Yesterday morning, Mobot’s James Martinez was saying that the pebble blue variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III had possibly been hit by an unspecified manufacturing hitch.
Well, turns out that is indeed the case, as Vodafone and others have started warning customers not to expect their pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S III on May 30. Eek.
Vodafone tells Pocket-lint: "All customers who have pre-ordered the white 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S III should expect to receive their new phone on the UK launch date, 30 May.
"However, we’ve been advised of shipping delays for the 32GB marble white and the 16 and 32GB pebble blue versions.”
Big Red promises it’s doing everything it can to get the affected variants in its customers’ hands “as soon as possible”, which could be anything from two to four weeks.
Meanwhile, a post on the Clove blog confirms that first stock of the white Samsung Galaxy S III is now expected on June 1 instead of May 30, while the pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S III is expected on June 5 (TBC).
The Handtec blog has the white Samsung Galaxy S III pegged for May 31, with the pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S III release date simply “to be confirmed”.
It’s still not entirely clear what has caused the delays, though many whispers are pointing to the back of the pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S III.
A press release doesn’t shed much light: “Samsung’s GALAXY S III Pebble Blue version comes with a newly invented blue colour and special hyper-glaze material.
“In order to meet the highest internal quality standards and to provide the best quality GALAXY S III to customers, a short supply of Pebble Blue version is expected in some regions in the next 2-3 weeks.”