Nexus 6P Launch: Supply Constraints Delay Canadian Shipping And Release Date, Will U.S. And Other Markets Follow?
A new internal memo from one of Canada's largest wireless carriers indicates that the Nexus 6P release date is being delayed as a result of supply issues. It's not clear if the issue is widespread and will affect the U.S. and other markets.
The memo from carrier Bell appears geared at customer service reps in that it gives a brief description of the type of customer the Nexus 6P will appeal to: "Elegantly designed, pure Android experience. Designed to give customers who want a premium experience, this mobile phone sports a 5.7 " rich pixel display that's perfect for playing games, watching movies, and getting work done in excellent clarity. Runs Android Marshmallow."
Then comes the kicker. The launch date is listed as Nov. 2, 2015, and a note below elaborates, stating that "due to supply issues, Google and Huawei have decided to push out the launch date of the Nexus 6P to Nov. 2". Interestingly, the date on which the phones are expected to ship to stores appears to remain the same as originally planned, Oct.23.
This past weekend the phone was also removed from the Google Store for preorders, even though it had previously been opened to buyers. Those customers who ordered prior to the removal are being given delivery dates of between Thursday, Oct. 29th and Thursday, Nov. 5th.
The Canadian supply delay has raised questions about whether the delay will also affect other markets, including the U.S. No official shipping date has been announced for the US, but the date has widely been expected to be the same as originally planned for Canada, Oct.25. That's because when live preorders for the handset opened in the U.S. Google Store, customers were given a bonus offer of a $50 Google Play credit if they ordered the Nexus 5X or 6P by that date. Google also gave a "later in October "ship date for the 6P when the device was first announced. We'll be sure to keep you posted on any new developments regarding supply issues and release delays for the phone in the U.S. and other territories.