The Samsung Galaxy S III seems to be a victim of its own success
. Actually, the real victims here are those Canadians who pre-ordered the phone, expecting it to ship by June 20th. Not only was that date leaked as the Canadian launch date for the handset
, it was also the date that Best Buy Canada and the Future Shop said it would release the phone on
. Now, a tweet from Samsung Canada changes everything. The message says that it will be June 27th when the Samsung Galaxy S III launches in the country and blames the delay on "unprecedented demand
". While no official figure has ever been revealed for the pre-orders, before the international launch of the unit a Samsung executive said that 9 million units had been reserved
. As amazing as that number was, that figure was apparently compiled prior to the start of pre-orders in North America.
Besides the tweet, Samsung released a statement that basically says the same thing as the message posted on Twitter, but also adds that any shortages are expected to be short-lived as the Korean based tech giant "ramp(s) up production
". The question now is, what happens to the launch dates released by the U.S. carriers offering the phone. T-Mobile
, Sprint and AT&T have mentioned a June 21st launch date
, while Verizon pushed its date back 1 day to July 10th
. U.S. Cellular will be releasing the device later next month.
This is the second delay for the Samsung Galaxy S III as the blue version of the international model was delayed when Samsung destroyed 600,000 back covers in Pebble Blue
. From a particular angle, the cover would show white splotches and Samsung decided that it needed to replace them.