By Stephen Schenck | February 27, 2012 11:12 AM
In the weeks leading up to the Mobile World Congress, we first started-out hopeful that Samsung would use the event as a platform for launching its highly-anticipated Galaxy S III handset. Those hopes were dashed at the outset of this month when Samsung confirmed that the GS3 wouldn’t be making an appearance at the MWC, in favor of a Samsung event further down the road. While that still appears to be the case, the lack of an official presence isn’t keeping GS3 rumors away from the MWC, and the latest to arrive make some very impressive claims of the hardware.
We recently looked at a user agent profile for a Samsung smartphone that we thought might be a likely candidate for the Galaxy S III; that file indicated that the phone would have a 1024×600 resolution. Today’s rumor is far more ambitious, suggesting that the GS3 will bring full-HD 1080p displays to smartphone screens.
If the 4.8-inch screen really ends up with a 1080p resolution, we’d be looking a display with a pixel density that puts even Apple and its Retina display to shame, measuring-in at around 458ppi. Unless you’re holding the phone right up to your face, that should easily be pushing past the limits of human perception.
We’ve heard rumors about the Galaxy S III’s processor going all over the place; this puts it at a 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos component, which actually sounds pretty plausible. Supposedly the phone would feature an eight-megapixel main camera, LTE connectivity, and, of course, arrive with Ice Cream Sandwich.
One last interesting tidbit from this new rumor is that the GS3′s body will have a ceramic exterior. We haven’t heard any explanation behind just why that may be, or what benefits it might offer, but we’re at least a little concerned; aren’t ceramics notoriously brittle?