UPDATE: It appears that at least one online retailer, MobileFun.co.uk, is offering the heavily rumoured new black iteration of Samsung's Galaxy S3 smartphone for pre-order. A SIM-free device with 16GB internal memory and the new colour palette is a cool £499.95, with stock "expected" in four to six weeks.
The quick-selling Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone might be off to a good start – not least receiving a positive review from ITProPortal – but there's one thing the device definitely lacks when compared to its Apple-based competition.
Currently, there are two standard colour options for your smartphone at the time of purchase: boring ol' white or Samsung's "Pebble Blue" shade. Customers heading to the Carphone Warehouse to make their purchase can enjoy a limited edition Team GB model - it's not gold, unfortunately, but the covers do come emblazoned with patriotic artwork to celebrate the efforts of the UK's new sporting heroes - but even then the backdrop colour remains a choice of white or blue at present.
While, yes, that's the same number of colours as what you could select from when purchasing an Apple iPhone, Samsung doesn't yet give its customers the ability to purchase a sleek, black version of the Galaxy S3.
The key word in that sentence being, "yet."
A new report from Android Police indicates that this option might soon be available to potential Galaxy SS owners. A leaked shot (left) thought to be from the Carphone Warehouse's product database contains a listing for a "Samsung Galaxy S3 Black" version of the phone. And this is the same product database that was used to fuel an earlier leak, which indicated that the Galaxy S3 was going to launch in white and blue.
In other words, the database has a pretty good track record when it comes to Galaxy S3 colours.
If that's not enough to convince you, however, Android Police's David Ruddock offers up one other piece of evidence that, combined with the product database leak, makes the eventual announcement of a black Galaxy S3 even more likely. And this one's from Samsung itself.
Recent images posted to Samsung's Facebook page (top) as part of an Olympics-themed promotion show off a Samsung Galaxy SS that looks very, very black.
If that's not an indication that Samsung is definitely going with that colour in a future iteration of the phone, it's instead, "such a poorly colour adjusted version of the Pebble Blue version that Samsung should probably fire the Photoshopper responsible," Ruddock writes.