Samsung may launch Galaxy Note 5 in August

Breaking the tradition of September launches of its Galaxy Note phablets, Samsung is gearing up to launch the Galaxy Note 5 as early as next month, claim Reuters.

While the Galaxy Note phones are popular devices, a couple of theories are floating around gossip coloumns on why launch dates are being brought forward by Samsung.

The first is that Samsung may wish to avoid a direct conflict with Apple's upcoming iPhones that will launch in September. Apple is expecting sales of around 90 million or more gadgets this year which will seriously impact the prospects of the Galaxy Note 5. An August release will ensure that the phablet will receive exclusive interest and sales may begin on a higher level than expected from a September launch.

Another theory doing the rounds is weak financial performance by Samsung globally in Q2 which may have forced the Korean tech giant to launch the Galaxy Note 5 in August itself to plug gaps in sales margins. A few days ago, Samsung accepted that it may face its fifth straight quarter of operating losses. The company also failed to meet demands for the Galaxy S6 Edge flagship phone adequately.

Park Jung-hoon, fund manager at HDC Asset Management, said, "I don't know how much the earlier launch will help boost the company's average selling price for smartphones, but this suggests that Samsung will work hard to maintain its market share for the high-end market." 

Earlier, reports suggested that the Galaxy Note 5 will probably be the company's first dual edged phablet following the success of the Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone earlier this year. 

Additionally, the Galaxy Note 5 could also feature a 2k Super AMOLED display with a 1600x2560 pixel resolution. However, a 4k resolution with 2160x3840 pixels seems to be on the cards as well.

Samsung will also be persisting with its home-grown Exynos 7422 chip in place of Qualcomm's chips. The Exynos chip could perform multiple functionalities like storage, modem, CPU, GPU and RAM. The new device will also contain a 16MP primary camera, an 8MP front camera and an S-Pen.

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