LAS VEGAS: KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has told The INQUIRER that it's planning something big for Mobile World Congress, explaining that as the reason for not showing off smartphones at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
We caught up with Samsung at its stand at the Las Vegas technology show today, and grilled the Galaxy S3 maker about why it hasn't announced any new smartphones at this year's CES. A spokesperson told us that the firm is planning "something exciting" for MWC in Barcelona next month, although they added that everything is a tightly guarded secret at present.
The launch might be a secret at the moment, but the spokesperson added that Samsung will be launching multiple devices at MWC. Of course, we had to ask whether we'd be seeing the firm's next generation flagship smartphone at the Barcelona mobile technology show, the Samsung Galaxy S4, but it was unable to comment at present.
We're doubting that we'll see the long-rumoured Galaxy S4 at MWC, though, as Samsung has recently opted for Apple-style launch events. Last year for example, Samsung announced its Galaxy S3 smartphone at a glitzy launch event in London, as it attempted to create the hype surrounded by its rival's iPhone and iPad launch events.
Instead, we're probably likely to see Samsung's latest mid and low range smartphones - a new addition to its budget Galaxy Ace range, or a cheap alternative to its top end Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S3 smartphones.
Of course, as well as attending CES, we'll also be at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month to report what Samsung and the rest of the mobile phone industry put on show. µ
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