Samsung Galaxy S III: another date, another pic

Samsung Galaxy S III: another date, another picIt's not been the best of years so far for Samsung, has it? Android Ice Cream Sandwich update delays, the Galaxy Tab 2 (or the “that's it?” tablet, if you prefer), and the painfully long Galaxy S III launch build-up.

It's that last one we're dealing with here, although the headline kind of gave it away. A new leak has emerged with a fresh new “press pic” and a claimed UK launch date of May 22.

That's a date we've heard before, of course, but that tells us nothing on its own – it could be confirming a previous rumour that was correct, or simply copying one that wasn't.

As for the pic, it certainly looks enticing – but to these eyes it also looks decidedly fake and regardless of the rather curvacious style of the phone itself, the image style just isn't consistent with Samsung's usual style.

The wording is also a little suspect. We can look past “Fast. Vivid. Slim. What's your Smart life?” as just some overly enthusiastic – if a little clumsy – PR guff. But “New Generation Coming”? What's that all about?

Overall, it gives us enough doubt to declare that this one is almost certainly a fake. But it is interesting that a couple of months ago, when it first became clear that the Galaxy S III wasn't going to launch at Mobile World Congress, a launch date only at the end of May was laughed off as wishful thinking – no doubt from iPhone fans looking for a chink in Samsung's smartphone armour.

Considering we're well into April now and there's still no real sign of anything much happening, we suspect most people would now happily take May 22 as a good result.

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Pondlife  Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:45

Looks very narrow.

jaybear88  Apr. 5, 2012 at 13:18

The extended bottom on it doesn't really fit with the idea of ICS that the screen should provide buttons. I assumed that we were moving more and more to the "edge to edge" screen way of thinking. I agree with James and going to call bluff on this one too.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 5, 2012 at 15:09

This is quite obviously fake. It doesn't fit wit Samsung's design language and the writing around the advert just doesn't look right. Final nail in the coffin is the fact the advert doesn't have an advertising agency's logo or name on it. The leak from the other week is, IMO, a lot more like what the S3 will end up looking like.

M8r  Apr. 5, 2012 at 20:15

"It's not been the best of years so far for Samsung, has it?..."

Yeah, that Galaxy SII, at 20million units, was such a bust, and no one is interested in the Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy Note, either. HTC, LG, and Nokia really cleaned up because Samsung has had such a poor year. /sarcasm

Brilliant. Adding mobot to the list of other uninformed "news" sources that won't make it into my feed reader.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 6, 2012 at 13:29

Martin meant 2012, not the past 12 months.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 6, 2012 at 13:32

"It's not been the best of years so far for Samsung, has it?..."

Yeah, that Galaxy SII, at 20million units, was such a bust, and no one is interested in the Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy Note, either. HTC, LG, and Nokia really cleaned up because Samsung has had such a poor year. /sarcasm

Brilliant. Adding mobot to the list of other uninformed "news" sources that won't make it into my feed reader.


That was a) tongue-in-cheek, while b ) still true, because of the points Martin clearly mentioned.
We kinda heard about the decent sales of this, what was it...Galaxy SII? :p

Pondlife  Apr. 6, 2012 at 13:51

If it's really sold 20m in the year that's still quite disappointing surely with apple selling 50% more in Q1 alone.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 6, 2012 at 13:56

If it's really sold 20m in the year that's still quite disappointing surely with apple selling 50% more in Q1 alone.
Yes, but the networks are also still selling the frst Galaxy S, and the dozens of Galaxy mini-mes... Not really comparable to 2 iPhones...

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 6, 2012 at 14:00

Samsung have Q1 2012 profits of $4.5billion...that's taking into account the post-xmas period, the fact they haven't announced the S3, the fact HTC have launched the One X, the ongoing threat of the iPhone 4S.

If that's disappointing then I wish I was disappointed too.

Pondlife  Apr. 6, 2012 at 14:05

well 3 as seen the third+ one at times through the year too ;)
But is a good point that they seem to have included all in one figure, wouldn't include the mini-mes but even with the S still seems bit disappointing.

Opheliac  Apr. 7, 2012 at 11:28

Painfully biased nonsensical article. And I got all that from the very first paragraph. Impossible to take anything on this site seriously, unfortunately.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 7, 2012 at 12:02

I heard there is another site on the web, but I haven't checked ;)

The 1st paragraph contains very real, pertinent info. Though, yes, maybe the spin is exaggerated. However - recall the first grumblings about HTC's 'failure'? People were laughing, mocking, shrugging, but whoops - now even HTC admits there were mistakes...

Better nib it in the bud.

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