Earlier today, T-Mobile announced that online orders of Galaxy S4 had been delayed till April 29 and Sprint too had announced Galaxy S4 delay due to “unexpected inventory challenges”. Samsung has officially acknowledged the situation by issuing the following statement:-
Due to overwhelming global demand of Galaxy S4, the initial supply may be limited. We expect to fulfill inventory to meet demands in the coming weeks.
Considering the fact that unlike Apple, Samsung doesn’t rely on external supplier, it’s quite odd to learn that the Korean conglomerate got overwhelmed by such predictable demand by people. It’s not the first hit product by Samsung, as Galaxy S3 had gained quite traction in its time as well last year.
Taking benefit from Samsung’s sluggishness is the HTC One which has gotten a head start, as it’s already available in the U.S. from multiple carriers. Even when Samsung does bring out its new stock, people who have pre-ordered the device would be given priority. Let’s hope Samsung keeps its word and replenishes the stock soon, or people in desperation to get a new phone might get inclined towards another platform. Are you going to wait for Samsung to get its inventory sorted out?