The above press shot was leaked by industry insider Eldar Murtazin (the same Eldar Murtazin who claims to have a Galaxy S III in his possession) along with a few words suggesting it depicts an upcoming phone to be revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. So what exactly are we looking at? We can take the Galaxy S III off the table, as Samsung has already confirmed that the new flagship won’t be announced until after the February trade show. The render appears very similar to the Galaxy S II and looks to be running Ice Cream Sandwich. The set of Android softkeys has been modified to better suit Android 4.0.
So is this the Galaxy S II Plus? That handset first surfaced via an online benchmark test that suggested it would run a build of Gingerbread, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that is the OS version the device will ship with. Samsung may have installed a working build of Gingerbread for testing purposes while they put the finishing touches on a TouchWiz-ified Ice Cream Sandwich. There is a good chance that is what we see pictured here, but we won’t know for sure until Samsung pulls back the curtain, and we’ll be there to witness it live.