MWC 2013 preview: Samsung

MWC 2013 preview: SamsungRight, we’ve already previewed Huawei, HTC and LG (noting that I might’ve jumped the gun with the latter). Now it’s time to speculate over what we might see from South Korea’s favourite manufacturer when Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 opens its doors on Monday.

We almost certainly won’t see the Samsung Galaxy S IV, and we’re told not to expect a press event, but with a propensity for churning out devices of all shapes and sizes, we won’t be surprised if Samsung has a ton of new stuff on display. Heck, we might even be talking double figures. 

MWC 2013 preview: SamsungFor starters, JK Shin has already confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will be in attendance. A recent appearance teased a device that looks part Samsung Galaxy Note 2, part Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

Rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 specs include an 8in display (800 x 1280) with S Pen compatibility, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front webcam, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a choice of 16 or 32GB internal storage (with microSD), a 4,600mAh battery, and Jelly Bean (Android 4.2).

Sticking with the tablet theme, Samsung is tipped to have as many as three tablets in the works, with the 8in Galaxy Tab 3 in particular being detailed of late. Not a great deal to go on, but a benchmark suggests a device with an 800 x 1280 display and Jelly Bean (Android 4.2). So, er, much like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

MWC 2013 preview: SamsungPerhaps most interesting of all is the Samsung Galaxy Q, a device tipped to have a folding display – with no horrible bezel down the middle. It’ll inevitably cost a fortune, but we’re liking the sound of this guy; two 5.3in 1080p displays folding out into one.

In addition to the folding display, Samsung Galaxy Q specs are thought to include a dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP/2MP camera combo, 3,500mAh battery, and Jelly Bean (Android 4.2). Want.

Continuing the notion of Samsung being sickeningly prolific, a recent benchmark outed no less than five – yes, five – unannounced Sammo devices.

I won’t go into the specs here, as they don’t make for particularly exciting reading (hit up the blue words above, if you're interested), but they are the Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2, Samsung Galaxy Star, Samsung Galaxy Young, Samsung Galaxy Frame, and something called the Samsung GT-I9150.

In conclusion, Samsung is expected to keep a fairly low profile, but might announce as many as 10 new devices. Or more! Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that Samsung’s first Tizen handsets are rumoured to be heading for Barcelona too.

Shall we list them? Yeah, let’s list them. Go:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Three Samsung Galaxy Tabs (including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3)
  • Samsung Galaxy Q
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Star
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
  • Samsung Galaxy Frame
  • Samsung GT-I9150
  • Samsung Tizen handsets

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14 comments

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 22, 2013 at 14:02

The SGS4 will be called the Higgs Boson - CERN will sue.

Tizen will be sued by Tyson... or Dyson, I forgot.

Oh... wrong thread.

Excellent article, Mr Lewis.

Pondlife  Feb. 22, 2013 at 15:22

Just not enough samsung phones are there ;)
Was expecting Ace 3 too though tbh.

Just read rumour that one of those benchmarked samsungs is expected to have qwerty, though it was a sixth one that didn't make the list above as it had surfaced briefly before..

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 22, 2013 at 16:21

Samsung's QWERTY phones have been awful. Wouldn't expect anything but some budget ChaCha-type thing. They can't make a decent slider. They can't. Can't.

Pondlife  Feb. 22, 2013 at 16:57

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 22, 2013 at 18:49

Samsung's QWERTY phones have been awful. Wouldn't expect anything but some budget ChaCha-type thing. They can't make a decent slider. They can't. Can't.
Or won't, as they don't sell very well.

Pondlife  Feb. 22, 2013 at 19:03

Well they seem to want to cover every other base including pointless tiny screened ones.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 22, 2013 at 19:08

Well they seem to want to cover every other base including pointless tiny screened ones.
Someone must be buying them, or they wouldn't be making them.

Pondlife  Feb. 22, 2013 at 19:31

Obvious answer to that one. Ativ S.
Or their plethora of tablets that don't seem to sell worth a damn for that matter.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 22, 2013 at 20:00

Obvious answer to that one. Ativ S.
Or their plethora of tablets that don't seem to sell worth a damn for that matter.


Free Galaxy 7 tab with Samsung NX1000 White http://www.argos.ie/static/Browse/ID72/14419441/c_1/1|category_root|Photography|14419436/c_2/2|14419436|Digital+cameras|14419441/r_001/4|Brands|Samsung|1.htm

Pondlife  Feb. 22, 2013 at 22:19

So that's cameras they can't sell worth a damn too ;)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 22, 2013 at 22:25

Well... Ireland's broke. Broken and broke... Don't think cameras over €50 are high up anybody's list currently.

Pondlife  Feb. 22, 2013 at 22:28

So is that link

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 23, 2013 at 00:47

So is that link
Too true

Pondlife  Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:51

Just seen an advert offering a 7" tablet with a Note 2 purchase, seeing as fairly similar in size doesn't seem the best thinking, does show them still needing to get rid of tablets though

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