Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to launch earlier because of weaker Samsung Galaxy S4 sales?

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to launch earlier because of weaker Samsung Galaxy S4 sales?
Last month, Samsung's top mobile executive, J.K. Shin, confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note III would be unveiled in September at the IFA show in Berlin. But there is speculation that because of weakening sales of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the next iteration of Samsung's phablet series could end up being made available earlier, in July or August. While some industry watchers were getting concerned when top Wall Street houses were cutting their forecasts for monthly shipments of the Galaxy S4 from 10 million to 7 million, the news has quite possibly become more serious.

Is this the Samsung Galaxy Note III?

Is this the Samsung Galaxy Note III?

A published report on Thursday says that Samsung itself is cutting back its parts procurement for the Android flagship model to build 6.5 million units in July. Remember, this is a phone that sold 10 million units in its first month on the market. There are some other things that Sammy can try to get the Galaxy S4 back on track. One would be to shut down production of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The latter has become a cheap way to pick up most of the features of the new model, even if it has last year's hardware.

Another reason to get the Samsung Galaxy Note III out earlier than September is to give it a leg up on the competition. Unlike past years, there is some strong looking competition in this niche of the market that Samsung needs to concern itself with. For example, there is the HTC T6, said to be a large screened version of the HTC One and rumored to be the first device to run on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. There is also the Sony Xperia ZU which is believed to offer a screen in the range of 6.21 to 6.44 inches. That phone could be introduced as soon as June 25th during a Sony event in Germany. Waiting until September to introduce the Samsung Galaxy Note III could prove to be a fatal mistake.

Meanwhile, a picture that claims to show a portion of the Samsung Galaxy Note III shows a completely different look than leaked photos showed earlier this week. The new photo shows a device with a rounded edge while the earlier shots were of a device with squared corners. And while both leaks had narrower bezels, the latest one came with a note that said that the screen for the Samsung Galaxy Note III is 6 inches and accounts for a whopping 84% of the front real estate of the phone. That would top the current industry leader, which is the Sony Xperia ZL. On that device the 5 inch glass makes up 75.84% of the front of the device.

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source: AndroidAuthority, gforgames

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80 Comments

1. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

So Im correct!! hahaha That's what you get for giving us the old look S3 if note 3 is the same, expectation will go down on mud

10. Jason2k13

Posts: 1447; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

True.. or people are still buying the S3 and note 2 as well as waiting for S4 active and S4 google edition to come out. Either way, the S4 will still sell more compared to any android phones this year. I remember last year when the S3 was revealed all the trolls and haters laughed at it for being ugly and that nobody would buy it. 7 month later, it was phone of the year lol

12. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

yup!! still best seller but NO to 80 Million expected at the end of the year

16. Jason2k13

Posts: 1447; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I believe the S4 will sell 50mill+ by the end of this year which is half of the 100mill Samsung planned for it when it was announced.

36. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This was what i commented when Samsung said their estimation was 100 million. And what did i get? Multiple thumbs down from Sammy fans...they're in it too. They went over-confident with the sales of SIII and Note II, if you ask me. Samsung was ahead of the game last year, but this time, everyone is catching up to the level one needs to have. Problem of being on top? You always think you'll rule over everything, but you don't know what's coming at you until you're falling.

48. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Thats one of the most accurate comments Ive heard about Samsung in a long time. I agree with the fact that they didnt expect for the competition to catch up with them so quickly Havent they learned from Apple that if you dont "change the game", the competition will catch up and then you're as normal as everyone else I upgraded to the S3 in december knowing that the next Galaxy S series phone wouldnt be that much of an improvement........and i was right. This is what I meant when I said that "the mobile industry has started to plateau"

38. phljcnth

Posts: 550; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I agree. I was actually skeptical when they projected it to 100 million. Galaxy S4 is really a very good device but 100 million is just over-ambitious. Hey, 50 million is still a lot!

23. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

high SIII sales are because of top notch hardware specs and popularity and not because of its ugly look.

25. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 2010

I got my S3 for free and I hope I can up grade to S4 for free soon . I will not pay for cheap plastic phone.

66. oister85

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I don't understand your comments you don't like plastic but in the feature you going to get the s4?

67. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

agree, think the s3 and note 2 are still incredible phones for people that many people are happy to stick with them a nit longer, i wouldnt be surprised if most of the s4 upgrades are from s2 and other devices instead also think samsungs early estimation of 10million units a month was probably over reaching especially when they have spit the s4 into seperate devices with active,mini and zoom so chances are some people have held off getting the og s4 for one of its other variants which is maybe why there cut backs in the og s4 sales..none the less sales will go to samsung i predict just wont all be going to the og s4. i think we will know when the next financial results come in, whether samsungs are selling less phones or just selling more but spread out over more devices.

22. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I may have to agree. The Note III if that picture indeed is the real thing looks disappointing to me. I hope Samsung will not release a Galaxy S IV looking Note III, because if it does then that rumored HTC T6 is looking WAY better. Again 5.9" SLCD 3 will be better than the 5.9" Super AMOLED, the Qualcomm S800 will be better than the Exynos 5 Octa, the metal body will look way better than the inspired Galaxy S IV this Note III image is going for & the killer STEREO front speakers will definitely outclass the rear speaker that obviously will be on the Note III based on this leaked image. So far if the HTC T6 does come to fruition it looks like it will be the top choice over the Samsung Galaxy Note III. Samsung please, please don't release the Note III looking like a giant Galaxy S IV. +1

28. wendygarett unregistered

Umm, the mega 6.3 is already look very identical to s4 if you ask me

29. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That is what I am afraid of. :-( +1 to you also.

32. wendygarett unregistered

Did you see Aaron baker from phonedog.com holding the mega 6.3? I thought it was an s4 in the 1st place... +1

40. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I like the Mega 6.3 size a lot, but too bad that it's just a giant mid-tier phone.....

30. Jason2k13

Posts: 1447; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

The things that made the note 2 unique was the s-pen and exclusive features. The t6 just sounds like an over sized phone with good specs, just like the Optimus G Pro. I think the note 3 will be the same as the note 2 with thinner bezels, which is still great for people who does not own any phablet or note 1 or 2. I believe next year Samsung will start making good quality galaxy phones, to change the outdated galaxy design.

35. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The HTC T6 is rumored to have their own S-Pen alternative. Remember again HTC had a stylus (Magic Pen) on Android before Samsung did when the HTC Flyer came out in May 2011. HTC is more than capable to have a GREAT working stylus on their rumored HTC T6, so you really can't count out HTC.

33. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

Sorry but some people prefer Amoled not slcd, and 6"phablet with huge battery already weighs a lot + metal body and big bezels with huge speakers!?I prefer big screen with small bezels.

37. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey to each is own. We need to see all options before we comment on what people will like or not like. I am just stating MY personal opinion.

50. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

i agree. the problem is that Samsung thought that keeping it "simple" will keep people happy and $$$ in their pockets. But what have we learned from Apple..........Simple designs arent enough to keep customers happy. the last great innovation was the S3, BUT THAT WAS A YEAR AGO lol. A year in the mobile industry is like aging 5-10 years. I hate to say this, but Samsung may end up like Apple where they stick to one design and expect the same pepeople that bought the previous model to continue that trend.

34. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Plus that horrible button arrangement that low amount of internal storage I mean the S4 needed to be a bit better looking than the S3 specially when you brag about how much others are the same

55. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

haha don't think so. I love my GS4 it is the superior device to my old GS3. It looks better, feels better in the hand, faster, bigger screen, full HD screen..the smart features you can turn on and off with a quick flip. My battery also is lasting over 20 hours with moderate use with them on or off. The S3 is nothing like the S4. Everyone who has seen my phone wants to sell their S3 and get the S4..soooo keep dreaming...

73. pslee

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

you guys are forgetting one thing. wall street analysts adjusted down the numbers for all smartphone forecast due to saturation of the smartphone market, not majorly because samsung has more competitors. regardless of the design and performance of the device, the market is already saturated with smartphone users meaning there will be less new customers switching from non-smartphones, which will obviously hurt the sales of those smartphone devices. they do have more competitors stepping up their game but that is not the majority of the issue.

2. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

weak sales lol

62. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Weaker... not weak. There's a difference.

65. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

I think people are deliberately trying to spread rumors about weak sales although everything is going smoothly...

3. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Never mine... Bring it ON!!

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I'm excited to see what Samsung has to offer for the note3. I just hope it won't be to o gimmicky

39. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm expecting something S4-ish... There's not much they can do about it now.

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