Samsung “Still Reviewing Several Options” For Launching Galaxy S III

This week started out with some uncertainty on the Samsung Galaxy S III launch and while it’s ending with the same uncertainty, we’re not completely empty handed. As it turns out, the Samsung earnings call held a little goodie for those of us carefully listening regarding the existence of the Galaxy S III. For what it’s worth, I don’t think anyone actually thought the Galaxy S III didn’t exist, but Samsung had yet to publicly acknowledge such a device by such a name. During Samsung’s call this week, a company executive named Mrs. Younghee Lee acknowledged the existence of the smartphone in response to a question regarding the launch date. Mrs Lee responded, “We are still reviewing several options when to launch. We will let you know when it’s decided.”

Also of note was the discovery of Samsung model GT-I9300 on Samsung’s support site early this morning. This is one of the highest model numbers discovered for a Samsung device (Galaxy Nexus was i9250), which is leading to some speculation that the i9300 is in fact the Samsung Galaxy S III.

So why the potential delay? Well first, it’s not really a delay because it’s not announced. Samsung can’t delay a non-existent announcement. The other suggested reason for the delay are rumors that multiple versions of the Galaxy S III exist and Samsung is still deciding which model to take to production. Samsung could choose to use their own quad-core 1.5GHz Exynos 4412 processor, but there is a chance they could also decide to use a next-generation dual-core 2.0GHz Exynos 5250.

Given all of this, the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona looks less and less likely, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We’re perfectly content with letting Samsung take their time perfecting their next-generation flagship device and release it when it’s ready to take on the world.

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  • nerdlust

    Wow either processor sounds good to me just give me an led notification light.

    • Drewan8

      YES AN LED NOTIFICATION LIGHT..DRIVES ME CRAZY NOT HAVING ONE…..the sprint version of galaxy s2 has a notification light..

  • Fixxmyhead

    exynos 5250 please

  • Anonymous

    exynos 5250 with GOOD BATTERY please

  • http://twitter.com/meek_420 Mike

    i HOPE this would be a worldwide release, but past experience says tmobile will be the last to release the Galaxy  S3…SMH!

    • Anon

      Think of it this way. We were first to release the galaxy s 1. (Vibrant) It was crippled for the most part. Then we release the GS II with a faster processor than the competitors. I’d rather wait a bit and have a better phone.

  • JBLmobileG1

    I’d prefer the next generation dual core. Like my G2… it may not have been a 1ghz processor like my Nexus One however it was the next generation of its time and it still out performed the Nexus One despite only an 800mhz processor. In fact it probably out performed most 1ghz processors during that time. Plus I heard of people actually overclocking it to 1.5ghz which is crazy.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      Actually your G2 IS a 1Ghz processor, just merely down-clocked to 800Mhz.  The same way the Sensation is a 1.5Ghz dual core processor down-clocked to 1.2Ghz dual core.

      • JBLmobileG1

        Really? I didn’t know that. It doesn’t make sense to why they’d down clock the processor speed when most higher end phones during that time were 1ghz. In fact mentioning that it was 800mhz could have changed ones mind when purchasing the phone at that time because it was less than the others. Although if you were into the technical side of things you would have known that the G2 was just as good. I do remember hearing that the 800mhz processor was like a dual core… however that was false.

  • http://twitter.com/MattLaney_ Matt Laney

    Maybe now I will want to trade in my Vibrant.

    • Anonymous

      i still have mines also

      • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

        yea I still have my Sensation,,

        • Lazera Thompson

          Sensation with a ICS rom that runs near perfect! 

    • Phozfate

      what is the fascination with the vibrant? Such a horrible phone

      • Kgbkny

        Ditto. The Vibrant was a crippled phone with major functionality issues.

        • http://twitter.com/MattLaney_ Matt Laney

          Mine runs PERFECT.  Also there is a great Dev community.  The Vibrant has a great version of ICS while the GS2 is still waiting.

        • Scurvymeat

          I still have my Vibrant. Got it on the release day.
          Just waiting to see what comes out next. Want a good phone with ICS already on it. And personally I want an LED notification light more than anything.
          Went from BB to G1/BB to Vibrant… and I miss that damn little light

  • Anonymous

    Happy Days!!!! YAY!!! It would be great for a quad-core 5520 @ 2GHz….GAME CHANGER!!!!

    • Enoel69

      I think quad-core 2GHz Exynos 5520 chip should be reserved for Tablets..seems all that on a phone is purely over-kill..but a dual core 2GHz 5520 should be fine on a phone.

  • Anonymous

    how about Galaxy note for t-mobile..

