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Samsung GT-I9300 said to be mid-range but packing dual cores, could launch in May

Remember this guy? It’s the Samsung T-I9300 and the umpteenth image to show up with some sort of claim tying it to the upcoming Galaxy S III. However, in this case a Galaxy S III it is not. As we suspected when the picture first appeared online last week, the phone in question is now said to be a mid-tier device falling in the Galaxy M range (remember Samsung’s new device nomenclature?). But for the GT-I9300 to be considered a step down form top-of-the-line, the Galaxy S III must have some amazing specs. The mid-level device is said to be rocking a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and a 720p HD display, hardware that in certain respects bests the current Galaxy S II.

The GT-I9300 is on track for a May release, so it may come concurrently with the GSIII (or at least pretty close to its launch). Does the mid-range handset give us any clues to unlocking the secrets of the Galaxy S III? We might infer that Samsung will be going with Android 4.0′s software navigation buttons in future models, but that’s about it.

[via GSMArena]




  • RedPandaAlex

    You know you’re up for an upgrade soon when mid-range devices are coming out that are so much better than the high-end device you bought on launch day. Seriously, I’m still packing a 1ghz Droid 2, and a 1.4ghz 720p that’s probably going to have an LTE option is mid-range?

    • dario sucic

      I don’t remeber the droid 2 being high-end.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tekkitan Robert Jerina

        ikr

  • DYNK

    Fuuuuk
    If this is Samsungs “mid-range” Galaxy S III is gunna be awesome

  • http://twitter.com/Vanakatherock Vanakatherock

    The phone pictured above, to me, appears more narrow than my E4GT. I would hope it is Midrange, if that is the case. That would also spell at least a Quad-core CPU and 1-2GB of RAM. Now, lets also hope that Samsung doesn’t follow the “i” and make the battery non removable. 

  • MarcusDW

    Mid-ranged compared to what?  A phone with a 4th core?  We need some kind of new standard for low/mid/high ranged because the term mid ranged is getting thrown around wildly now.

    BUT the GSIII must be one hell of a beast if it is going to force this i9300 thing to be called a mid-ranger.

    • Jinwon Sung

      Indeed. If this kind of spec is called mid-range from samsung, GSIII should be amazing beast in every way.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGAX75BIHGIMVLBE3DT2MIHCJU James G

        Agreed, but think about it. How long has the GS2 been around? This thing has to kick enough butt to stay up in the top wanted for that long too (to legitimately be the GSIII).

  • 666

    Milking the device!

  • http://twitter.com/jezze_0410 Jeremy Cheng

    by their new naming convention, there ought to be two more tiers of phones above this one (R and W). I cannot begin to imagine their specs if this really is M…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1047372886 Lorenzo Sanchez

    If this is considered midrange, and the HTC One S is their midrange.. I’d go for the One S if I was a customer. But let’s see what the GSIII brings. I’ve owned the first two galaxy phones, but I just need something with a bit more of a premium feel now.

    But come to think about it, if there are two tiers above this phone (R and W) then Samsung may be doing something huge.

  • http://twitter.com/Myhai91 Mihai

    If this is considered mid-range, then my I9000 is what?lowest-poor-range?

    • Adnoxaei

      Phones with 600mhz single core processors and 320×480 screens are still being sold, so the original Galaxy S probably counts as a low middle range, while this new phone would be the high middle. I imagine dual core 1ghz with a 480×800 screen is the middle now…

      It’s crazy and also puts my Galaxy Nexus in the mid-range category…oh how technology moves quickly…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1911005 Thomas Edwards

    It’s Samsung’s GSII HD, LTE released in South Korea, but remodeled with Android 4.0 and software buttons to be relaunched in European and American markets – or essentialy a GSII+ – It’ll basically be a “Galaxy Nexus” with a 4212 Exynos and 8mp Camera. 

  • Ren

    dual core with HD display. How the eff is this a mid-range phone?

  • http://www.motoask.com/ Motorola Atrix forum

    The removal of button increase the real estate of screen

  • http://androidforums.com/members/spartoi.html Spartoi

    This seems to share the same hardware as the Galaxy Note