Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note7 ( first impressions) on August 2nd, andlaunched it for India on August 11th for Rs 59,900. The phone was supposed to go on sale in the country on September 2nd. However, considering thefiasco the company has found itself in with the new Note, the brand has delayed shipments of the phone in India. This comes soon after the company suspended sales of the Galaxy Note7 worldwide, and announced a globalrecall of the device due to complaints of the battery exploding while charging.
Samsung is reportedly informing customers who pre-ordered the Galaxy Note7 that delivery of the phone will be delayed. The brand confirmed this in a message to customers who pre-booked the phone, though no reason was given. “Thank you for pre-booking Galaxy Note 7. We regret to inform that delivery of your Galaxy Note 7 is being delayed. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience. You can be assured that we are working hard to deliver your Galaxy Note 7 to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding,” reads the message.
According to a report by Times of India, the company will begin sales and deliveries of the Note7 in India by the end of the month. The report also adds that Samsung will offer added benefits of around Rs 6,500 to Galaxy Note7 buyers in the country. These will include a free accessory worth around Rs 1,500, the new Gear VR headset (which was earlier being offered at a discounted rate), and free VR content worth Rs 3,000.
The Galaxy Note7 went on sale in 10 countries a couple of weeks ago. The company recalled all 2.5 million units of the phone that were shipped in all the markets they went on sale. Replacing these phones will cost the company nearly $1 billion. The faulty batteries on the affected Note7 units were manufactured by the South Korean tech giant’s own SDI subsidiary. Reports out of Korea (via SamMobile) are suggesting that the brand has now decided to stop using Samsung SDI’s batteries in the Note7. Earlier this month, the brand started selling the phone in China, which packs in a battery supplied by Hong Kong-based Amperex Technology.