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Samsung Delay Won't Curb Galaxy Demand

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Samsung's new Android flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S 4 may just be too much of a success even before it hits store shelves.

The next few days had been hoped to be huge ones for the company in terms of the product launch and subsequent first day sales. But, there seems to be a problem keeping up with the expected demand. Although Samsung is planning a huge, global rollout of the new phone on Friday with events planned in their home market of South Korea, they're warning that early adopters may be disappointed.

Samsung is saying they're currently experiencing "supply chain problems" because of the overwhelming global demand for the new phone. They site a limited supply of memory components as the cause of the delay.

These delays are being felt by U.S. carriers too. Both Sprint (S) and T-Mobile have announced that in-store sales of the Galaxy S 4 will be delayed by a few days until supplies normalize and there are enough to keep everyone happy. Verizon (VZ - Get Report), usually quite conservative with release dates for new phones, begins taking on-line orders tomorrow.

AT&T (T - Get Report) says they're not all that concerned and that S 4 sales in their retail stores will begin,, as planned, on Saturday.

The Galaxy S 4 is a reworking of last year's, super-popular Galaxy S III phone. The new model sports a larger, 5-inch touchscreen capable of delivering 1080p, HD-quality video, a new 13 megapixel camera on the back and a slew of interesting features including tablet functions without actually having to touch the screen and a system which monitors your eye movements to control what's on the display.

Overall, early reviews of the new design have been quite positive. The only real complaints centering around the phone's outward resemblance to the previous model and the fact that Samsung prefers using a plastic shell (to minimize radio interference).

We liked it too. You can watch our review of the Galaxy S4 here.

--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

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Gary Krakow is TheStreet's senior technology correspondent.

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