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Sony Xperia Z2 release date could see major stock shortages

Sam Loveridge


Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z2

Sony has admitted it may struggle to keep up with demand come the Sony Xperia Z2 release date.

Unless you’ve already pre-order the Xperia Z2 from a participating retailer, you may not be able to get a handset next month.

Some retailer sources suggested that the release date had been pushed back to May, but Sony says it is still on for April.

“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,” said a Sony spokesperson to TrustedReviews.

However, Sony went on to say that it anticipates it will not have enough Xperia Z2 stock to meet the demand when the phone is released in April.

“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.”

Although Sony suggests the stock shortages are due to “high demand” for the 2014 flagship, other sources hint the issues are thanks to manufacturing problems.

According to one report, Sony is suffering from a “component manufacturing issue from a third party” manufacturer, but this hasn’t been confirmed by the Japanese electronics giant.

Sony added that it will provide further stock information closer to the April release date, but until then if you definitely want the Xperia Z2 you better hit that pre-order button.

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Ari Ermawan

March 28, 2014, 11:38 am

I can only guess that Sony did not expect that their Xperia Z2 smartphone to be so popular, thanks to its high specifications. The reason for this to happen is that because the incumbent Samsung has unexpectedly come out disappointingly with the underwhelming specs for Galaxy S4 & S5.
People expected that Samsung would come up with specs way better than the competitions, but they didn't, and even gets overtaken by Sony.

Now, many of Samsung's customers (and possibly Apple's customers too) plan to move (or are moving) to Sony. This could not be predicted earlier.

We rarely heard that before, but now many people suddenly talk about Sony and LG.
There could be manufacturing yield issue, but this must be due to reasonably high demands, otherwise, -if there is no demand- there would be no shortages.


March 31, 2014, 11:22 am

I agree. I still own an S3 and I wouldn't think about upgrading to the S5 after seeing the Z2 specs. When the S4 came out and the specs weren't that great I thought not to expect much as it was only the next evolution - but even two evolutions later the S5 does not grab my attention. Sure, it's a nice phone and I'd consider it if I'd never owned a galaxy series before - but it's not worth the jump.

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