Paperwork for apparent European Galaxy Note 5 keeps turning up
Back in July, we took a look at an international customs database that appeared to reveal Samsung’s efforts in testing the Galaxy Note 5 prior to its ultimate launch. What was particularly interesting was the model number involved: SM-N920F. That same one popped up a little later in July, too, and historically Samsung’s the F suffix we see at the end to designate models intended for the European market. From all appearances, Samsung seemed like it was getting ready to bring the Note 5 to Europe, just like everywhere else … and then the phone launched, with no publicly stated plans for European availability. What gives? As we wait to see if Samsung ever intends to give European phablet fans the chance to buy the Note 5, model SM-N920F is making yet another appearance, this time here at the FCC in the States.
Admittedly, this paperwork dates back to last month, but its mere existence is an interesting component in the ongoing story of the European Note 5’s fate. Between this and all the other times we’ve seen model SMN920F so far, it seems clear that Samsung really went to the trouble of producing this model; did the company’s sales plans actually change at that late a date that it had already gone to the trouble of getting the phone certified before choosing not to go forward with them?
Or is the more likely case that while Samsung hasn’t confirmed any EU Note 5 plans just yet, it very much intends to bring its phablet to the continent at some later date? If it’s any indication, these FCC docs have a six-month confidentiality countdown running, after which the full set of paperwork – photos and all – will be published. If Samsung ever does intend to get European Note 5 sales started, it may be thinking about getting them underway before that window runs out.