Report: Unlike most new smartphones, the Sony Xperia Z2 continues to be hit by shortages

Report: Unlike most new smartphones, the Sony Xperia Z2 continues to be hit by shortages
According to market sources, the Sony Xperia Z2 is continuing to experience shortages.The problem for Sony is that this compares to the relatively uneventful releases of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One (M8) and the LG G Pro 2. The sources confirm earlier reports that some components for Sony's new flagship handset have been hard for the Japanese manufacturer to procure.

While some see delays of as much as five to seven months for the phone to be released in the U.S., U.K. and Hong Kong, some U.K. retailers recently announced that they would be shipping pre-orders for the device starting yesterday, with a general release coming on May 1st. Earlier this month, Sony Hong Kong announced that the Xperia Z2 would arrive in June.

Last Friday, Korean based Samsung launched its new flagship phone to 125 countries with nary a problem. With 350 carriers in 150 countries scheduled to be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S5 by next month, it is believed that 10 million units of the phone will have been shipped after the first month of availability. Early reports claim that Samsung sold anywhere from 30% to 100% more Galaxy S5 units than its predecessor, on launch day.

The HTC One (M8) has been available since the end of last month in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Singapore, China and Taiwan. The market sources say that certain color options were sold out early, but were replenished quickly by HTC. The Taiwan based manufacturer is expected to ship 3 million to 5 million units of its new flagship model in the current quarter.

LG is expected to sell a company record of 15 million smartphones in the current quarter, and has the supply to meet demand. The new high-end LG G Pro 2 has been available in some markets with no shortage issue.

With its competition not suffering any problems delivering their products, Sony could find itself losing some market share if it doesn't start churning out more units of its flagship smartphone very soon.

source: DigiTimes



80. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

So sony learn nothing from the PS4 launch? I really don't understand how a company as big and rich as sony always run low on supply of their product. Ps4 and Z2 are good products and sony is messing with people with the short supply.

72. BLikens1619

Posts: 67; Member since: Apr 12, 2008

It probably doesn't help that Sony has closed a lot of their retail stores and also closed down their europeon location.

67. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

then after six months, there will be a z3. So consumers who will be buying the z2 by the time it hits their countries will be saddened by the fact that their phone will become an old model even if they just got it for a few months

66. papss unregistered

This is my one issue with Sony.. Release it to everyone and get it off tmob and release it on all carriers.. I would have jumped on it over the m8 had they released it here in the US.

64. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

nice try phone arena ... STILL THE BEST PHONE IN THE MARKET NOW but the probleme why sony is too late in launch .. i saw galaxy s5 and tablete z2 in markets ( russia moscou ) 4 days now , thats make sony lose for samy and the others

70. jellmoo

Posts: 2702; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

No. It isn't. Simply because it isn't *on the market*. Until the phone actually sees something resembling an actual flagship rollout, it really doesn't matter if it's the best phone or not. Here in Canada we are expecting to see the Z2 launch sometime in May, on a single carrier. That's quite the head start given to both the S5 and the M8, which are available across the major carriers here. Until Sony learns how to execute their release and actually deliver their product to market, it won't matter how nice a phone they make. They will remain a non-player.

74. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yup I agree. At this point this is a hardware version of vaporware. We know that is coming, It's been announced, yet no one really knows when they can get their hands on one, and everyone who wants it makes excuses about how great it will be. Here in the USA it's only supposed to launch on T-Mobile. I love T-Mobile, one of my two cell phones is through them. But they're not how you make a successful run at flagship sales in the USA....

60. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I think it'll launch after G3 release.

61. MrTzr unregistered

I think it will launch after the release of the Z3 as well.

62. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Ok, We understood that youre a troll. Nice try.

58. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

end of the argument that was fast PA

11. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Itll be Z3 time by then judging from Sony's track record. I've seen the Z2 as a usable demo unit though. Very pretty , solid feeling phone. A lot oversized though. Besides that, it scores high in all the core metrics apart from software "gimmicks".

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I just hope it's available by the time I get my income tax refund. Pending a review of the Oneplus One, of course...

4. xeonfire

Posts: 94; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

Z2 has great potential, but losing its momentum to S5 and M8 is going to cost Sony...I'm still hopeful Sony can quickly recover.

77. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Man. This year is a rough year for anyone buying a new smartphone. Last spring had some great offerings with the GS4, and M7. But this year is just insane. I really want the GS5, M8 AND Z2, but I still want to pick up a Nexus 5 too! They're all great phones however I love my Note 3 already. I can't imagine parting with my Note 3 and I really don't want to spend $2000 on phones that I switch between. FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS ARE HARD! LOL

3. maherk

Posts: 7102; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

while both the M8 and S5 (alongside with the new gear fit) have been sold out in all the t-mobile stores here in Dallas, Z2 that was announced 1st out of the 3 is still not available in the market. Now this is karma for you Sony boys, I saw lots of hiding lately.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Oh yes. All T-Mobile stores in Chicago sold out of the S5 hours after opening, especially the black color. Some even had lines outside which was crazy, especially the AT&T store on Michigan Ave. (Downtown Chicago) giving away a free Gear 2 to the first 50 customers. The Sony enthusiasts are quiet when it comes to global launch, or a launch itself, but praise the phone left to right. The bandwagon is hot this year.

69. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

S5 targets a wide range of "fitness freaks, M8 maybe targeting "selfies addicts". Sony well, idk...i'm worried about this is so beautifull but so late... I dont consider myself a blind folded fan but Sony craftsmanship really convinced me since Xperia T.

51. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

lol @ (I saw lots of hiding lately)!!! do you expect a statement from sony fans regarding the delay??? sony fans are just people who like sony products and prefer it over others for one reason or the other, but they DO NOT work for sony and won't release statement regarding delay or any other ISSUES with their products. BTW I like sony products but Sony is the worst when it comes to releasing new products, they ALWAYS have the shortage in supply issue.

63. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

you have to understand papasmurf. he's paid by the company he regularly praises. he thinks everybody is the same. guess habit makes you have a different sense of reality.

76. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Too bad the only paycheck I get is from working with computers and my part time job. You mad bro?

81. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Yes he's definitely mad because he never know when his beloved z2 get release..

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Great phone, but really, really poor execution on releasing it. Sony is shooting itself in the foot with this launch.

37. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Really disappointing that such an outstanding phone must be delayed. I think they must change their 6month cycle strategy for their flagship and focus on a perfect one each year.

59. Ahmadovich

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

Totally agree! I think Sony will surprise us all with the Z3 and they will learn from their flaws from this year. At least I hope. :]

65. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

By that time z4 launch will be close.. Seriously this 6 month cycle is too small. Phone getting outdated so soon... Don't really want that. Z2 will be my next phone though... WHEN it comes to India...

71. Ahmadovich

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

Haha! Hope you like it mate. :D I am waiting in Egypt. I think it might take forever till it come to Egypt and it will be damn expensive. :')

78. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

well that depends on how updaded you want to be. if you have z1, there is NO need for z2. in fact if u have Gs3 there is no need for Gs5. where as if u have Lumia 720 u probably should get 1020. some phones released 2 years ago still have specs to live to todays harshest use and still perform. now if you have $600 to spend every year just to get a fancier phone thats another thing.

68. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

I must agree on this one with you the time it hit the stores 80% of the flagship buyers will already have a M8 or S5. If they get lucky it'll steal some Iphone6 sales. I simply love the notification led on the earpiece, as seen on the photo above. Such class and design, damm

73. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I keep hearing in my head the Mortal Kombat voice saying "Fatality!"

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