Note 5 and S6 edge Plus may cannibalize each other, as August release is tipped again

Note 5 and S6 edge Plus may cannibalize each other, as August release is tipped again
After the rumors that Samsung is pulling the Note 5 unveiling forward were shot down by J.K. Shin himself, it seems that there might have been a change of heart, after all. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Samsung is still planning to hold a Note 5 announcement next month, instead of the usual IFA expo timeframe, which this year goes into September. The WSJ story cites only one source, though, plus it's not clear if the earlier unveiling will still be around mid-August, as tipped earlier, or towards the very end of the month, which won't be that far off from the IFA expo opening on September 4th anyway.

Now, more sources have apparently confirmed for Korean media that Samsung has indeed pulled the Note 5 announcement for August, but the concern is that this is the same month when the rumored Galaxy S6 edge Plus was supposed to be unveiled. The S6 edge Plus is expected to be a larger, 5.7" variation of the edgy flagship, while the Note 5 would set itself apart with the S Pen stylus functionality

The problem, according to local analysts, is that the two handsets are expected to sport the same or very similar screen diagonals, both with 2K resolution, and might cannibalize each other's sales, rather than make a headstart against the iPhone 6s Plus that will be released about a month later. What do you think, could this eventual Samsung strategy for announcing the Note 5 earlier alongside an S6 edge Plus backfire in the end?

source: KoreaHerald via G4Games

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Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



18. GeekMovement unregistered

I would have preferred a Note 5 Edge.

16. dimas

Posts: 3466; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

S Series: phones Note Series: phablets Some people in Samsung's marketing obviously don't get the branding knowledge. Be distinct Samsung, you should let the dying 'plus' branding crap on apple's business model.

15. dennisfurlan

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

The question is whether the sales of the two devices together will outnumber sales if only one was launched. I suspect the answer is that sales of the two devices together will in fact create more sales. If that's the case, then no "cannibalization" will occur, right?

14. summerofsam

Posts: 60; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

It dosen't matter what their called, one will come with edges and one won't. And maybe both will come with the same screen size, so the difference will be the S pen in the regular and the edges for flash folk. I'm more concerned in what the internal specs will be! If i see crapdragon anywhere near any of these they can forget it!

13. caesantos

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Samsung released Note 4 and Note 4 Edge last year. This year there are no plans to release a Note 5 Edge. Some people don't care about a S Pen, even some people who buy a Samsung Note just simply don't use it. So it's much easier to release a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus to take the place of a Note 5 Edge. And both of them will be available before iPhone 6S Plus release. Of course Apple's "fan base" will wait for 6S Plus release, but the ones who are not "that" loyal will have two extra options to choose from.

12. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

No, they won't. When Note 4 and Note edge came together, did they cannibalize?

17. Blazers

Posts: 794; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

No they weren't released simultaneously. Note 4 came out around a month and a half earlier then the Edge. Also remember that the Edge was a limited release item, unlike the Note 4.

6. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

SamMobile is expecting a 5.67" display, i hope not, give us a 5.9 or 6" Note 5 and USB Type C. I can live without removable battery and no SD card slot, as long they will sell the silver or white variant in 128GB or even 256GB configurations. And hurry up when Android M releases, i don't want the same threatment as the Note 4.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm in the opposite camp. I don't want a 6 inch phone. My current Note 4 is at the limit of what I want.

11. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

You gonna get m in software update.

5. 5kyNet

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 08, 2015

I don't get it: why does Samsung release a phone like the S6 Plus? If the screen is pretty much the same to the note 5 , why should anyone buy the S6 Plus instead of the Note 5? What's the deal here? Seems to me that Samsung still floods the market with dozens of new models instead of focussing on a few good ones and take care of the software part. Not very helpful for people looking for a new phone to decide which one is the best. In my eyes the best strategy would be to focus on a few segments like entry/cheap, mid range, high end and business. they could save a lot of development ressources and could finally improve the software to an acceptable level

7. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

.It's an 6 edge plus and the note 5. I.e. One will have the edge for the cool kids

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For people who want a Note sized device, but dont want or need the Note's advanced features. That would be one reason I could think of off the bat.

2. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Those who wants edge will go for s6 edge plus, those who wants note (without edge and with s pen) will go for note. Always good to have choice right.

1. waddup121 unregistered

"cannabilize" oh dear.

3. alias3800

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Hmm... not so sure if cannibalize is used correctly here. You mean compete? They're not products from the same company.

4. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

They meant s6 edge plus and note 5 will "cannabalize each other" Each other means they will cannabalize each other Shud i elaborate more? Oh yes s6 edge plus and note5 are from same company Im sure u didnt know that Just like u failed to read the heading of this article

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Just like the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus "cannibalized" each other huh?

9. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They're not?

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