Samsung is moving up its Galaxy Note 5 launch to August this year in hopes of beating the new iPhone hype in September, reports The Wall Street Journal. Until now, the South Korean company has leveraged the annual IFA Berlin conference to debut the big-screened handset.

Citing a source familiar with the matter, The Journal says the move is part of a bid to give the Note some breathing room before mid-September, when Apple typically unveils its new iPhones—a product that often dominates both the news cycle and consumer attention for weeks.

This caused Samsung particular problems last year, when Apple unveiled its larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets just days after the Galaxy Note 4 was introduced. The Note 4 ended up launching weeks after the new iPhones, and as you can imagine, initial sales were disappointing.

Early Note 5 rumors suggest the handset will feature a more premium design, a 16MP camera, either a 2K or 4K screen, and a monster 4100mAh battery. As for the new iPhone “6s and 6s Plus,” they are said to include faster internals, Force Touch tech, a better camera, and more.

We have yet to hear anything regarding when Apple will schedule this year’s iPhone event, but supply chain evidence and other behaviors suggest that it’s aiming for the usual early-to-mid-September timeframe. Last year, the company held its iPhone event on Tuesday, September 9.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

  • Sailor_V90

    Wrong post, I’m aware, however; Running iOS 9 beta on my iPhone 5s and the app store is missing…any ideas?

    • Marcus

      If you updated to the iOS 9 beta over the air (directly on your iPhone) you should restore it and re-download it using a computer.

      • Sailor_V90

        Didn’t know that was an option but I’ll give it a go. Thanks mate.

    • moofer

      You get your support from the strangest places.

      • Sailor_V90

        Enlighten me mate, how am I getting support from a strange place? I thought this blog was a community that Apple users could come together and impart knowledge? Correct me if I’m wrong. Cheers.

  • moofer

    Hahaha – Samsung’s about to find out that they are not suffering from a timing problem, so much as they are suffering from a “our products are blatant ripoff garbage” problem.

    • ck125

      Eh the s6 yes, the note not so much. Apple is the ones who copied Samsung with the “phablet”

  • Alberto Espinal

    Lol, Samsung get it through your head, you will never ever kill the iPhone hype, even if Apple comes out with a toothpick!!

    • Steve would have sold the sh!t out of some picks. lol

      • nonchalont

        Lol hell yeah! SmartPick could pick your food out your teeth, help detect gingivitis and squirt a splash of breath spray.

  • CuBoy531

    Shamesung better off doing the launch after so they can quickly copy Apple new features. They will hurt themselves even more for this stupid move. Everyone is going to wait for Apple’s new features anyway. No move is the right move for Shamesung. Good luck.

    • Mr. Right

      Let me know when iPhone gets the “first” true multi-tasking.

      You get the iPhone 6+ but can’t even run 2 apps side by side.

  • iPhoneWINS

    no thanks

  • George

    “Force Touch tech, a better camera, and more.” what more??? everyone knows an S model is nothing but last years model with one to two gimmicks.

    • Daniel Beecham

      better camera, better prossessor, better graphics, better screen, force touch tech…. what more do you want? its just an “S” upgrade!!!

    • Mr. Right

      iPhone 5s to iPhone 6 : Made a little bigger.

      S5 to S6 : 2k screen, fast charging, wireless charging and a lot more.

  • p1noyako

    Who cares about Samsung?

  • ravinigga

    So they are afraid that iPhone beats note and galaxy s series. So only option bring them earlier.
    I see not difference in note 5 and 4. Only better specs

    • Mr. Right

      How are you going to see the difference when the Note 5 hasn’t even been released yet? Only better specs?? There OS completely changes even what the S pen can do.