With the release of almost every smartphone flagship, we’re told to expect delays on account of manufacturing problems, with the chaos and the devastation and the blah blah blah.
To be fair, sometimes smoke does mean fire, so perhaps we should be concerned when we’re told that the Sony Xperia Z2 might face serious supply shortages when it eventually goes on sale.
That’s the story according to, er, some guy (milukugiuniu) on the Esato forum, who begins: “Very very bad news. Only a small quantity of Z2 would be supplied to the global market till may. Sorry I dont know the reason and details.”
However, some other guy (zomg via vivftp) comes along and says: “Unconfirmed reports that the Z2 has been delayed outside of Europe because of significantly higher than expected retail and consumer orders in Europe.
“Waiting for confirmation, but I have it from two retail people in the UK that they have been given priority status by Sony to capitalise on the massive buzz surrounding the Z2.
“It also lines up with SMC's internal goal that they want to outsell the S5 in Europe and displace Samsung as the number one Android flagship in Europe.
“RoW launch will commence in the third week of May which is a six week delay.”
But wait! Here comes milukugiuniu again: “What Zomg stated is miles away from the truth. It has nothing to do with Sony's plan in Europe. The delay is caused by a Sony supplier. It's not Qualcomm. The delay is worldwide. Europe wouldnt be an exception. At the begining, only a limited quantity could be available for sale.”
Phew. I think the best thing to do is bury our heads in Salt Mountain until Sony confirms the Xperia Z2 release date, which – as far as I’m aware – was only ever vaguely set for March/April.