This morning I ran into a rather interesting tip in my email, which purported to contain the latest leak of the Samsung Galaxy S III, the highly anticipated smartphone that’s expected to be announced at MWC in a few weeks.
According to the tipster, the phone will be one of the first in the world with a quad-core processor, running at 1.8 GHz. This’ll be backed with 2 GB of RAM, the highest ever seen in a smartphone. The display will be a 4.6” Super AMOLED Plus affair running at 720p, an improvement over the Galaxy Nexus’ Super AMOLED display that uses much-maligned Pentile technology. The rear camera will be a point-and-shoot quality 12 megapixel affair. Finally, the OS will be Ice Cream Sandwich with an extra dose of TouchWiz, Samsung’s special UI.
The picture included is also revealing, showing off 4G connectivity, compatibility with the S Pen originally included on the Samsung Galaxy Note and a rather gaudy home screen widget.
It sounds too good to be true – and it is.
The image is a new version of one that’s been making the rounds as a Galaxy S III concept for months now, with the Galaxy Note’s 5-wide layout copied over almost wholesale. Launching a phone with 4G at MWC doesn’t make sense either, so the photo’s definitely lacking a whole lot of credibility.
The specifications are even further off base. Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz, a 12 megapixel camera and a 4.6” Super AMOLED Plus screen sounds quite reasonable, but everything else is wildly impossible. The quad-core chipset runs at too high a frequency to be realistic (all other quad core phones and tablets run at 1.3 GHz – 1.5 GHz) and the 2 GB of RAM is way overboard; I can’t think of any Android smartphone or tablet that uses more than a gigabyte. Samsung have also announced their latest system-on-chip, the Exynos 5250, which is a 2 GHz dual core chip – why wouldn’t they use that for the Galaxy S III?
All in all, it’s an example of why you shouldn’t mindlessly believe any news that falls into your lap. While this leak looks convincing at the outset, with powerful specifications and a realistic looking image, upon closer inspection it’s an obvious fake. Be critical when reading online – while leaks do occur, they’ve got to stand up to scrutiny and even then they’re not confirmed until the official announcement is made. Stay smart, people.
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