Samsung Galaxy S III detailed with May launch date

Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S III, is expected to be super-thin and run on a quad-core processor, with availability in May. The alleged details appeared on the Korean site, Electronics Times News, found by way of the Boy Genius Report blog.

Whether the information is simply speculation or not, the details actually make sense when you look at Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones. Both were top sellers for Samsung and have helped the company compete with Apple for the smartphone sales crown. Each was a flagship Android (s goog) handset combining capable hardware with Samsung’s custom user interface.

According to ETNews, the Galaxy S III will follow suit by using a quad-core processor with radio support for HSPA+ and LTE networks. That makes sense as back in October, it was discovered that Samsung’s newest Exynos chip, the 4412, will support four processing cores. Current top-end devices such as the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 7.7 use the dual-core, Exynos 4210.

The new Galaxy S III will reportedly be just 7 millimeters thick, which is thin, but still thicker than the Galaxy S II “clone” I saw at the Consumer Electronics Show last month: Huawei debuted the Ascent P1 S and I immediately thought it was a Samsung GS II.

I’d expect the Galaxy S III to also use Samsung’s Super AMOLED display technology with resolution at least comparable to, if not better than the 1280 x 720 screen on the Galaxy Nexus handset. That would also imply a large screen-size; I’ll go for 4.5-inches as a best guess.

I was hoping to find out all of the details later this month at the Mobile World Congress event, but Samsung recently said we’d be waiting until sometime in the first half of this year.