Samsung Unpacked

Enough teasers. It's finally time to do this. We're at Earl's Court, London, for the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 event. You might recall previous Unpacked events in which we saw the original Galaxy S, the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Note, and now ...?

Look, we're all expecting to see the Samsung Galaxy S III. Or the Samsung Galaxy S3. Or Something with the name Galaxy. Or at the very least, something with the name Samsung in it.

Here's the best part: You get to be here with us for the entire unveiling. Need some deets?

  • What: Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012
  • Where: London
  • When: 1900 BST, 1400 EDT, 1100 PDT
  • Official stream: Samsung's beaming this one worldwide, which is darn nice of them. 
  • Online chat: Doing a liveblog of something that's being broadcast live is sort of silly. So here's the plan. Join myself and Alex Dobie for a live chat from the event. (It's embedded after the break in this post.) We're not going to just tell you what's going on. You can see that for yourself in the stream. We're going to keep you up to date on everything you can't see in the stream. It's the least we can do.
  • And much more: Presumably we're going to get some face time with whatever's announced, so check back early and often.

We'll see you back here this evening -- or this afternoon, or whatever time it is wherever you are -- for some hot smartphone action! In the meantime, be sure to hit up all the awesome Samsung Galaxy S III discussions in the forums!

There are 93 comments

HAAS599 says:

Expecting a phone and hoping for a nice tablet also!

codiusprime says:

Same, unless they are abandoning the high end market they need something to compete with the iPad. The Galaxy Tab 2 line is a joke.

blopez24 says:

Im hoping for a new Galaxy note. I haven't jumped on the first one because of the rumors of the new SG3 coming around the corner and i have a LG Nitro HD.

Nit3m4re says:

As much as a new Note would be probably the best news for the same reason, I don't think we will be seeing an upgraded version for a long time

bya long time you mean 4Q 2012?

speculatrix says:

it'd be a very simple upgrade to offer a quad-core note since the new exynos is pin-compatible with the older one.

Nev says:

So Samsung is announcing something today? I hadn't heard...

blckz28 says:

Yeah I think I heard something about them bringing back feature phones.

trekmario says:

Hey phil please see if you can find out if the galaxy note is coming to verizon this year.

camiller says:

+ or Sprint

codiusprime says:

I would rather not have an out of date phone land on Verizon months and months after it was released, that's just me though. Maybe look into the HTC Note competitor rumors?

camiller says:

How about a Note 2 with more current specs?

codiusprime says:

I would be all over that, though it would probably have an S4 and I would have a hard time buying a Note 2 with the rumored Quadcore Krait competitor from HTC coming in the fall. Plus the offering from HTC would probably have a better screen. I really hope they have improved the S3 screen over the GNex screen.

GalaxyNole says:

I can't wait to finally see my new phone!

joebob2000 says:

Thats 1400 EDT and 1100 PDT for those of you observant enough to notice that the clocks change in the US twice a year.

foxbat121 says:

Incorrect. Try again :) Phil's time listing is correct but no one is using EST or PST right now.

It is 1500EDT an 1200PDT.

bohiti says:

If anyone is unsure, use to convert 1900 BST (British Summer Time) to your local timezone.

joebob2000 says:

Sorry, but EDT is currently 5 hours behind BST, and PDT is 8 hours behind BST. Phil's times were right, his timezones were wrong. Your timezones are right but your times are wrong. I am the only one right in this whole thread. Oops, humble brag.

bohiti says:

Not-so-humble brag, sir! :)

I'm right too, just less critical of anyone. will convert BST for anyone.

Edit: Looks like the original timezones were corrected. Now we're all just pedants :)

foxbat121 says:

According to UNPACKED app from Samsung, the event time is 1900GMT. So 1500EDT is correct. And according to the UNPACKED app, there 5h07 minutes to go.

bohiti says:

Their Facebook page, which I'd tend to believe considering its where they're streaming the event from, says 7:00PM BST.

Convert with (or math in your head, or another service).. = about 4 hours from now.

foxbat121 says:

You can stream from the UNPACKED app as well. It didn't give me much confidence on the new Samsung phones if Samsung can't even get its own app for the correct time.

bohiti says:

Better yet, get the London local time here: and figure out how many hours till 7pm.

And yes, people seemed to agree that was a Crapplication.

joebob2000 says:

Yeah there is no shortage of confusion in this post isn't there. The Time article also refers to it as GMT (except they cite 1845 GMT). Either way the article here is wrong, it should read either 1800 BST or 1745 BST unless the "good part" doesn't start until 1900BST/2000GMT.

Sniper1087 says:

Actually Phil is correct you sir aren't 1400 is 2pm estearnt daylight time which is the correct time for the event being streamed live

foxbat121 says:

Phil modified he post. It was listed as 1400 EST before.

nklenchik says:

Haha I've been looking for that, thanks

moises1204 says:

Danm i haven't been able to sleep, come on come on give me give me!!!hahaha.

Jayshmay says:

There's still 4h37m's to go.

foxbat121 says:

That will be an hour early!

bohiti says:

No, I think he's right. 4h 34m for me as of right now.

Jayshmay says:

Oh, my mistake! 5h33m's to go. . .

Jayshmay says:

Yeah, Bohiti's right.

hmmm says:

Awesome, it is while I am at work. During lunch even.

hameedullah says:

The name will not only have Samsung but also Galaxy in it, at least this is what Samsung has already confirmed that it will be next Galaxy they will be revealing tonight. Very much excited.

