Supply shortage hits Samsung S4

If you are hoping to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S4, you might want to log on for pre-orders early. News broke this week that supply of the new device could be limited due to a chip shortage, coupled with high demand.

T-Mobile has pushed its launch to Monday, a five-day delay. Sprint will begin accepting pre-orders on Saturday, but expects its full product launch to be slightly delayed. Verizon began pre-sales Thursday, but announced it would not have handsets in stores until the end of May.

“Pre-order demand is much stronger than expected, so it’s difficult to rapidly boost supply in the short term,” Samsung president of strategic marketing Lee Don Joo, was quoted as saying.

The S4 is being officially launched in South Korea tomorrow and rolled out worldwide on Saturday.