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Windows Phone 8 for Samsung Galaxy S3 – what you need to know

After months of anticipation, Samsung finally unveiled its Galaxy S3 smartphone to the world last night at an event in London.

The South Korean tech giant had taken a leaf out of rival Apple’s book, with a press event reminiscent of the Cupertino company’s product launches.

After the success of the Galaxy S2, Samsung really had to deliver with the follow-up – especially after the buzz surrounding the S3.

Samsung Galaxy S3 well received

But deliver it did, with a sleek and sexy device that features a larger screen than the S2, as well as powerful processor under the bonnet.

But while the Galaxy S3 will run Android Ice Cream Sandwich when it is released later this month, rumours abound that we’ll see it reincarnated as a Windows device later this year.

The tech world rumour mill was in overdrive ahead of the Galaxy S3’s launch last night, with all sorts of wild claims flying around.

But the prospect of a Samsung device running Microsoft’s upcoming OS was a particularly tantalising one, so what do you need to know?

Samsung Galaxy S3 specs the same for Windows

According to reports, Samsung does not expect to face much of a challenge adapting the S3 from Android to Windows Phone.

Microsoft is mixing things up for the Windows Phone 8 OS, with the changes meaning that the Galaxy S3’s hardware will be able to remain largely unchained.

So you can expect to see the same camera, display and NFC capabilities. But one key area that could be different is the processor.

The S3 features a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, but Microsoft boss Stephen Elop has made no secret of the fact that he thinks multi-core devices are a waste of battery life.

Samsung has established itself as a master of the Android OS, so it’ll be interesting to see how it handles the Windows Phone OS.