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Samsung to unveil Galaxy S III handset

Jennifer Scott

Samsung is preparing for the launch of the Galaxy S III handset on Thursday 3 May 2012.

The rumours are rife about Samsung’s upcoming handset, the third in the Galaxy S series.

Samsung has chosen to unveil the smartphone in London, sparking reports it may be linked to the Olympics. The Financial Times claims it could be the "official phone" for the games.

The launch comes as Samsung is flying high. A report from Strategy Analytics last week claimed the manufacturer had knocked Nokia off the top spot with the number of mobile phones it had sold in the first quarter, reaching 93.5 million, compared to Nokia’s 82.7 million.

This was backed up by a study from Juniper Research published yesterday, naming Samsung as number one in the smartphone shipment league tables and putting Apple and its iPhone into second place. Samsung reportedly shipped 46.9 million smartphones in the three months, with Apple clocking up sales of just 35.1 million.

Despite the high sales figures, Apple still won the race for revenues, bringing in $22.7bn for the iPhone alone, compared to Samsung’s $17bn revenues for both feature and smartphones.  

The Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone handset is expected to have a 4.8 inch screen, a 1.4GHz Exynos 4 quad-core processor and run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system (OS).


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