Samsung Galaxy S3 could be just a month away

Conflicting reports are clashing over the launch date of the red-hot Samsung Galaxy S3. Will they or won't they?

Will they or won't they? That's the question on everybody's lips as conflicting reports clash over the launch of the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S3.

We had our fingers crossed the S3 would be revealed in the next month, until reports began to surface that the S3 will be delayed . Now it seems Samsung is still trying to make up its mind.

The Verge reports that the S3 won't be unveiled in February. But notorious Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin reckons not only will the phone be unveiled next month, it'll be in shops in April.

It's now a month until Mobile World Congress , the annual mobile trade show where phone companies gather in Barcelona to showcase their wares for the coming year. The S3 could take a bow there, but there a few reasons Samsung may decide to hold back.

The expected S3 will be the follow-up to the smash-hit Samsung Galaxy S2 , the biggest Android smart phone going. The S2 was announced at MWC in February last year, so a year later would be a logical time for the S3 to take a bow.

But the S2 only actually launched on US phone networks as late as December of last year, and as the strongest rival to the iPhone it's clearly still got a lot of life left in it. So we wouldn't blame Samsung for holding back the S3 to make the most of the S2's success.

Samsung may also decide to hold back from the scrum of new phones unveiled at MWC to differentiate the S3 from the pack. After all, a little company called Apple never turns up at MWC, and yet seems to be doing quite nicely , thank you very much. If any phone launch can challenge the hype and spectacle of an iPhone announcement, surely it's the S3? 

All this speculation is whipping up to fever pitch -- but what will the S3 be like? Hit play below to check out our video roundup of the rumours surrounding one of the biggest phones of the year.

Whether or not the S3 turns up at MWC, CNET certainly will. We're hitting the Barcelona phonefest in force, so keep it CNET UK for all the up-to-the-minute phone and tablet news, previews and videos.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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