Is the launch of the international version of the blue Samsung Galaxy S III delayed?

Is the launch of the international version of the blue Samsung Galaxy S III delayed?
Speculation has been flying that the launch of the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is going to be delayed. The reason might have something to do with the news from Tweakers.net that 600,000 pebble blue battery covers for the device had to be destroyed by Samsung because they were defective. Originally, the handset was to have a global launch at the end of this month followed by a summertime launch for the the three countries hosting the LTE bversion of the phone: the U.S., Japan and Korea. Of the trio, the U.S.is expected to receive the device next month. A Scandinavian gentleman who pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S III, told Reddit that he had received an email telling him that his pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S III has been delayed from the original shipping date of May 29th because the supplier has stopped all deliveries in Scandinavia.Strangely enough, Phandroid received an email from retailer Negri Electronics confirming that there will be a delay in launching the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The strange thing about it is that the email says it is the white version that is going to be released later than expected.We are unsure whether or not this delay will affect the launch of the U.S. model. Earlier Friday, we told you that a leak reported by T-Mobile called for a June 20th launch of the phone on that carrier. That matches the date that the Samsung Galaxy S III will launch in Canada according to a leaked ad. And while the phone has already been launched in Dubai and the UAE, only the white version is said to be available. And according to AndroidNZ, a number of carriers and retailers are announcing that their launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III will initially consist of the white model only.

Before looking for the tallest building to jump from, we'd suggest waiting to hear Samsung's take on this as there are conflicting stories. Some U.K. retailers are saying that there is no delay at all. Once the Korean based manufacturer weighs in on the story, and you are not happy with their answer, then you can resume looking for skyscrapers.

source: Reddit, Tweakers.net (translated), AndroidNZ via TmoNews

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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31 Comments

1. vaspvasp

Posts: 11; Member since: May 23, 2012

that is strange.... what to believe really? i have ordered mine from amazon.co.uk and their delivery estimates still stands at 30th of may.

4. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

I like the white better! but still... a bummer!

2. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

It is better to do things throughly and not rushed,at least that is what I think.

3. aviatorarun

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

It is really good on samsung's part with the attitude of not giving the defective battery covers to consumers and destroying 600000 numbers of battery cover just to ensure the quality. I can wait for couple more weeks :)

5. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Although it's a bad news for those who ordered already but it's a good news also at the same time. Samsung really thinks what is the best for it's consumers. They really want galaxy s3 to be the best smartphone. Other manufacturers should follow samsung, they should provide the best quality product by making it defective free before releasing it to the market.

6. Galaxys2...R

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

While I agree with the above post about ensuring qaulity, I hope i dont have to wait a couple more weeks lol for this 'beautiful monster' lol. Cannot wait to get my hands on it. I got my case for it just sitting here waiting to accompany the phone lol.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

good job to Sammy for stepping up to the plate to fix an issue before it became an issue. 900k back doors is only 10% of the reported pre-orders, so my guess is that their bigger markets will still receive the phones on time, with the lesser markets taking the hit. With scandinavia getting told they are waiting, and others not told the same thing, that would make sense.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This is why Samsung will never be world class. The proper way to proceed would be to have simply shipped the units, and if there were any issues simply blame the user for holding it wrong. Amateurs.

13. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

No. They were forced to do this, and it's against their will. If they did what you said they would be sued for copying a trade-secret from a certain toothy fruity enemy.

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Fruity enemy...? Oooooooh, I get it! you mean Blackberry, right?

15. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I don't see why 2/3 of you are making jokes out of remix's comment. He was trying to make a comment that actually had something to do with the article and not make a joke of it. Remix should be a Editor on PA. and on the subject of the samsung battery door issue i agree with him in every way, tackle the problem before it actually becomes one.

16. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

For the same reason Uncle Owen made fun of Anakin Skywalker for losing his mother: Comedy is just tragedy plus time. Little Orphan Annie, HA HA HA! It's not like anyone is making derisive jokes or anything. Why shouldn't people joke about stuff like this? In such dark and troubling times for all of humanity, who couldn't use some cheap laughter? It's all we have to fall back on. On the subject of remixfa, while there's nothing wrong with his post, this is probably one of the least insightful posts I've ever seen him make. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but he's pretty much just stating the obvious.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

big hugs to both of you. :) I applied to be an editor but didnt make it through all their tests. but i know why.. lol. I may try again in the future. It would be fun... especially if they give me review units to test. oooh the geekery and nerd fun i could have. :)

18. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

How I wish you'd be part of pa circle of writers. I'm sure you will be one of the good writers like Michael. Taco will be the 1st to comment every article you write lol. Good luck.

20. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Dude how can you be an editor when you're so biased against anything that isn't Samsung? Your word wouldn't really count.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

baron, saying that proves you dont actually read any of my posts. Matrix, Whatever I'd write, would be under my real name so more than likely taco wouldnt even know it was me. I'd bet money he compliments me before he realizes its me writing. My actual writing is more professional than these blog posts, so it would be fun to be incognito (as myself of all things) for a while. There are a few on the boards that know my real info, so as long as they dont spill it, it would be a fun time. :) Michael does some really inciteful pieces so it would be hard to write like that all the time. Somewhere in between in depth reviews and smaller pieces of incite would be perfect for me. I really like doing counter point spots. Constant sparing with the iNuts have made me pretty good at that. See, they are good for something! lolol Thanks for thinking enough of me to think that I would write anything like Michael on a regular basis. :)

25. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Can you explain yourself a little? Aren't you the one who likes to call the Qualcomm processors " crapdragons"? I've read some of your post, you seem to know a couple of things, but you're also very biased against things that aren't Samsung. How can you be an editor?

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you need to read more of my posts. Yes, i coined the term crapdragon, and Qualcomm continues to be unimpressive comparatively to the competition. Stating "A is better than B" doesnt make me a fanboy of anything. It makes me a commentator stating simple fact. If you dont like the fact that Samsung has made the best processors for the last 3 chip generations, then you need to create your own chip foundaries and beat them. Intel has beaten the competition almost every year for the last 30 years. Does saying that make me an intel fanboy, or is it just simple fact? There is a huge difference between some crazed fanboy like Taco or Gallito, and the group of us that compare and contrast chips and talk about them accordingly. I have no brand loyalty. NONE of them pay me a cent so why would I blindly defend them? IF you actually read my posts, you would see that not only do I chastise Samsung when they deserve it, I also stick up for "the competition", such as Apple and Qualcomm when they deserve it. Its all about the context.

29. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Hey remixfa I'd like to read articles from you! I bet i'll see some Anandtech like things on your writings, you know, mostly about benchmarks and raw power of chips! :p I'd say, based on what I know about you and your points of views/opinions, your more suited for Anandtech than PA. PA is like for your average joe, to help them out with phone decision stuff. And Anandtech is for the big boys.

31. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Honestly remix, I would love it if you did start writing. But here's a funny thought. Eventually, taco will read this thread, and doing what trolls do best he will jump to contradict any new writers thinking they might be you. While I would feel bad for the writers because of the unnecessary stress, it would be funny to watch taco jump from story to story like a headless chicken( see what I did there, two trolls one stone!) trying desperately to get under your skin, when it wouldn't even be you.

8. elmtube

Posts: 16; Member since: May 18, 2012

In Norway it's the white one which is delayed, without a set delayed date. The blue is still on for 29th of may. If the blue also turns out to be delayed or with delivery problems, then they both are delayed...

23. Zorro_H

Posts: 2; Member since: May 27, 2012

Hi, I got my white S3 yesterday in Qatar's dealer ( Arabian Gulf ) They didn't have the blue version as they said it might take 1 month to recieve it. so I believe the rumor is true. the funny thing that the white back covers are defective too!!! I have a small "bump " on the cover. it is not really noticable but still it is irritating.

9. SleepingOz unregistered

MAKE IT BLACK! AND MATTE!

10. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

at lease there not like crapple release it then say your doing it wrong

12. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 278; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

you preordered it wrong! haha

19. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

This is something thats hard to find.....integrity, and I thought it was dead.

22. thelegend6657 unregistered

f**k the S3 i am getting a PadFone

24. Zorro_H

Posts: 2; Member since: May 27, 2012

Hi, I got my white S3 yesterday from Qatar's dealer ( Arabian Gulf ) They didn't have the blue version as they said it might take 1 month to recieve it. so I believe the rumor is true. the funny thing that the white back covers are defective too!!! I have a small "bump " on the cover. it is not really noticable but still it is irritating.

26. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

I want a pink version!

27. Lawii

Posts: 2; Member since: May 17, 2012

Pebble blue is delayed - Samsung Denmark says. But it is only for 'a couple of days', They actually expect it to be in stores this week, even though it wont be the same quantity as the marble white. The delay is due to 'the extreme high demand'. the source (in danish) -- confirmed 25/05/2012 http://www.mobil.nu/nyheder/samsung-galaxy-s3-kun-i-hvid-ved-lancering-1.506964.html

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