Samsung plans to begin selling the Galaxy Note7 in India before the festival of Diwali.
The company had to postpone sales of the Galaxy Note7 in India earlier this month, after it found “battery cell issues” in the smartphone. Shortly afterwards, Samsung had issued an advisory worldwide, urging users to return the device.
Mashable India has learned that the Galaxy Note7 will launch in the country before Diwali. Much like Christmas in Western nations, Diwali is a big festival in India and it sees huge spike in sales during the period. Diwali will be celebrated on Oct. 30 this year.
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note7 in India last month. The company’s newest Android flagship smartphone was scheduled to go on sale in the country on Sept. 2. However, on launch day Samsung India began informing customers who had pre-booked the smartphone that there will be some delay in the shipment of their phone. Later that day, Samsung held a press conference in Seoul where it acknowledged the battery issue that led to some Galaxy Note7 units exploding.
Samsung said earlier this week that it has exchanged 60 percent of sold recalled Galaxy Note7 phones in the United States and South Korea. In Singapore, the company has exchanged 80 percent of all Galaxy Note7 phones sold.
Samsung will face off with its global rival Apple in the country next month. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will go on sale in India from Oct. 7, and it is now clear Samsung won’t be able to launch the Galaxy Note7 in the country by then.