Google’s upcoming Nexus 6 phablet could be facing some issues this week, after reports from Europe suggested that the handset was being delayed ahead of pre-orders.
There was no such news in the US however, after pre-orders for the Motorola built device sold out just hours after it opened up the Google Play Store to shoppers.
In the States, every colour and every memory configuration of the handset is listed as out of inventory, with no word on when it will be back in stock, meaning a lengthy wait in order to pick up the handset if you didn’t grab one when you had the chance.
But whilst stock shortages are frustrating across the pond, at least consumers have had a chance to order the handset, which is reported as delayed across the EU thanks to one source from the Netherlands.
The report claims that an unspecified delay has delayed the pre-order launch of the phablet from November 3rd all the way back to the 18th, a fairly large delay considering the excitement surrounding it.
The most worrying aspect of this news is that an actual release date for the handset is completely unknown, but is normally several weeks after pre-orders are taken.
This means of course we could be left waiting until December to get our hands on the Nexus 6, possibly even January if stock is also at short supply like it is in the US.
It would be a real disaster if Google sees its handset delayed beyond Christmas, missing out on the most lucrative period of the year in terms of sales, but there is a quiet optimism amongst fans of the device that it won’t be cutting things too close.
It’s still an unconfirmed rumour, but it hasn’t been denied by Google as of yet, and is unknown whether it counts for the entirety of the European market, but it would certainly be a surprise to see the handset pop up in one country but not one down the road from it.
The Nexus 6 is expected to retail at €569 across Europe or around £450 in the UK, being the first smartphone device to feature Android Lollipop out of the box.
Sporting a 6” QHD display with AMOLED technology, the Nexus 6 is expected to compete with the likes of the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on the sales charts.
A Snapdragon 805 chipset, 2.7GHz processor, 3GB RAM and up to 64GB storage all make the cut internally alongside a 3220mAh battery with a brand new turbo charge feature.
Written by Luke Hatfield