Shortages of Apple iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL to negatively impact smartphone sales in Q4

Shortages of Apple iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL to negatively impact smartphone sales in Q4
Shortages of large-screened high-end handsets are expected to affect holiday sales of smartphones. Inventory of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and the Google Pixel XL are both limited. And this year, there is no high-end Galaxy Note phablet getting rung up thanks to the removal of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from the marketplace following several explosions.

With one month of the fourth quarter already complete, retail analysis firm Wave7 says that there have not been many large-screened handsets to promote outside of the iPhone 7 Plus. Wave7 does say that the Pixel XL is the only other large screened model getting noticed. "Heavy marketing of the Pixel and major offers on it from Verizon and T-Mobile – and a minor one from AT&T – are the exceptions to this rule," says the analytical outfit.

While the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are supposed to be Verizon exclusives, the truth is that the phone works on all carriers. To take advantage of this fact, T-Mobile CEO John Legere recently announced that the Pixel had been tested on T-Mobile's LTE network, and said that it works smoothly on his company's LTE network. To persuade Verizon subscribers to make the switch to T-Mobile, the carrier is offering owners of the 32GB Google Pixel half of their money back ($325) if they activate it on T-Mobile.

With the iPhone 7 Plus and the Pixel XL both having limited supplies, this is bound to reduce the number of smartphones sold overall in the fourth quarter. If you need to purchase one of these models during the holiday shopping season, you might have to consider another model (the LG V20 is a popular choice) or wait for the carriers to rebuild their inventory after the fourth quarter ends.

source: FierceWireless

Related phones

iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)



1. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Those large screens went to waste on time bomb Note 7s Couple of went to better use SAFELY.

2. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

If either company knew what was going to happen with the Note 7 they would have made sure they had more units.

3. alan_1230

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

You don't even believe that same crap with nexus phone from google and iPhones.

9. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Every year there is an iphone shortage but everyone that I know that wanted one got one easily.

4. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Its lg v20 time!

5. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Retail analysis firm Wave7 are a bunch of retards.

6. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Well my Pixel XL still hasn't been shipped out to me yet. Earliest estimated arrival date according to google is 3 weeks from today. Considering they don't collect payment until it ships the shortage is believable. The 7 plus on the other hand has arrived about 4-5 weeks ahead of schedule for everyone that I know has ordered one.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also the Pixels are only officially released in 5 countries I've been in contact with a parallel importor to try get the Pixel They have only been able to import some US Pixels The RoW models are sold out

8. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Alan F you are provocative!!! Shut up with that s**t of talking about the explosions, the phone was gone, the subject is closed.

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