The Galaxy S II has had a solid run but people are getting antsy as 1280×720 displays and quad-core processors are becoming the de facto standard for current gen smartphones. At the height of much of this hype has been a number of various renders claiming to be the Galaxy S III, however we had yet to see an actual photo until now…
But wait just one second bub–that phone bears a striking resemblance to the Samsung GT-I9300, rumored to be the Galaxy M, shown below:
Coincidence? I think not. Earlier this morning I read a headline stating that the Galaxy S III, like the iPhone 4S, would merely be an “incremental” upgrade to its predecessor which had me scared as soon as I saw these leaked images. I began wondering if Samsung had indeed decided to take the easy way out and settle for minimal changes to the Galaxy S II. At the same time I began remembering the leaked photos of the GT-I9300.
The first leaked pcitures were acquired buy Gizmodo Brazil and according to their sources, the alleged phone is thinner but heavier and features a 12MP camera. Information relating to the leak also states that the 9300 model number is indeed associated with the leaked device in question. Nevertheless, the source claims they are confident that the device in the leaked pictures is indeed the Galaxy S III.
What’s my take? Well, if you compare this progression with the one seen in the jump from the Galaxy S I to the Galaxy S II, I would have to say this is quite a paltry upgrade. The design and style at best looks current generation, and at worst looks like something from 2010. The device just doesn’t exude premium in it’s color, texture, or lines. The camera housing is a far cry from the luxurious etched aluminum of the Galaxy S II and what’s up with the goofy plastic bezel? It looks like the phone comes pre-installed with a $0.99 TPU case. You can also see faint outlines of the Menu and Back Android buttons which have been all but abolished with the release of Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich.
Let me put it this way: if this is the Galaxy S III, it better have the most ridiculous internal hardware a phone has ever seen, otherwise nobody will ever buy one. What do you guys think? Is this the Galaxy S III and if it is, would you buy it? Let us know in the comments below!