BGR are reporting that the Galaxy S III will have a 4.8-inch display, ceramic back, and will launch globally simultaneously, citing a “trusted source”. I’m reserved when it comes to BGR are their exclusive leaks, so take it all with a massive grain of salt.

A 4.8-inch display would need to have a resolution of 1366×768 to bring it up to the 320ppi mark, which is just above where the Galaxy Nexus is at 325ppi. That’s certainly possible and lines up with other salt-grainy rumours from Eldar Murtazin who said the display was better than the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II.

A ceramic back would make total sense for heat resistance against what is rumoured to be a high-powered Exynos Quad-Core CPU. It would also bring a nice solid feel to the device instead of the usual plastic feel of Samsung products.

The simultaneous global launch is a part of the rumour we’re happy to jump on board about. Samsung have already put this across by saying the delay of the Galaxy S III was to make sure it can launch quicker in more places after the announcement. Australia would certainly be included in the 50 “countries and cities” BGR’s source is referring to.

Source(s): BGR
  • http://ausdroid.net/ Buzz Moody

    If the display is indeed 4.8-inches, I’m honestly looking to jump on the Xperia S or One X. 

    • Frank Benign

      Maybe the bezel is tiny.

    • vodka4boris

      Why is that?
      The HTC One X is a 4.7 inch vs S3 with 4.8 inches, is 2.5 millimetres really that much difference?  

      The HTC One X you have a 4.7 inch screen *plus* a bunch of physical buttons at the bottom (plus the bezels).  On the S3 if they get rid of physical buttons and shrink the bezels they will have a 4.8 *minus* the physical buttons which would now be on-screen buttons.  So the “effective” screen size when the buttons are showing would actually be a lot less than 4.8.

      No guarantees, but at 4.8 inches it is in the realms of possibility that the S3 could be physically smaller than the One X.

      Don’t get me wrong though, not trying to talk you out of the One X – it is one sexy looking phone and I like it, but I don’t think 4.7 is much different from 4.8.  Only show stopper for the One X for me is the lack of LTE, no card slot and the battery is too small for future LTE enabled devices also.  Other than that it looks a pretty awesome specification – especially the camera (oh and i also don’t like the physical buttons but that isn’t a show stopper – I could live with that).

      To me the Xperia S looks wrong.  Its length relative to its width make it seem like a mars bar.  I prefer the different ratio of length:width on the screen.

  • Damon Lewis

    4.8 is pretty damn big…

  • http://www.sykuart.com/ syku

    Starting to look like the iPhone 3G. Let it not be so. 

    • vodka4boris

      that photo in the article isn’t a picture of the Galaxy S 3

  • behelit

    As long as it isn’t bigger in dimensions than the GNex.

    Eager to see what the batt size will be.

  • Frank Benign

    Ceramic? Sounds brittle. Still beats glass though.

    • vodka4boris

      Check it out -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boron_carbide 

  • jay

    4.8 sounds good to me as i use my mobile to watch movies or surf the net when at work. Hopefully the SG3 specs get confirmed soon.

  • Kloude

    Samsung are loosing the plot. 4.8 inches? There is no way these phones can be used with one hand, the convenience of a “mobile” phone is long gone. Don’t kid yourselves, these are tablets not phones. What’s more depressing is that the rest of the Android manufacturers are following Samsung in this arms-race into oblivion.