Samsung Confirms Galaxy S III Announcement Coming “First Half Of Year” At Dedicated Event

Any rumors, stories, tips, leaks or hints surrounding a Samsung Galaxy S III announcement at Mobile World Congress in the coming weeks can now be put to rest as TechRadar received a statement from Samsung directly pertaining to the launch of the Galaxy S III:

“Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012.

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.

Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world.”

What’s truly interesting here is Samsung acknowledging the “delay” of a phone they never announced. In that regard, it’s not really a delay at all, it was our own set of expectations given that Samsung used last years Mobile World Congress to launch the uber-popular Galaxy S II. Furthermore, on January 27th, a statement by a Samsung representative during their earnings call stated that the company was “still reviewing several options” for launching their next flagship device. Given that, this quote from Samsung is hardly surprising.

There are a number of reasons we can consider for this decision by Samsung, the first being the still strong sales of the Galaxy S II and Samsung may not want to cannibalize those sales. The second consideration is that Samsung wants to delay the release to rival the next iPhone widely expected to launch over the Summer. The third and last possibility that we are considering is that Samsung is experiencing either a delay in manufacturing or is still deciding what internal hardware to use in the new device. Let’s also take note that Samsung’s current anti-Apple advertisements show they are still willing to push their current lineup and if they want a dedicated event to highlight their newest phone, who are we to complain?

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  • http://twitter.com/chiu0nthls chiu0nthls

    nice!  just in time for an upgrade

  • Anonymous

    Yes, nice timing for my upgrade in late July, my G2 has served me well so my next phone has to be a great one too!

    • J-Hop2o6

       Same here. SGS3 FTW!

  • Mars

    I’m still using an original MyTouch 3G. FINALLY due for an upgade! I’m still debating on getting a GS2 or waiting for the GS3. I’m not sure how much longer I can stand this dinosaur! Should I wait?

    • Dnyyanks62

      Same boat as you. My MyTouch 3G is on life support at this point. I’m going to wait for the GS3. Might as well if we’ve waited this long.

      • Tbyrne

        Wait for the GSIII. I waited for the GS2 and it was worth the wait.

    • Phozfate

      how long you willing to wait? the sII was out , what more than 6 months before it came to the US

      • Enoel69

        My hunch is it should be less than that this time around…Sammy probably has realized the US market to very crucial therefore needs to get this device from the get go

        • Anonymous

          Competition is tough during the holiday season so I’m sure they’ll hold off the US release until mid-October, or around the time the iPhone 4G/5/6 comes out.

    • Anonymous

      Yo the GS3 probably won’t even land on TMO until October again at the soonest.  That’s a long wait while your using a craptastic MT3G.

  • Enoel69

    Just give me a revamped Galaxy Nexus with a few hardware improvement…upgraded chipset to a 1.8GHz TI OMAP 4470 chip, 12Mpx rear and 2mpx front cam, 32GB internal storage, same size 4.65″ 720p HD super Amoled screen but the device to be less than 130mm tall by reducing the space at the top and bottom, and ofcuz a bigger battery 2200+mAh. Some of us will gladly trade a little girth for more juice, even if the device is 12mm thick..besides the Nexus one at 11.5mm thickness still felt thin in my hand..so 12 0r 13 mm thickness is nothing if that means a bigger battery.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, go stats!

  • Caseybea

    Best phone I have ever had is my current Galaxy S.    Sadly, it’s EDGE, but..   otherwise, awesome.    The GSII and the GNexus are both really good, but too limited in a few ways that I hope get addressed by the GSIII.  *That* will be worthy of shelling out several hundred bucks to get.  

    I wonder if the announced GSIII, when it arrives, will actually work on tmo’s network at high speeds?   I really really want to get an International unlocked version….  

  • JustSaying

    When is mobile world.? April?

    • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

      Close to the end of February.

  • Anonymous

    Welp, MWC just got a lot less interesting.

  • Anonymous

    I hope it comes out soon! :D

  • Jimkenobi

    My guess is that they will try to get it out before apple drops iPhone 5.

  • Anonymous

    Hehe, Samsung release a Android & WM8 SGSIII

  • pinto

    fingers crossed for aws bands on international version!!!

