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 iphone x screen protectors best buy the Barcelona phonefest in force, so keep it CNET UK for all the up-to-the-minute phone and tablet news, previews and videos, Tell us your predictions down in the comments or on our wildly inaccurate Facebook page, Conflicting reports are clashing over the launch date of the red-hot Samsung Galaxy S3, Will they or won't they?..
CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. The Korean electronics giant achieved £26.7bn in total sales across its whole business over the last three months, of which £2.9bn was clear profit. We're not sure how much of that cash will be spent on a party, but we'd hope it's most of it. It's been a rosy year for Samsung, with it proudly announcing 300 million phone sales in 2011. Unsurprisingly, most of those sales were attributed to the Galaxy S2, but sales of the Note, the Nexus and the currently non-existent Galaxy S3 are sure to boost these numbers handsomely in 2012.
Samsung's phones made up around 45 per cent of its total earnings, with its semiconductor sector also making some healthy wonga and its display sector -- particularly its glorious TVs -- reportedly generating £3.5bn in sales, Impressive stuff, sure, but the shine is rubbed off a little when you bear in mind Apple's monster figures, including a record profit iphone x screen protectors best buy of £8.3bn, Much of that profit came from the sale of the iPhone 4S, of which 37 million were sold in the last 14 weeks of 2011 alone, Considering Apple has one phone against Samsung's galaxy of, er, Galaxies, we can't help but tip our hat to Apple on this one, In fact, the iPhone outsold all Android phones put together in America, although it lags here in Europe..
Still, Samsung is infinitely healthier than Nokia, which posted a total loss of £800m at the end of 2011. It reckons the Windows Phone Lumia 800 didn't launch in time to prevent this loss, so will certainly be hoping for more positive figures in 2012, with the Lumia 800, the cheaper Lumia 710 and the upcoming high-end Lumia 900. There's everything to play for this year and with Mobile World Congress just around the corner, we're really excited to see what the figures look like later in the year. In the meantime, drop us your market analysis in the comments below, or over on our impecunious Facebook page.