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Samsung: Next Galaxy S Due by Midyear, but Not in Time for Barcelona

Samsung confirmed on Wednesday that the next of its flagship Galaxy S phones won’t be on display at this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

While it plans to show some new mobile devices in Barcelona, the Galaxy S III won’t be one of them.

“The successor to the Galaxy S II smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product,” the company said in a statement.

One reason for the timing could be a desire to tie the new product’s launch more closely with the Olympics, of which Samsung is a major sponsor. Marketing exec Younghee Lee told AllThingsD that Samsung wants to use the London Games as a vehicle for a major product launch.

Samsung Mobile is airing its first-ever Super Bowl commercial on Sunday, touting the 5-inch Galaxy Note “phablet.”

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus