While it’s unfortunate in the US that we’re on the outside looking in today, Galaxy S III in 28 countries worldwide this morning. Samsung’s world tour continues throughout the month of July as they are expected to launch the device on more than 296 carriers in 145 countries. As it turns out however, those dirty little rumors about a delay in the Pebble Blue version of the Galaxy S III are turning out to be real.
Samsung released a brief statement after information dropped from UK retailer Clove indicating that the Pebble Blue variant would in fact be delayed. The darker blue variant is manufactured differently than its white counterpart including a “newly invented blue color and special hyper glaze material.” Samsung says that their quality standards are holding production back, though they are making all the efforts they can to meet demand. Of course, we know demand is quite high so we pretty positive Samsung isn’t taking this hiccup lightly.
The 16GB white models are expected to be available to launch carriers as planned, and availability of the blue model is now expected to happen sometime in mid-to-late-June. So what does this mean for US carriers? It’s hard to tell at this point, we know Samsung has said to expect a US launch sometime in June but if they are undergoing manufacturing troubles and newly rolled out units have to be sent to regions the phone is already launched, it could mean a delay for US carriers. Still, at this point that’s complete speculation and we’ll just have to wait *patiently* to find out.
Check out Samsung’s full statement below:
“Samsung’s GALAXY S III Pebble Blue version comes with a newly invented blue color and special hyperglaze 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. Samsung is working hard to ensure that customers will get the Pebble Blue colored devices as soon as possible.”