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Samsung Galaxy S3 Shows Up In Vietnam - Sporting a Dummy Chassis


Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-i9300 - Dummy Chassis
Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-i9300 - Dummy Chassis

What appears to be the Samsung Galaxy S3 in disguise has appeared in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese website Tinhte has obtained a handset that has specs similar to what we'd expect to find in a new flagship Samsung phone but the chassis is clearly a dummy one, meant to hide the styling of the final product to prevent just such leaks giving the whole game away.

Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-i9300 - Dummy Chassis

The handset is labelled as the GT-i9300, which is the model number long since rumoured to be attached to the Galaxy S3. That hardware consists of a 4.65in, 720 x 1280 pixel Super HD AMOLED display, quad-core 1.4GHz processor and 8MP camera.

Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-i9300 - Dummy Chassis

A tweaked version of the above photo showing quite how 'engineering sample' this version is.

While the specs are largely in line with what we expected, there's nothing here that breaks the mould. As suspected the screen doesn't have a ridiculous 1080p resolution but that the processor only uses the older, slower ARM9 architecture is a little surprising and the lack of a 12MP camera is doubly so.

Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-i9300 - Design

What the Samsung Galaxy S3 is actually expected to look like.

This version uses onscreen buttons (in reverse order, oddly enough) rather than the expected physical home button, though there's still a chance this could change with the final chassis design. This use of onscreen buttons explains why the Android settings only show a resolution of 720 x 1184, as the software effectively discounts these.

A video of the phone was also posted by Tinhte but it has now been made private. Thankfuilly Engadget captured a version of the video which you can find here.

So, disappointed by these specs? Satisfied but now waiting on the design? Let us know you thoughts in the comments.

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April 20, 2012, 4:53 pm

1184x720 is strange, it's not even 16:9, it's 1.64:1; Samsung should get rid of that space where the button logos are and add the 96 pixels.


April 20, 2012, 5:10 pm

False alarm, shows how much I know about Android: The Verge says those buttons are onscreen and the OS doesn't 'count' them when showing the display resolution. Watching the video confims this http://www.viddler.com/v/3cee2...


April 20, 2012, 5:57 pm

Haha, of course. I was racking my brains as well, thinking why on earth it was only 16 pixels short of 1200. But it's 1280, not 1200. Now it makes sense that the pixels are the software buttons.


April 20, 2012, 5:57 pm

I'll update the story to correct this.


April 20, 2012, 6:59 pm

Yes, this is how the phone maintains compatibility with legacy apps that were written before the virtual buttons were introduced. If the OS reports a vertical resolution of 1184 to the app, then the app scales to fill that space.

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