By Anton D. Nagy | March 22, 2012 5:47 AM
There were many rumors, certification sightings and just as many opinions regarding the Samsung GT-i9300; some considered it will be the Galaxy S III, based on the model number convention used while others said it had nothing to do with Android.
The good folks over at PhoneArena were tipped with the image above, claimed to be the Samsung GT-i9300. As you can see, it has everything to do with Android and Ice Cream Sandwich, for that matter. It features no hardware buttons and takes advantage of Android 4.0′s on-screen soft buttons.
There’s a speaker, sensors and webcam on the top part and a reported 4.6-4.7-inch screen, though we have nothing to compare it with, really. As far as software is concerned, we either witness an entirely new TouchWiz, which leaves the app drawer of ICS untouched, or the lack of Samsung’s UI altogether (which is what we believe, knowing TouchWiz extends to the app drawer too, in its current iteration.) The Hubs are there, at least the Music Hub and the Readers Hub, as you can see, so it’s safe to assume that the rest are there too (plus some added S-Apps like the S Memo, S Planner, S Suggest — stylus anyone?).
Whether the GT-i9300 will be the Samsung Galaxy S III or not is difficult to say at this moment. We’ve seen a test image taken with the GT-i9500, believed to be the Galaxy S II refresh so we’ll have to wait a little bit more for future leaks so solve the mystery.