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Samsung’s Galaxy S3 release date arrives amid delays

Finally, after weeks of waiting the Samsung Galaxy S3 release date has arrived.

Samsung’s flagship smartphone, which is tipped to be even popular than Apple’s iPhone 4S, is the follow-up to the hugely popular Samsung Galaxy S2 – the same blower that helped the South Korean giant overtake Apple as the world’s leading smartphone maker.

According to reports, eager customers have been queuing up outside a Berlin store since Monday in order to be among the first to get their hands on the much-mooted device.

It’s the result of extensive promotional campaigns carried out by major global carriers such as Vodafone, and comes amid predictions that Samsung’s third-generation Galaxy S will smash Galaxy S2 sales of 20m units worldwide.

Delays cast a shadow

However, delays are casting a dark cloud over the S3’s arrival, with reports suggesting Vodafone will struggle to meet deliveries of the popular handset on time, due to a shortage of the Pebble Blue version.

A company spokesperson said:

“All customers who have pre-ordered the white 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII should expect to receive their new phone on the UK launch date, May 30.

“However, we’ve been advised of shipping delays for the 32GB marble white and the 16 and 32GB pebble blue versions.

“We’re working closely with Samsung to ensure devices reach our customers as soon as possible and will be contacting them directly to advise them on their order’s progress.”

Samsung says the delays are widespread and will affect other retailers.

The company said in a statement: “In order to meet the highest internal quality standards and to provide the best quality Galaxy SIII to customers, a short supply of Pebble Blue versions is expected in some regions in the next 2-3 weeks.”

Officially unveiled earlier this month, the S3 is bigger, better and more powerful than its predecessor, landing with a 4.8-inch screen and Android’s latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

It also features an eye-tracking system which prevents the screen from dimming or turning off while in use.

It was initially expected that the S3 will sport a 12 megapixel camera following a bout of rumours, but instead it’s got the same 8 megapixel snapper as the S2, which also boasts full HD 1080p video capabilities.

The front camera sports a 1.9MP sensor and can capture 720p video at the same time as taking a still picture.

Other features include S Voice, a Siri-esque voice command software designed by Vlingo. However, as our reviewer pointed out, it lacks “Siri’s wit and whimsy,” adding, “so you’re best sticking to straightforward commands.”

Also on board the features bandwagon is Smart Call, which dials a contact’s number for you by raising the phone to your ear from the contact details screen.