Samsung Galaxy S III launch hit by delays

Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone was officially supposed to go on sale in Europe today. But our sister site is reporting that customers who've already ordered the phone can expect delays.

Samsung says it has received a staggering nine million pre-orders of the device.

One of Stuff's readers has just reported receiving an email from Vodafone telling him to expect a wait of a fortnight to a month before getting his new smartphone. It is, Vodafone says, the fault of Samsung which is having issues with shipping.

Samsung has confirmed a delay on the blue Galaxy S III that could take some time and a shorter wait for the – also delayed – white 32GB model.

"Samsung's Galaxy S3 Pebble Blue version comes with a newly invented blue colour and special hyperglaze material," says a statement from the electronics company.

"In order to meet the highest internal quality standards and to provide the best quality Galaxy S3 to customers, a short supply of the Pebble Blue version is expected in some regions in the next two to three weeks."

Originally the Galaxy S III was supposed to go on sale in 28 countries today (May 29th), including the UK, and Samsung intended to have the phone on sale in 145 countries worldwide by July.

If you missed out on the unveiling of the Galaxy S III in London earlier this month, read our blow-by-blow account here. And you can read our first impressions and watch our video hands-on in this special blog.

We'll be bringing you a full-blown review here on shortly. And the July issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, on sale this Friday (June 1st), includes a Supertest of nine of the latest smartphones.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.