As rumours of possible delays began gathering speed, Samsung has finally released a statement confirming that there will be a short wait for its upcoming smartphone, the Galaxy S3.
“In order to meet the highest internal quality standards and to provide the best quality Galaxy S3 to customers, a short supply of Pebble Blue versions is expected in some regions in the next two-to-three weeks.”
The delay is thought to originate with a manufacturing error at one of Samsung’s production plants resulting in the disposal of 600,000 back covers. Though originally the error was only thought to affect Pebble Blue versions, a spokesman from Vodafone commented:
“All customers who have pre-ordered the white 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 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.”
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Other UK phone retailers, such as O2, have also put forward statements:
“Samsung has said there is a worldwide shortage of blue Samsung Galaxy S3s so they will be available in extremely limited numbers.”
“Although we expect to receive stock shortly, we are contacting customers who may have pre-ordered this colour to let them know there may be a slight delay, and to reassure them we will look to fulfil their order as swiftly as possible.”
The Galaxy S3 features a 4.8” Super AMOLED screen yet still manages to be slim as well as light, a mere 133grams. The phone runs Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is powered by a quad-core processor more commonly found in many laptops, far surpassing the dual-core powered iPhones. More powerful and energy efficient, the upgraded processor can easily accommodate HD video on its 1280x720p resolution screen, with no blurring or stuttering.
The smartphone also features an impressive eight megapixel rear camera, the same as the iPhone 4S and previous S2, with a 1.9mp front camera, capable of sensing what the user is doing, such as not going to ‘sleep’ as long as the user is looking at it. The voice control system, ‘S-Voice’, is very similar to the latest iPhone’s equivalent, ‘Siri’, but is no less impressive for it enabling the phone to perform search and tasks on command.