Samsung's promised Galaxy S III got more attention late last week when another alleged photo of the smartphone whipped Android fanboys into a frenzy
Initially posted on Reddit, the photo of the handset appears to be real enough and matches up with a few previous rumors.
Looking at the widget on the bottom of the home screen we see mention of a May 22 "Samsung Unpacked" taking place in London. Though we don't have confirmation of such an event, Samsung has held "Unpacked" press conferences previously. The date, however, certainly would match up with Samsung's claims of a standalone debut in the first half of 2012.
What's more, a London location also makes sense. If it follows tradition, this year, Samsung should be a major advertising partner for the 2012 Olympics, which happen to take place in that very city. Then again, we've seen countless mockups and official press release photos that show a completely different date and location from what actually transpires.
Assuming for just a moment that what we're looking at is an actual press shot, what new items do we learn about the upcoming flagship phone? Well, for starters, the display appears to stretch from nearly one edge to the next, wasting very little space. Rumored to measure 4.8 inches diagonally, we wouldn't expect the actual size of the handset to differ much from its predecessor.
As for the controls, Samsung has decided to bring back the physical camera button which was noticeably absent from the Galaxy S II. We also see one button at the bottom, leading us to believe the Galaxy S III would feature the same software buttons as the Galaxy Nexus. Finally, there looks to be a speaker across the bottom of the handset, which may create a stereo effect for music, games, and other media.
Until we hear from Samsung in an official capacity, I recommend tempering your enthusiasm just a smidge. Whereas all of the stars seem to be coming together for this Galaxy S III, we could still be a few months away from an announcement. There's plenty of time and opportunity for things to change between now and then.