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Samsung Galaxy S3 set to sport a ceramic case

New reports suggest the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S3 will have a ceramic casing.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 could be a ceramic sequel. New reports suggest the hotly anticipated follow-up to the Galaxy S2 will have a ceramic casing.

The S3 is expected to be announced in the first half of this year, and we can't wait to get our hands on it.

A ceramic shell is a new one on us. Some watches are made of ceramics, because they are light and scratchproof. While ceramics are less likely to scratch than metal or plastic, they're more likely to break if dropped. They're also more expensive and harder to recycle, although they do at least let radio waves through, unlike metal cases. 

Previous rumours suggest the S3 will pack a quad-core processor, although there's some debate about the prospects of a 1080p high-definition screen.

The current S2 is probably the most successful Android phone on the market, selling over 20 million phones. And it's about to get a new lease of life, finally updating over the next week to Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android. To see what the fuss is about, check out our pictures of Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread compared on the S2, and see how we did it in our how-to video below.

The S3 is set to feature Ice Cream Sandwich from day one. It's also likely to be a 4G phone, but in the absence of a 4G network in this country as yet fingers crossed for next generation data connections such HSPA+. The new iPad and Nokia Lumia 900 are coming soon and feature boosted data speeds, although the results will depend on which network you're on.

We wait with bated breath for the official announcement, so keep it CNET for all the news on this hotly tipped phone.

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