Samsung Galaxy Note 5 release date moved earlier: mid-August unveiling planned to gain ground on Apple

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is one of the most anticipated Android phone launches in the second half of the year, and while Samsung has traditionally announced its phablet at the IFA show in Berlin in early September, this year, the Galaxy Note 5 unveiling is moved earlier, to mid-August, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Samsung is moving the announcement earlier to the traditionally quiet summer period when it will have all the attention of the media without being overshadowed by the inevitable avalanche of Apple coverage around the new iPhone 6s family. Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhones in mid-September, with a launch expected by the end of the month. And while the actual release dates of the Galaxy Note 5 and Apple’s iPhone 6s family might actually be within closer range, it is the media comfort of an early unveiling that Samsung could be looking for.

If Samsung manages to also actually start selling the Galaxy Note 5 by the end of September, this could also liven up its mobile division and profits for the third quarter of 2015.

Just last year, Samsung did a similar move with its Galaxy Alpha. The device was unveiled in mid-August, getting a lot of attention from the media.

As to this year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 5, the device remains a well-kept secret. Some sketchy drawings appeared showing its design might be a mash-up of the new style introduced with the S6 and earlier Notes, but all else including specs remains a speculation.

We can still make some assumptions, though: Samsung is leading the way in mobile with its advanced 14nm manufacturing, so chances are that the Galaxy Note 5 will feature a 14nm Exynos chip (some say it would be called the Exynos 7422 and merge all components on one die). We also expect no less than a Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a 16-megapixel camera with optical stabilization, and at least 32GB of internal storage.

Samsung has done away with two of its key competitive advantages with the Galaxy S6: expandable storage (microSD card slots) and removable battery, and we’re curious to see whether it takes the same controversial decision to remove them in the Galaxy Note 5.

What do you expect from the Galaxy Note 5?

source: WSJ (behind paywall)

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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. quintessential

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Announcing the Galaxy Note 5 earlier or putting it out for sale earlier is not gonna make much of a difference anyway. Consumers will still hold out a couple of weeks more till the official announcement of the Apple iPhone 6S/6S+ before they decide to extend their handset contracts.

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

That concept looks like a samsung version of Mi Note pro.

7. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Don't think you can say that for everyone especially those that already own a iPhone 6 plus (they might not like it) or people looking to upgrade from previous Notes/Android phones. Plus during the fall you have Motorola and Nexus rumors to contend with. I would say that having a head start from you normal announcement before Apples is a smart move. I can see Samsung doing 3 flagship devices throughout the year; 4.5, 5.2 and 5.9. Me personally this may be the year I switch to Apple. I'm on my 3rd Note and I'm tired of Samsung. But I'm not going to pretend that everyone feels the same way.

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

agreed... announcing and launching earlier than the competition is a smart move... last year me and my colleagues were wowed by note 4 and wanted to purchase. But some of them jump ship to apple bcoz iphone 6 was released earlier and the hype around ip6 was overwhelming for some to resist. Only two of us was able to wait patiently and purchased note 4. Head start is a good strategy to grab those customers who are quick adopters. Eagerly waiting to see Note 5 as quickly as possible

40. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Do it! I'm staying with Android and windows.:) No crappy it itunes to deal with and everything is plug and play for me.

17. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Why it cost them loads o f note 4 sales last year due to delays with them going on sale, load just got an iPhone 6 plus

22. waddup121 unregistered

Got moved!

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

If they want to ''sell''....64GB should be the base model for the SAME price as the 32GB base model last year.....If they're gonna follow the S6 pricing scheme, they're NOT going to attract many me....They need some serious redemption here, it's now or never

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. And tone down TouchWiz.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31042; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

From the Note 3 to the S6, touchwiz has been really toned down. It's no longer heavy laggy, and choppy. It's a pretty smooth experience now. I'd love to see ios allow skins.

5. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Or they should just make it 128 GB at he price of 64gb without expansion for the Exynos model white including UFS 2.0 and no sd card Then the SD version shld have a Base model of 32GB with expansion and emmc. Both phones would come equipped with 4000mah no removable battery and let's see which of them would sell more.

6. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

It's been a while, they need to surprise their fans........following the same predictable BORING S6 route would p*ss many consumers off I can imagine.......SHOW US SOMETHING COMPELLING!

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

designing is the weakest point of samsung... they are still in infancy of phone designing... it is hard for them to make beautiful devices and they always have to take design ques from other companies. For example, S6 from ip6 and Note 4 from vivo xplay 3S. S6 Edge turned out to be the most beautiful and unique device in 2015, I think may be by chance... There is a news about up coming chinese company MSTAR and their S700 phone is a beautiful phone. Even Up start small scal chinese companies can make beautiful phone but samsung cant. Samsung really need to hire some chinese engineers for designing

20. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by that. The s700 is virtually identical to the Huawei mate 7 barring the placement of some sensors. Just saying, critiquing Samsung for copying and then citing a company that basically cloned a product from another manufacturer isn't exactly the best comparison.

41. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

S6 is from Ativ s. So, the iPhone 6 took design cues from Ativ s?

