Anticipation is building for the Samsung Galaxy S3, bringing potential for Samsung to beat its own sales records while trying to best the upcoming iPhone 5.
Leaked information from Samsung suggests the phone will sport a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, clocking in at 1280-by-720 pixels and positioning it as one of the most attractive, high-resolution screens available on Android.
Apple's revolutionary retina display on the latest iPad release was a major selling point in the tablet's record-breaking release, and the iPhone 5 is likely to tout a polished and powerful screen as well.
Samsung heralds the Galaxy S3 as the most anticipated Android release of the year, and Samsung is likely to release the phone well before the iPhone 5 debut, pegged for this fall, giving Android smartphones an early boost in sales and helping Samsung secure its place as the top Android manufacturer.
The South Korean electronics manufacturer sent the Galaxy S3 for testing with Korean mobile carriers, suggesting a release isn't too far away. The super-slim, 7-millimeter thick phone will be powerful, with a 1.5-gigahertz quad-core processor and 1-gigabyte of RAM. Other rumors suggest the phone will be the first with an LTE-based radio built into the processor.
Industry experts estimated around 40 million Samsung devices sold in the first quarter. Samsung claims sales of the Galaxy Note "phablet" topped five million, but a popular release like the Galaxy S3 could edge Samsung past the 50 million mark and build its momentum.
If the Galaxy S3 delivers as hoped, Samsung could beat its own sales records. A well-made device that integrates the latest in broadband technology as well as user interface could detract possible sales from iPhone 5 even before its release, and potentially boost Android's competitive edge in the market.