Samsung Galaxy Note 5 may still launch early to fend off the iPhone 6S

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 may still launch early to fend off the iPhone 6S
Last month, it was suggested that Samsung had plans to launch its Galaxy Note 5 earlier than anticipated, in a move that would seek to beat Apple's next iPhone to the draw. Samsung Mobile president J.K. Shin quickly shot down these rumors, but fresh reports suggest that a pre-IFA unveiling could still be on the cards. 

The IFA trade show, which begins on the first week of September, is the usual venue for a new Galaxy Note announcement. Just like the Galaxy S line gets the nod at Mobile World Congress, Samsung's coveted phablet series doesn't tend to deviate from its regular slot. Previously, it was offered that the Note 5 may arrive as early as July, but a new report suggests that it may instead d├ębut in August.

According to Taiwanese blog Sogi, the announcement of the Galaxy Note 5 will be "held late August." Citing "informed sources," the report states that the rationale behind Samsung's decision to bring the announcement forward is "to avoid the menacing iPhone 6S." Given how successful last year's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were -- to the apparent detriment of Samsung's smartphone lines -- and you can see why the Korean company might want to get the ball rolling sooner this time around. 

We're taking this with a pinch of salt for now, but the utterances of J.K. Shin shouldn't be taken as gospel, either. After all, if Samsung is planning an earlier-than-anticipated release, he's unlikely to show his company's hand by shouting it from the rooftops. 

Still, it'll be interesting to see whether the Tizen maker does have a revised announcement plan this time around, and we'll keep you posted on any further developments as they arrive

source: Sogi (translated) via GforGames

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Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(22h 3G talk time)



1. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Give me USB type C, a similar camera or better than the S6, similar or better battery life than the Note 4, and we have a deal.

2. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

...with expandable storage. Then we have a deal!

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012 those things that we missed out on S6/edge.

11. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

with removable battery... then we have a deal

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Give 3 bonifide reasons why a battery that last 2 days on a single charge, needs to be removed. When I say bonified, I mean real reasons, not some made up BS. If you need to pull the battery because you experiment with yoru phone by rooting, then you should buy a phone from a brand that is easy to root. However, I've had the Note since the Note 2 and I have owned other phones with removable batts and I have yet to ever have a need to do it. Also since there are 10,000MAH external batts available, there is simply no need to remove the one in the phone, there just isnt. But I eagerly await your response.

18. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

To each his own I guess. I never cared about removable batteries on the phones I purchase, but I know others who will never buy a phone with a fixed battery. Some people do hot swap batteries cause their sets do not last 2 days on a single charge, not even 1 day. Guess they make lots of phone calls more than use the device for multimedia.

20. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

tell me any reason, not some made up BS that why the battery should not be removable? if you like none removable battery then better become iphone lover, its the best for that crappy reason... I put zero lemon 10000mah in note 3 and the back up was crazy. This is the most important reason. If you have yet to remove any battery in any note, it doesnt mean others must follow you and you should comment like imposing your desire on others... beside that my note 4 was not good in on screen time despite being fault less. I was about to order zerolemon but discovered none working USB OTG, so I sold it

28. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I burn batteries pretty fast I travel alot for work use the phone and GPS, music player, games, web browser, e-book, movie player, so I don't have access to sit and plug in most times so swapping batteries is great for me it's a must have for my phone if I cant swap batteries I won't buy that simple

34. mike765

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 17, 2015

"I don't need a removable battery so nobody does" - what a bizarre comment. Not sure why why you think you think your opinion should apply to everyone or why you feel the need to ask others to justify their choices not once but three times but I'll humour you with a response anyway. First up "2 days on a single charge" depends on a number of factors, the device you're using and what you're doing with it being the main two. I don't play games on my phone much but I am partial to a bit of Real Racing 3 - no phone in the world will let you play this game for long. Re external batteries it's not exactly the same is it? I happen to have both a spare battery for my Note 3 and an external 10,000MAH charger and yes, I use the external charger far more but it's not always as convenient to carry round a large heavy charger vs a small battery. If I'm on a night out and forget to charge my phone up i'd rather slip a battery into my jeans pocket than carry something bigger than my phone around complete with a cable dangling from it. There is also the speed element; swapping the battery means going from 0% to 100% in seconds rather than having to charge my phone for hours. I don't use either much but there is definitely a time and a place for both. Finally not something that's happened to me yet but what about if a battery malfunctions or completely dies? It'd be nice to have the option to replace it than send my phone off to be fixed or write it off completely. I could go for a phone without a removable battery but given the choice i'd rather have it with one. At least if it's there you can use the function or not, if it's not an option you're stuck. Not sure why it's such an issue for you that others like this facility, surely one of the main benefits of android is that there's a million different phones for different needs?

36. chenski

Posts: 779; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Well after 2 yrs the battery will be not as good, and although most people will have had a new phone by then, it is more prudent for some to just switch batteries

41. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No phone I've ever owned or seen does two days with more than light use. I had to take my wife's car in for some work today, and had no one to pick me up. I watched hours of Netflix and surfed and listened to music while I waited. If it had gone much longer, I'd have needed the spare battery in my pocket. External batteries are not a solution, because they take a while to charge the phone up, and I don't want to be walking around using the phone with a charger hanging off it. When they come out with a phone that lasts two days with heavy use, I'll concede the battery issue. Heck, I'll even accept 16 hours.


Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 18, 2015

1) Because I want to. This is actually the most important reason for every single user out there. They want a feature, so this makes it important by itself. 2) Because Samsung SUCKS in the field of energy feed subsystems of their devices. Sony had non-removable batteries for years, yet very few whined because Sony knows how to properly make smart batteries (for decades for their other consumer AND professional products like cameras) and knows how to properly charge them efficiently. Samsung doesn't. My original Note N7000 battery, expanded physically and was getting very hot. My SECOND original N7000 battery same thing. Remember that in all those years since N7000 was introduced, I used various chargers (or plain PC USB charge) and various ROMs from stock to CM12. A month I bought for ONE SIXTH of the price of a single original battery, TWO Chinese OEM batteries AND a battery charger (to charge the second while using the first). I don't care how much they last or if also become fat. Samsung didn't do any better. 3) Because unlike the S series, the Note series is the "geek" series. And geeks want all the "techy" stuff, that a well known actor on TV doesn't care or know about - and the people that see him using his phone and want one of the same (you know: the mass market that buys iPhones and S6 nowadays)... 4) Li-Ion and Li-Polymer batteries (even good ones unlike #2 above) happen to slowly die after some years of charge cycles. Each charge lasts a bit less. So if someone wants to hold on his device (a high end device can be used hardware-wise quite longer than low-end devices that cannot cope up with future software/firmware), must be able to just buy a fresh new battery. As simple as that. Also: - You are in no place to say what someone "should" buy. - Yes I have external battery too. Cumbersome sometimes I need to use my phone with the charge cable on it. - What kind of bull is that about getting a phone that is easy to root (as a prerequisite to buy). People don't buy a phone primarily to root it. They buy it because they like it (the specs, design, whatever) and THEN if they need something more look into rooting it.

12. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I'm content with 32 gigs of internal storage. I hate MSD cards because they are slow to load videos and pictures. I want to open my gallery app and have everything instantaneously available instead of waiting for everything to load up. As long as Samsung still uses their new memory I'm happy. This will be my first Samsung phone since the Galaxy S3. Don't fail me again Samsung.

26. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

If they use sd card reader then they can not use ufs 2.0, if you used an s6 edge you be 100% up on using ufs over sd card readers any day

30. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

@j2001m How do you know that?

42. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He doesn't. For some reason, he feels compelled to spread this FUD. I can't figure out why, but just ignore him. Everyone does.

35. Simona unregistered

best will be Huawei Nexus and Mate8

31. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Add 4 x A72 + 4 x A53, T880MP8 GPU in Soc and use imx230.

45. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

they used imx240 in Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6. Why downgrade?

46. singhkaran9830 unregistered

They are probably going to use custom cores by samsung in Note 5.

3. waddup121 unregistered

They should go for it honestly. I'd be nice to see Sammy do some damage to Apple's sales!

4. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

The best timing is to announce it to the day right after the iphone 6s announcement

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That is the absolute worst time to announce it. The Galaxy S is Samsung's sales leader, and it hasn't been doing well over 8 months after the 6/6 Plus were announced. What would make you think announcing second best seller during the iPhone launch craze is a good idea?

13. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

announce and launch at the same time. Unlike what they did last year, a release after the month. ip6's sale already gained momentum that time

32. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That's almost impossible to do. You would have to have tens of millions ready to go at launch, and if the launch falls flat, you eat those products. Manufacturing on-demand is the only way that makes sense, plus you have to compete with other OEMs for components (even ones you manufacture yourself because you have contracts to fulfill.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Numbers please on the S6 sales.

5. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

The iPhone 6S Plus is going to bring some serious heat. Note V better come prepared to battle.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The iPhone 6S Plus is going to bring seriosu heat? Compared to what? The rumored specs are lower tan the present Note 4 and S6 models. So what heat are you talking about? What they are finally maybe goign to have a front facing camera that record @ 1080p? Other phones have had that since 2009. Finally the rear camera is goign to exceed 8MP and possibly be 13MP? The S6 and Note 4 and other top end phones have 16MP or better and yes megapixels arent the whole story, but I dont see the 13MP in the iPhone 6S beating the S6 at all. Also consider the S6 camera features: Launches in 0.7secs, had fulltime Auto-tracking and auto-focus, both have 1.9 Aperture lenses, the front is 5MP and had 180 degree wide angle shot capability, the rear has full time HDR, the amera offers a better list of professional level capabilities. The iPhoen still probably wont have 32GB on the base model. The display size isnt going to change and I doubt the 6 will get a 1080p display. The battery will likely be smaller and last even last time vs the S6, they likely wont have a fast charging system either. So please detail what this heat is goign to be? Oh and the design is goign to remain the same. The chipset is going to be a speed bumped A8, also liekly the same GPU too as Apple has done this in the past for at least 3 models in a row before actually using new hardware. The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus wont even be better than the Note 4 and S6. I am so positive on that, I would bet my whole life on it. The present iPhone 6 models are even better than the Galaxy S5 and its over a year old. Apple is 2 years behind the best phones period. The 6S' will be outdated before they are even announced, as every iPhone has been since 2010.

33. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Same GPU? The 5s used the PoverVR G6430 GPU and the 6 uses the GX6450, but I guess it's the same GPU...... /s

38. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

He doesn't know what he is talking about. He's always claims the CPU and GPU are the same in every iPhone model since like the 4S. He's a hardcore samsung fan so yeah, take what he says with a container of salt instead of a pinch.

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