First Samsung Galaxy S III test shot

Apparently so. According to PocketNow, which discovered the photograph on photo sharing site Picasa, this rather unexciting image of three pot plants was taken with a Samsung GT-I9500 — the codename for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III.

The EXIF data doesn't give away a lot of juicy information, but it does say that the photo was taken on a GT-I9500 with flash enabled on December 26. The report also states the device appears to boast an "aperture of 2.65 and four-millimeter focal length."

TechRadar speculates that the shot — which appears to be of plants in an office — could have been taken at Samsung's headquarters in South Korea. There is certainly reason to believe that the image is genuine, according to PocketNow:

Adding further authenticity to the photo is the fact that the same shooter was testing a Galaxy S II back in January, weeks before it had been launched and months prior to release.

For me, the image doesn't really say many great things about the Galaxy S III's camera, if indeed it was taken on the new device. But it is, of course, an early test shot taken inside. So we shouldn't expect all photographs taken on the device to look this poor.

Samsung is expected to improve upon the Galaxy S II's 8-megapixel camera with the release of the third-generation device, introducing a new 12-megapixel camera. It's unlikely, however, that the device will get a quad-core processor, with rumors claiming it will feature the dual-core Exynos 5250 chip.

We're likely to hear a lot more about the device at Mobile World Congress 2012 in February.

What do you think to the Galaxy S III's first test shot?

[via TechRadar]