Although the tweet didn’t mention specifically any launch delays, it said that Qualcomm is having problems meeting the demand for its highly sought-after Snapdragon S4 processor, which spells trouble for Asus, since it’s the same processor that powers the Asus Padfone. The Verge got in touch with an Asus spokesperson who confirmed the processor shortage that is “affecting all of Qualcomm’s customers”. Note, however, that a delay was not mentioned.
So, how bad is this S4 chip shortage? Well, bad enough to warrant public declarations from Qualcomm’s top brass. CEO Paul Jacobs declared last week that the American chip-maker is facing problems with satisfying the big demand for the 28nm process chip. The shortage will supposedly not affect Qualcomm’s top-tier clients, such as Samsung, but is likely to perturb smaller clients, like Asus.