Samsung has normally revealed its new Galaxy Note phablets the day before the IFA event in Berlin which is held in early September, but a new report out of the Far East today claims the successor to the Galaxy Note 4 may hit stores a little sooner than that…
Galaxy Note 5 landing end of July…?
WhoWiredKorea is reporting that in an attempt to get ahead of Apple’s yearly iPhone announcements, which take place in September, the company has brought forward the release of the Galaxy Note 5 by more than a month to a late July release. The report also says the launch of Samsung Pay, the company’s new mobile payments service, as a potential reason for the shorter product cycle this time around.
The report seems a little skeptical, but it does match a report coming from Reuters that claims Samsung Pay will launch in South Korea in late July and the USA “sometime this summer”. The company has recently sent out emails to users of Samsung Wallet, telling them that the service won’t be available as of June 30th, presumably that’s to make way for Samsung Pay.
If Samsung does launch the Galaxy Note 5 early it would give them a decent sales period before Apple’s new iPhones hit the stores. Last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (the latter is pretty much a phablet) sold more than 50 million units per quarter. The 6 Plus especially is thought to be a cause for continued consolidation in the smartphone industry and a factor in Samsung’s disappointing sales performance recently.
It’s worth noting at this point that the July launch of the Galaxy Note 5 is still a rumour and no other news outlets have been able to validate the claims, so it’s still possible there will be no Galaxy Note 5 announcement until the autumn. We’ll know for sure before long…