Although Samsung was expected to unveil the Galaxy S III about three months ago at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the South Korean company said it would make an announcement during a separate launch event.
Samsung’s decision affected some of the US-based carriers’ roadmaps for Q1/Q2 2012, or at least on them. Unveiled back in January at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD was slated for an AT&T release.
However, this never happened due to various reasons and those wondering whether the smartphone is still on track for an AT&T launch will be disappointed to hear that Samsung has decided to cancel the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD.
This doesn’t come as a surprise, especially in light of the recent Galaxy S III official announcement, which is expected to arrive in the United States this summer.
Although Samsung did not disclose any details regarding the Galaxy S III availability and pricing in North America, we expect almost all carriers will add the smartphone to their portfolios at some point.
Most Canadian operators already confirmed they would carry the Samsung Galaxy S III, though none has made any comments on the phone’s exact release date or specs sheet.
Given the fact that Samsung may introduce the Galaxy S III in the States as early as June, we see no point in launching another device that might have no real impact on the smartphone market.
The Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD is inferior to the Galaxy S III in all aspects. The former comes with a slightly smaller 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720 x 1280 pixels) resolution and features Corning Gorilla Glass coating.
It was supposed to be shipped with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread out of the box, with the possibility to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich platform at some point.