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Image from Reddit, via AndroidandMe

This photo is supposed to show what the new Samsung Galaxy S3 will look like. It’s a rendering, and if we are to believe that this image is real (let’s stretch our imagination for a moment), it seems to have come from a public relations PowerPoint file (WeberShandwick is a PR agency). It’s very unusual because a PR company wouldn’t normally put its logo on there…

According to the leak, Samsung will unveil this new device in London on May 22nd at a Samsung Unpacked event. These “unpacked” have become quite a tradition, so this could very well be true, and a European launch seem plausible as it was the case with the Galaxy S2, and yes, despite its reputation for being gloomy, London could be the place.

In terms of design, the phone seems extremely thin (7.89mm – a number that turned out to be bogus), and it seems like a very nice device, even if the white version looks like it has a “bumper” (a reference to Apple’s rubber case) around it. On the image, you can also see that the bezel around the display is becoming ever thinner. It’s hard to believe that Samsung would go for this black ring around the white phone. It seems like a design faux-pas, and this undermines the credibility of this leak, in my view.

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7.89mm thin? Nope. This is a fake. Image from Netbooknews.de

In any case, note that this is yet different from an earlier leak, that didn’t feature the “Home” button on the phone. The lack of home button would be consistent with what was started by the Galaxy Nexus. I am personally in favor of a button-less phone (except for volume and power). This is another detail that seems inconsistent with a next-gen Galaxy S handset.

Unfortunately, the launch date is potentially the most interesting thing in this rumor. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is about to attain “mythical” status by getting as high on the rumor mill as the iPhone itself. If you remember, the Galaxy S2 was announced at mobile world congress and launched in May. Is it time to prepare for impact? What’s your take and what do you expect from a Galaxy S3?

Filed in Cellphones >Rumors . Tags: Galaxy S3 and Samsung.
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