Samsung Galaxy S3 Available for Pre-Order?

Pre-orders for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone are reportedly being offered by a retailer called Kimstore, according to Yugatech.

The seller recently put a poster up advertising the Galaxy i9300, which is also known as the Galaxy S3 in other areas.

Tech site 9to5 Google commented on the retailers move, saying it could a publicity stunt.

"Call it a cheap attempt to bank on the Samsung Galaxy S3 buzz and get some free press ahead of a rumored May announcement, but local seller Kimstore has a pre-order poster for the Samsung Galaxy i9300," wrote the site.

Electronics Times News recently reported that its sources claim the Samsung Galaxy S3 will launch sometime in May of this year. Samsung did recently announce that it would not unveil the new device at this year's Mobile World Congress since its aim was to have the unveiling and launch close together.

The report also stated that the Galaxy S3 will feature an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera, the same shooter set up as its predecessor.

This rumor seems to be inconsistent, since each Galaxy phone's camera has received an upgrade in pixels thus far. Other rumors have said that the S3 will include a 12-megapixel camera.

Samsung has not confirmed that the Galaxy S2 follow up will be called the S3. However, there is a strong possibility that the electronics giant will stick with the branding for a line that has been sent on a mission to dethrone the iPhone from its supreme smartphone status.

The Galaxy S2's ad campaign has contained media bashing Apple's smartphone and the handset has been pitted directly against the iPhone 4 and 4S. Samsung is most likely waiting to see what Apple will do with its next iPhone that is currently rumored to be the iPhone 5.

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