We’re expecting Samsung to announce the Galaxy S III on May 3; at least, based on the invitations mentioning the “next galaxy”, that seemed like a logical conclusion. We’ve also been expecting to hear about the phone being some pretty high-end hardware, with rumors calling for specs like a 1080p display or 2GB of RAM. This morning, a new rumor says that both those expectations are off, and that the phone might arrive as something other than the Galaxy S III while featuring hardware that’s more of an incremental upgrade from the Galaxy S II.
The source behind this information claims we’ll be looking at the same sort of improvements over the GS2 that Apple introduced when unveiling the iPhone 4S as the successor to the 4. That’s also part of the rationale behind the idea of a different name, though we really can’t see Samsung releasing the phone as something like the “Galaxy S II S”. The source also points to the HTC One X as a point of comparison for the model’s hardware, making the move to a quad-core Exynos sound likely but casting doubt on some of the more fanciful hardware rumors we’ve heard.
Whatever Samsung ends up calling the Android, it will supposedly feature software that performs face tracking, using the phone’s camera to watch as you work with the handset. Sort of like the opposite of the ICS faced-based unlock, this software would offer the option to automatically lock your phone whenever it detects you’ve looked away.
We’re not quite sure how much weight to lend these new rumors. Obviously, we love seeing next-generation hardware, so we’re a bit biased in our expectations, but might Samsung really be planning the kind of middle-of-the-road effort being discussed here? Even with these lowered specs, the phone still sounds like it could be very impressive, but this had all really started to seem like an opportunity for Samsung to pull out all the stops.