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Samsung’s mysterious “next Galaxy” will be announced on May 3rd in London

Samsung's "next Galaxy" event invitation.

Samsung has confirmed that they will finally unveil their “next Galaxy” smartphone at a May 3rd launch event in London, England. The successor to last year’s wildly popular Galaxy S II, Samsung’s “next Galaxy” (which may or may not be called the Galaxy S III) is expected to be one of the hottest Android devices of the year.

Many expected to see the Galaxy S III back at CES in January, which obviously didn’t happen. Talk of a Mobile World Congress unveiling in Barcelona quickly subsided when Samsung announced they would not be holding a press event at the show. The most recent rumours, which have now turned out to be accurate, pointed to a late-April or early-May launch.

As one of the year’s most anticipated devices, the Galaxy S III has seen its fair share of rumours. BGR most recently reported that the device will pack a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a 1080p display. The phone will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and is also said to feature an “ultra-thin ceramic case“. The white blob on Samsung’s event invitation certainly looks like ceramic, though it also shows some sort of brushed blue metal (possibly aluminum or even plastic). The Verge reports that none of the numerous “leaked photos” of the device are legitimate, and according to their source the phone may not even be called “Galaxy S III”. Samsung has never officially confirmed the Galaxy S III name, instead opting to use the phrase “next Galaxy” on their invite.

We’ll bring you all the details of Samsung’s “next Galaxy” announcement right here on May 3rd!