Yep. It's exactly what you're thinking. The Vita has just recently launched in Japan, and already there are reports of hardware malfunctions. Remind you of something? Ala, PS3? Seriously. Why can't companies get these things right? You either get it right, or you delay, delay, delay, til you get it right. How often do you hear of Nintendo's products screwing up?
Sigh. Hopefully they fix everything by the time it's ready for other regions.