updated 01:30 pm EDT, Sat March 17, 2012
Galaxy S III would steer away from Apple design
A posting in Reddit's Android section has shown what's purportedly the Galaxy S III. The render shows a thinner design, adding a dedicated camera button to the side, and with a 16:9 display. Its most conspicuous change may be trim: it has the same 'lips' as the Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2, designed to avoid the accusations of copying Apple that have led to lawsuits.
The design doesn't appear to be just a re-edit of the Wi-Fi 4.2; it has a different front camera layout in a different location. While it could be edited, that and the edge-to-edge bezel are distinct.
Software on the phone would appear to be the Android 4.0 plus TouchWiz combo rolling out to Galaxy S II owners, which is very familiar on the surface aside from telltale signs in the status bar. It would have five icons at the bottom like the Galaxy Note, although the narrower frame would give it space like the similarly five-icon Galaxy Nexus.
Details on the home screen and around the page would possibly give clues as to the release. A mention of a "Galaxy S III Unpacked" event on May 22 would show Samsung unveiling the phone just at the start of the CTIA spring show in New Orleans. Samsung is known to have delayed the third-generation phone to time it closer to the US release as it tries to unseat Apple. The page may be a leaked presentation slide to prepare for the release: a bottom-right logo for Weber Shandwick Worldwide shows one of the companies known to provide press relations for Samsung in some countries.
While possibly fake, the imagery is consistent enough and plausible enough to be the strongest candidate so far.