Samsung suffers delay to Pebble Blue Galaxy S3s
Published May 29 2012, 11:48 BST | By Andrew Laughlin
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has confirmed that deliveries of the Pebble Blue version of the Galaxy S3 smartphone are facing delays, after it suffered reported problems in the production process.
According to various media reports citing industry sources, the blue casing for Samsung's new flagship smartphone has been hit with complications in manufacturing. Crave
said that the "severe manufacturing problems" have resulted in a shortage of Pebble Blue S3s available for today's (May 29) release in 28 countries, including the UK.
The website said that less than 5% of the total stock of the much-hyped new smartphone arriving for sale could be the blue model.
According to SlashGear
, Samsung's manufacturing colour issues resulted in the firm having to throw away more than 600,000 blue back cases.
The small initial quantity of blue S3s are expected to be made available on a first-come, first-served basis, prioritising those who pre-ordered the product.
Samsung will most likely offer the white version as an alternative to those who wanted a blue handset but missed out.
Some reports have said that retail staff at communications stores are being told to push the white version of the S3 when the handset goes on general sale tomorrow (May 30).
In a statement issued to TechRadar
, a Samsung spokesperson said: "Samsung's Galaxy S3 Pebble Blue version comes with a newly invented blue colour 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 two to three weeks.
"Samsung is working hard to ensure that customers will get the Pebble Blue coloured devices as soon as possible."
Apple suffered similar manufacturing headaches with the white version of the iPhone 4 in 2010, and it took the US firm almost a year to launch the smartphone in that colour