Big Red’s CEO, Lowell McAdam, came out on Friday and claimed that the Incredible, sans shortages, would “definitely outsell” the Motorola Droid. (What!? How dare he!) He even went as far as calling out part/component makers for the shortages that now have the device delayed until June 4th. Yikes.
Let me just say that if the Incredible did not have the “Droid” tag slapped onto it just weeks before launch, “definitely outsell” might be fightin’ words! OK, we’re just playin’, it’s a fantastic device. Check out the full details below…
In particular, McAdam said Verizon is unable to keep up with strong demand for the Droid Incredible smartphone from HTC, due in part to component shortages such as the advanced screens made by Samsung Electronics.
Verizon sold 100,000 of the phones, which run Google’s Android software, in the first two days after launch in late April and is now mostly restricted to online sales because it cannot keep the phones on store shelves, he said.
The Incredible would “definitely outsell” the Motorola Droid if it didn’t have supply constraints, McAdam said.
“When a shipment gets to a store now, it’s gone in a matter of hours,” he said. “We’ve had to pull way back … Right now supply is a big problem.”
It’s a shame to see the delays on the Incredible. Beastly devices like these are exactly what we need to continue to see to help with Android world dominance. I’m starting to feel like the Incredible’s release date might have been pushed up after rumors of the Motorola Droid 2 and Xtreme started hitting the interwebs. Interesting…and sad.