Pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S III hitting the UK on June 22

Pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S III hitting the UK on June 22Through the week there was some debate about a demo video of the Samsung Galaxy S III that appeared to feature a metallic blue version of the handset seemingly as a workaround solution to the manufacturing issues that have affected the pebble blue variant.

However, not everyone agreed that the handset in the video actually wasn't just the existing pebble blue shade under different lighting conditions, and now it doesn't matter: Samsung has confirmed that the genuine article will land in the UK on June 22.

The blue Galaxy S III was all set to go on sale alongside the white model on May 30, but was delayed at the last minute after Samsung discovered a quality control issue that affected the finish of the blue polycarbonate shell.

More than half a million destroyed cases later and we were all fearing a repeat of the white iPhone 4 fiasco, which saw the white version of Apple's handset delayed by more than half a year while the company fixed an issue not discovered in development.

Happily, though, it seems Samsung's problem isn't anything like as bad, as staff at the company's flagship Stratford store have confirmed to The Inquirer that they're expecting the first shipment of the blue handset on June 22 – less than two weeks away.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 9, 2012 at 13:55

I just played with a Pebble Blue SGS3 in an O2 store here in *&^%$*^&, Ireland.
They had the demo and 5 boxed units o_O

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 9, 2012 at 14:56

What're your views on the S3 (irrespective of colour)? I've not had chance to play with one yet.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 9, 2012 at 15:41

What're your views on the S3 (irrespective of colour)? I've not had chance to play with one yet.
I don't think it matters :p

I'm seriously tired of Android. I can't even say WHY, exactly.
Okay: It feels better than the SGS2.
I didn't try any of the gimmicky 'new' features, but those aside, I think I'd prefer the HTC One X.
But I s'pose for the hardcore tweakers and modders the Samsung has the better specs?

Oh, yyaaaahaaaawn :p

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 9, 2012 at 17:13

So basically it's the fastest phone money can buy, but with stock firmware isn't as "pretty" as a One X? Any compelling reason to buy one over an S2 (for someone who isn't bored of Android)?

I'm not intending to buy one, I'm just interested to hear what you think. All the professional reviews say the same things, they're so predictable. I hope the Galaxy Note 2 is more interesting than the S3, if I had have realised how disappointing the S3 was going to be I'd probably have bought a Note when they came out, bearing in mind I rarely use my phone to make phone calls, the size of the Note is actually quite good.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 9, 2012 at 17:23

Agree re. Note 2. In fact: The Note "1" is more interesting, imho...
If I still had an SGS2, there's no way I'd 'upgrade' to "3".
But of course, I didn't play any heavy games or edited photos... I really only had a 10 minute play.
Also: I find the Huawei G300 is better than the Play LOL

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 9, 2012 at 17:39

I agree, in hindsight the original Note is a more interesting device than the S3. If the Note 2 has the specs that were suggested in the article that was published the other day, I may have to get myself one.

A Nokia 3310 is better than the Play ;).

AhmadCentral  Jun. 10, 2012 at 22:29

Even a Lumia is better than the Play....

Ok i take it back :p

Yeh i've heard of a few stores in my area having the blue in stock as well. And i know a mate who got his blue one delivered so i'm not entirely sure how thats happened seeing as samsung aren't releasing them till the 22nd.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 10, 2012 at 22:42

It happened because Samsung received 9 million pre-orders for the S3 and only had to scrap ~500,000 blue cases, therefore there should still be around 4 million (plus the extra ones they produced to sell to people who hadn't pre-ordered) blue S3s floating around.

I think the tech media "blue" (excuse the pun) the shortage out of all reasonable proportion.

AhmadCentral  Jun. 10, 2012 at 22:52

Agreed, from what i was reading it sounded like a nuclear bomb had gone off in samsung land and destroyed all blue phones whilst the white ones were all safe in an underground bunker....

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 10, 2012 at 23:03

It was a noteworthy issue, but it wasn't anywhere near as serious as media outlets (incl. Mobot, if I remember correctly) were making out. Stock destined for non-preorder sales will have been diverted to fulfil pre-orders and any remaining stock will have gone on general sale. Since the shortage was only ever expected to last a few weeks, I didn't really see the issue myself.


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