Report: Samsung Advances Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+ Launch Date to August 12
Samsung will advance the launch of its Galaxy Note 5 phablet and its Galaxy S6 edge+ to August 12 with the official kickoff date for sales of the devices two weeks later on August 21.
SamMobile reported that both devices will be launched at the same time. Samsung appears to be gambling that one won’t cannibalize sales of the other in a strategy to give it a month’s head start before Apple (AAPL) releases the next iPhone, rumored for sometime in September.
Samsung mobile officials apparently fear that sticking to the vendor’s traditional September release date for the Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ will cost it market presence and sales to the onslaught likely to come with Apple’s iPhone refresh.
Last September, Samsung experienced that very thing when Apple rolled out the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to huge fanfare and stampeding sales, dwarfing Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 introduction held only a week earlier. The Korean manufacturer, whose sales of of its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have not met expectations, desperately needs a hit mobile product to stem its continuing losses.
Samsung also will kick off Samsung Pay in the U.S. market in mid-August, the report said.
Here are some specs and details on the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, according to SamMobile:
- The Note 5 will have a new metal and glass design. It will not have a microSD slot and it will feature 4GB of RAM
- The Galaxy Note 5’s stylus will have the same color options as the device, offered in silver, gold, black and white, the same as with the Note 4
- The Galaxy S6 edge+ will feature an extremely thin screen bezel, similar to the new Galaxy A8
- The Galaxy S6 edge+ will be a phablet version of the Galaxy S6 edge with a curve on either side of the screen and the same color options as the Note 5
- The Galaxy S6 edge+ will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7420 chip rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808. It will feature 3GB of RAM