Samsung’s Galaxy S III is, without a shadow of doubt, going to be the best Android smartphone to hit the market this year. Early reviews of HTC’s One X are starting to trickle in and they’re not exactly flattering. Some folks are saying that it’s simply not good enough. So why are we so bullish on Samsung’s flagship when we know absolutely nothing about it? Because the Galaxy S II rocked incredibly hard in 2011, because Samsung makes their own components and is likely going to put the best of what their factories can produce into their hero device, and because whatever Google plans on doing with Motorola isn’t going to have any impact this year. We’re also rocking back and forth in our seats because of this tweet from the Editor in Chief of Mobile-Review, Eldar Murtazin:
@janole it is. In comparisson with 10 mln preorders for sgs3
— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) March 28, 2012
Let that sink in for a moment. 10 million units have already been preordered. It took Samsung about five months to push that many Galaxy S II units. Who exactly made these preorders? Operators, who will need to stock store shelves whenever the Galaxy S III hits the market. Right now the rumors say late April or early May. All we know is that Samsung is expected to hold an announcement close to when they actually intend on shipping the actual device, much the same way Apple holds off on announcing new hardware until they’re ready to sell it.
If you have patience, and not many people do, then we recommend you skip the Galaxy S III and just wait until the end of the year, when Google will announce the next Nexus device. There’s a strong chance it’ll be based on the Galaxy S III chassis, plus it’ll run stock Android and get updates faster than anything else on the market.