The Galaxy S III, though it's not being called that by Samsung, will be launching on the third of May this year at a Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in London. That's the word from, who've received an official invite from the Korean company to "come and meet the next Galaxy." An anonymous Samsung employee has also confirmed the news to DDaily over in Korea.

Samsung has been insistent in not yet naming its successor to the Galaxy S II, perhaps because it's planning a change in nomenclature or maybe just to keep us all on our toes. Still, "Galaxy S III" is a convenient shorthand for the next flagship Android device from the company. Following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S II will be tough, as that phone set new benchmarks for responsiveness and user experience when it launched, leaving Samsung with no alternative but to try and blow us away with its followup. One thing the company has working in its favor is the deep secrecy with which the GSII successor has been surrounded: we've heard talk of a quad-core Exynos processor and integrated LTE, but its spec sheet and appearance remain highly enigmatic.

Update: The invitation has now made its way to our mailbox as well, confirming a 7PM BST / 2PM EST start time on May 3rd.

Update 2: We've spotted the Galaxy Note commercial below, where the Note owner is excitedly making an appointment for May 3rd. Coincidence or a knowing teaser from the guys at Samsung?