Samsung has announced that some customers will get their hands on the Galaxy S3 a day early.

Those who pre-order the Galaxy S III from Samsung's Brand Store at Westfield Stratford City will be able to collect their new smartphone a day before the launch. Excited Samsung fans will get to pick up the phone at 6pm on 29 May. See also: Samsung Galaxy S3 UK price and release round-up.

Simon Stanford, vice president of telecommunications and networks at Samsung UK said: "We’ve had an overwhelming response from our retail partners and customers alike since announcing the Galaxy S III on 3 May."

"So we wanted to delight our customers and reward them for pre-ordering by letting them get their hands on the device a day before anyone else. We believe we have created our best smartphone yet, designed specifically with daily human needs in mind, and we are proud to provide our customers with a truly unique mobile user experience."

Samsung stressed that online pre-orders will be fulfilled the following day onwards. Not wanting to disappoint, the firm is also giving retail partners a chance to offer a similar early pickup but an hour later at 7pm.

The Galaxy S3 is Samsung latest flagship Android smartphone to replace the Galaxy S2. We've had hands-on time with the device so check out our Samsung Galaxy S3 review for more information.