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Google, Huawei Delay Canadian Nexus 6P Until November 2nd

October 28, 2015 - Written By David Steele

Google announced two new Nexus smartphones at the end of September and the first is the Nexus 5X, built by LG and based around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 System-on-Chip, 2 GB of RAM and a 5.2-inch, 1080p resolution display. The second device is the Nexus 6P, built by Huawei and based around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 System-on-Chip. The Nexus 6P benefits from 3 GB of RAM and a 5.7-inch, 1440p or QHD resolution, AMOLED screen. Both of the new Nexus devices ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a 12.3 MP camera. Both of these two new shared features are already impressing reviewers around the world. It’s the Nexus 6P that is the subject of today’s article, in particular concerning the release of the device into the Canadian market, which is being delayed by a week.

We have reported on the news before, but an updated received yesterday has Telus showing the Nexus 6P on the website with a release date of the 2 November. Earlier in the month, Rogers reported that the Nexus 6P was being delayed to the 2 November owing to limited stock availability, although an internal memo within Bell stated that dealers and corporate stores would start to have stock from the 23 October. It appears that Google and Huawei would rather hold back on a release until they have enough stock for the anticipated demand, rather than release the device, be unable to keep up with demand and leave many people disappointed.

This is not the first time that supply issues have constrained the release of a Nexus smartphones. When LG and Google released the Nexus 4, demand far outstripped supply and the Google Play Store website was unable to keep up with the demand for the new device. Google’s most popular Nexus handset, the LG-made Nexus 5, had similar stock shortages but things were improved compared with the Nexus 4. For the release of the Motorola-built Nexus 6, here there were not the same supply issues although this Nexus phablet device has been less popular than the smaller Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones. All the same, the 2 November is only a handful of days away. This is a developing story and we will keep you updated of any developments.