It's always strange to see a company directly comment on rumors about its own products, but Samsung doesn't seem to take issue with it, as a statement they made to The Verge late last night confirms.

The latest speculation Samsung has cracked down on has been in regard to the Galaxy S III, stemming from a ZDNet Korea article that indicated the device would be unveiled next month. Here's the rough Google translation of the original tweet from Samsung's Korean arm regarding the issue:

[Please note] Some known through press releases Galaxy S3 4 월 stand is not true. Once a specific launch date we will notify you via Twitter first.

And here's the official English statement made to The Verge:

The successor to the GALAXY S II smartphone will be unveiled in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product. We cannot confirm the detailed information at the moment.

The takeaway? The Galaxy S III, if Samsung calls it that, will be unveiled at some point this year before the end of June, and commercial availability will follow soon after. Of course, if you're salivating specifically for a US release timeframe, that's even more up in the air - given that the first Galaxy S II variants to land in the United States came a full 4 months after the international launch.

Let's hope Samsung and, let's not kid ourselves where the blame lies for this disparity, the "big four" carriers in the US can cut down on the release lag a bit this time around.

TheVerge, Twitter

David Ruddock
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  • Fysi

    In other news the sky is blue and the grass is green.

  • William D

    Everytime a company says "Oh thats not the name" or "Oh we dont know when it will be out" means "We have a name and date selected, we just want to create hype and artificial demand" FACT.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

      Depends on the company...

      Look at Google...It's fairly clear they didn't have any clue when ICS was coming out ;)

  • Mike Niccum

    US release is part of the reason it isn't being released until later. They said they were trying to put the us and international versions out closer together by delaying the international release and hence the announcement. July/August sounds about right for the US and May/June for the international version.


    So sick of you guys complaining about how long it took to get to the US.

    Bout time you guys got to experience what others experience around the world.

    Now we get delayed so you guys aren't affected as bad? fknbs.

    • J Rush

      Hey, let's tell Samsung the international version isn't that important. Clearly you can wait right? I mean, if the people in the US are so impatient, you can wait for them to release it to us first right? Oh but wait, international is getting delayed. Now you know how we feel.

      Sucks huh? Yeah, get over it. You can wait just like we did.

  • L boogie

    If Samsung is sticking to its simultaneous release for this phone then by all means, let them handle their business especially if it means everyone gets their hands on the gs3 and while we're at it, the g-tab 11.6. Lets be patient after all, if the gs2 won phone of the year though verizon had its reasons for not carrying it, I think its only right this time to wait & see.

  • http://www.statsprofessor.org/ StatsProfessor

    So so much for the 4.8" edge to edge screen???

  • Anthony

    I think the who;e reason they are not releasing the phone early is because they said they wanted it to be available to everyone pretty much the same time. Unlike with the release of the GSII, where it was release in Europe months before the US. So keep fingers crossed.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

    Just to clear it up for anybody who hasn't heard or read about it, Samsung is delaying release internationally so that they release on relative parity with the US (which always experience delays based on a combination of FCC certification and politics related to cell carriers).

    Samsung has admitted they are delaying the announcement because they want it to be closer to the release date instead of having a 2-3 month space between telling the world about it and actually selling it. Basically, they are taking a note from Apple...

    I sorta thought it was obvious, but maybe it should be said out loud. Samsung is doing this to save on, or rather, increase the value of their marketing dollars. Rather than release the phone internationally and spend money telling the world about it (all of that effort wasted on the US), and then 6 months later they are in the peak of marketing those phones in the US while they have to spend money showing off completely different phones internationally. This isn't about tricking people, or making US customers happy, or pissing off international customers...it's just about telling everybody in the world about the same product at the same time so they don't have to keep repeating the message for nearly a year.