    • Anonymous

      I really want that phone!

  • Anonymous

    I’m hoping they’re waiting so that they can release one phone worldwide the same way Apple does. Having 4 versions of the same phone only hurts the consumer.

    • Kevinmarchibald

       Will either of the two processor choices be compatible with HSPA+ 42 or 84? Otherwise, T-Mobile will likely go with a Qualcomm again.

      • J-Hop2o6

        The next gen Samsung chips are (or should be) 42 HSPA+. So Tmo won’t touch it.

  • mercy666

    They can take all the time they want I would lime to also recomend to have a worldwide release with the same version. I just hope the final product looks like the picture above, if this is officially what the S3 will look like, I’ll wait.

  • kahlayoh

    Wow…can’t wait till this release!! Maybe they’ll wait for the iphone 5 to drop and compare sells…LOL! Plus no need to overclock if it’ll be 2Ghz…insanely fast!! 

  • Anonymous

    well my contract is up with tmo…for months now!  I just waiting to see what they got coming up.  Although, I do wanna get the galaxy s 2 in white.  I hope they get this phone and the galaxy note.  I really dont want them to spend or give all that money to apple the ipone.  They can put that money to good use on there network, like adding more aws band for international unlock phones and the iphone

  • Roshan

    heared the KOREANS will soon get their galaxy S4. THEY MUST BE TIRED WITH THEIR GALAXY S3 AND GALAXY S2 HD.

  • Mark Hennessey

    +1 on Notification LED and while we’re at it, how about a battery that can make it 36 hours or so…  

    • Yourboyfrombk

      if there was a phone that could last that long you wouldnt have that phone you have in your hand

  • Derrickps3

    another galaxy s phone????  but it looks nice tho, i like how the screen extends all the  way to the edges of the phone

  • http://twitter.com/CactoesGel Dean Darkblue

    Will T-Mobile ever get any of the following phones:

    1. Galaxy Nexus
    2. Galaxy Note
    3. Galaxy S3

    NO!  That’s right, I answered my own question because I’m frustrated with T-Mobile. LOL

    • Jason

      What a well thought out and logical post!

    • Anonymous

      I feel your pain bro! Why can’t we get crap loads of phones like AT&T!!!

    • Tbyrne

      Will Dean ever stop complaining about the following:

      1. T-Mobile Phones
      2. T-Mobile Phones
      3. T-Mobile Phones

      NO! That’s right, I answered my own question because I’m frustrated with dean. :(

      • http://twitter.com/CactoesGel Dean Darkblue

        LOL, I have a Vibrant. I rest my case.

    • Dfirrballwow

      You can always go window shopping at ATT and see them phones. Or do what I did already I went south Korea and bought galaxy S3. And yes it is a greatttt phone

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VBJ5Y5AO47AZSVVVBSFEBI6GVU karma l

      go to south korea and buy all that now.

    • Enoel69

      I will guarantee they will get two out of the three…the GNex and the GS3. They’ve always had the Nexus and so will they again this time w/ the GNex, and they have the GS2 now so certainly when the GS3 comes out they will carry it or a version of it. I will say 99.99% two out of the three.

    • Don

      you can get the gal nex now unlocked if you dont mind paying. i “had” it but sold it after two days. its not all that. went back to gs2. gs2 on gingerbread is much more stable than the bleeding edge ics. with tmos track record. we will get gs3

  • Johndforney

    What is the name of the live widget in the picture?  Is it a future ICS widget or is it available now?  I want it.  Too cool.

  • BurnedOnce

    After 3 Successive Samsung device purchase in a row, the vibrant being the last one. As far as I’m concerned there will be no further Samsung purchase from me! Mind you the quality of all of my previous devices was top notch, other than the gps crapola in the vibrant all 3 worked just awesome! No sorry Samsung the reason your out of reach is your crappy customer service and upgrade policies.
    I’m even willing to pay a fee extra each month to make sure that the updates keep coming but no vendor as of yet has even thought about service past the point of cashing the check.

    • rene ledesma

      that is the main problem with samsung, excellent ing dept, excellent design, crappy customer service, horrible software support and upgraded policy..
      If samsung get to the point, and understand the value in customer service, is then when they became number 1all around, until then, excellent hardware, but no software support, mean nothing.

  • Yepvegas

    Hopefully the SG3 will be released in a single form factor globally so that the aftermarket can make cases and that equal the options that eyephone enjoys. 

  • Cmbryantsr

        @charlesB2924,   I don’t think it’s fair that what we paid for our Galaxy SII and T-Mobile will not update our phones. So when will Sansung step in to help things along so disappointed in T-Mobile.