    • Anonymous

      As i’ve pointed out to many and my dearest friend @481996014194f2b10065408ffdfe179d:disqus in the past, you shouldn’t HAVE TO KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED.  AWS incompatibility has bit this carrier so hard in the ass, that DT has felt it time and time again.

      • pinto

        its worth it. perhaps they will do a gsm release like they did for the G-Nex. that would make sense from a manufacturing standpoint, however what will the US carriers demand…

        • Anonymous

          Be that as it may, it’s still a hindrance. Only now that radios are packed in S.O.C – like configurations it may be easier for future implementations. Ultimately it’s up to t-mobile to play nice and get the device. The manufacturers can make just about what they want. It’s about the up front order. Supply and demand, ladies. T-Mobile can’t afford to take chances especially not now. They have to bet wisely on their high end.

  • ABEL2FRESH4U

    THIS IS NOT TMOBILE NEWS. SINCE TMOBILE DOES NOT HAVE THE GS2II

    • Anonymous

      T-mobile does have a galaxy s 2.

      • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

        You are all correct except for ABEL2FRESH4U, T-Mobile does not carry the Galaxy S Tutu.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      T-Mobile carried the original Galaxy and the Galaxy S II, it’s a fair assumption to think they will carry the Galaxy S III.

    • Tbyrne

      You’re missing some brain matter.

      Posted using the T-Mobile branded Galaxy S2.

    • Guest

      You must be littlesis’s older brother! Nice to meet you! lol

  • kahlayoh

    I’m getting one of these with AT&T as a company phone while I have the GS2 for tmo on my personal line!! Can’t wait!

  • Thecityboy781

    hope the tmo SIII has the 5250 exynos processor not that horrible snapdragon p.o.s processor

    • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

      If it wants to use HSPA+ 42 then it needs Snapdragon.. unless the new Exynos supports HSPA+ 42, doubtful though.

      • josue cifuentes

        yeah but no one will ever reach that 42MBPS speed….i have the SII and i dont wanna let go of it 

  • Mdub

    You won’t see this phone till next fall at the earliest. They are still heavily advertising the GS2 so I’d say if they unveil it in the spring or early summer it won’t be available till sept to dec.

  • Littlesis1774

    I give on t-mobile phones a long time ago. I tried the android and hated it core. If T-mobile won’t get iphone then shame on them but it won’t prevent me buying unlock which is what I should have did in the first place. They tried to convince me to get another phone but I told my dad screw them. I got burnt on HTC HD2 thinking it was good replacement for the iphone and boy was I wrong. I seen complaints about other android phones as well. My brother phone screws up to. I keep my tmobile because of it pricing but I never buy a T-mobile phone again. T-mobile you need to realize that it not the phones that people are coming for but it the pricing and I am telling you and you better listen. If you want stay competitive with big boys of AT&T, Verizon and Sprint then you need better selection of phones. You need to stop raising hidden fees and drop the restoration fee because it making more expansive and pushing customers away. Don’t ignore the existing customers either that will drive them away as well.  Stop with iphone bashing with those commercials because it kinda a turn off. I think it odd for someone who said that they wanted the iphone but blame apple you sure do have a funny way of showing it.

    • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

      You sound like a child, that is all.

      • Guest

        You forgot to add stupid, uneducated child ;) Wait… it be kewl 2 talk skreet! Pathetic…

        • phonegeek

          Hahaha

        • Littlesis1774

          Say what you like but it does not change the fact that I don’t like android phones

        • Realcool2000

          Lmao

        • WATUSAY99

          U GOT BURNED WIT HTC HD 2?? UHMMMM… THAT WAS NOT AN ANDROID PHONE.. N RESTORATION FEES?? .. U ONLY GET THEM IF U DO NOT PAY AND UR SERVICES R DISCONNECTED.. TMOBILE SEND OUT 3 MSGS BF UR SVCS ARE INTERRUPTED SO U NEED TO START TELLN DADDY TO PAY HIS BILLS ON TIME.. :)

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Please, no caps lock!

  • Freakyricky

    yay cannot wait for the s3 good thing over here in mexico TELCEL doesnt screw us like cellphone carriers screw there customers in the US with cellphones by getting them months late ,telcel gets the phones right when europeans get them. I guess ima have to sell my s2 cuz i had it since it berly came out same thing with my arc im going to have to sell them.

