For the first time ever, a Samsung device has been kept under wraps, enshrouded in secrecy. Following Apple’s lead, generally the only major company so far who has been successfully secretive about devices and has prevented leaks thus far, Samsung has been trying to do the same. Even the name of the device is unknown till now; Samsung has simply called it the ‘Next Galaxy’ while unofficially it has been dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S III. And although we have seen supposedly leaked pictures of the next Samsung Galaxy device, none of these truly seem to be the real deal.
Nevertheless, it seems that Samsung’s efforts to build up excitement ahead of the May 3rd launch by keeping the device under tight security have been in vain. Apparently Vietnamese site Tinhte has gotten its hands on a Samsung Galaxy S III weeks before the official unveiling of the device! The third-generation GT-I9300 has shown up on camera. Although Tinhte’s video has since gone private, but there are still copies of the video around, and these even have English subtitles:
The video basically shows the long awaited smartphone front to back, the software is demoed, the specifications are talked about and the device compared with the Galaxy Nexus.
To maintain some semblance of secrecy, Samsung has been using disguised casings so far. Hence, the external design shown in the video is supposedly set to change. That can only be a good thing, because the device looks fairly ordinary, and needs to be more exciting visually if it is to compete with HTC’s recent range of devices, especially the One X. Maybe we’ll see an ultra thin device with a ceramic case after all.
However, the hardware and specifications of the test unit Tinhte got their hands on are final and the opposite of ordinary: 1 GB Ram, 16 GB Memory plus MicroSD capability, a 1.4 GHz Quadcore processor to ensure smooth running of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as an 8 MP camera. The screen is 4.6 inches, with 720 x 1184 resolution. If you include the on-screen Android buttons, that’s 320 DPI. NFC (Near field communication) technology is built-in the handset’s 2,050 mAh battery. This will accommodate swipe-to-pay payments.
Recent rumors have suggested that the next Galaxy will not be a whole new device rather a revamped S II is all we will get. It cannot be told for certain whether the Galaxy S III will be an incremental update or not until the launch though.
There are still a few days to go before Samsung’s event in London. We’ll get to see whether these specifications (and all the rumors preceding this video leak) were actually spot on or not, then. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know.