A new report says the Samsung Galaxy S4 could begin shipping to countries in Eastern Europe in as little as two weeks, with Russia and the Ukraine among the first to see the new flagship handset. The Exynos 5 Octa version of the phone will drop down first in 16GB form. The 64GB isn’t scheduled to ship until early summer, while the 32GB variant has apparently been dropped.
The Snapdragon-powered LTE version of the phone will land as a 16GB model towards the end of May, while the 64GB version will launch in June. It is important to note that these dates apply to launches throughout Europe, so they may not paint an accurate portrait of when the phone will launch in the US. The 32GB model could still launch in both Exynos and Snapdragon variants in other regions.
Either way, it sounds like Samsung plans to closely control the flow of Galaxy S4 stock during the initial months of release, hopefully avoiding any shortages or delays. The bad news is that those hoping for larger storage capacities may have to wait a few extra weeks.