We've been a bit down in the dumps over the last couple of days at the news that the Samsung Galaxy S III won't be in Barcelona at MWC next month, just cos Sammy has been slow to get its predecessor out the door in the US.
But there's a glimmer of a chance that we're jumping the gun in writing the S III off as a no-show, as the official line from Samsung itself is that no decision has actually been taken yet.
To recap, the supposed logic behind Samsung leaving its next Android high-flyer off the MWC menu is that the Galaxy S II is currently selling rather nicely over in the US (where it launched later than in Europe), and unveiling its successor might see sales grinding to a halt.
But when asked about the matter directly during the company's earnings call this week, a Samsung representative answered: “we are still reviewing several options when to launch, so we will let you know when it is decided.”
That doesn't really say anything at all, and specifically doesn't clarify whether Mobile World Congress is in fact one of those options, or whether it's several options other than at MWC, but that's what we have to go on for now.
Aside from its ongoing sales success in the US (and here too, while we're at it), the Galaxy S II is surely influencing Samsung's thinking in another sense too: having established itself as the leader of the Android pack in taking on the iPhone, the Galaxy S III is being labelled as a guaranteed challenger to the iPhone 5 from day one, in a way that no Android handset has been in the past.
And with Apple doing its usual trick of keeping its iPhone launch plans firmly a secret, Samsung is no doubt trying to hedge its bets as best as it can.