Another day, another Samsung Galaxy S3 leak. They’re coming thick and fast as we lead up to the official ‘your next Galaxy’ launch event on May 3rd, but only half of them are worth paying attention to. This particular leak, from Chinese forum Mobile1, seems to show new angles of the mythical Android handset. But do they show something slightly uneasy, too?
Several recent, high-profile Galaxy S3 leaks seem to point to the idea that there are versions of the device going round in sheep’s clothing. The final casing design seems to be under wraps, with development models with prototype builds being the ones that leak out.
This looks to be the case (no pun intended) here. But what’s interesting is what Samsung seems to be doing with Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich design rules. For a start, one of the images opts for an extra, touchscreen menu button.
While the controls themselves are onscreen as per the ICS guidelines, Sammie also seems to have stocked the Galaxy S3 with a physical home button.
You can obviously take these shots, and any such leaks, with a pinch of salt until we know anything for sure, but earlier rumours that the Galaxy S3 will definitely opt for a physical home button, combined with Samsung’s insistence in bastardising Android 4.0 with TouchWiz on the Galaxy S2, does point to a Galaxy S3 that takes its own route to Ice Cream Sandwich perfection.
Should Samsung have this sort of free reign, or is it better for Android as a whole to keep things consistent? Let us know your thoughts below.