iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Samsung Galaxy S3 Won't Launch On March 22nd

Having already confirmed that the Galaxy S3 smartphone won't be launched at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung has now also said the device won't appear on the 22nd of March at an event it is holding (apparently in France), as had been rumoured (ed : we were told by Samsung's PR that journalists will be flown to the event, so we can safely assume that it won't be held in the UK).

The Korean tech giant, it seems, is following in the footsteps of other phone manufacturers like Google, Apple, Nokia and RIM by holding exclusive events to launch flagship products.

The Galaxy S2, which remains one of Samsung's most successful handsets, was launched on the day before the start of Mobile World Congress last year, together with the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Cnet's Luke Westaway reckons that Apple might be looking to "steal thunder from an Apple announcement" which could well be the iPad 3, although we're not sure Samsung would have the guts to do that.

As for the S3, the wildest rumours point to a curved 3D screen, a 4.6-inch display with a 720p resolution, a 12-megapixel camera, 2GB RAM, a quad core chipset and Ice Cream Sandwich.