Widget2 says:

Please ask if one has to re-mortgage their house to be able to afford this mysterious phone...must be worth it with all this brouhaha..

nighthawk700 says:

"Doing a liveblog of something that's being broadcast live is sort of silly." Not for those of us in offices where we can not (or should not) watch a video feed. If you won't do a live blog, can you recommend another site that will?

hmmm says:

It is kind of funny. If this was an Apple event you would have every site on the internet live blogging while streaming the event.

joebob2000 says:

No actually Apple doesnt stream (or allow streams) from their events so every attendee liveblogs the shit out of it so they can be the first to break news on Tim Cooks new haircut, or what new features will be in OS X.X Sea Lion.

butters619 says:

That's EXACTLY how I feel.

LCW says:

take note of the slogan: "the next "big" thing is coming"...

the SIII will merely be a Note with quad core processor ;)

string158 says:

I reckon we'll see the SGS3 and the new Note today.

Jayshmay says:

Enough with these 5in+ smartphones!!! If I wanted a tablet I would already have one!!! Don't want a Note!!!

wburbage says:

I'm hoping the wireless charging rumor pan out

JeremySVilla says:

Cool. Always nice stuff from Samsung.

maerlim says:

Has anybody else noticed that today's date, 5/3 looks a lot like S3? I'm doubting that's a coincidence.

artman5x5 says:

Good call, did notice it till now!

bigcatman says:

You sir, win the internet. Good job.

maerlim says:

I don't think it'll fit in my garage.

camiller says:

Of course in Europe (or at least England) the norm is to put the month first so typically the date would be 3/5/2012 or more likely "3 May, 2012"

It still might not be a coincidence, maybe.

bohiti says:

Or maybe its going to be the Galaxy 3S! ;)

hmmm says:

3 Stars

himmatsj says:

Actually, I think Samsung has something rolled up under their sleeves. Something...more. Well, one of the highlights of the S3 was supposed to be the processor. But Meizu beat Samsung to announcing the first quad-core Exynos smartphone. That's actually a pretty big deal.

So I think Samsung might have a tablet as well. The 11.6'' model perhaps? Packing a dual-core 2.0Ghz A15 chip that will blow every known competitor including the iPad out of the water.

The way I look at it, Samsung has a lot to live up to after the incredible hype, and also the incredible success of the Galaxy SII. If they don't, there'd be many a unhappy customer/fan.

Widget2 says:

Expect the worse like a ..damp squid and you won't be disappointed...Exynox rhymes with equinox so let's hope it's the dawn of a new breakthrough in smartphone technology...

richardpandy says:

Im still waiting for a killer 4" screen phone. That's all I want!

NEmickeyfan says:

Whatever else you do in London, make sure you "mind the gap" lol

camiller says:

lol indeed.

On a related note, whenever I'm traveling in a foreign country I try to sample the local cuisine, for example next month in Ecuador I'm gonna try Cuy (pronounced "Kwee"). So as long as you are in England have some curry. ;) I liked Chicken Vindaloo.

Fuzzypaws says:

Being that a lot of your readers (like me) will be at work during the stream and unable to actually watch it as a video, doing a traditional liveblog where you summarize the events in text format so we can catch up in jumps would still be appreciated.

cbn4forums says:

Just hoping they release it in the US at the same time as Europe...

hmmm says:

Never going to happen... Thank our wonderful carriers for that.

ARich91 says:

Anyone know where I can watch this that isn't on facebook?

HTCSense says:

Or just download the Samsung Unpacked App

n0obpr0 says:

Yes! This is gonna happen during lunch for me =D!

major payne says:

Bugger to bad I can't stream at work.

b737thurman says:

Maybe they are going to announce a partnership with a company that knows how GPS works.

severinj says:

which one, samsung?

deltatko says:

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm ready to get this let down over and start building up the next major let down :)

icu says:

Can't wait for 20 minutes on the magic of sCloud! w00t

WeGlobal says:

Stupid Facebook stream

speculatrix says:

I am the only person who's getting a timeout trying to connect to ""?

Nev says: at the Moon Tower.

jchice2 says:

@Speculatrix :: No, I am too

speculatrix says: is showing a placeholder animation, so I am monitoring that in a different browser tab

d2globalinc says:

Why the heck is this streaming out through facebook.. Should be on youtube / google+, etc.

xemtra says:

ya, stream busted atm on Facebook. mobile app stream works but its jittery and freezes every now and then. atm its just looping the Teaser

speculatrix says:

xemtra, is that the facebook mobile app?

xemtra says:

no its the Samsung Unpacked app you can download from google Play store

speculatrix says:


speculatrix says:

I am getting this error from
Error establishing a database connection


blckz28 says:

speculatrix says:

the facebook page contains an iframe which has that buildjam URL in it, only they put in https:// not http:// which is odd.

going to on my android phone gave me a streaming link which is stuck at "loading".

blckz28 says: stream has started

butters619 says:

Live news feed can't handle the traffic...

Crispy says:

Event is live! Showing segement asking people about the GS3

speculatrix says: has a decently-sized video frame

major payne says:

App says can not play video... this totally sucks!

Jayshmay says:

11:03 wheres the spec sheet?!?!?!?

Crispy says:

I'm not sure why we're watching this - all the specs and details are already out!!

can we confirm SAMOLED PLUS???

Crispy says:

No Plus, its the same old *Pentile* AMOLED screen

WoW, sounds like a SIRI wannabe. When is the commercial showing Denzel asking for a reminder to take a cake out of the oven?

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