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Samsung: Galaxy SIII Will Be Unveiled Closer to Commercial Availability, Not Happening at MWC

And there you have it. When Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicks off at the end of this month, you can set your sights on offerings from the rest of the smartphone world, as Samsung confirmed this morning that they will not be unveiling their new flagship, the Galaxy SIII. They plan to hold a special separate and self-hosted event for the device that is closer to “commercial availability.” Basically, that means that they don’t want to announce it at MWC and then have everyone sitting around waiting for 4 months before they can get their hands on it. You could call this the “Apple approach,” but it certainly sounds like they are going to wait until the device is on the verge of shipping before making it official.

Here is the statement:

The successor to the Galaxy S II smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product.

Oh, and they will have other products at MWC to check out. Rumors have it that we could see the follow-up to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, assuming you are all still interested in Android tablets.

Via:  Pocket-Lint

  • eric f

    I just want  the awesome clock app

  • Anonymous

    Go Samsung for this. Please copy apple when it comes to product releases; that and marketting are what they do best.

  • df2rools

    Making themselves more like apple every day…

    scary things to come!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

    we are turning into apple if we think the sgs3 will look like that. please dont tell me were going to say “quad-core” for 2 years strait and never actually see a phone with it

  • PC_Tool

    Wait…is it 4:00…or 10:09???

    Gahh…..!!!!

    • Anonymous

      And it’s June before July where I live.

  • Thelegendofdavid

    Im curious to see if this bad boy comes loaded with ics. Also curious to see how samsung is gonna wiz it out…..guess we’ll find out in june.

    -David Sf, ca
    Proud owner of a g-nexus

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

       I don’t think there is any doubt that Touch Wiz will be included on this phone.

      • Thelegendofdavid

        Damn shame. Im sure that wiz stuff will hinder the speed of the os

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanf Jonathan Fingas

    Samsung isn’t having the greatest week: first it’s being investigated by the EU for patent abuse (not mentioned on DL yet) and now there’s no GS3 at Mobile World Congress.  Yes, the GS3 might have shipped at the same time with or without MWC, but it also means more press time for Apple.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      I guess they’ll have to cheer themselves up with their bazillions of dollars they’re making from selling bazillions of phones. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Time to trade in the iphone4

  • Anonymous

    I’m interested in <=$300 tablets.  Hopefully we'll see an 8" hit that price point.

  • Vapirware

    What does this have to do with the Galaxy Nexus?

    • Anonymous

      Nothing

  • Anonymous

    I like this better then announcing and waiting months, basically speculation on release date. Announce and release is better then waiting.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I totally agree. One of the problems with Android manufacturers, is they announce a product and then make us speculate for 6 months when we might see it. And by the time it finally becomes available, the next big thing is being leaked.

      • Anonymous

        Kellex can we please not use that ridiculous Mock UP? . . . it really looks silly.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed.  I much prefer the one from the last GSIII post.

        • Anonymous

          Really? I love everything about this rendered phone. I’d love a phone that’s all screen, no (or nearly no) bevel at all.

          • Butters619

            I would not be able to use a phone without a bezel. There would be nothing to hold and I would always accidentally hit the screen.

          • Matthew Rosidivito

            I feel like it would be very difficult to hold it without inputing touch commands to the screen. I also think that the buttons on the bottom are too close. I’d fat finger everything. Finally, what a horrible clock widget. I’d rather look at the stars to figure out the time than that thing.

      • arrow in the knee

        Yep look at what happened to the bionic

  • Anonymous

    “…assuming you are all still interested in Android tablets.”

    Is there a reason not to be? Or do you mean just because of the market saturation that Android tablets have so far been engaging in?

    • Mario

      I’d bet he’s referring to the obvious ‘convergence’ we’re seeing.  Phones are quickly becoming tablets if not personal computers in their own right. 

      • Anonymous

        Good point

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          And because they still aren’t selling heh.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Pengwnmastr Mitchell Johnson

            Well with the current economy and the price some manufactures are trying to sell them for, I can see why.

            Here’s my problem with tablets and the reasoning for why I haven’t purchased one. Why should I buy and carry around a tablet when I’ve got my phone, which fits in my pocket and does the exact same thing.

          • angermeans

            Thats part of it, but the other is that Honeycomb wasn’t El Googs best release of all time. Not only that, but Motorola seems to think they can charge $799 for a tablet that lacked flash, a working SD card slot (it had one, but as we all remember didnt work at launch), and an 8 month late promise to 4G. Android OEMs need to realize that they cannot charge premium for an OS that doesn’t have all that great of an app lineup. I’m sure that Android tablets will start to get market share, but it wont be like the phone market. If a tablet costs $499 or more than it better be something special otherwise most will just get an iPad. I’ll be the first to admit that I love my Xoom, but I’m awaiting to see if the iPad 3 will have a quad core A series processor, retina display, etc. I’ll probably always have an Android tablet, but I’m like the poster above I want a <$300 Android tablet as spending anymore is not worth it to me, and although I'm not excited to say it the iPad is a better product through and through. 

  • Dream

    The statment saids S2 ??

    • Anonymous

      It says the successor to the SII, as in the SIII.

    • Anonymous

      When the statement is only one sentence you really shouldn’t be skimming…

  • EC8CH

    I for one am interested in the follow-up to the Galaxy Tab 10.1