The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t be blighted by the supply shortages that have affected a host of high-profile, rival handsets in recent years, signs from Samsung’s supply chain suggest.
According to component providers cited by DigiTimes, the fact that key components of the Galaxy S4, such as processors, panels, image sensors, and memory are made in-house means that Samsung is unlikely to run short of parts.
The phone-maker’s control over its supply chain augurs well for the handset’s bid to break sales records. Analysts forecast that the handset’s first-month sales are likely to be in the region of ten million units and that lifetime sales could reach a staggering 100 million.
To put that in some kind of perspective, the Galaxy S3, which is Samsung’s biggest-selling phone ever, has moved around 40 million units in the 12 months since it landed on shop shelves.
Unveiled last month, the Galaxy S4 features an innovative floating touch user interface and enables users to scroll through pages by just tilting their handset. Spec sheet highlights take in a five-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with 441 ppi density, a 13-megapixel camera and a 1.9GHz quad-core processor.