Monday, January 30, 2012

Samsung to delay Galaxy S III intro until after MWC: rumor

Samsung has decided to delay the unveiling of its next superphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III. Originally believed to be heading toward an announcement at Mobile World Congress at the end of February, sources are now saying that it's likely that is no longer going to happen.

It seemed almost a done deal that Samsung would introduce the GSIII at the 2012 MWC; after all the GSII was introduced at the 2011 MWC. However, there is some speculation that Samsung didn't want a recurrence of the long delay between a device's global launch and a U.S. launch, which is what happened with the Galaxy S II.

Assuming that rumor pans out, what will Samsung announced at the 2012 MWC? One would assume the 2011 world's largest smartphone manufacturer would have something up its sleeve. Rumor has it that the company will unveil a new Galaxy Tab Android tablet, one with a 2GHz Exynos 5250 processor, with a 10-inch-plus display and a WXQGA (2,560 × 1,600) resolution, running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x).

The press has been assuming that Apple's next iPad, the iPad 3, would sport a 9.7-inch 2,048 x 1,536 resolution screen and be a "retina display," so if the resolution rumor is true, Samsung has a "retina display" tablet of its own --- unless the display is significantly larger than 10 inches.

There are some rumors, however, that Samsung will announce a Galaxy Tab 11.6 at MWC, which would mean a screen size of 11.6-inches.

That's all well and good, but as we've pointed out before, tablet buyers are less impressed with specifications and hardware than they are the experience and use of the device.

It's possible, as well, that Samsung will announce a new set of Windows Phone devices, as yet another rumor has Microsoft making some sort of announcement at MWC.

All will be clear in about a month, as MWC begins on Feb. 27, 2012.

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