As we approach May 3, rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S III continue to pile up, trying to make some last-minute stabs at guessing just what the manufacturer is planning to reveal. During this final week, we’re starting to see evidence from sources that appears a little more reliable than the sort of hearsay that’s been driving GS3 rumors. Today, some benchmarks and new Samsung software give us a look into what to expect from this high-profile smartphone.
We’ve heard plenty of claims over with what sort of hardware Samsung might indue the phone. While some of those rumors looked to quad-core processors and a beefy two gigabytes of RAM, some new benchmark data on AnTuTu paints a picture of a much more restrained handset. According to this, the GS3 will run an Exynos 4212 at 1.4GHz and have just a gig of RAM. The 4212 is one Samsung’s newer SoCs built on a 32-nanometer process, like the quad-core 4412, but it only packs two cores itself. From these scores, though, that doesn’t seem to be having much of an effect on performance.
There’s been some talk lately that maybe this next Galaxy phone we’re about to learn of won’t be the GS3 at all, but have a name reflective of a more minor upgrade from the GS2. We’ve been waiting for some kind of sign one way or another, and it may be here in the latest Samsung Kies software. It’s not featured prominently, but a little digging around pulls up both the GT-i9300 and GT-i9300T, each labeled as the “Galaxy S3″. Maybe Samsung really is sticking with the name, after all.