SEOUL, July 15 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s top tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. plans to showcase its next phablet flagship, presumably the Galaxy Note 5, in earlier-than-expected August, industry sources said Wednesday, in an apparent bid to get a head start over Apple Inc.
Under the plan, Samsung will hold its launch ceremony around the globe, including Seoul and New York in late August, although no other details are given, the sources said.
Samsung had released its phablets, a cross between a smartphone and a tablet PC, at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) every year in September.’
Samsung is estimated to have taken up 24.1 percent of the world’s smartphone shipments in the first quarter, trailed by Apple with 17.7 percent, according to recent data compiled by Strategy Analytics. The two players had tied in selling 74.5 million units, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2014.