The release date of Samsung's fourth generation Galaxy S4 in the US has been pushed to a later date due to inventory issues.
The Galaxy S4 smartphone which was expected to begin sales on Wednesday through network carriers like T-Mobile will be up for orders from 29 April onwards. Another US operator Sprint reported that the delay was "due to unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung.'' While the arrival of next generation Galaxy Smartphone to Sprint and T-Mobile was delayed, AT&T is expected to begin shipment of the device as per the scheduled date.
"We had planned to launch this next generation of the award-winning Samsung Galaxy line-up on Saturday," Sprint said in a statement. "Unfortunately, due to unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung, we will be slightly delayed with our full product launch."
Samsung attributed the delay to the unexpected demand for the Galaxy S3 successor. "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," the company said in a statement as quoted by Reuters.
The South Korean titan will roll out the device to other countries including South Korea on 26 April as planned earlier. The company is expected to resolve the supply issue at the earliest in a bid to take on Apple in the US.
The India launch of Galaxy S4 is confimred for 26 April.The phone is expected to be priced ₹43,490, reported NDTV Gadgets citing a source.
Galaxy S4 sports a 4.99-inch 1920x1080 pixel Super AMOLED display with 441 ppi and runs on Android v4.2.2 OS Jelly Bean. The device features a 13.0-megapixel primary camera and a 2.0-megapixel pixel front-facing camera. Among its new features are Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Samsung WatchON and S Voice Drive. It comes in three storage options - 16GB, 32GB and 64GB - and in two variants - one with an octa-core processor clocked to 1.6GHz and the other with a 1.9GHz quad-core chip.