen, all these iDiots will say how much fancier their LARGER screens are now...

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Android fanbois want big

    smartphones. It makes them seem like bigshots to whip out some monster smartphone. Like Harry Callahan carrying a .357 Magnum instead of a .38 S&W snub-nose. The Android fanbois say it's easier to read the screen when the device is much larger. They don't have to squint with their poor eyesight. There probably isn't an upper limit on Android smartphone screen size since it can be seen as getting more bang for the buck. The bigger the better. Especially if it's bigger than the iPhone screen, they can say that the iPhone is falling well behind the hardware curve because they're still using miniature displays. You know, size matters most. Mine's bigger than yours. Haha. One thing for certain, Samsung can stick a monster-size battery in that thing and probably get some extended life and that should make any user happy. The Droid crew should be happy that they can look forward to much larger smartphones from Samsung in the future. Yo! Super-size me.

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @iphonerulez -

    Well not just Droidtards get replaceable batteries, but just about everyother phone but Apple's.

    One more way iBoys are castrated!

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The few, the intelligent

    The iPhone marks the approximate limit of how large phones can reasonably be. I suppose some could say my argument is out of jealousy and denial in order to make myself feel better for right now. For those fools *cough* Arne *cough*, I submit this: in the average hand, a phone much wider than the iPhone (.2" at the most) would begin to feel overly cumbersome and would completely eliminate single-hand usage. In my hand, the iPhone feels a little small, but then again, I would only increase it perhaps .2" at the absolute most. Phone makers have sometimes rightfully seen this (see, Apple isn't the only one who can get things right) and some phones exist with nearly the same width. However, there seems to be a trend (led primarily by Samsung) that the bigger the phone, the more you're getting. But this is the foundational and fatal issue with Samsung. They believe that by being bigger and flashier than Apple, they will win. But what good is a phone when you can hardly hold it? The same goes for height as with width. How can you reach the power button on the top without readjusting the phone in your hand? (or with these monstrosities, setting it down in order to find it) I have one friend with an Android phone that is smaller than the iPhone: it looks respectable and he easily maneuvers it in his hand. Then, I have three other friends who have large Android phones. One is nearly a square, the others are the "traditional" large Samsung style. All three appear to be incredibly uncomfortable to use, and this is proven by how my friends are constantly readjusting the phone in their hands (because it doesn't fit!!!). I have also used their phones, and I can confirm: they are not comfortable to hold. By the way, the HTC has a very inconvenient lock screen...

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple cult followers -

    Just tirelessly repeat last year marketing rants.

    No imagination whatsoever!

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