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Samsung Galaxy S III to debut by April?

The next Galaxy-class smartphone could debut next month, says ZDNet Asia. But Samsung is denying the report.

When will Samsung's successor to the Galaxy S II emerge?
When will Samsung's successor to the Galaxy S II emerge? Bonnie Cha/CNET

Will Samsung unveil its next major smartphone next month? One report says yes. The company says no.

The Galaxy S III will reportedly make its grand entrance in April as part of an ad campaign related to the 2012 Olympics in London, according to sources cited by ZDNet Korea (English translation).

ZDNet apparently received its intel from Cheil Worldwide, an ad agency owned by Samsung. The Korean handset maker will be a major sponsor of this year's summer games. So Samsung may be aiming to launch the new phone in time for the opening ceremony in July, speculates CNET UK.

Cheil did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment. A Samsung spokesman told CNET that he couldn't comment on rumors or speculation about the product.

But Samsung has denied reports of an April launch date, tweeting that they're not true. The company did release the following statement to The Verge:

"The successor to the Galaxy S II smartphone will be unveiled in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product. We cannot confirm the detailed information at the moment."

Samsung has been teasing the S III's upcoming debut, promising to announce the actual launch date on Twitter once it's ready.

May has also been rumored as a possible launch date for the S III, according to a report out early last month from Korean Web site Electronic Times News.

Whenever the new Galaxy S does finally pop up, the specs promise to pack a punch.

Alleged details leaked to Boy Genius Report say the Ice Cream Sandwich-flavored phone will offer a 4.8-inch "full HD" display with a 1080-pixel screen and 16:9 aspect ratio.

Powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, according to BGR, the phone will come with an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-MP camera on the front. Support for 4G LTE will naturally be part of the package.

The features reported by BGR match most of those claimed by editor Eldar Murtazin in January. But Murtazin is eyeing a 12-MP phone on the the back.