It's an interesting time for smartphone buyers right now, the HTC One has just launched and the Galaxy S IV is starting to get off of the ground as well. After hearing so much about both devices, it's good to finally see them hit the major carriers like this. As is often the case with launches like this, it seems that Samsung is feeling the pressure with the launch of the Galaxy S IV. Folks will remember that the HTC One suffered delays thanks to a shortage of camera modules and now, something similar seems to be happening with the Galaxy S IV.
Sprint have released a statement detailing the delay of a retail launch behind the device:
"Sprint is excited to launch the new Samsung Galaxy 4. We had planned to launch this next generation of the award-winning Samsung Galaxy line-up on Saturday, April 27. Unfortunately, due to unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung, we will be slightly delayed with our full product launch. Sprint is one of Samsung's largest partners and we are working closely with them to launch in all Sprint channels as soon as possible. We expect to make Galaxy S 4 available at www.sprint.com and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) as planned on Saturday with Sprint retail stores and other channels receiving devices as inventory becomes available."
So, while you'll still be able to get a hold of the device on Sprint, you won't be able to try it out in store it seems. For most people, that might be more of a problem than you think, especially those upgrading from something like the Epic 4G Touch, after all the decision gets a little harder now that Sprint has the same HTC device as everyone else does now. Those that have their hearts dead set on the latest Samsung will be able to purchase it online or over the phone.
It's strange to see something like this happened to Samsung but, it is a very minor delay and only affects retail stores but, we can't imagine that Samsung will be pleased, considering how important their marketing is to their success.