Flip-Flop: iPhone 5 Drops Something, Samsung Galaxy S3 Picks It Up

The iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 will arguably be the biggest smartphone launches of 2012. While the quad-core HTC One X was officially announced, and leaked pictures of the Motorola Blade surfaced, they can’t seem to hold a candle to the hurricane that is the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 rumors.

iPhone 5 & Samsung Galaxy S3 home button conundrum

Now the latest reports coming in suggest that both smartphones will be doing a little ‘flip-flop’ when it comes to the home button. As we know, both the predecessors, Samsung Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4S, feature physical home buttons. However rumors suggest that the iPhone 5 will drop its physical home button in order to make available more real estate for a larger display.

At the same time, the Samsung Galaxy S3 which is expected to launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich preloaded, will get a home button. This is peculiar given that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phones don’t require physical navigation buttons (e.g. Samsung Galaxy Nexus). The reason behind this is because ICS features on-screen buttons. According to the report, Samsung made a last minute decision to include a physical home button after already deciding to drop it.

Home button or not, we’re sure both smartphones will be hot sellers. We’ll keep you posted as more develops.