No, Samsung. Just… No. Not fair. What you’re looking at on the right here is reportedly the version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 that will be launched in its native South Korea. Notice the huge differences in design? Notice that it looks a lot better? Yeah, us too. So just what’s going on?
In South Korea the Samsung Galaxy S3 is going to be fitted with an LTE radio, but there’s a problem. That LTE radio is incompatible with the quad-core Exynos chip that Samsung’s stuffed inside the S3. That means that the Korean version of the handset will have its innards swapped for a dual-core chipset.
And that also means that there’s scope to redesign the handset. As you can see, the South Korean model has had its curves shored off into a far more rectangular shape.
When Samsung announced the Galaxy S3 on May 3rd, the one thing a lot of people were divided on was the design. The tech inside the handset and the brilliant display are undeniably market-leading, but there’s something slightly off about the hardware design and materials – something that keeps it just short of ‘premium’.
This redesign is a different bag, though – it looks a lot closer to the Galaxy S2 and a bit aesthetically cleaner. The problem? We’ll never get it here in the UK, which is a real shame. Would you rather have the South Korean model, or are you happy with the international version? Let us know your thoughts below.