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Samsung Galaxy S8 hit by supply shortage

PUBLISHED : April 20, 2017 - 10:20

UPDATED : April 20, 2017 - 10:33

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[THE INVESTOR] Samsung Electronics is apparently suffering a supply shortage of Galaxy S8 in Korea following record-breaking preorders, industry sources said on April 20.

The distribution of Galaxy S8 smartphones began earlier in the week ahead of the official release slated for April 21.




On April 18, the first day of its preliminary release, Samsung said around 260,000 units of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones were registered with the country’s three mobile carriers.

The figure, however, dropped to around 60,000 units on April 19. Preorders for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, which ran from April 7 to April 17, surpassed the 1 million mark, setting a new record among all of the company’s smartphones so far.

“The registration is being delayed as some of the preorder customers did not receive their top-of-the-line 6GB RAM Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones with 128GB of memory,” an official from a local mobile carrier said.

Another industry watcher said Samsung may face hurdles in meeting the 500,000 units of Galaxy S8 smartphones being registered with mobile carriers.

By Alex Lee and newswires (alexlee@heraldcorp.com)

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