Samsung Galaxy S3 Facing Delays – Defective Battery Door To Blame [Rumors]


Lately, there’s been a lot of chatter around the net regarding a Samsung Galaxy S3 delay. According to Tweakers.net, apparently Samsung was forced to destroy nearly 600,000 battery covers, after a defect was found in the Pebble Blue version of the covers. It’s this hiccup that has pushed back the launch date for the international model of the GS3.

Yesterday, we received an email from online retailer Negri Electronics confirming these delays, but strangely, had to do with the white version of the device. The email sent out to pre-orderers reads,

“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.”

Keep in mind, these delays may, or may not, affect the US release of the device which still has not been officially announced (though rumors point to a late June release). No official word from Samsung has been given, so we’ll let you know when we hear something.

[Reddit | XDA | AndroidNZ | Tweakers | TMoNews]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I wish they had recalled my Galaxy Nexus battery cover before shipping it.

    1. Lol What’s wrong with it???

      1. got verizon written on it probably.

  2. Rumor? Here’s a rumor: I heard it is delayed due to Apple patenting ROYGBIV. :P

    1. Or its because Samsung’s quality sucks

      1. O RLY? Based on what?

        How about giving some details about returns, refurbs, and warranty repairs? Got any? No?

        Do you, in fact, have the vaguest notion of how many Samsung devices have had to be sent in for repairs? Ever? No?

        Right. Figured as much.

      2. Yes, the quality of the largest electronics manufacturer in the world sucks… right.

      3. So that’s why even Apple buys products from Samsung. /s

        1. samsung components such as screens and panels are great, this goes for their TVs and phones….the problem is that when those cute lil koreans go to package it all up they only know how to put it in plastic. I even bought a samsung digital camera once online, it came in the mail and was surprised to see it was…..completely plastic.

    2. The artist in me giggled and snorted.

    3. I heard Samsung bit off more they could chew by developing a new plastic for their phones that was so light and flimsy that it actually disintegrated when they tried to paint it. I also hear that next year they will try to get you to buy a $600 device made of Styrofoam saying that its “inspired by fast food”

  3. Again I will never understand how production gets this far before issues are realized. It just proves that quality control sucks and they will do anything to make these products as cheap as possible with the lowest quality materials possible.

    1. Actually GS3 cover is made of polycarbone material similar to Kevlar fiber, not cheap plastic. Phonearena reported it.

      1. What? Similar to Kevlar®? I don’t think so.

          1. maybe similar in purpose… not really similar structurally…

          2. Think the point is it is the SAME material used for the One X.
            Same. Period.

          3. Or maybe you should read. Granted Im taking these numbers with a grain of salt, but to me it sound impressive.

            “…Depending on the type of clear polycarbonate used in the Galaxy S III casing, it should be harder, but possibly not quite as strong as the Kevlar fiber. Clear polycarbonate can have tensile strength in the range of 10,000-10,500, flexural strength between 12,000 and 17,000, and compressive strength around 11,000; meanwhile, Kevlar fiber has a tensile strength around 12,500, flexural strength around 17,000, and compressive strength around 16,000. However, polycarbonate does rate slightly higher on the Rockwell Hardness scale at R118 compared to R115 for the Kevlar fiber, and polycarbonate is also a bit higher on IZOD impact resistance.”

          4. yah I know they have similar stats… I took engineering materials. I meant using polycarbonte it would be straight out plastic, but using kevlar since it’s a fiber, they would have to use some sort of epoxy or something along with it…. making them not really the same thing.

          5. Kevlar is a fiber, Polycarbonate is a plastic.

          6. All I gleaned from that post was polycarbonate, which is NOT Kevlar. Kevlar is a fiber, woven with an epoxy. Polycarbonate is a high strength plastic. I fail to see the similarity beyond high tech material.

  4. Samsung had to destroy 600,000 battery covers. In other words, they had to waste a total of 80 cents of materials due to the garbage plastic they use in their parts.

    1. You have no idea how much plastic costs… or how much machining a plastic mold costs. …

      1. SSDD.

        The “garbage plastic” crowd couldn’t tell you a damned thing about quality control at Samsung. Nor could they tell you what materials are used, what they cost, what the warranty return rate is, or even basic part replacement stats.

        They are utterly clueless and simply reflex-vomit the whole “poor quality”, “garbage plastic” BS every time they see “Samsung as though it were some inbred, instinctive ritual.

    2. You mean the same garbage polycarbonate used in the One X.

    3. Plastic has changed the world, if you don’t like plastic go live on the moon. Oh wait, you’d need plastic to survive there.

  5. The Nordic countries are only getting a limited amount of the Pebble version in the first batch, according to Samsung Sweden. A week later or so more shall arrive.

  6. I’m waiting for an att release date. A store rep mentioned it to me the other day as possibly june our july.
    Still don’t know if it will come with dual or quad core. If dual then I may have to wait for the galaxy note 2

  7. Wonder what else is wrong with it… oh the usual

  8. Delayed means one might as well wait for the 5 jelly bean nexi devices. At least they will get OS upgraded in a timely manner.

    1. I dunno if that’s true. Look at the Galaxy Nexus on VZW, just now getting 4.0.4? And if it only a delay by a few days as the article reads that would be hard, for me at least, to justify waiting several months for the new Nexus.

      However, all that was said without knowing a release date in the US. A couple days could be the release of the Nexus with VZW track record.

  9. With the US being late to get this phone already…this delay should sure ify less to no bugs when the great US gets it.

  10. Probably the same as the Gnex battery cover

  11. Make the cover metal!

  12. Negri was lying about the 25th arrival to sell more pre orders. This article is a joke.

  13. Well my Galaxy S phone is still in one piece, but not all the iPhone users I have as friends, are as lucky. All but one of them hasn’t managed to crack scratch or otherwise damage their phone from a simple fall. In contrast to my friends who have Galaxy S devices on different carriers, we seem to do just fine with our plastic “garbage”. If you don’t like plastic you don’t like your computer, TV’s, cars, various components of your house, prosethics, etc etc.

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