Samsung: no decision yet on Galaxy S III launch date

Samsung: no decision yet on Galaxy S III launch dateWe'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.

Via TheNextWeb

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blizzard7  Jan. 27, 2012 at 19:14

It's not really a secret that Apple releases new iPhones every summer (or later if they don't get their act together) so if they launch in the spring they'll be fine.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 27, 2012 at 19:20

It's not really a secret for Samsung as to what the iPhone 5's internals will be, no doubt Sammy are making most of them.

Treab  Jan. 27, 2012 at 19:28

Rofl Matt

take as long as you want sammy take as long as you want it makes Matt :'( lol

blizzard7  Jan. 27, 2012 at 19:45

It's not really a secret for Samsung as to what the iPhone 5's internals will be, no doubt Sammy are making most of them.

Why does it matter what's inside the iPhone 5? Doesn't matter what specs it has, Samsung is making a phone that runs Android not iOS. Chip manufacturers also have a clear progression so there's only two or three reasonable choices for a flagship phone.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 27, 2012 at 19:52

Blizz I wasn't just being a troll :p, I was referring to:
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 best as best as it can.

(Ignoring the typo, I'm sure "best", should have read "bets").

Treab  Jan. 27, 2012 at 20:08

I dunno it best to keep your best close to your chest

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 27, 2012 at 23:39

I've been reading, again, and rumour has it that whether or not Samsung announce the S3 at MWC the phone will still come out at the same time (the date mentioned was just "April"). The S3 just may have a shorter time period between announcement and going on sale.

If you look back at last year the S2 we saw at MWC wasn't the same phone that went on sale, Samsung changed the SoC from the Tegra 2 to the superior Exynos 4210 between MWC and the phone being available to buy.

February 'til the end of April is a long time to wait, I mean look how short Apple make the time between announcement and launch for the iPhone each year.

bex85  Jan. 28, 2012 at 12:43

My partners just got the S2 and I really like it. We were discussing me selling my Sensation to get one as, as much as I love the Sensation I think the S2 is a better phone, that and Vodafone branded Sensations have a huge problem with signal loss. With the rumoured specs of the S3 though, I think I'm going to wait it out (afterall, haven't had the Sensation *that* long) as the 12mp camera really appeals. To match Sony's effort they need to, as do HTC for that matter! I think they need to announce the phone at least, maybe not a release date but, definitely confirm specifications and give some hands on time.

martinjjames / MOD  Jan. 30, 2012 at 14:37

Blizz I wasn't just being a troll :p, I was referring to:
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 best as best as it can.

(Ignoring the typo, I'm sure "best", should have read "bets").


*groan* sorry, as far as typos go, not a great one. Just tried reading the sentence 10 times at high speed as punishment. Did my bets but sometimes that ain't good enough ;)

martinjjames / MOD  Jan. 31, 2012 at 10:50

I've been reading, again, and rumour has it that whether or not Samsung announce the S3 at MWC the phone will still come out at the same time (the date mentioned was just "April"). The S3 just may have a shorter time period between announcement and going on sale.

If you look back at last year the S2 we saw at MWC wasn't the same phone that went on sale, Samsung changed the SoC from the Tegra 2 to the superior Exynos 4210 between MWC and the phone being available to buy.

February 'til the end of April is a long time to wait, I mean look how short Apple make the time between announcement and launch for the iPhone each year.



Fair point, and today more than ever before those long delays just aren't being tolerated. If even Nokia (traditionally one of the worst culprits) is managing 6-week turnarounds, Samsung isn't going to look too clever taking 10+ weeks for what's sure to be one of the highest profile launches of the year.

What was really bizarre about the Tegra-to-Exynos switch last year was how the whole thing surfaces literally within a few days of MWC finishing. You've got to think someone was dragged over the coals for that one...

martinjjames / MOD  Jan. 31, 2012 at 10:51

I've been reading, again, and rumour has it that whether or not Samsung announce the S3 at MWC the phone will still come out at the same time (the date mentioned was just "April"). The S3 just may have a shorter time period between announcement and going on sale.

If you look back at last year the S2 we saw at MWC wasn't the same phone that went on sale, Samsung changed the SoC from the Tegra 2 to the superior Exynos 4210 between MWC and the phone being available to buy.

February 'til the end of April is a long time to wait, I mean look how short Apple make the time between announcement and launch for the iPhone each year.



Fair point, and today more than ever before those long delays just aren't being tolerated. If even Nokia (traditionally one of the worst culprits) is managing 6-week turnarounds, Samsung isn't going to look too clever taking 10+ weeks for what's sure to be one of the highest profile launches of the year.

What was really bizarre about the Tegra-to-Exynos switch last year was how the whole thing surfaced literally within a few days of MWC finishing. You've got to think someone was dragged over the coals for that one... (edited for random formatting!)

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