Samsung Denies Galaxy S III April Release Date

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Samsung has said Twitter users will be the first to hear when the Galaxy SIII hoves into view

Samsung has denied rumours that the Samsung Galaxy S III is to be released in April.

The heavily-rumoured successor to the popular Galaxy SII was absent from Mobile World Congress (MWC) earlier this month, but is expected to be released in the first half of this year.

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In a tweet posted in Korean, the company denied the reported release date published in some of the press and said once it had a specific date, it would notify users via Twitter.

Samsung later confirmed its position in a statement which read: “The successor to the Galaxy S II smartphone will be unveiled in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product. We cannot confirm the detailed information at the moment.”

It has been reported that the manufacturer will hold a media event in France later this month, with the Galaxy S III heavily tipped to make an appearance.

The Galaxy S III will have some big shoes to fill as the Galaxy S II has sold more than 10 million units worldwide, contributing to Samsung breaking its own sales record by selling more than 300 million handsets in total during 2011. It also released the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the latest Google flagship smartphone which was the first device to run version 4.0 of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Despite the absence of the Galaxy S III, Samsung made waves at MWC, unveiling the Samsung Galaxy Beam, a projector phone capable of displaying a 50-inch high-definition image on various flat surfaces. The company also unveiled the successor to the Galaxy Tab, the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2, which is set to be the focus of Samsung’s continued efforts to usurp the market-leading iPad.

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