I wasn't surprised to learn that the Galaxy S4 will launch first in Eastern Europe in April and then in the U.S. in May or even June. Disappointed, but not surprised. Doesn't Samsung realize what a headache this will cause potential customers? Even though the phone will be packed with incredibly great hardware – including s 1.8GHz Ezynos eight-core processor, 5-inch, 440ppi display and 13MP camera – it'll still be going head-to-head with a number of other competitive devices, including the HTC M7, Motorola's X Phone and the Sony Xperia Z, Blackberry 10 and whatever Nokia has up its sleeves. Will Samsung slay them all? Probably, but the company shouldn't rest on their laurels.
I know it's hard to launch a phone in all markets simultaneously. The U.S. poses an additional headache because all of the major carriers will want to have their own version of the device. But Samsung now has Apple leverage. The carriers KNOW that the Galaxy S4 is going to sell like hot cakes. Sammy has the upper-hand here, and they could leverage that hand to ensure that U.S. customers don't have to wait as long, and carriers don't get to install all of their bloatware.
Now, all of this is just a rumor, but it will likely turn out to be true. And I'm sure customers aren't going to be so pleased by the long wait. Samsung could try harder to please their die-hard fans.