21. TerryTerius unregistered

To be totally honest with you, I don't really think you're correct in this. Samsung's largest issue is the same one that LG, HTC, Xiaomi and every other Android manufacture is running into. And that would be the iron wall formed from a combination of market saturation and customer satisfaction. Across the board, nearly every major manufacturers sales have underperformed this year. With older handsets becoming outdated more slowly, newer handsets having minimal percivable advantages over their predecessors in the eyes of the average customer, and people being able to do nearly everything they need with the phones they already have, phone sales are slowing down for everyone but Apple. The plateau has been hit. The largest reason for that being Apple adds features very slowly over time, and they are the only ones making devices that run iOS. So there is almost always a compelling reason to upgrade to the newest iPhone, whereas that isn't necessarily true with Android and especially Samsung since their phones are already stuffed to the gills with everything you could ever possibly need. A spec bump and some price changing is not in any way going to change that reality. And you seem to forget, that if they start lowering their prices to match Chinese manufacturers they would have to sell increasingly high volumes in order to make the same amount of money.

38. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Good points. +1

10. rambo6

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

I hope they keep the exchangeable battery at least and add the FM radio back in at least on international models. Apple will probably have Qi charging this time so there will be no reason for Apple fans to try the Note 5. The swappable battery was a huge competitive advantage over Apple. Apple also has imessage which which is a huge competitive advantage over Android. I am a died in the wool Samsung fan but I see becoming like Apple no advantage at all. Samsung is admitting that the Apple design is the way to go. all I Apple fans searching for a place to plug in while a Samsung fan pops in a fresh battery. If they follow this course, Apple will continue to trounce Samsung.

11. JetMK

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

I was sitting next to someone this morning using a Note 5 prototype (he had all the branding covered). The branding were all covered up but i managed to get a good look and it is essentially as most leaks are suggesting, a larger S6. I initially didn't think it was the Note 5 until the guy slipped the Stylus pen out from underneath the phone. I tried my best to take a discreet picture but he spotted me and hid the phone away. Having said that, im starting to increasingly believe the suggestion that it's coming out in Mid-August.

18. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015 do you know it was a note 5 prototype?

27. JetMK

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

It had the same exact body that has been described and leaked by on leaks, i thought i was going crazy but then i also noticed the same camera placement that the s6 has and how it's different from the note 4. And finally the pen and the buttom speaker as found in thd S6. Plus, the guy had the branding of where the samsung logo is usually found covered. The fingerprint/home button was there and i saw him unlock the device quite a few times with a soft touch. The only other samsung phone that can do that is the s6, and potentially the Note 5 and A8. The A8 doesnt come with a Stylus pen nor does its camera protrude, which led me to believe that im looking at the Note 5 prototype.

28. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

dang......would have really loved to see that...I'm guessing it was in some time of case to hide the design of the back right?

31. JetMK

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

Unfortunately yes, though there were enough spaces in the camera cutout section to glimpse at the material used for the back and it does seem like it's glass (i wanted to believe it was metal). He was carrying the golden variant, thus same exact colors and tones than the ones found on S6 golden phone. I almost had a pic but he caught me and realized what was going on before i could take a snapshot. I could clearly see the metal frame and contours and the front panel as well. A flat panel. The phone has some great thin bezels. I also felt like my assumptions were confirmed the moment he decided to hide the phone in his pocket upon spotting the way i was gazing at him with the utmost curiousity lol

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

They can bring it out right now. It won't matter. Just like the S6, it will sell for the first month then completely die off. A month later, everyone will be talking about iPhones. Heck, the old iPhone six will murder it in sales.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31042; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

After iOS 8 being so bad from a stability standpoint, it'll be interesting to see how people jump to the S series. I'm on the fence, for the first time in forever, I won't be camping our to get it. I'm wondering how buggy it'll be, instead of how good it'll be. Apple has put a lotta doubt in my mind, due to their lagging quality control. I have to see what specs it packs, and features it gets.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Really, because the S6 came out in March, and was the best selling device in the US in May.

13. alouden unregistered

A few points, First if there are a few weeks difference between release dates, folks would just wait on the iPhone 6s or whatever it will be called. Second, no matter what Samsung LG or HTC does, Apple marketing has succeeded to the point that people buy into the Apple marketing. As an example, a friend of mine just got the Iphone 6 she sounded like every other person who said "it just works." Of course her galaxy s5 before "just worked" too, but whatever. Point is the marketing is so successful. People buy into it. Great phones, yes. Point is, Samsung has a tough fight, such that the few weeks early launch won't help. Third. if they announce it early August, but release the phone in late September, then what is the point? Give Apple credit: they announce the phone and release it two weeks later. The android manufacturers have you wait weeks to months after announcing the phone. If they announce the phone in August, we enthusiasts (and remember, we are a minority of users) will get excited. But we will have to wait up to six weeks for release (longer in the States). In this case, by the time the Note 5 is released, the average user will have the choice between the Iphone and the Galaxy Note 5. Samsung will have lost any advantage they thought they had.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How many people whonmpreorder an iPhone will get them in 2 weeks? Wake up dude. I preordered less than 10 and we didn't get ours for 6 weeks. Took me 2 months to get my S6 Edge.

23. alouden unregistered

I am fully aware of preorder delays, thank you. It doesn't matter how long the preorder delays are. People are willing to wait a few extra weeks for the phones they want.

24. alouden unregistered

And I am not faulting Samsung or saying the strategy is bad...I am eager to see what they announce. I have a G4 and will either get the G4 Pro or the Note 5. I am just saying Samsung has a tough battle when they release a phone around the same time as the Iphone release, with or without preorder delays.

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