There has been a lot of talk surrounding the yet unannounced flagship smartphone from Samsung. The last we heard about this handset was that it would feature a 4.8-inch display, as opposed to the previously believed 4.6-inch one that was expected to feature here. With the device set to be unveiled in a few short hours, we will finally get to know everything there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy S 3 smartphone. With the launch a few hours away, and in what may be the strangest report yet, it appears that the sources of WP-Life have informed them that Samsung is preparing to launch a handset that is exactly similar in design to the S 3, but will run on the upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform and will be launched under the name, Focus S II.

S 3 variant to run on Windows Phone 8

S 3 variant to run on Windows Phone 8

The author of the report states, “Last night, I received an email from a trusted source with a tip about Samsung’s plans for their first Windows Phone 8 device. It looks like Samsung is going to be milking their upcoming Galaxy S III for all it’s worth, as the Korean smartphone maker plans to use Galaxy S III (hardware and design) as the basis for its new Windows Phone 8 device, currently dubbed, the Samsung Focus S II. Samsung is supposedly going to make the Focus S line the “Galaxy S” of Windows Phones.” The source goes on to state that due to the changes in the Windows Phone 8 OS, Samsung will be able to get the maximum out of the S 3’s faster processor, better resolution as well as LTE capabilities. The report goes on to state, “I was told that the overall design of the next Focus S II, will be very similar to the Galaxy S III, but with Windows Phone branding, a dedicated camera button and a slight difference on how the buttons would be laid out (it was not made clear if this meant positioning or if they meant physical vs capacitive).” As for when the handset will go on sale, the report states that it will be available by October.

Here is a quick look at some of the specifications of the Samsung Focus S II:

  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • 4.7-inch HD display
  • Dual/ quad core processor depending on region
  • 12-megapixel rear camera
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Dedicated camera button
  • NFC capabilities
  • Samsung Cloud Support
  • LTE support

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