There’s no guarantee a launch will take place at all.
Samsung’s playing a new game this year – launch two flagship smartphones at the same time and limit their availability based on the demand for each in various markets. European consumers have been pretty disappointed to hear the Galaxy Note 5 won’t be making it to the region, and a new rumor suggests they will be waiting a long time before they can officially get their hands on the device.
According to SamMobile, the last software build for the European variant of the Note 5 is from June, indicating that the Korean manufacturer isn’t actively working on it at the moment. This isn’t a confirmation that a European launch will never take place, but merely a suggestion that Samsung has no plans to bring the phablet to Europe for now. The site also says that Indian consumers could soon see the Note 5 hit retail as the latest software build for the Indian model is dated August, which is surprising considering it would make more sense to launch a costly smartphone like the Note 5 in Europe rather than a market where the entry-level and mid-range segments reign supreme.
SamMobile has a pretty solid track record with Samsung leaks, so it’s possible that sightings of the European variant of the Note 5 might not mean much in the end. In any case, Samsung would do well to reconsider its stance on limiting launch markets for its newest stylus-toting flagship, or at least come out and let everyone know what it intends to do rather than leaving consumers to find out through leaks and rumors.