The rumors turned out to be true after all. First, the bad news: most versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III have been confirmed to be delayed, at least in the UK. The good news, though, is that in some cases it’s just a matter of days.
Not long ago we told you that the blue version of Samsung’s newest Android-powered flagship smartphone would be delayed until ‘early June’ because of production issues having to do with that model’s back plate.
Well, today the delays have been confirmed for the UK by both Vodafone and SIM-free retailer Clove. Vodafone has reportedly told its customers that the white 16 GB Galaxy S III will be the only version actually becoming available on May 30 (the official UK launch date). The 32 GB white unit as well as both (16 and 32 GB) pebble blue versions will be delayed by about 2-4 weeks. The operator hasn’t given a more specific time frame, but it will keep those who pre-ordered informed on new developments. And we’ll let you know when more information becomes available.
Of note is the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S III apparently was Vodafone’s most pre-ordered device to join its lineup. So those other rumors weren’t just rumors after all either.
On the SIM-free front, retailer Clove has delayed the shipping of the 16 GB white version of the smartphone until June 1. That’s only two days after the official UK launch date, so not horrible news after all. However, if you’re after the pebble blue variation with 16 GB of storage, you’ll have to wait until the week commencing on June 5. That said, this information is subject to change, so nothing about the blue unit’s new shipping date has been set in stone. No date (or week) has been confirmed by Samsung yet. Clove isn’t offering the Galaxy S III with 32 GB of storage space.
For now, it looks like if you desperately want a Galaxy S III as soon as possible, you’ll have to settle for the 16 GB white version. It will be interesting to see how many people will decide to switch their pre-orders for the blue version to the white one, and how this will affect stocks of the latter, if at all.