images_35The Guardian online, a well connected and established UK newspaper, is reporting that Samsung will no longer showcase their highly anticipated Android based handsets at the Mobile World Congress starting next week in Barcelona. The phone apparently will not be unveiled until “the second half of this year” and its no-show at the MWC will leave many Android and mobile phone enthusiasts disappointed.

According to the Guardian, the head of marketing for mobile devices at Samsung, Younghee Lee, has cautiously revealed that Samsung are working to an internal deadline for an Autumn/Winter release. As the number one manufacturer of mobile phones in the UK, this will come as a disappointment to many. The Samsung Tocco touchscreen device was the number one phone for those signing up for a monthly contract in the UK, and no doubt Samsung are hoping their high-end Android device will enjoy the same success.

It is possible that the success of the Tocco is still so strong that Samsung are happy to wait a few more months before releasing another similar specification phone. This would avoid cannibalising sales from the Tocco and provide Samsung with more time to iron out any creases with their new Android based handset.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.