For the past two years we have seen numerous additions to Samsung's Galaxy line-up, and this year we will be treated to the Samsung Galaxy S3. Filling the shoes of the wildly successful Galaxy S2 is no mean feat, but knowing Samsung we are sure to be treated to some next generation smartphone tech.
In this article I will look at the rumours which are currently circulating about what we can expect from the device.
Two years ago, a 1 GHz single-core processor was seen as the holy grail of processing power thanks to phones like the HTC Desire and original Samsung Galaxy S. A year later, dual-core processors were introduced, as seen in the Galaxy S2 and quickly became the norm in many manufacturers' releases. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is likely to be the first mainstream smartphone release to pack a quad-core processor. Because the processor is essential to the performance of many aspects of the phone, expect to see the benefits throughout the hardware (such as touchscreen responsiveness) and software (loading times of apps and the speed of the interface). It is expected that each core of the processor will be clocked at 1.2 GHz although it is entirely possible that upto 1.5GHz may be included.
Until recently, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S reined supreme when it came to the resolution of their touchscreen thanks to the retina display. Recently though, several handsets like the Sony Xperia S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Note came with screens which packed a resolution much higher than Apple's offering. Samsung already has the hi res technology so we are guaranteed to see this transferred to the Galaxy S3 along with a possible increase in screen size over its predecessor. It is also widely expected that the Galaxy S3 will keep the S-AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of both predecessors, which are well-known for their wide viewing angles, brightness (even when outdoors) and colour rendering.
Although we can only speculate on the design of the Samsung Galaxy S3 until it is officially unveiled, it is likely that Samsung will carry on with the aesthetics of the Galaxy S2 but probably look to make it thinner. Recent releases like the Motorola RAZR have put pressure on the competition to match or even outdo its 7.1mm thickness. We can expect to see a black version released, with a white version released on or soon after its release date if past Galaxy models are anything to go by.
Along with the features mentioned above, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is likely to have a higher pixel count on its camera, enhanced multimedia capabilities and of course the new version of the Android operating system. This is called Ice Cream Sandwich and is showcased on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and will be rolled out to compatible handsets next month. It sees a massive overhaul to the popular platform meaning the Samsung Galaxy S3 will definitely satisfy in terms of software.
It was recently announced that Samsung will not be unveiling the Galaxy S3 at the Mobile World Congress show next month, which has been a surprise to many. However this suggests that Samsung will be putting on quite an event to showcase their new flagship so we can expect something very special indeed.