There’s a very thin line between a major box-office hit and sales fiasco when it comes to high-demand but low-supply gadgets, and Samsung seems to be doing another dangerous high-wire walk after failing to translate the initial wild popularity of the Galaxy S6 Edge into fitting shipment numbers.
Things of course went much smoother for the GS7 and S7 Edge, while the Galaxy Note 7 may have seen daylight a little too early. The manufacturers’ British arm offers a different explanation for why September 2 is probably no longer a realistic wide-scale release date in the region, claiming the dual-curved phablet “will exceed our original sales forecasts by some distance.”
Whatever the cause, you only got a few hours earlier today to pre-order the Note 7 from Samsung’s UK e-store before the 5.7-incher cleared out its stock in both blue coral and black onyx. A slew of third-party local retailers still promise to deliver the hotly anticipated phone as soon as August 30 (!), including Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone, O2, and Three, but if you don’t hustle, they too might run out of inventory.
Meanwhile, in other large European countries like France, Germany or Italy, the Galaxy Note 7 continues to be available for direct-from-Samsung pre-orders with shipping beginning at the end of the month, but the same advice applies – hurry up if you don’t want to be left out.