Traditionally, Samsung lifts the lid on a new high-end phablet (Galaxy Note series) at the IFA trade show, which kicks every September in Berlin, Germany. According to a new report, however, the Korean tech giant is planning to unveil the Note 5 (Note 4 shown below) early in August.
The news comes to us courtesy of WSJ. It reports, “In a break with recent tradition, Samsung Electronics Co. will move up the autumn launch of its oversize smartphone lineup by several weeks to mid-August, according to a person familiar with the matter.”
So why in August and not September? According to the report, Samsung is trying to “avoid” Apple stealing market shares from Samsung, which is what happened when the Cupertino firm launched the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus last year.
According to WSJ, “Samsung’s move to mid-August would help it avoid that same fate this year, according to the person, who said the launch event is being planned for a major U.S. city that hasn’t yet been decided.
“Moving the date forward would also give Samsung a chance to inject some life into its mobile operations after a second quarter that was likely weak because of poor Galaxy S6 sales.”
Of course, since this is anything but official, take it with a pinch of salt.
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