Pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S III hit by major production glitch?

Pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S III hit by major production glitch?Seems like pebble blue is the new white. Or it would if the other colour the Samsung Galaxy S III is available in wasn't already white.

The point is, just like with the long-delayed white Apple iPhone 4, it looks like production issues are hitting the pebble blue Galaxy S III, issues that is likely to result in the handset failing to launch on time in certain markets.

Ubergizmo reports that Samsung has had to trash as many as 600,000 of the pebble blue Galaxy S III's outer shells due to an unnamed manufacturing issue that isn't affecting the plain white shell.

As a result, some pre-order sites around the globe have apparently started to confirm delays to the handset's rollout – one potential downside of that simultaneous global rollout Samsung so proudly boasted about at the Galaxy S III's unveiling earlier this month.

Until the unnamed issue is resolved, Samsung will obviously be forced to rely more heavily on the white version. To what extent, however, isn't yet clear: several UK retailers have reportedly confirmed being well stocked in both white and blue variants, so it's clearly not a problem on the same level as the glitch that saw the white iPhone 4 failing to go on sale at all for more than six months after its initial unveiling.

Much will depend on how long it takes for the issue to be fixed – you can be sure Samsung will be working hard to get the problem sorted as quickly as possible, and until that happens will probably be working even harder to keep the news from spreading too widely.

Have you pre-ordered the pebble-blue Galaxy S III? Received confirmation of any delays to your order? Feeling a little... well, you know – blue? Drop us a line and let us know...

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JanSt / MOD  May. 28, 2012 at 13:49

The ugly-alert went off...happens all the time :p

devgon  May. 28, 2012 at 14:49

I have the blue in stock in my store
so the story above is just rumour mill

and non comaprable to the farce iphone 4 suffered, that was plain emabrassing

bettsy  May. 28, 2012 at 18:14

Seems like it's only networks that are getting the short supply of Blue. White's will be the only readily available colour for launch.

It's embarrassing to think though that on this level of launch that they can't get the basics right. How did it take 600,000 units far into the production life for it to be realised that the backs aren't right? Certainly not the best press for Samsung.

JanSt / MOD  May. 28, 2012 at 19:16

Seems like it's only networks that are getting the short supply of Blue. White's will be the only readily available colour for launch.

It's embarrassing to think though that on this level of launch that they can't get the basics right. How did it take 600,000 units far into the production life for it to be realised that the backs aren't right? Certainly not the best press for Samsung.


Good question... like Palm's first Pre - though that was worse: the units were already iin the shops #oops

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