We've received some interesting information from an insider at Carphone Warehouse suggesting that a black version of Samsung's Galaxy S III is in the works, and we're inclined to trust it. Here's our evidence, from the company's internal product database:


If you recall, way back when the Galaxy S III was but a rumor-laden twinkle in our collective eyes, GSMArena received a similar leak from inside Carphone Warehouse confirming the white and blue colors the phone was launched in.


Old leak

This is on top of two images that recently popped up on a Samsung Facebook page, as part of an Olympics-themed gallery for the Galaxy S III. These images show a Galaxy S III that is either, A.) black, or B.) such a poorly color adjusted version of the Pebble Blue version that Samsung should probably fire the Photoshopper responsible.


This is NOT black. Unless it is.

Given this new leak from Carphone Warehouse, we're starting to think it's the former. When asked about the photos, Samsung formally declined to comment on rumors or speculation. So, is a black Galaxy S III coming? Putting two and two together here, we're inclined to say "probably." It looks like someone used the wrong source photos (the Facebook pictures are obvious composites) when putting together this gallery, and accidentally spilled the beans on the unreleased color. The leak we received today further suggests such a goof.

When can you expect the new color? We'd probably have our sights set on IFA in Berlin for an official announcement, which is coming up in a couple of weeks.

Thanks, Anon!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • punkdd

    It would be something like.. Shadow Black.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The official Samsung color would be something like that - but Carphone Warehouse just uses the basic color.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      No way, it's going to be Street-Tar Black (TM), or That Crap On Your Stove Black (TM).

  • Philip Courtois

    It looks dark brown on the phone... Pretty ugly compared to the black of for example the Galaxy Nexus. Hope it will look better in reality.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I'm thinking that's whatever you're looking at it on there, chief. Looks 100% black to me.

  • Faz

    If they would of released them all at the same time I would of got the black edition.

    I ordered the blue but they told me about delays so I got white instead. I was VERY unsure about a white phone until I held the One X and was happy about my order. I still love the S3 in white but out of all three, black would be the one to get!

    Cant say Im too happy about Samsungs decision to only release a black version now (if true).

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      Agreed 100% I don't even like blue but it's better than white (to me) and heck I was going to get white because my wife wanted blue....but God took away our right to choose by giving use the ability to ONLY purchase the blue one

  • mauric

    That's not black, if it was you wouldn't be able to see the difference between the screen and the bezel, which you clearly can on the photo.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      There are shades of black. Black is not just one color.

      Also: relevant http://9gag.com/gag/4854138

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        Like 50 Shades of Grey. I love making inappropriate jokes on this site! XD

        • John O’Connor

          we aim to please, miss steele

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It's a composite photo. Also, I fail to see how you can even logically come to the conclusion that it means the phone is not black. That's like saying a black car isn't black if it's not the same color as the black tinted windows. Even the iPhone has visible bezel, and it's black.

    • Follower

      I agree with you @1e50f4cb2cf497ce2ca5bddb7ea41104:disqus
      take a look at Galaxy Nexus, the screen & bezels are the same.
      Of course there are shades of black, but the super amoled make the screen and bezels the same.

  • Aleem Qureshi

    Take a close look at the picture of the device, the volume rocker and the home button are blue, the face looks black. The image is definitely a photo-shop . Not to say the phone isn't going to be coming in black, just that the picture of the device doesnt stack up (i am referring to the one in the train station)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Now that is more interesting. It definitely has a tinge of blue going on, then again, it could just be the artist's rendition of what the black's reflection looks like under white light.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Good spot, though our focus here is definitely the Carphone Warehouse system shot, and the Facebook pics are just left as extra relevant information.

    • Barton82

      It's not photoshop. I'm an owner of a pebble blue model and it looks exactly like this 90% of the time indoors.

  • adrianr514

    black is coming for T-MO

    • adrianr514

      i submitted pictures to AP

  • http://twitter.com/Xeneize480 Xeneize480

    We'll never see a black color because apple has a patten on black phones hahahaha lmao :)

  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    hyperglaze black?
    ultramatte black?

  • carterst

    I work for carphone warehouse and I can tell you that code has been on the system since before the S3 announcement. They just put codes on the system for test purposes or pre-emptive in case the colour does come out. A few other reasons too which I can't go into. In short it's not in of itself an indicator that the colour will be released.

  • Barton82

    My Pebble Blue S III looks exactly like this photo in a medium to low light environment.

  • John O’Connor

    I will take one if it is the 64gb version. (have a 32gb pebble blue now)

  • RealityCheck2013

    I wouldn't mind a all brushed silver version :P

  • BigDaddyJ

    Can't I please get a mustard yellow phone. Tired of all these old warn out colors. Who really cares anyway, most end up putting a tank of a cover on them so no one see the phone

  • gg

    Because of samsung's marketting strategies,my next phone will be an IPHONE...