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The Nokia Lumia 920 Unicorn - Is it real?

It seems worldwide Nokia is having trouble meeting demand for their Nokia Lumia 920--whether it is for AT&T, Rogers or elsewhere, the device is increasingly hard to find. While we do think demand is strong, this is clearly not a case of such intense demand that Nokia can't keep up, rather it appears that Nokia can't produce them fast enough to even fulfill minimal requests by their carrier partners.

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Although yesterday was the big day for Australia and the Windows Phone 7 launch, not all is peachy on that side of the globe. Reports are coming in that there are some severe supply constraints going with various devices and that potential customers are none to happy about it.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, telco's like Telstra are selling the HTC 7 Mozart in 11 stores and that some of those are sold out already. Supplies are expected to be replenished next week and the LG Optimus 7 goes on sale on November 9th, to possible make up for shortage.

Vodafone also failed to put the 7 Trophy from HTC on sale, saying it will do so next week instead. Likewise mobile carrier Optus wont' start selling till next week (Samsung Omnia 7, LG 7 Optimus) and they expect limited stock.

On the plus side, demand seems to be strong but such tight supply on launch does not look good either. Just the other day, HTC was denying any shipment delays witht their lineup, yet that doesn't look to be the case now that things are on sale. Granted, OEMs are probably stretched thin between their Android lineup and now WP7 and supplying "globally" (or close to) within 3-4 weeks is always tight. Still, lets hope we don't see the same sort of thing play out in the States.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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Where's the LG eXpo?

For being the very first Snapdragon 1Ghz Windows phone in the U.S., the LG eXpo is sure hard to find these days.

Never listed on their consumer site, AT&T only lists it "Out of stock" in their business channel. Outstanding orders are being put on backorder-status and even 3rd party retailers like Amazon.com (who sell it for a fair $99 with contract) are reportedly having supply issues. (Side note: Canada's Telus seems to have them on hand still).

So what exactly is going on here? One would like to believe that the phone is selling so well AT&T simply cannot keep them in stock. But for those who frequent the various smartphone forums may notice that the eXpo crowd is quite tiny compared to other devices. So, yeah, probably not.

The issue appears to be on LG's end or whomever is actually handling the manufacturing. Unfortunately (and not surprisingly) no one is stating specifics, though we imagine there could be quite a few possibilities:

  • Chinese New Year: this time of the year, it is not uncommon for manufacturing plants to shut down, halting production.
  • Supply issues with Authen Tec's AES1711 fingerprint reader/sensor technology
  • Supply issues with Qualcomm's Snapdragon CPU

The Chinese New Year issue is common with electronic OEMs and not a surprise. In turn, many companies prepare for the temporary downward production by increasing production before the holiday. So not likely.

Supply issues with the Authen Tec's AES1711 sensor is a possible, being so new to market. Likewise, HTC could be gobbling up all the Snapdragon's they can for their hugely popular HTC HD2 (probably being massed produced now for T-Mobile U.S.).

AT&T told WMExperts this in response to the eXpo's shortage:

While AT&T and LG continue to work together to ensure a quality product is available to customers, we are currently facing limited quantity of stock on hand. AT&T is working to complete backfill orders and the remaining stock will soon become available for new customer orders for a limited time.

Why a "limited time" only? And why not for regular, non-business consumers? (Business & Premier users can order it here).

We're not sure but hope this situation doesn't last as the eXpo is quite the Windows phone and has, at least for the time being, supplanted my Touch Pro 2 as my favorite device (Hint: 1Ghz matters...a  lot). Stay tuned.

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