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Samsung Blames “Overwhelming Demand” for Galaxy S 4 Inventory Issues

Samsung said Wednesday that broad global demand is behind delays in U.S. availability for its new Galaxy S 4.

Samsung Galaxy S 4

“Due to overwhelming global demand of Galaxy S 4, the initial supply may be limited,” a Samsung representative told AllThingsD. “We expect to fulfill inventory to meet demands in the coming weeks.”

Earlier on Wednesday, T-Mobile and Sprint both said that full retail availability of the Samsung flagship device would come later than expected.

“We had planned to launch this next generation of the award-winning Samsung Galaxy line-up on Saturday, April 27,” Sprint said in a statement. “Unfortunately, due to unexpected inventory challenges from Samsung, we will be slightly delayed with our full product launch.”

AT&T, meanwhile, said it plans to start selling the S 4 on Saturday, as expected.


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