Samsung has put rumors about an expected debut of its highly anticipated Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 to rest after confirming that the handset will have a separate launch event in the first half of the year. Below is its official statements:
Samsung - "Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 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."
The confirmation may come as a surprise as the current flagship model, the Galaxy S II made its debut at the same event a year ago. The spotlight now is on what new mobile products will be introduced in place of the Galaxy S III at MWC 2012.
The An3DBenchXL 3D benchmark database seems to suggest the existence of a "Galaxy S II Plus" model, which is powered by a 1.5GHz processor and runs on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. This is not the first time that Samsung will be releasing a "plus" version of its smartphones. Its first Galaxy S smartphone received a Galaxy S Plus refresh last year.
Another rumour pointed to a possible launch of a high resolution Samsung tablet at MWC 2012. Alleged specs include a 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a dual-core Exynos 5250 processor clocked at 2GHz.