The Samsung Galaxy S III is already available in several markets, but both the white and pebble blue models are said to be delayed for separate reasons. According to Phandroid, Samsung had to toss out 600,000 pebble blue battery covers due to a production error. Worse, there also appears to be a slight delay on the white version for other reasons. Phandroid said it received an email from e-tailer Negri Electronics mentioning that there might be a slight delay in the launch of the marble white version of the device. Here’s the statement from Negri Electronics:
To many, being first is a necessity. To us, it is a requirement. While we do not have great news for our customers, we still anticipate to be the first to carry the Galaxy S III, but the date has been set to the 29th. Our supplier originally gave us a firm date of arrival for the 25th, but has failed to follow through with the promise- putting us in a compromising position with our reputation and name. We anticipate having the Blue, 16GB Galaxy S III before the White. At this time we are not trying to assume a delay from Samsung; but the White is expected to arrive June 1st.
There is no certainty that these delays will affect the Galaxy S III’s U.S. launch, which is has still yet to be officially announced. However, this could be a potential problem for consumers looking to import or purchase an unlocked version of the Galaxy S III.