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Samsung Galaxy S III spotted again, to ship with Android 4

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Tue May 1, 2012

New Galaxy S III photos leak along with some specs

With a Samsung-hosted event just two days away, where the electronics giant is expected to officially unveil the Galaxy S III handset, new images of the handset have been shared online by SamMobile. The source also revealed that the phone will ship with Android 4.0.4 and confirms that the Galaxy S III is indeed the GT-I9300, as earlier reports maintained. A small chance remains that the phone picture below is just a dummy version, and is not representative of the final product, with the strongest supporting evidence coming from the three dedicated buttons at the bottom.

The pictured version is thinner than the current Galaxy S II, however. The source also confirmed that the rear camera is a 12-megapixel unit. An LED is also visible, which may be used for notifications of incoming messages. The software screen suggests the phone is a Brazilian version.

The handset may also be out as soon as mid-month. At the event, Samsung may also show off another handset, known so far only as the GT-I9800, according to the tipster.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Could the I9800 be the Galaxy Note 2?


    A quad Exynos Note sure sounds appealing!!!

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    SMP and JavaVM

    Since every App on Android is running thru a Java virtual machine, everything runs in the same thread and nullify any dual or quad core advantages, multi-core CPU doesn't give free performance boost to existing apps, to make use of additional core you need to specifically "optimize" (I hate that word) your apps and tweaking the code depending on how many core you have on your system. Something most developer don't care about, this is why Apple created C blocks and GCD to help developer make their apps SMP aware without rewritten apps to support future device.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @BigMac2 - Wrong, at least partially so

    Like in any desktop OS, the to take advantage of multiprocessor hardware the applications like you say do have to be written specifically for the hardware.

    Nevertheless the OS does use the extra cores, and it's plainly evident on the performance boost to background tasks and overall smoothness of operation.

  1. ASathin8R

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That curved glass...

    ...looks hideous.

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