There was a time when Samsung never worried about launching a new Galaxy Note model in the fall even though it meant running directly into a new iPhone launch. However, with the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus last year, Samsung’s thinking may have changed. G for Games points us to a new rumor in Korean blog Whowired that claims Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 5 in later July, or a little more than a month before Apple is expected to unveil its newest iPhone phablet in September.

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Specifically, the blog’s sources claim that Samsung has “confirmed the final specification of its latest prototype and showcased it to its clients including global telecom companies to take pre-orders before the launch at the end of July.” Samsung apparently wants a new flagship device to launch alongside its Samsung Pay mobile payments platform that is also due to come out this summer and from that perspective the Galaxy Note 5 will be a strong contender.

The Galaxy Note series has traditionally been one of the very best things Samsung has done — not only do the Notes serve as perfect showcases for Samsung’s gorgeous displays but they’re also always packed with cutting-edge hardware that sets the standard for what people expect from a flagship phablet. So if Samsung wants to roll out the Galaxy Note 5 earlier than expected this year, we’re absolutely not going to complain.

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