South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics might not unveil new devices at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, the latest reports on the matter suggest.Apparently, the company does not plan on holding press events at the Conference, “people familiar with the matter” have confirmed to Pocket-lint.
The handset vendor was previously rumored to plan the launch of new devices at the largest mobile fair at the end of February, but it seems that it won’t be doing so.
In fact, the aforementioned news site notes that, while the vendor will indeed be present on the floor at MWC, it will not unveil new products at all.
Galaxy S IV, the successor of Samsung’s last year flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, has been rumored lately to be set for a March unveiling and expected to land on shelves starting with April or May.
Other Android-based handsets from the leading mobile phone maker were also expected to become official in the first quarter of the year, but it seems that none will emerge for the first time at MWC 2013.
Last year, Samsung made a similar move with Galaxy S III, announcing the device a few months after the global conference in Spain.
For the time being, however, it seems that Samsung wouldn’t offer specific info on its plans for MWC 2013, nor would it comment on the unveiling timeframe for Galaxy S IV.
Other top mobile phone makers will be present at the trade show, it seems, including Nokia, which has already announced plans to host a press event in Barcelona on February 25.
Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC, on the other hand, will hold a similar event one week before the fair, in New York. The company has already sent out invitations to it, and might announce a new flagship Android smartphone there, the M7.