Samsung's well-documented problems with the pebble blue variant of the Galaxy S III have already seen upwards of half a million polycarbonate back covers reportedly destroyed.
Now it seems Sammy is scrapping the pebble blue back cover altogether, in favour of a darker shade described as “metallic blue”.
The exact nature of the manufacturing problem isn't clear, but various pictures have surfaced showing visual inconsistencies in the pebble blue finish that seem to have fallen foul of Samsung's quality control checks.
It remains to be seen whether Samsung is able to find a workable solution to the problem – and how long it will take – but in the meantime it seems the Korean electronics giant is substituting the pebble blue cover for a darker, shinier blue-grey shade.
Or at least that's how it looks from a new hands-on YouTube video that's surfaced over in Germany, with the featured handset looking a lot less blue than we remember, and quite a lot more gun-metally.
Now, being a privately shot video it's hard to be too sure just how different the two shades really are. And until Samsung actually says something on the record this is all just speculation anyway.
But it certainly isn't a bad look for the GS3 – even if it is just a little more mundane than the more colourful alternative we were expecting.