The South Korean company was also named the Device Manufacturer of the Year at the MWC 2013 ceremony, after becoming the global market leader for smartphones and mobile phones. Receiving the award for the second year running, the prize recognises the technological innovation achieved by Samsung.
Presented with the Best Smartphone award for the flagship Samsung Galaxy S3, the gong recognises the device's “world beating smartphone experience with uncompromised performance” says the GSM Association. The award was also in response to overwhelming customer demand, as Samsung has already sold over 40 million units of the handset worldwide.
“2012 was a defining year for Samsung that saw us set new records in the mobile industry,” said JK Shin, Samsung’s Head of IT and Mobile Communications. “The judges have recognised Samsung’s innovation across multiple categories. At Samsung we are committed to changing the way customers around the world experience mobile technology, in all categories and markets.”
Samsung Galaxy S4 rumours
Samsung award recognition comes just weeks before an anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4 launch at the Samsung Unpacked event now confirmed for March 14, just two weeks after MWC 2013 finishes.
According to pictures leaked online, the Samsung Galaxy S4 release date has been teased as April 22, a suitable launch timetable to keep the next Samsung flagship ahead of other Android rivals like the Sony Xperia Z and LG Optimus G Pro.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 could potentially play host to a 2GHz Exynos quad-core processor, as rumours of eight-core innards have mostly now been dismissed, supported by 2GB of RAM and the option of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal storage options.
Expected to launch with Samsung’s newest TouchWiz 6.0 UI coupled with the latest Google OS, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, as seen in the Google Nexus 4, the Samsung Galaxy S4 could also feature a stunning 5-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display.
Also tipped to appear are 4G LTE connectivity, an energetic 3100mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.
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