Network carriers in South Africa may have revealed a valuable clue as to when Samsung’s anticipated Galaxy SII follow-up will appear for public sale. Samsung has been outspoken in its denials that a Galaxy SIII will surface at either next week’s Mobile World Congress, which begins in Barcelona on Monday – or a separate Samsung hosted event set for March 22nd.
MTN, Cell-C and Virgin networks have reportedly all said that they will be looking forward to stocking a new Samsung Galaxy model, which MTN claims will replace the Korean co.’s current Android über-smartphone – the Galaxy Nexus – and that it will arrive early in the third quarter of 2012.
After Samsung shot down any hope of a SGSIII appearance at an upcoming press event in France on Thursday 22nd March, this leaves us wondering – if the gadget actually goes on sale in around July, when will the initial announcement be made? The Galaxy SII debuted at the MWC in March of 2011 and hit the mobile market in May – two months later. The Galaxy Nexus was announced in October of the same year, to go on sale in the UK and Europe just one month later on November 17.
Despite the denials, we’re still kind of hoping that the third coming of the Galaxy S model arrives at the March event, but linked with today’s speculation that would leave a whopping four months between reveal and retail – unfeasible in today’s competitive and ever-developing mobile market.