UPDATE: Ryan Biden, the Head of Product Marketing for Samsung, cites high demand from consumers based on early previews as reason for the delays. Biden said that demand for the Galaxy S4 is much higher than with the Galaxy S III, causing minor supply chain issues that should be cleared up by early May.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the biggest releases of the year, but Sprint customers will be waiting longer than anticipated to get their hands on this new smartphone. The device, which Sprint had originally scheduled to launch on Saturday, April 27, has been delayed indefinitely.
Sprint cited “unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung,” as the chief reason for the delay. There’s no word yet about what caused the inventory shortage, and when we reached out to Samsung for comment the company directed us back to the carrier. Customers will still be able to purchase the Galaxy S4 on Sprint’s website on Saturday with Sprint giving first priority to pre-orders, which are expected to begin shipping immediately. Sprint did say the Galaxy S4 “will be slightly delayed,” so hopefully it won’t be too long before every order is fulfilled.
Sprint was originally scheduled to be the first carrier to receive physical inventory of the Galaxy S4, beating other major carriers. AT&T units won’t ship until April 30th, although customers are able to pre-order the device online now, and T-Mobile is scheduled for a May 1st launch. Verizon Wireless hasn’t yet revealed the official launch date but expects a May release.
These delays come just days before the official release of the Galaxy S4. While other carriers haven’t yet announced any launch postponements, these inventory challenges will definitely affect a large number of customer’s weekend plans.