Rumored Samsung Galaxy S III Photo Shows Big Screen, Hardware Buttons

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We’re getting a clearer picture of Samsung’s Galaxy S III as more leaks and rumors roll in. In the latest, Dutch site GSM Helpdesk claims to have a press photo of Samsung’s next flagship phone, provided by an anonymous source.

The most interesting thing about the supposed Galaxy S III in this photo is its inclusion of hardware buttons underneath the display. The phone will likely run Android 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, which allows phones to use software buttons instead. So far, Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus is the only Android 4.0 phone to go this route. If this photo is accurate, Samsung is going back to hardware buttons for the Galaxy S III, with buttons for home, back and app switching.

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For specs, GSM Helpdesk says the Galaxy S III will have a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch AMOLED display with 720 resolution, a 12-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, 1 GB of RAM and a thickness of 8 mm. Previous rumors have differed on some of those specs. For example, BGR reported last month that the Galaxy S III would have a 4.8-inch display, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. We’ve also heard conflicting reports about the phone’s thickness, with South Korea’s Electronic Times News reporting a 7 mm-thick frame, instead of the 8 mm reported by GSM Helpdesk.

In other words, Samsung’s doing a good job of keeping the press guessing on some of Galaxy S III’s finer details. Although Samsung hasn’t announced any official details, the company’s China president Kim Young-Ha has reportedly hinted at an April launch for Galaxy S III, according to The Verge.

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