Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 looks to be off to a very strong start, if pre-order figures from South Korea, Canada, and elsewhere are to be believed. However, this better than expected demand looks to be having a knock-on effects in some countries, as release dates are now being pushed back.
So far, Samsung Mobile Netherlands has officially confirmed via Twitter that the release of the Note 7 has been delayed from September 2nd to September 9th in the country, following “unexpected high demand”. The launch in Russia and Ukraine has also apparently been pushed back from September 2nd to even further away September 16th and 30th launch dates. Again citing “unprecedented demand” as the main cause.
It isn’t just Europe that is hit by the stock shortage, a similar announcement has appeared in Asia too. In Malaysia, Samsung’s Vice President has issued a letter explaining that the regional launch will be pushed back from August 19th to some unspecified date in September. This ambiguous move will certainly disappoint eager local customers even more than a week or two’s delay. Fortunately, it looks like pre-orders places between the 8th and 10th of August will still be honored within the original launch window.
Samsung’s letter being distributed to Malaysian media.
There’ no indication that Samsung’s isn’t going to be able to fulfil Galaxy Note 7 pre-orders in the US, South Korea, or any of its other major markets yet, but we’ll keep an eye out. Quite possibly, Samsung is pushing back launches in some areas in order to ensure supply for its largest and most profitable markets. While a lack of availability is surely going to disappoint some consumers, Samsung is probably happily surprised by this surge in demand for the Note 7.