Ahead of this week’s Samsung Galaxy S3 launch the rumour mills are grinding hard, and the latest juice spilled is that the S3 might not just be an Android smartphone but also appear running Windows Phone 8. See also Samsung Galaxy S3 review and Windows 8 release date and features UK.

Windows Phone Life believes a credible “trusted source” that Samsung is planning its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone for an October release date. Visit Samsung Galaxy S3 launch: as it happened.

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Rather than design a whole new smartphone for Windows 8 Samsung is apparently satisfied to use the hardware specifications and design of the Galaxy S3 for both Android and Windows 8.

The W8 model will feature an extra dedicated camera button. Go to Samsung Galaxy S3 specs and pictures.

The smartphones will be distinguished by name and operating system only, with the Windows 8 lined up to be called the Samsung Focus S II – rather confusing if it uses the S III design. Visit Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X comparison review.

So Samsung might be using Galaxy S for Android and Focus S for Windows 8.

Specs for this rumoured Samsung Galaxy Focus S2:

  • Faster dual/quad core processor

  • 4.7-inch HD display

  • 12-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera

  • Near field communication (NFC) capabilities

  • Dedicated camera button

  • Samsung Cloud Support

  • Improved Photo Studio

  • 4G LTE support

    We'll be reporting live from the event on 3 May at 7pm so check back for coverage as it happens. For now take a look at our Samsung Galaxy S3 release date, specs and rumour round-up.

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