  • Likeag6

    Like freaky riky said below me us people in the US are screwed with this phone because carriers im not talking only t-mobile im talking all carriers here at&t, verizon, sprint, t-mobile will etc will probably get this phone till like next year LOL ;/ sucks it really does suck.. thats what happend with the s2 europeans even mexicans got the s2 long time ago the s2 came out in the US almost a year later . when we finally get the s3 most likely they will be announcing the s4 or something in europe .

    • phonegeek

      Even Mexicans? Sounded kind of wrong. Let’s just say we in the US ended up jipped.

      • Damien

        I think what he’s saying is that an almost 3rd world and poor country(Mexico) got the S2 first before the U.S.  Nothing wrong about it.

        • Marcool

          i agree wit damien i dont think what like a g6 sounds wrong. It just pisses me off that even third world countrys get better phones than us in the US. I was just in el salvador last month which u gotta admit is even more poor than mexico and i walked in to a claro store (cellphone store) and it pissed me off that they also had all the same phones europeans get they had the original s2 , nokia n8 and many more awesome nokia phones which never get announced here in the US and the sony ericsson satio with a 12 mp camera and the arc so yea it sucks.

        • Realcool2000

          It does sound wrong and anyone that thinks its ok to make a statement like that has issues that they may or may not be aware of.

          If likag6 meant that a poor third world country got the phone before us he should have worded it that way, he knows English and I sure he means what he said.

          No need to try and pretend his statement wasnt derogatory, and make up what you thought he means or want him to mean.

          When Likeag6 or anyone else says “EVEN MEXICANS got the phone long time ago ” that implys, insinuates, allludes and suggests that a race of people is of a lesser status. In our English language, thats exactly what his statement means.

          Alot of people make prejudiced, small minded, and ignorant statements and are to stupid and lazy to know any better.

          Alot of people also defend individuals that make biased, belittling, and short sighted remarks because they are just as stupid as those that made the statement to begin with ( or they agree with the statement in full ).

          That statement by Likeag6 isnt something anyone should get used to and wasnt cool by any means, so dont prerend it was. Dont try and make up some spin on the statement either to make it seem ok, cause you cant.

        • Realcool2000

          Also …..why are you so mad a country that is poorer than yours gets a phone before you do anyway, Marcool.

          You should be happy that a poorer country gets something cool. Whats wrong with you……?

        • Realcool2000

          It does sound wrong and anyone that thinks its ok to make a statement like that has issues that they may or may not be aware of.

          If likag6 meant that a poor third world country got the phone before us he should have worded it that way, but he didnt, he said ” even Mexicans “. Likeag6 knows English and Im sure he means what he said.

           No need to try and pretend his statement wasnt derogatory, and make up what you thought he means or want him to mean.

          When Likeag6 or anyone else says “EVEN MEXICANS got the phone long time ago ” that implys, insinuates, allludes and suggests that a race of people is of a lesser status. In our English language, thats exactly what his statement means.

          Alot of people make prejudiced, small minded, and ignorant statements and are to stupid and lazy to know any better.

          Alot of people also defend individuals that make biased, belittling, and short sighted remarks because they are just as stupid as those that made the statement to begin with ( or they agree with the statement in full ).

          That statement by Likeag6 isnt something anyone should get used to and wasnt cool by any means, so dont prerend it was.

          Dont try and make up some spin on the statement either to make it seem ok, cause you cant.

        • Deff

          try not to cry about it. it’s a phone blog… go back to your tumblr tab ^^

        • Realcool2000

          There were no tears shed in the typing of my post, sorry to disappoint you.

          Everyone already knows this a phone blog, so don’t waste our time stating the obviuos.

          Your views, resistance and hostility toward the exposure and discussion of racially belittling comments is noted.

          I hope the full meaning in my post ( this one and the other two ) is apparent and not lost to your diminutive comprehension.

  • seo marketing

    I hope it comes out soon! .visit 2ezasia website.

  • Realcool2000

    The GS3 sounds awsome! I have only had my GS2 for a month , but I will gladly upgrade when the new one comes out.

    Any chance for a track pad of some sort please…..

  • Yepvegas

    We may have received the S-2 after the rest of the world at least T-mobile is selling the best version of the this phone available. Better processor,larger of the available screens and larger battery capacity.