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Was the Samsung Galaxy S3 missed at MWC?

Mobile World Congress is over for another year; it’s time for the world’s biggest mobile manufacturers to pack up their stalls and head home.

It has been another great year for the event that was once seen as a fairly minor date in the tech world’s calendar.

But our ever-expanding use of mobile technology has put MWC firmly on the map in recent years, and 2012 was no different.

One manufacturer that had a better time than most was Samsung. The South Korean tech giant showcased a number of new devices, and picked up a couple of awards along the way.

Winning Best manufacturer, as well as Best Smartphone for the Galaxy S2, at the GSMA awards rounded off a near-perfect year for Samsung.

So with all the excitement, we almost forgot that we had expected to see the S2’s follow-up at this year’s event. But did we miss it?

Samsung Galaxy S3

The Galaxy S2 at last year’s MWC was the smartphone of the event, wowing reviewers and fans alike. So we had expected to see the follow-up this year, but it wasn’t to be.

But there was still plenty of ‘wow’ factor coming from Samsung at MWC, not least from another new smartphone.

The Galaxy Beam was unveiled at the start of MWC, and had people talking about it throughout the event. Who needs an S3?

The Beam is pretty low on specs, with a 1GHz chip, a 5MP camera and a 480 x 800 pixel display. But it is the Beam’s projector that was really turning heads, capable of projecting a 640 x 480 50-inch image.

Samsung tablets

And if the first decent projector phone the world has ever seen wasn’t enough to take your mind off the Galaxy S3, then the new tablets unveiled at MWC surely would.

The most exciting was the Galaxy Note 10.1 – a fully-fledged tablet version of Samsung’s  Note ‘phablet’ that was released last year.

With all the excitement, we’d almost forgotten that the S3 is just around the corner. It certainly wasn’t missed at MWC, but we’re still counting the minutes until its launch.