Sony's Xperia Z2 is surely set to be one of the best new phones we see all year, but just like with the HTC One a year ago, production issues are threatening to spoil the party before it's even started.
Rumours that there wouldn't be enough Xperia Z2 stock to satisfy initial demand first emerged a couple of weeks back, and now Sony itself has admitted the rumours are true.
The good news, though, isn't that the UK isn't likely to be affected much – or even at all.
“[The] Xperia Z2 will be available in the UK during April and we are expecting to deliver to all consumers who have placed a pre-order through our key partners,” a spokesperson revealed in a statement.
“We are working tirelessly to maximise stock levels in April but currently we do not expect to meet the high demand across all our sales channels.”
It remains to be seen just how the Xperia Z2's rollout in other markets will be affected. A couple of weeks ago it was claimed that the handset's arrival had been pushed back to the third week of May, but Sony says that simply isn't true.
What we still don't know is exactly what the hold-up is. The wording of the above statement suggests (without directly saying it) that it's a simple matter of higher-than-expected demand proving beyond Sony's ability to get enough units built in time.
But the original leakster who broke the news on Twitter a couple of weeks back insisted: “The delay is caused by a Sony supplier. It's not Qualcomm. The delay is worldwide. Europe wouldn't be an exception. At the begining, only a limited quantity could be available for sale.”
So to sum up, nobody seems to know exactly what's happening, but whatever it is hopefully it won't be a problem in the UK.