Confirming information from UK retailer Clove, Samsung has gone official with the news that the Pebble Blue version of its Galaxy S III handset will be in limited supply for the next few weeks. The darker variant of this Android 4.0 phone is manufactured and styled differently from the more conventional white model, including "a newly invented blue color and special hyperglaze material." Samsung's statement — quoted in full below — asserts that adherence to the highest quality standards is holding production back, however all efforts are being made to meet demand. That having been said, we're much bigger fans of the snow-white look of the GS III, which doesn't have the same faux brushed aluminum appearance as the extra-fancy Pebble Blue, so if you agree with us this should be no great loss.

"Samsung's GALAXY S III Pebble Blue version comes with a newly invented blue color and special hyperglaze material. In order to meet the highest internal quality standards and to provide the best quality GALAXY S III to customers, a short supply of Pebble Blue version is expected in some regions in the next 2-3 weeks. Samsung is working hard to ensure that customers will get the Pebble Blue colored devices as soon as possible."

Update: The guys over at Mobile Bulgaria seem to have experienced the issue that Samsung is afraid of, with their Pebble Blue review unit exhibiting a splotchy appearance just under the surface of the back cover.