Samsung may be sitting back and reaping the rewards that come with having two powerful flagship Android devices on the market – Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge – but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t all hands on deck behind the scenes at the Korean technology powerhouse. It’s pretty much common knowledge that Samsung designers and engineers are working furiously on the next-generation Galaxy Note – the Note 5 – with an announcement and first official look of the “phablet” expected during IFA 2015. However, according to a new report, it looks like Samsung could bring that announcement forward to some time in July in what could be an attempt to excite the market ahead of any official Apple announcement regarding the next-generation iPhone.
Historically speaking, Samsung is generally left to play catch up after official Apple announcements that are held to introduce the latest iPhone. Some may argue that this is because whatever Samsung announces usually takes inspiration from Apple’s design and engineering ethos, but of course the situation is far too complex for that to be the case. The bottom line is that Samsung’s competition device, the Galaxy S range, is on a different release cycle to that of the iPhone. However, with Apple now experimenting with larger screen devices it means that the two companies are also in direct competition with one another in the so-called “phablet” market.
The same report suggests that Samsung has finalized the physical and internal specifications of the Galaxy Note 5 and has even gone as far as demonstrating the device to its army of carrier partners around the world. If the suggested timeline of events is to be believed then it looks like Samsung could be looking at a mid-June date for a completed and fully functional prototype of the Note 5, with the plan being to showcase it the following month. If all goes according to plan then the Korean smartphone giant could be looking to start accepting pre-orders for the device before the hardware is made publicly available at the end of July.
If experience has taught us anything it’s that we need to take these rumours with a pinch of salt, especially when no official source is cited. What we do know is that Samsung will definitely be hoping that the introduction of the Galaxy Note 5 will be the catalyst for improved sales of its phablet range.
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