December 19, 2014

Latest leaked Galaxy S III render hints at May 22 launch

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Yet another alleged render of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone has landed online and boy does it look like the real deal.  The image you see here was uploaded to reddit and is said to be the first press shot of the hotly-anticipated handset.  While we’ve seen a number of leaked Galaxy S III mockups over the last few months, this one has a certain degree of authenticity to it.

Assuming for a moment that this is legit, what can we gather from the image here?  For starters, the display looks to go nearly edge-to-edge and appears to have the rumored 4.8-inch diagonal measurement.  There’s also a dedicated camera button on the right, a singular home button, and what appears to be a speaker below where the buttons would go.

Many of you will likely look to the widget and expect  Samsung will debut the Galaxy S III at a May 22nd Samsung Unpacked event.  Sure, it would definitely match up with the expectation of a ‘first half of 2012” launch.  On the other hand, we cannot count the number of times a widget or calendar date from a press shot did not coincide with an actual announcement or release.  This alone should never be taken as proof positive of company’s plans for an Android device.

Then again, that little logo in the bottom right corner of the photo adds quite a bit of credibility to the whole deal.  For those of you who don’t know, Weber Shandwick is the company who often represents Samsung, whether stateside or abroad.  Either the person who created the render went to great length to add legitimacy to the picture or this really is the first look at the Galaxy S III.

If you asked us, this is most likely the Samsung Galaxy S III.  That is to say, this is the international version.  We’ll go ahead and assume that each carrier here in the United States puts their own touches on the handset, maybe with a different button layout or more squared shoulders.

With the rumors of a strong 2012 Summer Olympics  ad campaign, global launch, and the new May 22nd announcement, we’ll go ahead and put this one in the “seems real enough” category.

What do you have to say about all of this?  Does this look legitimate enough to you?  Assuming it’s real, what’s your thought on the Galaxy S III?