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How scary is the iPhone 6s? WSJ says Samsung is pushing up its Galaxy Note 5 launch

Published Jul 10th, 2015 8:30AM EDT
Galaxy Note 5 Release Date August
Image: Zach Epstein, BGR

Samsung has announced every Galaxy Note flagship in its history at the beginning of September, during the German IFA trade show. But after four years, that’s apparently going to change, and the Galaxy Note 5 might hit stores much sooner than expected.

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Various reports claimed that Samsung is trying to lure in buyers with a brand new phablet before the next-gen iPhone 6s launches, but the Korean giant denied the rumors. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal says that Samsung is indeed looking to eat a “slice of Apple’s pie” with an earlier than anticipated smartphone launch.

A person familiar with the matter told the Journal that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 5 at some point in mid-August, a few weeks earlier than expected. The Galaxy Note 5 event should take place in a U.S. city that hasn’t been decided yet.

Last year, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 lost the battle with the iPhone 6 Plus, which was the company’s first ever phablet. The 6 Plus helped Apple enjoy record iPhone sales while Samsung’s profits continued to decline.

Many iPhone 6 versions were sold out even before the Galaxy Note 4 reached stores, despite the fact that the Samsung handset was announced before Apple’s new iPhones. Samsung is apparently looking to avoid the competition with the iPhone this year, which is “a product whose popularity has the potential to monopolize media and consumer attention for weeks,” as the Journal puts it.

It’s not clear how many versions of the Galaxy Note 5 will be released this year, or when they’ll be available for purchase.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.