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Is The Galaxy S III On Hold To Make Way For the Galaxy S II Plus?

The expectation that Samsung would launch its Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress this month was blown out of the water yesterday when the Korean company announced that the device would get its own dedicated event during the first half of 2012. And there may be a good reason why the device is on hold: a Galaxy S II Plus.

This new device, which reportedly sits in between the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S III in terms of specifications, has shown up in a benchmark database called An3DBenchXL. It’s powered by the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread operating system, with a WVGA display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor — that’s the same chip that features in the Galaxy Nexus available on Sprint.

In comparison, the Galaxy S II features a 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor. In the benchmark tests, the Galaxy S II Plus achieved a total score of 54,675, while its predecessor only manages around 37,500. The new device — if it does make it to market — will be a lot faster, then.

Samsung has been known to release slightly improved “Plus” handsets in the past, particularly with its last generation of Galaxy devices. So we certainly won’t rule out the possibility of seeing this handset at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. But would anyone really want it?

Knowing for certain — thanks to Samsung’s official announcement yesterday — that the Galaxy S III will launch during the “first half” of this year, will many Android users be all that interested in anything else?

What do you think? Would you buy the Galaxy S II Plus knowing that the Galaxy S III is just around the corner?

[via PocketNow]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...