Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Samsung denies earlier April GS3 launch date rumors; will use Twitter to announce

Samsung has taken to Twitter, refuting an earlier rumor that their next Android superphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III, would launch in April.

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Admittedly, that earlier rumor was just about a launch event, not actual shipments anyway, but it had been reported to come from Cheil Worldwide, Samsung’s marketing and advertising agency.

Samsung's Tweet said (roughly, via Google Translate) that "Once a specific launch date [is scheduled] we will notify you via Twitter first." In other words, don't call us, we'll call you.

Samsung also sent along the following tidbit:

"The successor to the GALAXY S II smartphone will be unveiled in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product. We cannot confirm the detailed information at the moment."

While Samsung is discounting the earlier launch date rumors, other, more device specific rumors continue to float. As with the iPad 3, info about specs has leaked, and these are what are expected for the Galaxy S III:
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor
  • 4.8-inch “full HD” 1080p resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio display
  • A 2-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera
  • Ceramic case
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
The sooner Samsung can unleash the GS3 onto the world the better for the device's sales. Apple is rumored to be trying to pull in the iPhone 5 date to the summer schedule that iPhone refreshes had stuck to for years prior to the iPhone 4S.

Whether that's true or not remains to be seen, but one reason Samsung might be making this move was the criticism the company received for the slow U.S. device rollout vs. the rest of the world.

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