Last month, renowned smartphone prognosticator Eldar Murtazin floated a theory that Samsung was not about to rest on its Galaxy S II laurels, especially with the next iPhone on the horizon, and was pushing for the release of the next-gen Galaxy S III sometime this fall. With the Galaxy S II still not available in all markets globally, the idea of something bigger and better being just around the corner could certainly put a damper on sales. Luckily for those of you who just picked up a GS2, the Galaxy S III may still be a ways off, at least according to a Samsung exec in a recent interview.
J.K. Shin, Samsung’s President of Mobile Communications, spoke to Dow Jones about his company’s upcoming plans, mainly focusing on strategies for dominating the Android tablet market. While Samsung plans to step-up its tablet game, that doesn’t look like it will come at the expense of the company’s Android smartphones, with sales expected to exceed 60 million this year.
Shin wasn’t prepared to commit Samsung to anything, but offered the possibility that it may be working on the Galaxy S III with a launch date targeted for sometime in the first half of next year. We’re left guessing as to just what hardware changes might be in store for the next Galaxy S upgrade, but quad-core processors for smartphones will certainly be a reality by then, and if this is to be another flagship phone for the company, it would likely be featuring that kind of cutting-edge tech. Samsung would be hard-pressed to make the phone any thinner, but battery-capacity or display improvements could certainly be in the cards.