Samsung issues statement on Note 5’s European no-show, as retailer starts petition

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It was just about a month ago when we got the first sign that things might not be shaping up as expected for the Galaxy Note 5 and European markets. While rumors talked about international availability from North America to Asia, a theory emerged that Samsung might sit Europe out for the phablet’s debut, and sales might only get started at some unspecified future date. We weren’t too inclined to put much faith in the idea at the time, especially considering the sales Samsung would be passing up, but then yesterday, as the Note 5 went official, everything changed. First we learned that the UK wouldn’t be getting the Galaxy Note 5 at all, with Samsung instead focusing its efforts in the nation on sales of the Galaxy S6 edge+. Now it’s clear that this limitation isn’t exclusive to the UK, as Samsung confirms a GS6e+ focus for the whole of its European sales.

In a statement, Samsung explains, “The market availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will vary according to consumer needs and the specific market situation.” It goes on to clarify, “For our European customers, Samsung’s portfolio will be centered on the Galaxy S6 edge+, so as to better cater to their needs.”

We know: that’s not a very satisfying answer, akin to telling EU Note fans, “you guys are wrong; you don’t actually want a stylus.” Not everyone’s taking Samsung’s decision lying down, and retailer Clove has decided to lead the charge for change, asking smartphone users to sign a petition asking Samsung to reconsider its sales plans for the Note 5. If you’d like to lend your support, you can register through the source link below.

Source: The Verge, Clove

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