Samsung rations the Note FE sales in Korea, may release a global version soon
Samsung is apparently not planning to release more than the originally planned 400,000 Note FE units for the Korean market, reports local media, despite that the handset seems to be a relative success there. The local carriers aren't disclosing separate sales numbers for the Note FE, but the revamped version of the Note 7 with a smaller capacity battery may have been responsible for a huge uptick in activations since it made a cameo on July 7th.
Daily activations prior to its launch have hovered at about the 15,000 mark, whereas since the Note FE hit the market in Korea, that number has increased to 24,000. Nevertheless, Samsung is content with the units it has scraped together so far, and says it doesn't plan to add any more on the market, at least in its home turf. The phablet sells for the equivalent of $608, which is a fifth less than the original Note 7, carrying the same parts (save for the battery pack), and newer software. The blue versions have been particularly in demand, report industry watchers.
Samsung, however, may be sparing units for a global rollout of the Note FE in select markets, which sources indicate may be powered by Snapdragon 821, instead of a homebrew Exynos chipset. The industry sources say that Samsung might announce that foreign-bound Note FE as soon as this month, so we'll keep our ears to the ground.
source: The Investor