Samsung Galaxy S III event: What to expect

The much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III makes its debut on Thursday in London

An artist impression of what the Samsung Galaxy S III could look like

An artist impression of what the Samsung Galaxy S III could look like

Samsung on Thursday will take the wraps of its newest flagship smartphone, widely expected to be called the Galaxy S III, at an event in London starting at 7pm (British Standard Time). Very few details are known about the device despite intense interest in Samsung's next handset from gadget blogs and rumor sites.

Samsung has already confirmed that its next flagship phone will be sporting the company's new quad core 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor. But other details about the Galaxy S III are up for debate including the device's overall design, storage capacity, and screen size. In fact, there's even a debate about how many phones will show up on Thursday.

Samsung's Galaxy locked down

Samsung is taking no chances about having any firm details about its smartphone event slip out and has beefed up security around the Galaxy S III's launch, according to The Verge. The company may also be stashing the internal components of the new phone in a variety of different shells so that no one can be really sure what the actual phone will look like. Apple has been known to do something similar with the iPhone and keeping the final design of the Galaxy S III under wraps would explain the wide ranging speculation about the phone's look and feel.

Nevertheless, there have been enough leaks to make a good guess at the Galaxy S III's features. The new smartphone will likely have a 4.7- or 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, 12 megapixel camera, and run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other possible specs include 16GB onboard storage with a microSD expandable up to 32GB, and 1GB of RAM. GSMArena is also reporting that the Galaxy S III will have models in two different colors: blue and white, the same color theme as Samsung's event invitation.

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It's not clear if the Galaxy S III's display will be Super AMOLED, or Super AMOLED Plus like its predecessor the Galaxy S II. Super AMOLED Plus displays have 50 percent more subpixels than Super AMOLED allowing for better colors and improved visibility in bright light.

The Galaxy S III may also be sharing the stage with another phone on Thursday. So far, two model numbers keep creeping up when discussing the Galaxy S III: GT-I9300 and GT-I9800. Most critics expect the GT-19300 to be the Galaxy S III, while the GT-I9800 remains a mystery device.

Whether it's one phone or two, be sure to check back with after Samsung's announcement Thursday (BST)/Friday morning (AEST) for all the details.

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