If you’d asked us two months ago which phone we were most looking forward from camp Android this year, the answer would’ve been the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was originally meant to go on sale in South Africa this week. Of course, that was before a handful of the devices started exploding and the Korean electronics giant issued a recall. If, like us, you’re still pretty keen on one (albeit, a non-exploding version), you’ll have to wait until November before it’ll land on our shores.
That’s according to Samsung Electronics South Africa, which says local consumers will be able to pre-order the device before it goes on sale in November. It’s also at pains to reassure us that we’ll be getting a stable, fully functional version of the handset.
Earlier this month Samsung released a software update for the Note 7’s already out in the world that limit the maximum battery charge for safety’s sake. “As the Galaxy Note7 has not yet officially been launched in South Africa, this will not be applicable to the South African market,” says Craige Fleischer, director of integrated mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “South African customers will receive Galaxy Note 7s that offer full battery usage.”
The new release dates means chances are pretty good Apple’s new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will go on sale here before the Note 7 does. Will that mean a bunch of Android defectors boarding the good ship Cupertino? We wouldn’t bet on it. If you’re an Android user due an upgrade or wanting a new device there are plenty of solid choices out there, including Samsung’s own S7 Edge, Google’s Nexus 6P and — for the budget conscious — Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3.
Or you could, you know, keep waiting for the Note 7. Because you can bet Samsung’s going to make sure that when the devices do arrive here they’ll be devoid of problems. It can’t afford not to.