Things aren’t looking good for the Galaxy Note 7, it seems. According to VentureBeat, Samsung won’t be making the Galaxy Note 7 available to buy in the United States until October 21, an entire month from now.
An earlier report indicated that replacement devices would be available at carriers and retailers as soon as this week. But, that seems to be all they are–replacement devices. Samsung won’t be selling any new hardware in the US until October 21.
We’re not sure why Samsung is waiting so long, but it certainly isn’t going to be good as far as sales numbers go. After all, Google’s new Pixel smartphones are rumored to launch just a few weeks earlier on October 4. Interestingly, the LG V20 is expected to launch on the same day as the Galaxy Note 7 relaunch as well, according to Evan Blass.
It seems like this timetable is specific to the US. VentureBeat notes that new hardware sales could start in Samsung’s home country–South Korea–as soon as next week on September 28. We’re, of course, not sure what all these details means for other regions. Could Europe and other regions be waiting just as long? We don’t know.
But, this does give Samsung’s competitors a chance to start gaining ground on the Galaxy Note 7. Consumers could become impatient and instead opt for something else. Some initial reports are saying that customers have been trading in their Galaxy Note 7, but opting for an iPhone instead of a replacement.
While this is a serious delay and will affect sales astronomically, it’s highly likely that Samsung is trying to catch up on volume to meet the demand for the phone.
Samsung in partnership with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission launched its official recall of the Galaxy Note 7 just last week. If you haven’t turned your Galaxy Note 7 in just yet, it’s advised that you power it down immediately and turn it into your point of purchase.