Samsung planning several Galaxy S III variants?

Samsung planning several Galaxy S III variants?We've already had a Samsung Galaxy S III rumour piece today, but the galaxy's a big place so why stop at one? If stories of odd curves and 3D aren't doing it for you, we have an alternative theory to offer.

This one says that the Galaxy S III will be a waif at just 7mm thick, and will expand from a single model into a range of quad-core Android overachievers over the course of the year ahead.

We'll start with the source of the rumour-juice: South Korea's Electronic Times News. Now to be honest, we have no idea if it's any more reputable than the chap who posted the alleged GS III pics on XDA.cn this morning, but there seems to be a fair bit of substance to it (in other words, if it is false, at least a fair bit of thought has gone into it).

For starters, that claim that the chassis will be just 7mm thick seems plausible. That's almost 2mm down on the Galaxy S II, and while it won't make it the thinnest smartphone on the planet (as it claimed the GS II was last year), that very fact proves that a 7mm measurement is plausible.

One thing that's certain is that no matter how slender the Galaxy S III ends up being, it won't be as a result of any kind of spec compromise. The ETNews doesn't get into too much detail here – we're told the CPU will be quad-core but aren't given specifics, while there's nothing on screen size or resolution.

Interestingly, the camera is said to be the same as the 8.1-megapixel unit in the current model, but that's where things get interesting. The report claims that the launch model will be just one of a range of Galaxy S III models released over 2012, and that the variants to follow will feature a higher-spec camera, for instance, and S-Pen stylus support.

The final point made is that the Galaxy S III will have its own launch event after Mobile World Congress, but that the first units will go on sale in May. Both those points are consistent with or close to the most common theories doing the rounds right now.

So, multiple Galaxy S IIIs? Why not – the Galaxy S II has been the most successful Android phone in history, so what's wrong with milking it for all it's worth?

Via TechCrunch

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matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 6, 2012 at 18:31

That wouldn't come as a surprise, I mean look how many versions of the S2 are floating around:

International SGS2
SGS2 with an OMAP processor
Epic Touch 4G
AT&T SGS2
T-Mobile Qualcomm SGS2
SGS2 HD
SGS2 HD LTE

There's also the Galaxy R and Galaxy Note that quite clearly share genes with the S2.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 6, 2012 at 18:35

matt beat me to it...

Well, maybe one of those Galaxy IIIs will have a decent battery cover?

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 6, 2012 at 19:01

That's 'cos I'm pro :p.

Otherwise, yeah, there's loads of S2', I bet I missed a few. Somewhere in the world there are the original display handsets from MCW 2011 that ran Tegra 2 processors (unless Sammy destroyed/archived them all) but I bet at least a few escaped such a fate.

Others I missed were:

S2 Mini (Galaxy W)
At&T Skyrocket
At&T Captivate Glide (slide out QWERTY phone)
SC-02S (Japanese DoCoMo SGS2)
South Korean S2 with a TV Tuner installed instead of an FM radio

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 6, 2012 at 19:30

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/433630/thumbs/s-SAMSUNG-APPLE-FANBOYS-AD-GALAXY-S-II-IPHONE-large300.jpg

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 6, 2012 at 23:51

*things

The variations in the S2 line mean you can hardly call it one thing anymore. S2 Mini vs S2 HD LTE haha :D.

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