Samsung Galaxy S III: Your launch guide

What to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S III launch

An artists impression of the Samsung Galaxy S III

An artists impression of the Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung is expected to unveil its hotly-anticipated Galaxy S III Android smartphone at a media event in London tomorrow. Due to kick off at 4am Sydney time on Friday 4 May, the event is tipped to lift the lid on one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year.

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4G rumours

Despite the media going into overdrive with rumours and leaks over the past few weeks, very little is known about the Galaxy S III. Samsung has confirmed it will run the company's new quad-core 1.4GHZ Exynos 4 Quad processor, but that's just about the only confirmed detail so far.

Interestingly, many reports suggest that a 4G LTE variant of the Galaxy S III will utilise a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor rather than the Exynos 4 Quad. This wouldn't be the first time a smartphone manufacturer has gone along these lines as HTC's One XL does the same. The 4G capable smartphone uses a dual-core processor rather than the quad-core processor utilised in the 3G-capable One X. The One XL is set to launch on Telstra's 4G network in the coming weeks.

A 4.8in HD screen?

Most other speculation has centered around the Galaxy S III's display. The phone is expected to come with a 4.8in Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of at least 1280x720. It is likely to come with either an 8 or 12-megapixel camera and will run the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software with the newest version of Samsung's TouchWIZ UI overlay on top.

Storage is another widely speculated specification. Recent smartphone trends have seen a move away from removable storage in favour of internal memory. However, most rumours suggest that Samsung will have a microSD card slot and at least 16GB of internal memory. This morning, US mobile phone Web site GSM Arena suggested the Galaxy S III would come in blue and white colours (the same colours as Samsung's media invitation to the London event), citing an inventory screenshot from UK retailer Carphone Warehouse as evidence.

How to watch the Galaxy event

If you can't contain your excitement about the Galaxy S III, you'll probably want to watch a live broadcast of the event. If you don't value your sleep, Samsung will stream the next Galaxy event live from 4am Sydney time.

If you're in front of your compter, the event will be streamed live on Samsung's dedicated Galaxy Web site and on Samsung's Facebook page. If you're desperate and can't get to your PC but have an Android phone, you can download the Samsung unpacked app from the Google Play Store and watch the event live on your phone.

What do you want to see in the Samsung Galaxy S III?

What do YOU want to see in the Samsung Galaxy S III? Maybe you don't care about the screen and are more interested in extra memory? Maybe you just want it to have better battery life so it will last all day and night? Vote in our poll below and tell us!

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