More evidence that Samsung will unveil the next-generation Note phone earlier than expected emerged today, adding heft to claims the phone-maker is keen to avoid a head-to-head battle with the iPhone 6S for column inches and sales in September.
According to insider sources cited by finance daily Business Korea, Samsung will lift the lid on the Galaxy Note 5 on August 13th at a press call in New York.
That’s a full three weeks or so earlier than anticipated had Samsung stuck with its time-honoured policy of debuting new Galaxy Note smartphones in early September at the IFA technology expo.
The shift to August, which has been the subject of whispers for weeks now, has apparently been taken to give the Galaxy Note 5 the longest possible sales window before consumers’ attentions are swayed by the anticipated arrival of the iPhone 6S in mid-late September.
Rumours around This Year’s Model suggest it’ll feature an all-metal construction in place of the leatherette and metal blend of the Note 4 and will feature a rethought S Pen stylus.
It’s also apparently home to a positively tablet-like 5.9-inch 4K screen, as well as a 16-megapixel camera and a beefier processor supplied by Exynos or Qualcomm.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Note 5 will seemingly run the latest 5.1 version of Android out of the box with additional, now-familiar proprietary Samsung apps, such as S Health and S Voice.