Samsung stalls Galaxy Note 7 release in Russia and Ukraine, but promises early Nougat update
Technically, today’s top two Galaxy Note 7-centric stories are unrelated, save for the fact they’re about the same phone. But we couldn’t just drop another bombshell on European Samsung fans in a couple of additional delay-plagued markets without also offering them something pleasant to root for and ease the waiting pains.
Yes, we’re afraid demand far exceeds supply not only in Malaysia and The Netherlands, but Russia and Ukraine as well. And the situation is getting more and more alarming, with rapidly increasing stoppage times.
In Russia, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was supposed to see daylight on September 2 before being pushed back two weeks, to the 16th. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the same initial deployment date has slipped four weeks, to September 30, pre-orders now beginning on the 7th instead of August 16.
Granted, these aren’t exactly key markets when it comes to high-end smartphone sales. But let’s not act shocked if the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain follow suit soon with delays of their own.
As for the good news meant to take some of the sting out, it appears Note 7’s Android 7.0 Nougat makeover could happen as early as October. “Two to three months” is Samsung’s self-imposed rollout deadline, at least in Korea. Probably not good enough to beat LG to the punch, though much better than Note 5 or S6 Edge+’s Marshmallow timelines.